The ballhead will give you more inclination and declination, but unless you're taking really high or low angle shots, you aren't handicapping yourself with a leveling base. And if you do, you can always adjust the tripod legs to give you the up or down angle you need. There's a thread about leveling base angles from a couple of years ago. I'll see if I can find it and you'll see the leveling base so give you plenty of rangethank you. I have tried the rifle direct to arcs clamp on the ball head and it still doesn’t feel as stable as I’d like. A lot of it is probably my poor technique but I’d like to try the leveling base in the bowl style. Does it limit your pitch angle or amount of incline/decline you can get vs a ball head?