I am an avid hiker and adventurer, so I was looking for a tripod to take with me on my hiking trips. I previously had the Sony VCT-R100�Sony VCT-R100 Lightweight Compact Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head�and that was wonderful. It was small, easy to use, and sturdy enough for what I needed. Unfortunately, one day, will packing it away in a suitcase, I broke off the tilt piece, rendering it almost useless.I then made my way over to this tripod. I am a big fan of Sony gear, as I feel they are high-quality and durable. So, buying this tripod was an easy decision. My first time using it was in ZIon National Park. I wanted to shoot the night sky so I whipped this bad boy out. Let me say, this was NOT super intuitive to use. I was unfamiliar with the system to lock the camera onto the tripod, so I struggled to secure the camera. I am still not a fan of the camera mount, as I don't like the design. You have to remove a piece from the tripod, screw that piece into your camera, and then re-palce the piece back onto the tripod. Not intuitive.Secondly, I found this was a bit bulkier and not as easy to carry around as the previously tripod. Yes, this one was much sturdier and I was confident using it even in the wind, but it was a little too big for my comfort. That's not a knock on the actual tripod, moreso a personal preference for my use.Overall, I actually found this tripod to be much MORE than I needed. It is sturdy, extends tall enough for me (I'm 6'3""), and all of the levers/knobs/screws lock into place. Essentially, you can place your camera at any angle and it will lock in. My only knock on it is that it doesn't fit in any sort of backpack. I've attached pictures beside my full-size backpack, and there is not a chance you can fit this in there. This would not be a good tripod to use if you're looking for something compact or easy to use. I recommend this more for the serious photographer who is going to take pictures in easily accessible places with not a lot of movement.