Excerpt: I've owned Manfrotto products for years and have been very happy with them. I recently decided to upgrade my current, smaller, lighter, carbon fiber tripod with something a little more sturdy. I discovered my moon shots, no matter how I shot them, were not crisp and sharp. They were ok....
Heavy but sturdy - great for compositing/long exposure
kimsmithphoto, B&H Photo
30 June 2015
Excerpt: this is a bit cumbersome for a 5'4" person of small frame, but worth it to have rock-solid steadiness. I composite and do long exposures, so if you need your rig to withstand some wind and accidental nudges, this is it. All the parts ensure fine-tune adjustments
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: I work in a TV station, and amazingly, this tripod is heavier than the commercial production team's Manfrottos. It's truly a beast, but steady as a rock, and I have little trouble hauling it around using my fluid head handle to carry it.
Excerpt: This tripod is very stable and of excellent build. The cross braces add to the stability. The quick release plate allows for front to rear adjustment. The gear crank column is smooth and makes elevation changes quick and easy. The only thing I don't like is the weight.
Excerpt: This is a big, stable tripod. I would have preferred carbon fiber for the weight but the cost was not justified. The tripod is fully adjustable and the cross braces add good stability. I'll tote it when I have to, but only for short distances.