.....Best ballhead I've ever used and worth looking into when the time comes.
i also have a tendency to fall back onto the renown brands whenever in doubt...like when you have markins, kirk, RRS and AS to consider, if I'm too confused or couldn't find a true higher performer, I just get AS and I know I can't be wrong. I've used RRS ballhead before its a beauty but just find the "classic" leader more suitable for me. Same thing with the QR clamp. I'm still using the screw type. I've tried the lever style which is quick to attach and detach. But tons of people reporting their lenses or bodies falling down due to too fast releasing and improper clamping using the lever style, I decided to go for the "classic method". I'm ok to spend a few more seconds to take a good look on the slower clamping process than a split second seeing my setup crumpling down to the ground.
Tripod, same as well.... wanted to get 1 for my longer lens and was comparing and reading extensively about this RRS new range of made in US tripods with gitzo. In the end I got confused and couldn't really find a true winner over one another so my instinct comes in and got the gitzo
PS: I'm still using