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

BH #REBH40LRII • MFR #BH-40 LR II
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

    Head
    Head TypeBall Head
    Base Mount3/8"-16 Female
    Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type
    Number of Bubble LevelsNone
    Friction ControlYes
    Independent Pan LockYes
    Ball Sphere Diameter1.6" / 4.06 cm
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Vertical Tilt+90° to 0°
    Panning Range360°
    General
    Load Capacity18 lb / 8.1 kg
    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

    Just okay

    By Helen
    Rated 3 out of 5
    Date: 2022-11-17

    I was expecting to love this ball head, but unfortunately, I don't. The size and weight are great, and it holds firmly. However, I find the lever that tightens the head frequently clashes with the plate base. There's just not enough room to operate both if you have the camera tilted back / pointing up. I'm constantly fussing around with the direction everything is facing to line things up properly and have been unable to compose some shots in the exact way I wanted because the equipment simply wasn't capable. They just needed to make the neck on the ball a bit taller and it would be fine.

    Great Ball Head

    By Steven
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-07-27

    Excellent Ball Head. Using with my 5D Mark IV, 100-400mm lens and Manfrotto 055XPRO4. Very pleased with the results.

    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!

    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.

    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.

    3 1/2 years in...

    By Scott
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-11-11

    ...I'm still glad that I made the investment. I've been shooting for more than 45 years because I love to, not because I make a lot of money at it. So, I've always been very budget-conscious. However, having spent many hundreds (thousands?) of dollars on tripods and heads over the years (only to have them break outright or fail in other ways), I realized that I needed to get serious about my support system. Reading many of the previous reviews almost make me laugh out loud, and I'd really like to respond directly to several of them because I've made the same mistakes over time... but I did take the time to troubleshoot and identify the actual problem rather than blame the most recent purchase. But, I digress... My biggest gripe about all of the previous ballheads that I've owned has been that once the composition is properly framed, when I apply the lock to the ball, the ball tilts the camera... every single time. So, I had to play the chase the ball game to keep the scene exactly as I've intended it to be. Over the years, the amount of lost time and frustration adds up... probably several hours of adjusting that shouldn't have been needed. So, I bit the bullet and bought the BH-40. With the BH-40, you swing the lever once the shot is framed, and you're ready to shoot. Period. That alone has made it worth the purchase price, which is admittedly very steep. But, for that price, you get exceptional build quality, positive controls, and a tool that you can hand down to the next generation. Gripes about the locking lever are just ridiculous. User confusion or incompetence don't make the product bad. Every time that I've found myself fighting with the lever, it's been because I've made bad decisions or just forgot best practices. A solid, reliable camera support system can help a supposedly outdated camera create images that are indistinguishable from the most hot-off-the-line gear. It all depends on what you're shooting.

    Solid

    By Chris
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-10-21

    Well built ball head. Love the lever lick

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