My 30+ year old Slik 88 tripod, although still giving outstanding service, is sometimes a bit heavy for lugging about. I started looking for a lighter option that would allow me to use both an Olympus DSLR with a long lens fitted and a lightweight Panasonic video camera.
A friend had purchased a Hama tripod and, to be honest, I wasn't too impressed with it so I went for another well known name in tripods, Velbon.
After a day of testing and evaluating (playing about) I find that it's nearly as good as my old Slik, just lighter and much cheaper. The build quality is excellent and the tripod is very stable, even at full extension. The video pin is spring loaded and retracts when mounting a still camera while preventing any sideways movement when panning with a video camera.
My heaviest lens is a Zuiko 300mm f2.8 which mounted perfectly via its own tripod fitting with the DSLR attached and was well balanced on the tripod with no signs of the tripod or mounting plate being stressed at all.
Dug out my old Mamiya 645 medium format and it fitted a treat, just as though the tripod was made for it, think I'll dust it off, get some 120 roll film and start enjoying some old fashioned non-automated photography again.
Some of the head movements were a little sticky to start off with but, after less than a day's use, are smoothing out nicely.
I would have liked a hook or other attachment at the bottom of the column for hanging a camera bag to increase stability but, at this price, you can't have everything.
Overall a five star performance from a well built tripod that lives up to it's quoted specification. Needs a small amount of running in to get everything to operate smoothly but will, I'm sure, give me many years of satisfactory service.