I'm Italian, and I'm not very proud to tell that an Italian product is so poor. Manfrotto is a good firm, as its tripods and heads are good, I've been using one of them for a serious work and it did well, but this item is a complete failure, as it's not able to bear the weight of a DSLR as Manfrotto claims. It can barely hold the weight of a Nikon D 90 with a 35 mm lens, and all this with the legs carefully placed in a useless position for my purposes. If I try to put the camera in another position or to use heavier lenses, the legs open themselves and all the stuff goes to rest on the table. This item can hardly bear a light compact camera. Wasted money, at last.