Excerpt: It's a quality product and worth every penny. Very smooth pan. Versatile with three different leg settings, I particularly enjoy the ability to reverse the center-beam for close-in macro-shooting and document archiving. Bottom line is. . why put an expensive camera and lens on a flimsy base? Perfect for me; someone not a pro but looking to get more serious about photography. Some have complained that it is a bit heavy and that's true. .
Excerpt: I use this for landscape photography, and HDR work.It's tall enough, solid, and not too heavy to carry on a trail, although I wouldn't want to take it more than a few miles.The maximum weight it will support is 5 Kilograms, or 11 pounds, so your 400mm 2.8 is to heavy for this unit.I like the dual levels, no more off kilter photographs!
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: This tripod is as good or better than alot of the higher priced ones i have looked at. Its smooth and easy to set up, the lever style leg locks hold solid as does the center coloum, very sturdy. I am six foot and with the center coloum all the way down its the perfect hight for me, no hunching over. I like the wieght of it, some people have said it is heavy, but I think it feels sturdier, doesnt feel like it will blow over in a breeze.
Pros: Good Stability, Solid, Unfolds Quickly, WELL BUILT
Excerpt: I have used this product to shoot landscapes, and for panning. It has a very smooth swivel for panning, and is very sturdy for long exposures. It is extremely well built. While it is a bit heavy, I like the solid feel of it.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Unfolds Quickly, Very Sturdy Tripod
Summary: SLIK 700DX has always been a photographer's favorite tripod. Bang for the buck at its price. However, be warned that it is pretty heavy so it's not the most portable tripod. This tripod, though, should last you a lifetime. The only upgrade you may want is a new head, though the stock one is sufficient.