Some may think it's a lot to pay a hundred odd pounds for a stick... but it's actually so much more than that. Compact, lightweight but incredibly sturdy, allied with the Manfrotto "Joystick" head it's become essential kit to hold up my D3 and 70-200mm f2.8 Nikon lens at fashion shows. I also now use it for some fashion and portrait shoots where a tripod just couldn't be used and I would normally have hand-held. The stability it gives just ensures a crisper, sharper shot. Originally bought in about Feb 2013, I thought I'd wait a little while before posting a review, based on several months of use, and I can confidently say I wouldn't swap it for the world.