I ordered the LQ top Platform with hook for the LQ-284C tripod because I did not know the tripod came with one. The top platform is designed to replace the center column of the LQ-284C tripod, which I wanted for the added stability this would offer my use of the LQ-284C tripod with a Super Telephoto lens. The top plate is easy to install and the tripod clamp securely grips the plate to the top of the tripod thereby offering rock solid stability. The hook at the bottom offers a way to attach a sand bag in the field for even greater stability. For my application, I chose to install the Leofoto VH-30 Long Lens Two Way Head which is performing quite well with my 600mm lens. The clamps of the VH-30 head are strong enough they will hold the 600mm lens and camera in place without fear of the camera and lens dumping over. I have chosen to keep the second top plate and have installed it on a small lightweight gimbal head, which provides the ability to quickly change from the long lens head to the gimbal in a matter of seconds. Would I recommend the Leofoto LQ-284C tripod, top plate and the VH-30 Long Lens head? In a heartbeat.