Summary: This tripod worked well for about a year and then the small levers inserted at the top of the legs (the ones you press to allow the legs to spread wider than the standard width) corroded and became unusable. The tripod can still be used in a limited way. I will end up replacing the unit pretty soon. It appears to me that the metal used in this area is of substantially poorer qualtiy than the rest of the unit.
Summary: The price was right but little else proved right once the tripod arrived. The design quality of the unique horizontal, articulating center column was what drove me to purchase the unit but once unboxed; the overall build quality is far too lightweight for professional use.
Summary: I bought this tripod to use with a Kowa TSN-823 spotting scope based on reviews. This tripod is too small to use with a spotting scope. The slightest wind or the slightest movement of the fluid head causes tripod movement that takes too long to settle. Buy a more substantial tripod for use with a scope.