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Ball heads I dont like, i like the 3 way heads with nice big knobs
Get a tripod that can take the weight of your camera, your biggest lens the weight of the tripod head (ball head, 3 way head, fluid head etc) and also add on an extra pound or two for adding a sand bag to the top of the camera to stop even more vibration and also if the tripod has a hook for hanging a bag or weight from (to help reduce vibration or movement further then add on what you might be hanging from that
Other manufacturers are Gitso (very good make) ususally more expensive
libec If you are going for serious film action tripod!
All of which are good options!
here is a little video that I did of a time lapse photo of a sun set over edinburgh.