I did not want to hijack the thread that Cajun started on ball heads so I thought I start a new one. I'm also looking at ball heads. After reading the Markins review this looks like a nice head. There was a comment in the write up that the head should support 3 times the weight of the heaviest lens/camera set up. If using something in the range of a 70-200 2.8 w/D80 I'm guessing that's around 5 - 6 pounds. That would put it well within the range of the Markins Q3. Would the Q3 be a good option given it is rated at 65 pounds? Personally, I'm trying to keep my set up light since I do a lot of hiking. Unfortunately I'm still saving the pennies for a nice set of graphite legs. I'm currently using an older Bogen 3021 with a heavy pan head.