Bart, there are so many versions of each type at Manfrotto head, that there is no clear answer. But as a trend I might say that sorted by ascending average price the sequence is this:
, three way head
, geared head
I think geared heads are only for die-hards so your choice could be ball- or three-way head. I'd strongly suggest to try one and the other in a shop, because these are quite different
B.t.w.: my combination is sturdy and smooth and costs around your suggested budget (see my signature).
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