I have a massive Bogen/Manfrotto 3038 ballhead mounted on my very old and beat-up Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 tripod (AKA 055 tripod). It has that big lever that says, "Turn me." But it's a pretty good head for the price and pretty stable given its size. I haven't used it much in the last few years, having bought a Gitzo 1340 tripod. I use the Gitzo 1377M magnesium ballhead on this tripod. I've changed out the platform to add a Bogen/Manfrotto quick release adapter that takes the big hex plate. I've used the hex plates for about 20 years and, although they are huge, I like them a lot. I've never been a big fan of the pan/tilt heads.