Eric Friedemann , Sep 20, 2001; 04:57 p.m.
The Arca-Swiss B1 head costs a minimum of $379, not including a quick release feature or the quick release plate. This is an absurd amount of money to pay for a tripod head that in no way effects picture quality. (In other words, put your money in front of the film, not under it.)
Yes, the B1 head will allegedly hold 90 lbs. However, the last time anyone put 90 lbs. or more on a tripod and head was when Lester Bogen sat on one of his tripods for his long-running ad in the 1980s. This ad caused speculation in the industry that Bogen had developed a 1/4-20 to a$$hole adapter.