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Can you point me to some brand which build tripod's head which accept the Arca Swiss plates system? I know Arca have a ball head, but I want to know if some other companies provides such heads (I guess Manfrotto is not providing such except with adaptor).

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RRS, Kirk, Novoflex, that I know of. Be advised that my Novoflex lens/camera plates are just a tiiiiny bit too narrow to be used with an RRS quick-release tripod mount - the quick-release does not grip them securely and they can slide straight out which rather defeats the point of having the stuff in the first place!

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Actually, these are the brands I know of that makes plates and other stuff for the Arca-Swiss system. RRS and Kirk do make tripod heads, I don't know about Novoflex but a quick-release plate can easily be mounted to most tripod heads anyway. –  Staale S Apr 7 '11 at 14:11
    
And, just to point out: I don't know if Novoflex plates are too small, or if RRS quick-releases are too big, I'm just saying that mix&match may not be a good idea! –  Staale S Apr 7 '11 at 14:25
    
I've used Arca-swiss/RRS/Acratech/Kirk plates on Arca-swiss/RRS/Acratech/Kirk heads w/no problems. In the circles i move in Really Right Stuff and Kirk are the two big brands. –  Shizam Apr 7 '11 at 17:13
    
I have RRS and Kirk plates that work just great on my Markins Q10. –  Ian Lelsie Apr 7 '11 at 21:13
    
It may very well be that Novoflex is the odd one out... I don't know! –  Staale S Apr 7 '11 at 23:07
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Also Acratech.

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I know of Induro, Benro, and Foba (danger -- expensive) as well as Acratech. If budget's a concern, the Induro and Benro AS-compatible heads start at under $200 with a reasonable load limit (that is, over 5kg) and "feel".

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Induro make some as well - I bought the BHD1 and was not very happy with its build quality (http://www.vistek.ca/store/ProPhotoTripods/244986/induro-bhd1-tripod-head.aspx)

I can recommend Markins Q10 https://www.ppsna.com/product_info.php/cPath/21/products_id/872?osCsid=f88cae2aac8fc730793d2b132ec8cc40

I have been using it for a couple of years now and I am really happy with it. You may read people complain that the pano lock is its weakest part. I agree. But if you remember to turn it tight - real tight you can get it to lock.

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