Summary: It is ok for the money but is not great if its breezy and the fittings do not hold snug. When shooting vertical it slips downward and its tough to get the Quick Release to hold tight enough. I have used it for several years but recently decided to spend more money for better performance.
Summary: this is a good product at a good price. it's solid construction and light weight are a great alternative for somebody on a budget. i've owned this for a couple years now and haven't had a problem.
Summary: This is a great tripod for the money. It's sturdy enough to hold my Canon DSLR with a telephoto lens, and light enough for me to schelp around with ease. Easy to level as well, the legs are very smooth.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
Summary: it's plastic.However quite stable.
I'm considering a 70-200 IS F2.8/L,so wait and see if it can carry it.
However,I think it will work perfectly until you put some huge stuffs such as 1Ds Mark3 plus a 400 4/L...
Summary: This thing is very steady, however there is one thing I don't like about is that the level trigger thing in the middle is very annoying. When I roll it to the high level it cannot handle heavy camera to hold on to it. I wish there is a lock button to hold it.
Summary: I've had experience with the bargain brands, and those aren't even worth the trouble. If you are looking for a great bargain, though, this is the one. I wouldn't trust using this for rugged outdoor shooting, but it's great for my studio set up. It has a fluid head, bubble level and feels like it won't tip over as easily as the cheap-o tripods. Definitely a great buy at $50, as the next plateau of tripods with the same functionality are more than double the price.
Pros: Compact and light, but able to support large rigs (up to 15lbs). All in one solution (Fluid Head + Legs).
Cons: Plastic knobs and camera plate. Hard plastic, slippery feet.