For the money this is an excellent tripod. It has virtually all the features you could ask for - spirit level, quick release plate and a smooth action tilt and pan head (ideal for use with video camera). The tripod seems well built and sturdy. I'm about 5'11" and it extends higher than I would need.. The only reason I don't give a 5 star rating is that there is no hook on the bottom of the centre column to hang a bag for increased stability, something a serious photographer would find useful. That said, I'm sure some makeshift arrangement would do the job. From what I can see the equivalent Jessops tripod with a hook is nearly £[...] so this is a good buy.