I've been using this tripod for a year and a half making videos of various kinds. I shoot with a panasonic GH2 which is a small camera so weight is not an issue. I have also connected a Lilliput 7 inch monitor, clamped to one of the tripod arms and that works well as a shooting set up. If you are thinking of buying to use for filming bear in mind that the quality of the clamps and wing nuts holding things together are not great, I have mine set up so it is ready to go with one twist of the main locking nut to level the camera platform. It is very heavy! so carrying it is not fun, but I prefer a solid camera platform for any form of filming. I try to avoid quick panning with a DSLR due to rolling shutter issues, so the fluid head is fine for small slow movements and I am only shooting interviews and gen shots of people not sports or fast action when I go for hand held anyway, so all in all for the price, I'd get one and if it breaks I'd get another. If I need some really professional legs and camera mount with rails, I budget to hire a set up for a one off job. For the rest of the time, this tripod has served me well. I wont give it five stars due to the overall build quality but use it carefully and it should be OK.