Pan Or Ball?

Recently I went shopping for a new tripod/head combo. At one store the salesperson told me that I should get a pan head because it gave greater control. At another store the salesperson said that the ball head is the only way to go because it’s quicker. What is your opinion of the two head styles, and how do they compare in stability, or is it just a matter of personal preference?

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One of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging and photographic education, Lepp is the author of many books and the field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. One of Canon’s original Explorers of Light, Lepp finds inspiration in advancing technology that fuels creative innovation and expression of his life-long fascination with the natural world.