I have used about every brand and style of tripod/monopod available over the last 45+years. To make a long history of comparisons short,let me say that in my opinion,the SUNPAK PLATINUM PLUS ULTRA SERIES IS ONE OF THE BEST TRIPOD/MONOPOD COMBOS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM ANY MANUFACTURER ANYWHERE..BAR NONE..!! My reasons are simple,,.1st there are bubble levels on both the tripod AND the quick release head;2nd, each of the tripod's three 3 section legs are made from high quality light weight aluminum each with three sets of easy to open/close locks; AND 3rd, SUNPAK warrantees each PLATINUM PLUS ULTRA series tripod with a LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY (BTW, in all my years of ownership of 4 different models of SUNPAK tripods,I've only had to make use of their warranty once...,,and it was NOT DUE TO A MANUFACTURER ISSUE but a failure due my error !!) SUNPAK replaced my tripod in total and WITHOUT QUESTION. I wish every MANUFACTURER handled their warranty issues as well and as COURTEOUSLY as DID SUNPAK. If you are in the market for a EXTREMELY WELL DESIGNED AND BUILT TRIPOD FROM A EXCELLENT MANUFACTURER THAT FIRMLY STANDS BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT LINE THAT IS SOLD BY A COMPANY THAT DOES LIKEWISE(BEST BUY), THEN in my opinion, you CANNOT AND WILL NOT GO WRONG buying a SUNPAK PLATINUM PLUS ULTRA 7000 TM TRIPOD/MONOPOD COMBINATION. This is my second one and I'M JUST AS PLEASED WITH THIS ONE AS MY FIRST...Try it..you'll LIKE IT.