Recently I have tried several tripods, all the sold brand names, but with a budget of £200 for legs and head, nothing was coming up solid enough. I am a landscape and macro photographer, so I needed a decent quality but I was not willing to spend £500 - I have my eye on a new piece of glass. I did a great deal of searching and testing, a great deal! I thought I was going to have to up my budget until I saw a recommendation for this and bought one. It was a superb purchase, yes it is a little weighty but it is so well made, absolutely rock solid, great quality. I already had a Manfrotto 222 head, and this fits and works perfectly. It is a great joy to find tripod of this quality for such a great price. If I was bring hyper critical I would liked to have had longer foam leg covers that reached down the whole length of the first section but I suppose I will treat myself to a set on the money I saved. Highly recommend this tripod!