I took a chance on this tripod, and it has paid off !. BUT, i have also found, along with other customers, that the pan head is a little too tight for comfortable operation,. I think it will loosen a bit after use though, so i am happy to keep it. The construction is quite good and feels very sturdy in use. One down side was the very slow dispatch from Amazon. I have just cancelled another order from them due to non dispatch in a week in spite of the item being in stock. It cant take a week to get it off the shelf can it Amazon...!