Summary: Great tripod for the money. While it may not be as light as some, and it may not support as much as others, it is a great step between flimsy junk tripods and the pro tripods costing hundreds. The head is smooth and sturdy for my longest lens (70-300 VR) and adjustments are very well controlled. Especially nice is the ability to unscrew the center column and spread the legs wide for very low work. Makes macros of flowers and the like much easier.