It takes a little pactice to be quick at setting it up, once your are used to it there is no problem. I leave the locking lever semi tight, so it acts like a friction control, it holds the camera but I can still move all the pieces. Once its in position a quick turn of the handle tightens things up. The good thing about a single lever is you stand less chance of moving the tripod while tightening it.
Originally Posted by \\'anderer
I would go for a ball head regardless of the type of tripod. On uneven ground its difficult to get any tripod vertical and the ball head allows precise control of rotation and tilt. Without it you'll never get the horizon level. Get a decent quick quick release system, if you are doing anything but wedding photos you are going to need it. If you have multiple cameras get extras of the camera side of the quick release and leave them attached to the camera.
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