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

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

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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • 18 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.0"
  • 90-Degree Notch for Portrait Orientation
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
  • Panning Base with Engraved Degree Marks
  • Base Diameter 2.1", Ball Diameter 1.6"
  • Weight: 17.1 oz
  • Accepts Optional Arca-Type Plates
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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.

  • 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
    In the Box
    Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp
  • Padded Cordura Pouch
  • 5/32" Hex Key to Remove/Replace Clamp
  • 1/4"-20 x 3/4" Stainless Steel Flat Head Mounting Screw
  • User Guide
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    Really Right Stuff BH-40 specs

    Load Capacity 18 lb (8.1 kg)
    Height 3.0" (76 mm)
    Base Diameter 2.1" (53 mm)
    Ball Diameter 1.6" (40 mm)
    Quick Release Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp
    Spirit Level No
    Tension Control Yes
    Separate Panning Lock Yes
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 - compatible studs up to 3/8"
    Weight 17.1 oz (486 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.9 x 4.8 x 4.5"

    Really Right Stuff BH-40 reviews

    BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product A well made, solidly built and fine precision crafted ballhead. The movement of the ball is so smooth and effortless, and locks up tight. Panning is also extremely smooth. The ballhead just looks and feels so professional, and is a pleasure to use. I got it with the clamp quick release plate which hugs the ballhead, as opposed to the screw knob which sticks out. The quick release plate is awesome and the clamp holds your gear securely. I did a lot of research leading up to the purchase of a ballhead, and decided this was the top of the line, and found many professional photographers agreed. Comes with a nice cover to protect the head when not in use. Absolutely recommend this product 100%.
    Date published: 2017-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ball head I've ever seen. I have owned 4 RRS ball heads, 2 BH-55 and 2 BH40. Had one of each stolen from me. I owned 2-3 other ball heads before finally getting the RRS heads. They are the best I have used, the best I have ever seen. The panning clamp is perfect for tripod mounted panoramas. If you level the head first the images fit together perfectly. I have done up to 14 images in a panorama and they fit together with almost no cropping required. I put the Pano head on my smaller tripod and use it for landscapes.
    Date published: 2017-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully engineered and produced gem of a ball head. The level of design and engineering that went into the development of this ball head are clearly evident the moment you remove it from its protective case (which itself is usable while the head is transported on the tripod). The head just feels solid, though light, with buttery smooth controls movement and with a great surface treatment. In use, the lever mechanism is positive and allows very quick horizontal to vertical switching. The user knows that, once the lever is in the closed position, the camera plate is absolutely locked in. I use this head with my Leica SL and its 24-90mm lens, and the head very easily accomodates the load, holding it rock solid. I have other RRS equipment, and highly recommend it.
    Date published: 2017-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great Stuff I work in a precision machine shop and I could tell just by fell and working the knobs and levers how well made this piece is. I have standardized on the Area-Swiss mounting system used by Really Right Stuff. No more changing plates because I'm using a different head on a different tripod. I also bought their L bracket for my 5D Mark IV. This is well made stuff and it has performed great so far. I made a call to their support line with a question and it was answered quickly and in-depth. I am even using QD (Quick Disconnect) devices to hold my strap to the mount. They are really quick to disconnect when you want to use a tripod. It is not the least expensive stuff out there, but as far as I can see, you're getting what you pay for.
    Date published: 2017-06-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from I was going to get the BH 50, but reconsider Heard so many good review about RRS ball head so I got one. I do not 100% agree with all other review. The lever to adjust and lock the ball head from moving sometime depend on the position of your camera, it get caught underneath the camera and this prevent from tighten the ball head 100% unless you move your camera to the left or the right to give room for the lever to tighten on up award position.
    Date published: 2017-08-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again. In fact I did - for hubby I bought it to replace a 15 year old Gitzo ballhead on a Gitzo series 2 tripod. Why did I wait so long? The BH-40 is so well made and easy to use, it's unbelievable. At first I didn't understand the little screws on the quick release plates and removed them as I was trying to slide the plate into the ballhead. When I realized I could open it up all the way and drop it in, well wow!! Put the safety screws back obviously.
    Date published: 2017-08-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just say no I bought mine used from a friend who just wasn't crazy about. At first I thought I was fortunate to find a deal on a similar product I was planning to buy. I was planning on buying the BH55, but this seemed close enough. Well the BH40 lever tightener can't clear the L-bracket RRS sells, I'm sure and L-bracket when you are shooting upward ( I live in the mountains). They have engineered a counterfeit go around where you can pull the lever out and slide it to a position where you can have another quarter turn. That was very annoying to me as well as time consuming. Maybe because of my constant irritation with the lever it soon stripped while shooting in Italy. upon my return home I overnighted it to RRS for a quick repair, when I phoned them about the estimate several days later they hadn't opened the package. Since my ball head was there, I asked if they could machine down the lever so it could work properly, they said no, it was perfect already. I had another trip coming up and I needed it and they couldn't get me an estimate that day so I had them send it back. I had found that I can tighten the ball with the tensioner knob so it works, but not well. I tore the lever out and today rely on the tensioner knob. I bought another tripod and ball head from another maker and only use the RRS outfit for a loaner. The BH55 is the way to go if you are going to buy a RRS ball head, don't cut any corners, you will be sorry.
    Date published: 2017-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid with excellent quick release I have been using the BH40 with the quick release for close to 10 years. Love it so much I have a spare. My camera bodies have custom L brackets for easy composition and quick change from portrait to landscape without moving center of balance by using drops. The sprit level is accurate when used with a nodal head for spherical panoramas.
    Date published: 2017-02-28
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