Excerpt: I had Manfrotos Geared head and although it was very enjoyable it was bulky and difficult to work with and travel with. I was looking for a lightweight, fairly compact, strong, easy to use, and precise replacement. This is it. Very precise mechanism able to adjust the direction of knobs so they don't get in the way. The actual mechanics are extremely strong and without abrasive movements only smooth easy adjustments.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Excerpt: I am very happy with this Ballhead. I recently purchased an Arkay 6' Jr. Monostand for my home studio. This required that I purchase the camera gear/ballhead separately. I tried three different ones (returning each one) until I found and purchased the Manfrotto Magnesium Ballhead. It has an amazing secure positioning stablity (stays where I put it) without much effort for going between both landscape and portrait perspectives.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Secure Positioning
Summary: This product is extremely easy and quick to adjust when setting up a shot, light pressure is all thats needed to secure my Canon 7D and Canon EF 100-400mmL lens with complete security when taking wildlife photo's. It's a very high quality bit of kit that you will only buy once...........so buy the best, you won't regret it.
Pros: Durable, Great Features, Lightweight, Simple Controls
Summary: Nicely made head unit. The controls operate smoothly. The lock and release mechanism is very good. A minor problem with lens droop using a camera with a 300mm zoom mounted but nothing excessive. Quick release plate can cause a problem with the locking mechanism being too close to the camera body but once setup correctly this can be avoided. Good unit.