Without it being a fluid head, I am going to have a hard time giving it 5 stars, but for the money this thing is pretty awesome. Lets go through the positives first.- All metal design (a little heavy, but heavy duty)- Two camera mount plates. I happen to have two cameras, so cool- Legs are sturdy (and all metal - including the clamps)- Leg feet are cool, and can spin back to reveal spikes- Two arms, or if your like me, you can choose either side to have a single arm- Bag is nice - not sure I will use it.- You can use the legs later when you upgrade the head.The cons- Its not lightweight. That works for me as I am putting a heavier camera on it.- You may need to tune it when it arrives.So lets talk about the last point here. Tuning it. When it arrived, the panning mechanism was really too stiff. Even with the tensioner bolt all the way loose, it was really too stiff to pan effectively. I took the head apart and loosed the main pivot screw a 1/8th turn and locked the nut back on tight. This made a world of difference. Now I get smooth panning and full adjustment from the tensioner bolt.So, is it worth $80 - Absolutely. Seriously. I couldn't find a better tripod under $100. If you need an extra tripod or are am amateur with a bigger camera, this is a nice buy. Does it compete with high end fluid heads? Not really. But that isn't the goal of this tripod.So buy it, and don't be afraid to get some grease on your hands to tune it perfectly.