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If you are considering spending more than $700 dollars on a tripod, you should seriously consider finding a way to buy this tripod instead. As a professional, I have seen every tripod, and seen that many or most in this size range are unacceptable. You know, trying to make a small adjustment and instead you get a jerk, which makes your shot amateur. And clients hate that, even the local furniture store you're shooting for or the couple watching the wedding you shot. If you ever see broadcast professionals with full size gear, take note of their tripod.. it will likely be a Sachtler. I am a professional who works on all levels, and at times that means working with smaller HD and HDV cameras like the Sony Z7U or the Panasonic HVX200. When I bought this tripod I was hoping it was a scaled down version of the modern full size Sachtler tripod and not cheap feeling. I am very happy with this tripod. With this tripod I deliver professional video content. I can adjust headroom in an interview with the touch of a finger, so subtly that the viewer has no idea I made an adjustment. I can initiate a pan or tilt so smoothly that the viewer can't pinpoint the particular moment when the move began. Your client will see smooth video, no shaky or jerky shots, unless you are just that kind of shooter. No need to grip the tripod with an iron fist because of the 5 settings for tilt and pan to tune to your particular shoot. Properly adjusted, your tripod should stay level with your subject and not drift up or down. With your hands off the tripod, you are not transmitting body tremble into your shot. Gently touch the tripod with your finger to adjust your shot. If you're shooting sports, you might consider hanging a little weight from the center ball. The legs release and extend with one lever on each leg, which is faster. Release them when the legs are together, so they reach the ground together. Then when you spread them, you only need to fine tune with the leveling ball. Time to get your shot. Take care of the tripod, keep it in the case whenever possible. When you release the legs, be sure they reach the ground and don't come to a stop on their own, against the stops. Avoid impacts on the legs when moving gear. Put it on top! Love this tripod and it will love you back, and put more money in your pocket.