I already have many tripod heads... as you can imagine most of them in the closet. Some of them are simply useless although with a very good and professional looking. Others are too heavy, or too awkward to use, or too tall, or with stupid release systems, or... ... ... I imagine that most of you, like me, have different tripod heads for different uses, and perhaps also a polyvalent one. Those who like to shoot panos, probably have a dedicated outfit with a leveling base and rails, long lens users have Wimberley devices, product shooters a Cube or similar, macro shooters a focusing device, etc. Well, I`m looking for a dedicated ball head for, e.g., a landscape specialist... it must be: 1. Lightweight (and I want to mean lightweight) 2. With large controls (to be used with gloves) 3. Strong enough and sized to be used with very lightweigh but big cameras (=bigger ball diameter). ------- There are in the market many products that could fullfil this specifications, but sadly, with another silly ones (IMHO): --Use to have an undersized, slippering panning base. I don`t need this feature, I prefer to add a separate leveling&panning base for pano shooting if needed. -- Are extremely tall to my liking (some even more than 3"), thanks to the slippering base and other silly features. Removing the paning base the head gets considerably shorter. -- Too long stems, to be used for vertical shots at 90º. I don`t need the plate at 90º. Useless feature for others than 35mm format users (or "gimbalists"... ). -- Smaller than desiderable balls, forced by design. Without the panning base and with shorter stems the ball size can be easily increased. ------- I think the perfect ball head for most panoramic&landscape, macro, Large Format, Medium Format and other users that demand a strong but lightweight head could be something similar to the Burzinsky head design. Sadly, this head is extremely heavy and probably oversized for most outfits. Why not an Acratech type design? A model with a bigger ball (hollow), shorter stem, no panning base, no 90º slot and better knobs could be made under 300-350grams. It means half the weight of the Arca-Swiss B1 that many of us use, and a 25% below the lightweigh current offer. I wonder if any of their models can be modified in this way. What do you think?