Excerpt: I ditched the head the second I bought and mated it with my manfrotto 498rc2. For what I do (wilderness/ hiking/ urban exploring/ decaying buildings) this is perfect. Its compact and light. Strong and cheap pricing.
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: Purchased this carbon fiber tripod on sale at @ for use with a DSLR. Was leery of the pistol-grip head from the get-go. After a period of use, I was very satisfied with tripod (leg-locks, position options, etc.) but did not like the head, (stiff. insecure, etc.
Excerpt: This is not the answer to my tripod quest. The convenience of a lightweight and tall tripod with a pistol grip is overshadowed by the fussy little springs and levers and twist knobs which you need to get tight in order for a camera to stay in place, especially in "portrait" position.
Excerpt: The quick release spring broke in the first month. But the head still works and holds the camera. The head does NOT hold my long lens. Holding by hand works, but my remote releases are useless when the lens points to the ground. Now, after 2 years of moderate use, one of the legs won't hold.
Excerpt: Easy to use, I ha a full size DSLR with a 300mm lens mounted. There was more than enough support and it was easily moved around when shooting a wedding and reception. I also used to shoot a soccer game and the grip control made it easy to move with the action.
Excerpt: I take hundreds of nature pictures each week and do some rigorous hiking and use this tripod for 90% of the shots. It is a great tripod - light weight and verstile, at an affordable price. I use this with a canon 60D, and 3 lenses, including a 70-300mm and it holds the camera just fine.