Excerpt: I use this tripod to take product photos and it works really well. It took a while to get used to all of the ways you can adjust the legs, but I like the fact that you can adjust the angles of the legs. That is something I would give this tripod more stars for. It's big and can take up a lot of room so I tend to use a remote to shoot with.
Excerpt: I found the tilt and pan head too heavy and the handles were so long it was hard to carry hiking. I replaced the head with a F2 Flashpoint ball head. It's lighter and less cumbersome.<br />I don't like the location of the locking collar of the center column. You have to remember to lower the center column before closing the legs. The legs have to be spread wide so that you can turn the collar.<br />It's a good tripod over all.
Excerpt: If I had to do this over again, I would order one with a ball head instead of the 3-way pan head. The pan head is fine and of good quality, but I find it too fussy to work with. I've since added a SLIK Pro 800 ball head to this tripod and I'm much more pleased with how the whole setup performs. I'm relatively new to digital photography and I'm having to learn these lessons as I go, but trust me on this...a ball head is definitely the way to go.
Excerpt: I have modified this tripod in the following ways: <br /><br />1. Replaced the center column with the optional shorter column which reduces the leg set weight to exactly 2 pounds.<br /> <br />2. Replaced the SLIK head with the Adorama Flashpoint F-1 magnesium alloy ball head which weighs 11 ounces.<br /><br />This combination at 2 pounds 11 ounces is an ideal travel and boonie tromping tripod.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly