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    How about Vanguard ball heads -> SBH-200 ?
     
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    If you are looking at long term I think I would suggest a good brand name head, like Manfrotto, Gitzo, or some other big name.

    I read some bad things about the Benro ball heads, so I would suggest staying away from them.

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    The SBH-300 is a decent ball head. Comparable to the Manfrotto 488 in construction and handling capacity but having the addition of a separate friction control knob. Plus the proprietary QR mount can be removed and replaced with a RC2 or and arca-swiss syle which are much more common.
     
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    Well, I picked up a new Fancier (Weifeng) FT-6664H ball head for $40.00

    It has no problem keeping my Sony a100 + Sigma AF 300mm f4.0 APO steady.
    The ball locking mechanism is solid.
    Smooth motion.

    The ball tension is adjustable ... but not the smoothest motion when tightened.

    The only complaints:
    1 degree drift when locking the panning screw.
    Quick release plate needs a coin to be screwed in.

    The quick release plate is the same size as the Manfrotto/Bogen 3157N ... I picked up three of them on eBay for $15.00 (though they do not work with the safety lock).

    I have only had mini ball heads ... so I do not have anything to really compare this to ... but I thought I would let everyone know, if they want to consider a really cheap ball head.

    I have this on a Manfrotto 190/3001 ... I wanted a small/light tripod for hiking.
     

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