Fotopro C5C Tripod/Monopod - First Impression

I was in the market for a new tripod when I heard some friends raving about the Fotopro C5C carbon fiber tripod/monopod.  I reviewed the spec online and decided to order it.  I ordered orange, which is one of my favorite colors.  Within a couple of days I heard from the company that it was no longer available and asked if I would be interested in blue.  I was not, so I decided to wait for orange to come back in stock.  The company was terrific about keeping me up to date on the order and in 3 weeks, I had my tripod. 

I did a quick unboxing video which you can check out below.  Overall I'm pleased with it.  It's not cheap at $339.95 US, but most carbon fiber tripods come at a much higher price than their aluminum counterparts.  The instruction sheets (2) were a little lacking.  Looks like they were Chinese first and translated into English.  There are some incomplete and cutoff sentences.  Not that I need a manual to figure out how to operate a tripod, but nonetheless, I like to review them.

Check the blog tomorrow for a closer look and a comparison to my old tripod, the Manfrotto BeFree.