Great tripod! Love the light weight and sturdiness. I believe it's rated for 200 lbs. I've used it with about 100 lbs of payload and wouldn't extend the legs very far with much more than that to maximize stability. I love the swiveling top plate for doing rough polar aligning. Sure beats having to move the tripod around, particularly if you forgot and leveled it first! The legs are quick and easy to adjust and makes setting up on uneven ground a breeze! The fine leveling feet adjusters are a nice feature as well. All around a well thought out design.