I use my tripod to record video most of the time. I rarely use for photography but I am thinking of more uses with photos after using this tripod. This tripod has a sturdy, durable, professional build to it. The knobs and functional features of this tripod are amazing. The legs can be controlled individually as to where the other lower grade tripods have their legs attached so they don't extend too far. The monopod use is a plus. If you're a photographer or videographer, there is no looking back to any other tripod after using this one! Highly recommend for durability build, and it's many features.