For years I have been telling people that shoot 8x10 and larger to just STAY AWAY from all ball heads and quick release plates on their tripods. I see so many photographers that have really nice cameras, but feel the need to put them on these little wussy carbon fiber, ball tilt, quick release, tiny tripods! Its a bad idea and pointless!
I use a Ries Model-A tripod for all my cameras 4x5 and larger. For anything smaller, I will use a old Ries Model-C. Both with matching Ries heads.