I have purchaced the Barska for myself and more than a dozen photographers I work with. We use it for volume portrait photography. The simi-fluid head works great if you add a Bogen flip bracket for vertical/horizontal work. The handle kind of gets in my way so I remove it. The final result is a super quick to adjust head that stays where you put it.
Without a doubt, this is a professional tripod. Quite heavy, though it does come in a sturdy, ballistic nylon carry bag. My only complaint is that it smells funny! Odd, I know, but it has a strong metallic smell. I had to move it from my office because it bothered me so much.
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