Hey guys, just bought my yong nuo 3 section tripod today, so here's a review that some have been waiting for.
My setup used is a gripped 400D, 17-40 f/4L and 580EXII flash weighing at about 1.8kg.
I got the tripod locally (Singapore) from Jason (http://jl-photo.blogspot.com/). Anyone can get it direct from http://www.hkyongnuo.com/e-detail.php?ID=40
Unpacking & Initial Impressions
Okay, lets start from the beginning. The cardboard box is slightly longer than the actual tripod itself.
Unpacked, this is what I get:
The tripod, bag, and strap. All are well made.
Initial impressions is that the tripod is definitely of good quality. It's made of solid materials, mostly of metal and rubber, and should last with some abuse. Each leg has a neoprene wrap-around for better grip of the tripod. It's a twist-lock design with rubber twist locks, so setting it up or packing up will take a slightly longer time than flip locks. However, if you are setting up, you can twist both locks at the same time, followed by extending and twisting them back separately.
Next to the center column is a Spirit level that tells you whether or not your tripod is completely level to the horizon.
When the tripod legs are angled out, without the center column extended, I see no visible wobbling of the camera setup when one of the legs are probed slightly.
When all the tripod legs are extended, without the center column itself extended, I see an slight increase of wobbling of the camera setup when the legs are probed.
Note that due to the angle that I shot the above picture, the third leg appears hidden. I assure you, even tripods cannot defy the laws of gravity.