I'm frequently asked what the weird looking tripod head in my training videos is and why I use it. I use fluid heads. Wondering what a fluid head is? Watch this video to see why you might prefer one too. If you know about fluid heads, but you think they are too expensive, heavy or complicated, watch this video to see me debunk that. I think that anyone who regularly uses a ball head will have a hard time going back after using a fluid head for just one photo shoot.
Here's a list of the gear I feature in this video with Amazon links.
Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Head (1.9 lbs /$135 It's an insane deal on a better head)
Spare Fluid Head Plate (for long lenses, etc)
Arca Swiss Clamp (I screw this to the head's mounting plate)
2nd Clamp (clamp this into the clamp above to fit lens foot rails at 90 degrees)
Induro Grand Stealth Carbon Tripod (choose the style & size)
Induro Leveling Adaptor (leveling bowl and flat mount that I use)
Leveling adaptor for non-bowl Tripod (if you want to use this with center-column legs)
Acratech Ultimate Ballhead (my ultralight setup)
Wimberly Sidekick (the gimbal ballhead adaptor I show at the end)
Cheaper alternative to Sidekick (I haven't used this, but it gets good reviews)
Sachtler FSB-6 (my favorite head, but 4.4 pounds and over $1200)
Gitzo GT3543XLS (my favorite tripod, so tall, light, versatile, and expensive)