So, the new tripod arrived about a 2 weeks ago and I finally had a chance to review it. I’m including some pictures and a video:
Here’s a link to Paul Joy’s blog and his recommendations on adaptor plates: http://www.pauljoy.com/gear/camera-support/manfrotto-394-quick-release/
I’m really happy with the tripod, a few bits to note. The construction isn’t amazing, but it’s lightweight, with movement on the head. The catches for the legs are easy to use and great for setting up quick shots. The counterbalance is a good way to balance the camera on the tripod and provides some good resistance when tilting. The legs are made of metal, but the hinges are plastic. Overall it’s decent, but I’m not really sure if it’s any better or worse than the Weifeng WF-717, so it’s up to you really.