Do you need to use the Dolica release plate or do other brands fit? Also is the ballhead removeable?
honestly.. i don't know. this is my first ever tripod, so to me, overall this looks good. i'm waiting to hear back from Dolica if the ball head can be changed and if so, compatible with which brands.
but bottomline, for $99, this thing is really solid on the connecting part of the legs. not plastic at all.. but metal. it's very solidly built IMHO.