Excerpt: I have been a mono-pod person for a few years. The key to this is a good ball head. I do much of my shooting with the mono-pod, but especially macro and telephoto. I also use a waist belt holster for the mono-pod for maximum flexibility, panning. For macro the mono-pod usually rests on the ground.
Excerpt: This head is large enough to take the torque of anything I have. I bought it because I have an Induro pan/tilt head that has limited tilt and it is too large to have on the tripod when I try to zip up the tripod bag.
Excerpt: For the price, I rate this 5 stars. Very solid, the torsion lever is able to be adjusted out and still leave varying levels of friction on the ball, i.e. it's not an "all or nothing." The quick release for the camera mount seems very secure.
Excerpt: Have a sml frame Canon T-3 1100D and use the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 to shoot sports. Ballhead works fine. Just had to get use to shooting with this mounted on a monopod. Takes a little learning, but works for me now.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Excerpt: Got this to use on an old Bogen 3001 aluminum tripod, which it fit perfectly, with adequate capacity for my Canon 5D Mk.III, and 28-135, 17-35 2.8, and 70-300 4.0 IS L. Maybe a little marginal for the telephoto, but I probably should get the tripod collar to use with this lens.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Secure Fit On Tripod, Strong Clamp