A very good compromise between weight and stability. Stable in most conditions- If very tall user in windy conditions and heavy gear might display some bounce at full extention- but for my purposes rock solid. Construction sturdy enough for enthusiatic amatuer. Useful carrier/shoulder bag.Small internal zip section holding the small macro stem but enough room for other gadgets -I use it to stow my wireless cable release. Legs slide out easily when the clips are released. The option of leg sections and the 4 lockable leg positions means fits most scenarios/ ground situations. Not had chance to use pistol grip in anger as yet but thought it would be usefull for video work, certainly seems smooth enough. Used With Panasonic GH2 and lenses up to 100-300 telezoom but dont think owners of larger heavier DSLR kit would have much to complain about.