The Slik 505 QF is an advanced, heavy-duty tripod that has an all-metal build. To keep all three legs at the same angle all the time for maximum stability, there is a set of leg braces that are attached to the center column and can be locked in any position. This is a very convenient feature, should you need to set the tripod in a cramped space that does not allow the legs to be fully spread. Knurled rubber grip twist-release leg locks were incorporated for the tripod to handle video cameras up to 10 lbs.
The geared center column has a tension control. The amount of friction (resistance to movement) in the center column can be adjusted to tailor its rise and fall to the weight of the camera being used. To change the tension, grasp the center column and turn to the right to increase and to the left to decrease tension.
The 505 QF comes complete with an all-metal fluid pan head with separate pan and tilt control locks. The base of the head has a bubble level for accurate leveling of the tripod in any situation. The panhandle is long enough to give excellent leverage for smooth panning, and the angle of the panhandle is fully adjustable to accommodate a variety of cameras and working styles.