I bought Bogen/Manfrotto legs and head (separately) about 7 years ago for maybe $350. The legs are mag fiber and can hold up to about 18 pounds (maybe more). The center column can come out and be put in sideways to shoot downwards at something. The whole thing is lightweight enough I'm fine with hauling it through the woods for awhile. My old tripod was a Slik that weighed a ton and was a pain to use, therefore I never used it. This one is holding up fairly well.