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Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp

BH #REBH40LRII • MFR #BH-40 LR II
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Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp
Key Features
  • 18 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.0"
  • 90-Degree Notch for Portrait Orientation
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
The BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp from Really Right Stuff is a 17.1 oz mid-sized ball head that will support camera-lens combinations weighing up to 18 lb. Crafted from aluminum and stainless steel, the BH-40 has all of the features you'd expect from a professional-level head. An over-sized, ergonomic locking T-knob allows 45-degree tilting in all directions and a 90-degree drop-notch facilitates quick and accurate switching from the horizontal landscape position to vertical portrait orientation. A separate tension knob is provided to apply the appropriate pressure that safely corresponds to the weight of your camera. A third knob loosens and locks the panning base which is laser-engraved with markers every 2.5 degrees from 0 to 360 degrees.
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Really Right Stuff BH-40 with Full-Size Lever... Overview

The BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp from Really Right Stuff is a 17.1 oz mid-sized ball head that will support camera-lens combinations weighing up to 18 lb. Crafted from aluminum and stainless steel, the BH-40 has all of the features you'd expect from a professional-level head. An over-sized, ergonomic locking T-knob allows 45-degree tilting in all directions and a 90-degree drop-notch facilitates quick and accurate switching from the horizontal landscape position to vertical portrait orientation. A separate tension knob is provided to apply the appropriate pressure that safely corresponds to the weight of your camera. A third knob loosens and locks the panning base which is laser-engraved with markers every 2.5 degrees from 0 to 360 degrees.

Benefits

  • Patented lever-release clamp for fast and easy mounting
  • Ergonomic design gives superior handling and unsurpassed reliability
  • Lowest height profile in its class
  • Knobs are captive and uniquely shaped, making operation by feel very intuitive
  • 90-Degree drop-notched allows maximum flexibility for positioning the camera for portrait-orientation or extreme angle shots
  • Micrometer drag tension adjustment is repeatable and absolutely reliable
  • Precision panning base is finely laser-engraved at 2.5 degree intervals and features unique drum and brake design for effortless locking
  • Laser-engraved millimeter scale offers precise centering and positioning within the clamp jaw
  • All components are machined from solid aircraft aluminum or stainless steel for maximum durability and minimum weight
  • UPC: 818413022416

    Really Right Stuff BH-40 with Full-Size Lever... Specs

    General
    Head TypeBall Head
    Base Mount3/8"-16 Thread
    Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type
    Load Capacity18 lb / 8.1 kg
    Number of Bubble LevelsNone
    Friction ControlYes
    Independent Pan LockYes
    MaterialAluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Vertical Tilt+90° to 0°
    Panning Range360°
    Physical
    Ball Sphere Diameter1.6" / 4.06 cm
    Base Diameter2.1" / 5.33 cm
    DimensionsH: 3.0" / H: 76.0 mm
    Weight17.1 oz / 486 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight1.52 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.9 x 6.3 x 6.3"

    Really Right Stuff BH-40 with Full-Size Lever... Reviews

    My last ballhead!

    By Laura
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-06-02

    I've been through a few ballheads but this by far is the best. I have a RRS L bracket on my Nikon Z7ii and it attaches very easily. I would suggest you research to see if your L bracket will fit this plate. I love the lever versus the knob. My hands are a bit arthritic and it's easier for me to use this vs a knob. The large knob adjusts out so it clears the plate. Ingenious! Don't waste your money buying ballheads that you will sell later. I should've gotten this one in the first place!

    Best ball head I've owned

    By Ron
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-03-02

    precision and no dropping or slipping once tightened, this is an exceptional ball head. it's simple and compact yet handles my telephoto lenses with ease.

    Great Ball Head

    By John
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-10-21

    I got this one specifically for travel to us on my Platypod. Really stable and a great size for travel.

    Good Ball Head if your not using a telephoto lens

    By Richard
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2021-10-06

    Purchased this ball head back in 2017 and after 4 years and thousands of hours of use, I am in a unique position to provide my honest feedback. My current gear setup is a Sony A7R4 with RRS L-Plate, Sony FE 16-35 GM, Sony FE 24-70 GM, Sony 100-400 GM with RRS collar. Overall this is a great ball head that strikes a good balance between weight, size and sturdiness. If you don't ever plan on using a telephoto lens (70-200, 100-400) this is a solid ball head and you will have no issues with stability. Where this ball head starts to run into problems is if you mount a telephoto lens. The ball head is rated to handle 18 lbs and the Sony A7R4 with a 100-400 GM lens and LCF-101 is a combined weight of 4.705 lbs which should be plenty enough. However, in practical use you will soon discover that weight is only part of the equation and you need to account for stiffness which is a critical part of stability. There is a great website called the center column that goes into detail about this. When the 100-400 is mounted on this ball head, even with the tension knobs dialed in, it does not feel as stable. When you have found your composition and lock everything down, it takes 2-3 seconds before the image is completely still. If you touch the body of the camera slightly, it will cause micro vibrations and your image not to be sharp. If a slight touch can cause micro vibrations, imagine what wind does. I find myself needing to use an external shutter remote to prevent any kind of touch to the entire body/lens to eliminate vibrations. During the summer, I am on Mount Tamalpias photographing fog and cannot tell you how many times I came home with an image that did not have perfect sharpness due to the micro vibrations. If I forget to use a shutter release and even if the camera, lens and ball head feels dialed in, I will notice sharpness loss when viewing the images at home on the computer. It's only when using a shutter release that the images are 100% sharp. If there is slight wind, the images will not be sharp. I had the opportunity to try the BH-55 recently and can tell you that the ball head is rock solid and eliminates the problems I am talking about here. I will be selling this ball head to buy a BH-55 because I shoot very often using a 100-400mm. Depending on your needs, this may be a perfect ball head or you may need something with more stiffness.

    Really superior

    By David
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-09-17

    Although I had a fairly good ball head I bought this one on the basis of this company's reputation - a very superior product - easy to adjust - won't slip or wander away from your focus point - I use it mainly for wildlife photography, with a telephoto lens- so it is really important that the lens stays where you want it. Very satisfied with this product.

    Great Ball Head

    By Dennis
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-09-09

    I have now replaced ball heads on two carbon tripods with the BH-40 ball head for its superior performance and ease of use. I use a DSLR with an L-bracket, and mounting the camera and changing the camera orientation are much easier and more secure with the lever-release clamp, particularly shooting at night.

    The best ballhead

    By John
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-04

    A really big upgrade from the last ballhead.so easy to use and well designed.

    A smaller version of BH-55.

    By Damien
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-03

    I own both the BH-55 and now this one for my smaller tripod for travel. It's exactly what I expected. Strong and robust like the bigger model, yet great for smaller tripods.

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