Excellent ball head which seems to be very well made and finished. I also recently bought another ball head for my main tripod which cost more than three times as much and is not really any more useful. This ball head is not 'silky' smooth, but it's not rough or in any way less than satisfactory. I intend to use it on a mini tripod which I take on holiday and this head is really overkill for the tripod. IF you need a ballhead, this one is fine. It holds my EOS7 and lens without any problems. It also came very well packed and well within the stated timescale.