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Good for you? Depends...
on 17 June 2014
I have used other similar designs including the original Sirui T-025 (not the current "X" version) and this inexpensive tripod is far better for my purposes. However there's a big "gotcha" that may be a show-stopper for some: the ball head.
The ball head was a big disappointment. The good news is it feels smooth and locks solidly, the bad news is it moves slightly as you lock it (very annoying) and although it looks like it will take "Arca Swiss"-type plates they don't fit, only the plate supplied with it works. This is an awful (and stupid) piece of design making it totally useless to anyone like me who uses Arca-type plates already.
The rather heavy head also amounts to almost a third of the total weight, so even had the head been more usable I would probably have discarded it because of the weight. To be fair the tiny (but excellent) head supplied with the Sirui T-025 costs far more on its own than this complete tripod so direct comparison is unfair. Fortunately I already had a suitable replacement head.
Although the legs are not particularly well made, feeling a bit cheap compared with the Sirui, the design makes them very stable. In fact the the cheap Amazon Basics tripod legs are significantly more useful - "better" - than the much more expensive Sirui. I was unable to compare side by side but at full leg extension (not centre column) the Amazon has less leg flex than the Sirui. I quickly got over the lack of "quality fell" when it became clear that functionally the cheap Amazon wins hands down.
I didn't get this at the £25 price quoted by another reviewer (wow, what a bargain!) but the £50 or so I paid is still a very good price indeed for carbon fibre legs, even allowing for the modest build quality. I think of the head as a free extra which may be of use to some but not me. Replacing it with a smaller, lighter, better quality head transforms the tripod into something that challenges the performance of much more expensive alternatives.