Summary: I like to take a lot of low-level lighting shots and needed stability. This tripod is rock-steady. I wanted to keep the cost down so I picked a tripod from the lower end of the Manfrotto product line (but still be able to have the camera at 72" so I wasn't always hunched over). I was a little concerned that the tripod would sufficiently support Nikon D70 with a 80-300 lense. I needn't have worried.
Pros: Compact, Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
Manfrotto 785 Modo Maxi Photo Video Grip Head Tripod
Cliff Dearing "Belated Tech Connoisseur", Amazon
30 January 2010
Summary: One word: WOW This tripod EXCEEDED my expectations. It is extremely lightweight and very compact. I would have liked to have seen a case or bag of some sort included with it but what can ya do? This product may intimidate you at first in-person glance but after a quick read through the manual it calms you right down. Those little intimidations are part of what make it amazing. They packed a lot of versatility and functionality into this lil puppy!
Summary: I just baught my first Canon eos 500D digital camera, and then I baught this tripod. For the prize that I paid I am very pleased with it! Good height, easy to adjust, light-weighted and really easy to use. A big plus for the possibility to easily angle the camera - also at 90 deegrees - with the joystick. For me, that is not a professional photographer, this tripod is really just what I needed. I just want the possibility to be in the picture myself on special occations.
Summary: Lets get this straight up front. This tripod is designed for 1kg (~2.2lbs). If you are still lugging around a tank like DSLR, this is probably not the tripod for that DSLR. (And yes, I still own a couple) If you have joined the light camera revolution with a m4/3 camera, then this tripod is amazing and is a no brainer. The quality on this tripod is first rate. I was looking for a inexpensive, light, quality, tripod. All that I was finding was cheap, light and crappy.
Summary: I suddenly needed a tripod for an upcoming out of town trip. I was initially considering Dolica620B but is currently out of stock so i had to go to my local camera store to get one. I wanted something light and compact for travel and then use for occasional group/family pictures so nothing really fancy. When i was looking around i happen to see this small tripod.
Summary: I needed a good and lightweight tripod and this fits. I use it for traveling most of the time and its compact and lightweight is great. From the instructions on the box, this tripod is made for point and shoot, but it works out fine for a DSLR. when the tripod's leg is fully extended, it is kinda flimsy, but that is what you get for going lightweight.
Summary: A must get for location photographers. I even used my 7d/batt. grip/30mm f1.4 Sigma lens on it. I never left it by itself for too long, but it did it's job. I do agree that the ball head needs better construction.