After reading posts concerning ball heads, I decided to try one of the Markins Q3 series and I must say it is a work of fine workmanship. I was using a Manfrotto head, but the Markins Q3 is a completely different level of quality and smooth action. I should have done this a long time ago. Since I recently purchased a D800 and a 24-120 f4 lens I thought I might need to upgrade my support gear. I'm still looking at a Gitzo tripod, but that will have to wait for a while.
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