I like to travel with a tripod when doing photographic work but cant always carry a large carbonite tripod on planes. I bought this and whilst it is lightweight it has gotten me out of a few fixes. Easy to put up, easy to put away and as long as your camera isn't too heavy i.e. my Nikon D3 is but my Nikon D90 and P600 are great for the tripod, than this is a cheap accessory which you should have, Are there any downsides? yes. Its just one height, i.e full height you cannot just have it half erected so close -up ground shots are a no-no.