Well, I received my Giottos MT-8361 MT III tripod and the Giottos MH-3300 Pro Series II extra large ballhead with MH-658 quick release plate.
After using it in a variety of situations, I can say this is truly a wonderful tripod, especially for the money. While I was tempted to buy some of the more popular brands (Gitzo/Benro), again I couldn't stop reminding myself that their comparable products are trying to copy the Giottos' multi-functional capabilities, which told me that the Giottos musta hit a homerun with their original and innovative multi-functional design.
Now that I have actually received this product, I can say this tripod is solid as a rock and leaves nothing to be desired. It also comes with a wonderful padded carrying case and toolkit, as well as an additional padded carrying strap (that most of the other manufacturers don't even add-in with theirs). After receiving this tripod, the question I keep asking myself is why would anyone spend more money to buy less tripod, with less extras? I decided to spend less money on more tripod, that had more extras, and I am absolutely happy that I did.
This Giottos tripod is a beautiful, sturdy, unbelievably versatile piece of equipment ... that comes with more accessories and functionality than tripods that cost twice as much ... and so I just wanted to let those who have PMd me know that this is a product that did not disappoint.
And finally, the Giottos MH-3300 Pro Series II extra large ballhead is likewise better than I had expected.
Thanks for reading,