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It IS very light, but
on October 26, 2013
First off, this is SOOOO light compared with my usual tripod, (which with ball head attached comes into the ring at almost 12 pounds). The legs lock securely, extend and retract easily, and the head actually isn't bad at all. I wanted a light tripod that wouldn't beat me up on hikes, and this for sure delivers there. At low extensions, it's fairly stable, but my main camera is a beast, and with long glass, it's just too much for this tripod at full leg extension. Dolica sells extra base plates really cheap (a big plus).
The center column collar lock is not nearly as easy to use as a crank, and you will want to hang onto your camera when you loosen it (because it will go down - immediately, and not very politely). In the same vein, it takes both hands to raise the center column - not always ideal. I understand - it saves weight, so it isn't a deal breaker, but worth noting.
I use it a lot, but have to do the timed shutter or use a remote - the slightest touch causes bounce and sway with an A77 and battery grip (especially with big glass). It is an EXCELLENT off camera flash stand in a pinch, and I often clamp reflectors to it too, so it's worth the few bucks it costs just for it's versatility IMHO.
Summary: It beats the tar out of no tripod at all, it's super light and extends to usable height, comes with a decent ball and a nice bag, has parts availability and is uber cheap. Maybe I should have gone 4 stars, and people with compact cameras will surely go 5, but for a heavy DSLR, it just doesn't have enough mass to prevent movement. My 12 pounder lives to fight another day.
I was hoping for a super light, super stable solution, but alas, physics rears it's ugly head to remind me that a 2 pound object at rest can not be expected to restrain a 6 pound object in motion.