Now this is one heck of a good tripod. I initially love photography and this product helped me so much. The velbon qhd-71 allows me to swiftly move my camera from side to side to get amazing real time transitions, this means that I can have better videos and better photo angles. It does have a flaw which is the hefty weight. The hefty weight makes it a difficult job to carry in my rucksack when going places, especially if they are far away and on foot. I love the measuring instrument on the side due to the fact that I can position my camera just about right for that perfect shot! I also love the fact that it is portable and can be take anywhere but is let down because of the weight it comes with. The durability on this thing is just phenomenal! I have dropped the product many times with my camera mounted on it! Every single time it dropped I noticed no scuffs or marks on the camera or in fact the tripod! The extension of the tripod is taller than me and I am 6 ft! The height of it really surprised me, I could get those shots from above that are nearly impossible on other tripods you may find on market today. Tripods are rarely bought due to the fact that no one really needs them except pro photographers (me!), but if you are looking for a good,reliable and durable tripod, then this is the one for you!