I have been using one of these tripods for years. Initially with a Bogen 3047 head (mounted on my David White surveyors tripod by using a cross plate and 3/8 inch bolt). I have most recently mounted a Majestic geared head by having an adaptor machined (cost $20.00). The reason for the move to the Majestic head was my move into 12X20. The 3047 Bogen is not up to the task but the Majestic head is. The tripod handles 12X20 with no problem whatsoever. I figure my tripod in a comparable Reis would have set me back nearly $1,000 but doing it this way I have something less then $300.00 invested. (bought the surveyors tripod new).