I have the Flashpoint CF1228 and have not had any problems with it. I use it with my 4x5 Tachihara, Bronica SQA and Nikon F3. The little Flashpoint B2 ballhead I got with it is tiny so I switched out a slightly larger Bogen ballhead for it when I use the 4x5 unless I want to go really light. I bought this outfit because it only weighs something like 3.5 lbs. My old Bogen 3021 was just too heavy to carry around at 8000-10,000 feet in elevation here in New Mexico. The little Flashpoint is a joy to carry.