Excerpt: I generally use this tripod for landscapes, low light photography, and head shots. It seems like it is built to last. My previous tripod is dinky compared to the 500DX. Although this tripod is very tough extended at regular height, when the legs are flipped out, it has some give.
Pros: Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Excerpt: This thing is a brute, very happy with it so far. This will suit all my needs. I debated about this one vs. the 700 Slik and I'm glad I went with this one. It sets up fast, easy to use and still attaches easily to my Lowpro bag for travel.
Excerpt: I use this is a studio setting and love it. All of my exposures are between 1/3 and 2 seconds, and it's very stable. However, the part that attached to the head, all the paint is chipping off the swing arm.
Excerpt: A good steady tripod. It can hold a decent amount of weight. I can strap it to my camera bag. At 5.4 pounds, it doesn't feel all that heavy. I like the 'spider legs' so as to get those close up shots. I would very much recommend this tripod. A great price from B&H as well.
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: Very sturdy tripod and easy to set up. The column can be reversed and be used for macro. It has a great wide base for low to ground photgraphy. The only con I have is that the ad says there is a optional short column, however there is none available.