I just took delivery of 2 newly introduced Linhof 3-way tripod heads:

(1) Linhof 3D Micro Levelling Head with dovetail track (3662) - a fully geared precision 3-way head.

(2) Linhof 3D Head II with dovetail track (3666) - the next generation of the excellent 3663 3-way levelling head.

They are incredibly well made, a joy to use, and very compact. So compact in fact that that their height and footprint are similar to the venerable Arca Swiss B1 ball head (though functionally miles ahead). They are conservatively rated to hold over 20 lbs, and so are ideal for LF (4x5, 5x7 etc).

The most exciting new development, introduced recently at Photokina and a new departure for Linhof, is that they are both available with dovetail tracks. This means that they are made to be used with industry standard Really Right Stuff (RRS) and other Arca Swiss compatible camera plates. This should make these heads extremely attractive to anyone who swears by RRS plates on their cameras, as I have for over 15 years.

My 4x5 Linhof Master Technika, with RRS plates in place, looks very happy on top of these heads.

Thank-you Linhof, and many thanks to Mike Boylan at Blazes Photographic in Toronto.