Excerpt: I kept making do with old "heavy duty" tripods but really wanted to try the 161MK2 and glad I did. For BIG binoculars it is essential. I use it with the APM 100mm Astronomy Binoculars mated to a custom Yoke. The tripod's sturdy crank height adjustment is essential for comfortable viewing and readily adjusts at full-load without losing pointing. This accommodates objects at different elevation angles and people short to tall.
Excerpt: This tripod is a monster, and I LOVE it. I got this beast for two main reasons: 1. I needed a high vantage point for the shooting I do 2. I needed a STABLE platform for my camera, to accommodate consistent frame alignment while shooting over a period of some time. This tripod is VERY satisfying to attach my camera to.
Excerpt: I bought this because after 9 years my previous Manfrotto tripod broke where the upper and lower legs join. I needed something sturdier. This tripod is definitely set up for heavy duty support. My only complaint is, I have to open and close the legs every day in my studio. I wish I could just loosen one lock for all three legs.
Excerpt: As an architectural photographer, height is something that I just can't get around sometimes. This tripod is great. Heavy, but great. It dwarfs my D800, so it looks a bit funny, but so what. I've paired it with my standard 410 head, so it's perfect for what I need it for. Will it travel with me? Probably not. I'll be sticking with my good old trusty 3236 for that. It may go with me on some shoots, but not many.
Excerpt: My application is pretty unique. I needed a tall tripod to hold a special motor which spins a boom around in a continuous circle which holds a special microphone in an acoustic measurement chamber. This tripod is perfect. It doesn't wobble and more importantly for me, it doesn't make noise!
Summary: Manfrotto's finest is on display in this tripod. If you have truly SERIOUS photography desires, this tripod will support anything you care to mount on it, and support it in the very most stable fashion. Is it expensive? Yes, but still a great bargain when compared to the $1000+ Gitzos. Is it heavy? Yes, but that's exactly what you want in inclement conditions.
Pros: SUPER tall!, Overly stable, fantastic build quality and truly smooth operation. NEVER a quiver out of it!
Cons: Heavy at 17 pounds without a head, but this is NOT made for hobbiests!
Excerpt: This is the best tripod on the market. I am approaching twenty five years as a pro and I have tried nearly all the tripods on the market. I own many but this is my go-to pod of tri! I use this about 98% of my working time as a pro. If you are thinking about it just get it, you wont regret it. Its heavy but thats a good thing. It also is brilliant with a dolley. I cant recommend it enough.