I had been looking to upgrade my tripod for quite some time now and like many of you, was looking for that mix of good solid quality, without the silly price tag. Well folks - this is it.
I found this at the Focus on Imaging exhibition in Birmingham in March 2012, demonstrated to me by the Giottos team. It is solid without being too heavy and also has the benefit of the moveable centre column. I was recommended by the Giottos salesman NOT to buy it at the show as it could be found cheaper online - which i thought was very good of him, considering i was happy with the price he quoted. So finally found it on here and bought it - and what a good move that was. Use it 3 - 4 times a week on average and LOVE it. I use it with the 652 ball head Giottos GTMH1311-652 Ball and Socket Head with Friction Control
and it is an amazing combination. It is SO easy to make adjustments with the ball head and the use of a separate friction control allows you to decide on the mix of hold and movement to suit your needs.
If you are looking for a quality, pro-level tripod at a decent price (this tripod AND ball head combination for less than £200 ) , then your search is over - buy this one !