A salesman at Keeble and Schuchat Photography in Palo Alto told me that the Giottos ballheads were just cheap Itlian knock-offs of the Kaiser ballheads, and weren't worth looking at. Of course, if it works it works, I just never tried them out.[/QUOTE]
Actually the Giottos are made in China. They are pretty well made for the price point. Similar to Bogen in quality they are nowhere near the quality of the other heads you're looking at.