I'm very pleased with this lamp, which meets my requirements very well -- used to illuminate a drawing board where i work both at large scale, needing good, even 'daylight' illumination when natural daylight is not available, and sometimes at very small scale needing a magnifier. This lamp is sturdy and well made, and, thanks to stout wing nuts at the joints, holds its position well. It is heavy, but that is a consequence of its sturdiness, given its good size and reach.The lighting is fine, as is the lens, with its hinged cover. It does need a strong table edge to fix the clamp to (or a very stable drawing board). There is no free-standing base, and any that there were would need to be pretty heavy, and could not really be expected within the price. Such a base should perhaps be an optional extra, but it shouldn't be beyond the wit of most users to improvise a suitable fixing arrangement with the clamp. I consider it very good value at the price, considering that most alternatives are a good deal more expensive.