Allow me to start by saying I am DONE with quick-release heads. It's not for lack of trying: I have a drawer full of large to small manfrotto QR heads, photo plates, video plates, and arca-swiss doodads of all makes and all sorts. It's just that I've come to the realization that yes my style of photography occasionally needs a tripod, but never needs the ability to snap into a head. In fact I am just delighted to screw the camera or lens onto a 1/4"/20 stud when needed. Far too many times I have been taking a night photo and loosened the wrong knob to adjust the camera angle, only realizing my mistake at the last second. Additionally, the QR heads and rails add unnecessary weight, flex, and complexity to what should be as simple a connection as possible. Weight and size were driving factors in my adoption of m43, so adding unnecessary bits of aluminum, no matter how elegant they are, is counter-productive. I have recently settled on the meFoto carbon travel tripod and it has proven to be a delight ( and I have never said that about a tripod before). But it comes with a (very nice, admittedly ) panning ball head with an arca swiss type rail plate which I would like to replace. While I can remove the QR plate from the ball stem, I cannot easily devise a way to machine a simple old-school mounting plate for it with 1/4" stud. So does anyone make an elegant sturdy head withOUT a QR system any more? Surely I am not alone in my quest for simplicity. Manfrotto offers a 494 old-school ball head with 1/4" stud, which will fit both the tripod and my needs, but it isn't load-rated quite as highly, nor is it a panning head. And it isn't nearly as elegant as the tripod it would be mounted to. Manfrotto castings and machining are not pretty.