I have started to do some shots that require a steady hold, and being mostly table top based, the use of a standard sized tripod was a pain the derriere. I bought one of those gorilla tripods, the SLR one. Two word review for you.....DON'T BOTHER. What a waste. With my D7000 and just a 50mm prime it would constantly move and droop unless it was dead level - not what I required at all, good for nothing.
After a bit of research I went for this, and I am so glad I did. It was over double what I paid for the Gorilla, but I would happily pay more as it's a great bit of kit.
Construction: chunky, sturdy - feels quality. Although the twist-to-lock/unlock legs do concern me a little with regards to longevity, the main element that really stands out is the head (the Velbon QHD-51Q); a very nice and well manufactured part. The ball&socket design requires just one lock to put it into any position and it is all metal, so a reduced fear of damaging from over twisting that comes with cheaper models. The release is quick, and contains a very nice clicky clip that holds the bracket open until you next drop the camera in - I like that a lot. The shoe itself is very small, so much so I keep it on my camera all the time now so it's always there. Don't even notice it.
Legs: these extend very well from about 10cm to just over 18cm. A quick release button on the top of each allows the legs to splay out further, great for stability. Pushing the legs back into the upright position releases this button and secures them back. There is also an intermediate position too. A simple twist lock allows the central shaft to be raised (needed when splayed. The minimum height with the legs splayed and shaft lowered it about 20cm, the highest about 35cm (reasonably stable too like this if the legs are orientated according to the tilt of the camera). The feet are made of thick rubber and grip well.
Carrying: it is heavy for its size, but this is part and parcel of the good construction. It fits into a small bag of its own and with a cylindrical footprint of about 25cm x 8cm x 8cm.
Getting it set up takes seconds - perfect. An ideal piece of kit when stability is needed for those creative or table-top shots..
Harrisons are a great supplier too, local to me and professionals in the camera business.