I needed a bench top tripod to hold a large spotting scope at the shooting range but didn't want to spend more than the cost of the scope. The Vanguard VS-86 worked out perfectly. If you're planning on using it with a multi-thousand dollar camera you might want something with more precise adjustments.
Pros: Compact & Sturdy
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