I love this tripod and I do no Feel That I'm carrying some heavy photographic equipment with me as this tripod is very very light and I do not hesitate to carry it along with me everytime I travel. I do a lot of macro photography and Sometimes I Feel thatthis tripod is limited with respect to the ways in Which Can Be Positioned this. For example., The middle column Could therefore havebeen made collapsible from the bottom. But other than that I find this easy to use. I'm satisfied with my purchase. I would highly recommend this tripod.