Thanks a lot for this review. I bought the same tripod because your review. My demands where small (for plain travels, and hikes), and carbon cause that makes it lighter but also dempens schocks better. I kept looking at manfrotta and i feel a fool for even considering the 190cx3, Being double price of this. I also read quite some unhappy manfrotto (cheap ones) owners, unlike the Serui owners. I go on travel next week and wanted fast (yet as good as possible) travel tripod and after extensive search it became this one. More over it's very cheap on amazon.de, and free delivery (140 euro), wich seems a bargain for a carbon fiber tripod.