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

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 18 lb / 8.1 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels None
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Aluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Vertical Tilt 0 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Ball Sphere Diameter 1.6" / 4.06 cm
    Base Diameter 2.1" / 5.33 cm
    Dimensions H: 3.0" / H: 76.0 mm
    Weight 17.1 oz / 486.0 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 4.8 out of 5 by 29.
    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 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 Excellent Ball Head I wanted a smaller, lighter ball head than the one included with my tripod. This RRS BH-40 is perfect! Very smooth ball head action, simple controls and best of all, the Lever Release Clamp. I keep a RRS "L" bracket on my camera so I can quickly switch between vertical/horizontal in seconds. I'm not crazy about carrying it around all the time, but the benefits of quickly being able use any angle make it worthwhile. The bracket also adds a "rock solid" feel to the set up. The BH-40 is well made and I'd recommend it to anyone. One suggestion... before buying, be sure to consider any future heavy lenses, star tracker, camera body, battery pack etc. you might purchase or rent and select a ball head that will support your equipment.
    Date published: 2018-09-08
    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 BH40 upgrade to Kirk BH3 I've used the Kirk BH3 for at least 5 years successfully. It is a rock solid travel size head that has held up well with daily use. The head is starting to slip when attaching/detaching to different tripods. Replaced BH3 with BH40. Honestly the BH40 has even sturdier build quality than the Kirk BH3. Quick lock mechanism smoother/easier to use than twist knobs on the BH3. BH40 does have learning curve with the ratchet handle to tighten and loosen the ball head down. Once you get used to it, no big deal. If this holds up like my BH55 has, then it will last for years.
    Date published: 2018-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product Excellent ballhead, small, light weight, yet solid and tight. My heaviest combo is Nikon D7200 + Nikon 200-500mm F5.6. This ball head has no problem handle the load with a solid lock. Love the lever release. Works great.
    Date published: 2018-01-29
    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 5 out of 5 by from Great ball head Replaces my Profi I ball head after 25 years of use. I use it for my Canon 5d m4 and a collection of lenses with total weight from 3 to 8 pounds. The tension adjustment works well to give control how much effort is required to move the lens. The ball head holds the weight without over tightening. The quality is excellent.
    Date published: 2018-05-28
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