Summary: I just received my tripod. I love the weight and it is very solidly built along with very stable. The technical details say it supports up to 25lbs, the manufacturer tags states 8.8lbs. I bought this for my DLSR and Canon 70-200 lens which weighs pretty close to 8 pounds, the max for this tripod. I don't like being at the max of anything when I am trusting my $2000.00+ camera& lens. I probably would have purchased the next on up had the write up been accurate.
Summary: Overall the tripod is great. The only problem is that there is no quick release for the pan head. It is not very useful to have to screw in the camera every time you need to use it. Solved the problem by getting a quick release, that worked perfectly , it wasn't the higher priced tripod model (actually it was a third of the cost and had secure locking clamps).
Summary: I've had a Velbon aluminum tripod (used for my Minolta X370) for 25 years. I've used it several hundred times and have never had a single problem. So when I started shopping for a tripod to support my much more expensive and heavier digital equipment, then found the CF530, it seemed like a no brainer. I found it here on Amazon, but wanting it that day, I called the big box store and they had it in stock, and to my surprise, for less than here on Amazon.
Summary: Got one today and am very pleased. A good deal for the money. Sturdy, light weight, and all of the controls just work very well. I particularly like how you can fold in/out both of the clamps on each leg at the same time with one hand, which speeds up the process. And you don't *have* to remove one of the handles to put it in the bag. You can leave the top unzipped a little ways and carry it with the one handle sticking out a bit.
Summary: I bought this tripod for my Nikon D200 setup. I was using, till now, a cheap $20 tripod from Ritz. I must say, this is one heck of a sturdy tripod. I was looking for something from Bogen-Manfrotto and around the $150 mark. But I found this at Best Buy for $199 (I didn't buy this from amazon) and once I checked it out, I didn't mind the extra cost, at all. Its light and sturdy. Exactly what I was looking for, since I travel quite a bit and need portability.
Summary: OK, I admit I just spent about a grand which I should not have for a used Canon 20D and a nice 28-135 USM IS lens to attach to it. I love them both dearly. SO much, I was not willing to put them on my old $30 tri that I trusted my Olympus P&S with. So, I sucked it up and went shopping for a real tri. This tripod rocks! Light, tough, carry bag, stone bag...and only $199 at a Big Box store. I liked it better than the Manfrotto they had, and it was only $15 bucks more.
Summary: I was considering a Manfrotto 055XB but it is just too heavy to lug around. Even the 055MF model is 5 pounds, not to mention very expensive. I spent hours in the camera stores comparing models. From the moment I picked this one up I liked it, mainly because of it's light weight. It's less than 4 lbs! Second, to my surprise, it was tall enough for me, and third, the price.