I'd recommend finding someone with a ball head (regardless of make) and trying it out. It's a personal choice - some people love them. I hate them because if you want to adjust level in one direction, you're quite probably going to lose it in another direction. With a ball head, all directions are in play when the head is loosened.

The other folks here at work love them for our TV cameras - they set up very quickly. Again, get your hands on one and try it out - you may love it, too.
juan