Excerpt: For the cost, this tripod is well constructed and fairly sturdy. Unfortunately, with the sturdy construction also comes the weight. This is by far one of the heaviest tripods I own. I definately would only consider this model for home/studio stationary use or very (very) light field use.
Pros: Attractive design, Quick setup, Sturdy construction
Excerpt: I purchased this tripod based on its load capacity rating for use with a gimble type lens support and large telephoto lenses. Once in use it's of my opinion that the load rating for this unit may be slightly over-stated.
Excerpt: Its a decent head but its quite heavy and the handles don't feel very secure, they go from nice and tight to very loose in one turn, needs some refinement. The quick release is excellent when I swap between my spotting scope and camera.
Excerpt: SILK says this tripod can support up to 11 lbs, but in the instructions it says it is not to be used for telephoto lenses, and sure enough, I can't get the panhead to hold a shot. You can literally see it drift no matter how hard you crank down on the lock.
Excerpt: I use this tripod/head mostly for macro shots, and occassionally for general photography. The legs are excellent; solid, easy to use, and they adjust from a low ground level to a heighth over my head. All locks are positive and well made.
Excerpt: The 700DX tripod would be five stars except for the round quick release plate. The quality and value are excellent, it is as sturdy as they say, and it has a great feel to it. It is indeed massive, but the 74" height is great, especially for 6'2" me who likes to take sky pictures looking through a...
Excerpt: Solid base but panhead doesn't work for camcorders. Lots of levels and controls on panhead, but pan/tilt mechanism is very rough. The small pan/tilt control handle is totally inadequate even when the extension piece from the level control is used.