This is a handy little gadget, and highly portable. Thanks to other reviewers, I knew before I ordered it that it would be unlikely to cope with the weight of an SLR. Certainly the item I received will only just support my CSC, and it simply collapses under the weight of my 5D Mark II, even with a lightweight lens attached. However it is good with a compact, which is what I bought it for. For me, it loses a star for the product description (it should not pretend to be suitable for an SLR), and it loses another star for being overpriced: this is a very simple bit of plastic and metal, made in China and probably costing a matter of pence to produce. Looks nice with the Manfrotto logo, though!