Finally succumb to the temptation of going the cube way , especially now that I enjoy doing more multi-row panos. I have done my due diligent of going through the obscene amount of posts here on the Arca Cube and its "cheaper" sibling D4. It was the D4 that got me excited about the prospect of having a hybrid of geared/ball in one. But the more I read and looked at my current pano set-up, the cube shape would make more sense to dampen any possible source of vibration. So I was so sure that the Cube would be my next big thing until... this little bugger Linhof Cube.
It is a tiny bit heavier than the D4, a tiny bit more expensive than the D4. But it has arguably the nicest/smoothest gear action, more precise control and just as beautiful as the Arca Cube. And I'm all anal about smooth action; just for reference, I found the focus feel on the Voigtlander 35/1.2 and 50/1.1 all rubbish and jerky.
What stopped me from ordering it right away is the limited tilt range. On that rare occasion that I want to use it as a wedge for astro shot, 12 degrees would not cut it. But I would say, that might be about 5% of what I usually shoot.
So I would appreciate you guys feedback on this and nudge me into the right direction. Much appreciated
By the way, this is my previous, world's smallest/lightest geared head, Contessa Nettle Duotar
Edit: Can anyone comment on the accuracy of the Linhof bubble level? I am under the impression that the Arca one is not very precise. I do carry a pocket digital leveler with me, but one less item is always better for a long hike.