I bought this as backup for my regular (heavy) Velbon tripod, to provide a much lighter alternative to go with my MM3 travel scope, which is itself a lighter alternative to my full size Swarovski. I'm generally quite happy with it so far, the whole outfit is much lighter than my other gear. My reservations were and are that it would not be satisfactorily steady for the scope (it is better than I expected) and that the all-plastic pan and tilt head would be fragile. This will remain to be seen, but after past experience with a cheapish tripod bought from Currys which was total rubbish (the plastic clamp ring broke at the first tightening and the clamping screws lost their thread nearly as quickly...straight to the bin), caution will prevail. This one seems a much better design, but I will be very cautious when tightening the clamp screws. Any problems and I will update this review. Overall on first impressions I rather like it and will try it out seriously in Portugal this summer. Will update if need be. Update after a few uses: I still like it for light use, goes quite well with my Opticron MM360 fieldscope, also as expected a little bit shaky hands-on. Best to set it up and view without touching to avoid vibration. One bad fault emerged though - the plate clamp is not secure and can allow the tripod to separate from the scope or camera when carrying it fitted, fortunately it was the tripod which dropped to the ground rather than the scope, but this is potentially disastrous. I will be modifying the tripod head to fit a locking plate clamp for peace of mind. July 2018: done that for peace of mind, successfully, with the aid of high strength bonding agent and a metal locking clamp. Another problem has arisen though, the horizontal swivel clamp hand screw loosens and falls off too readily, lost it the second time and had to improvise a new one. A bit more attention to detail design at minimal extra cost would be welcome ... So, a decent little tripod but take care.
Although I didn't purchase this tripod from Amazon (I purchased from John Lewis) I have had this tripod for about 3 years and it still works brilliantly. It comes with a small pouch with a sling strap has a spirit level, portrait mode, smooth panning, and easy three way movements. It's good for photo and keeping your camera still in videos. For a tripod in the £20-30 price bracket it is most impressive. The base is sturdy and although it does not have a removable head it doesn't matter. This product from Velbon is a great steal for less than £30 and a highly recommended buy for the price. The quick release plate is a massive bonus, adding to the desirability. The maximum height is useful but predictably less stable than at a lower height. A nice and compact shortest height is useful for travelling too.
In conclusion this is an excellent first tripod for beginners and the maximum load weight is adequate for the beginner DSLR user.
Great for value. Although not recommended by a lot of people, this tripod has kept up the weight of my D700 full frame camera and 24 - 85mm camera lens, which weighs around 1.4 KG for a very long time. Its also been battered alot during my adventures, so thats really something.