I just bought a Dolica LX650B502D/S which is pretty much the same as the Dolica presented in this article. Difference being mine has a black finish not the brushed. Every thing else is the same. Got this from Costco with the included P200 pan head for $150.00. I bought this brand of tripod because I already have their ZX600B103 carbon fiber tripod. While I haven't conducted such an exhaustive test as performed here, I have owned the carbon fiber tripod for a few years. I bought that one as well from Costco for $100.00. Both tripods represent a great value to me. They are well made, solid tripods and offered for a price point that gives far greater value than the big names like Gitzo and Manfrotto, I have never liked using them. If there was one thing I wish it had and that is a short column accessory. I have not seen the machining issues the reviewer has made mention of. I'm very happy with the tripod and the included pan head is a real bonus for shooting video with my 5D II.