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    I am using a bogen carbon fiber 3443 with Kirk BH-3 and love it. Light weight and very easy to use for landscapes and portraits.

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    Thank you all for your insightful comments. Preferences seem to be roughly 50/50 but it's easier for me to make a decision now when I know your arguments.

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    Sorry if this reply is late. I started out using a ball head with 35mm and medium format and they are indeed quick and easy to setup. I just wish I'd bought the bigger ball; the one with the friction control.

    I now use a pan and tilt. No sudden changes of camera position = no sudden changes of center of gravity = no sudden contact between camera and ground !

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    FLM makes a ballhead which will not tilt sideways if an additional clamp is locked. Once tripod and camera are level and this clamp has been fixed adjusting the camera becomes more like working with a two-way pan-tilt head. All in all it is a nice head which replaced my Linhof Pro III.

    Here is a description/praise of this head (Workshop- 2 -> "An exceptional ballhead"): http://www.poelking.de/index_e.htm

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    I've got both and I hate the ball head for LF. Works great for MF.
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    Well, if you will do panning with your camera(following subject while it moves) it is easier to do with 3-way than ball head. You can, for example, have fixed vertical movement and have free only horizontal movement fot taking photo of moving car while follow its moving. With ball head you will have horizontal and vertical movements free at same time which can be problem if you need vertical or horizontal strictly fixed...

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    Some ball heads have a separate pan swivel with a lock lever at the bottom. I had one for a while but it annoyed me because I was always grabbing the wrong lever to adjust the thing. I sold it and got the simpler version.
    Gary Beasley

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