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Great compact tripod, fair price
on October 20, 2009
I purchased this tripod as a backpackable tripod, because I couldn't afford a carbon-fiber model. That said, this tripod is great, considering the relatively low price. My setup can be rather heavy, with a Nikon D200 + 80-200 f/2.8 lens, but so far the tripod in conjunction with the midi-ball head, has been very sturdy.
The great things about this tripod are the thumb clasps on the telescoping legs (rather than wingnuts), the leg warmers (great at 5am when it's 30 degrees), and the well built and adjustable pivot points on the legs. I find the ability to have legs go totally horizontal is highly useful.
This tripod does have some drawbacks. The first being the telescoping head - even with lighter setups, it introduces vibrations that take a few seconds to subside after hands are free of the camera. This extension is handy only in a pinch, with no wind, a small camera, and a remote release. Fully extended, it's shoddy, at best. This section also prevents the tripod from getting really low to the ground - the lowest it can go is limited by the length of this shaft, since it protrudes below the neck of the tripod.
Also, this tripod is short, fully extended. It's a compact tripod, so that's to be expected, but I'm just providing fair warning to those interested. With the legs fully extended, I have to crouch quite low to look in my camera's viewfinder.
All in all, excellent build quality, nice leg clasps, great adjustability, good for fairly heavy DSLR setups, and sturdy in fair weather conditions. I would recommend this to a friend, looking for a compact tripod for carrying around, and who couldn't get a carbon-fiber model.