I do like stuff that is upgrade proof, and at some point I will want to improve my cameras significantly. I mostly video at basketball games and at children's plays. I had an older Manfrotto setup with the 502 head last year. Liked it, but it got swiped during a tournament. This one feels super sturdy, but is going to cause me issues in travel. The head, however, is in a completely different class. I'm tempted to try it tomorrow and see if it works for me. Last week I had to shoot with an old Libec that I had laying around, and I was afraid that just tripping into it would break the entire affair.