Summary: I now have two of these tripods, one that I keep in my main office and another that I keep in my remote office so I don't have to ship a tripod. They were low priced enough to warrant having two of them. These have a smooth feel for panning, and I like the added "pro" feature of the level on there. The remote is simple but works flawlessly every time.
Summary: I use this product to video tape church, weddings and sweet fifteenth. I love the remote; I can concentrate more on what I am shooting. The only complain would be that sometimes it's not so smooth.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Summary: This Sony tripod's strongest feature for me is the improvedcontrol over my HDR-HC7 camera's zoom. The little HC7's on-camera zoom control has a very short range of motion, and 1/4 can make the difference between a nice slow zoom and a rush.Another nice feature built into the controls is a power lock button... Lefty's' check this out-you can make it into a left-hand tripod by just undoing a nut and putting the control arm into the opposite side.
Summary: I'm not a pro, but I certainly agree with Ed above. I hadbeen frustrated with a number similarly priced tripods thatare afflicted with stiction, which is a jump you can'tavoid at the beginning of a pan because the head partssettle together when at rest and stick a little. I've evenseen this complaint lodged against the 501 head. But thisSony has zero stiction and zero play. That alone makes itworth the price. The zoom controller is gravy, but verynice gravy.
Summary: This has to be the best kept secret for extreme travelability in a PROFESSIONAL feeling pan and tilt head. It feels like a mini Oconner or Miller fluid head and can give you ultra smooth moves in a small package. I've taken one to Italy and the Yucatan as my PRIMARY professional head and tripod and am constantly amazed at what it can do in fast paced, travel environment.