I have used many tripod heads and ball-heads so far in my photographic journey, from some very expensive ones to Chinese rip-offs, and from my experience so far, I believe that if you want to be serious in your photography work (no matter if you are an amateur or pro), you have to invest in a good tripod head at some point (and obviously in a good tripod).
The Slik PBH-45LP ball-head has all the characteristics that I need for nearly every possible shooting scenario* (*except when a dedicated fluid video head is absolutely required).
It has the perfect size and weight that means that I can carry it easily on my camera backpack while hiking, but also to be certain that it will steadily and safely hold my camera and lens setup at any time.
It is the ideal partner of my favorite Slik Vari CF-704 tripod in terms of size, weight and specs, and I’m going to use this combination a lot in the coming projects and photo-shootings.
PS – I don’t know if it is possible, but I would love to have fluorescent bubble levels at some point on my ball-head that would help me level my camera in low light scenarios like for example in astrophotography!