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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

    Key Specs
    Camera Plate
    Quick Release: Arca-Type
    Head Type
    Ball Head
    Drag Control
    Yes
    Load Capacity
    18 lb / 8.2 kg
    Weight
    17.1 oz / 486 g
    Camera Attachment
    Camera Plate
    Quick Release: Arca-Type
    Head
    Head Type
    Ball Head
    Base Mount
    Flat Base with 3/8"-16 Female
    Counter Balance
    No
    Pan & Tilt
    Drag Control
    Yes
    Independent Pan Lock
    Yes
    Vertical Tilt
    +90° to 0°
    Lateral Tilt
    No
    General
    Load Capacity
    18 lb / 8.2 kg
    Bubble Level
    No
    Weight
    17.1 oz / 486 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight
    1.52 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
    6.9 x 6.3 x 6.3"

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

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    Smallrig L bracket / bento plate / Kirk foot on ...

    Smallrig L bracket / bento plate / Kirk foot on long lens. Will BH-40 work with some or all of these? Would a screw knob be safer bet that a clamp?
    Asked by: Sean
    The clamp is very stable and easy for easy attachment and removal of camera body. If you are using a long lens, give some consideration of attaching to the lens bracket if there is one with the long lens. I find this very useful for my Nikon D850 and all lenses except for long and heavy telephoto, like Sigma 150mm-600mm zoom. You should use a Gimbal device which is designed for heavier than usual lenses. The Ball head and Lever release clamp works very well.
    Answered by: Robert
    Date published: 2021-02-11

    Screw versus lever release - comparing ...

    Screw versus lever release - comparing durability, security, and ease of use. Wondering which bh-40 to get. I've only had lever release heads before and while theoretically they're quick release, I've had them "stick" on me. As I'm getting this head for my heaviest, most expensive gear, I'm in some ways more interested in what clamp style keeps that gear from falling OFF the head than in being able to get the gear off the head fast. Any thoughts from experienced users who have used both clamp types?
    Asked by: Kathryn
    Hi, I have experience with both but for the last 2-3 years I have been using both RSS BH-40 and 55 with lever release clamp instead of screw or others combinations and it works great in any ways, faster more secure in my hands and works great in different situations here in Iceland regarding weather and more. These are great, fully recommended, never failed.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2022-08-26

    Does it need to buy extra accessories to put on ...

    Does it need to buy extra accessories to put on the camera? mine is a sony a1
    Asked by: Liyu
    You will need an arca-swiss camera plate in order to use the RRS BH40. See the following for some examples: https://bhpho.to/36MXJVu https://bhpho.to/3xQdhTe
    Answered by: Jeremy
    Date published: 2022-04-24

    What’s the difference between BH-40LR II and ...

    What’s the difference between BH-40LR II and BH-40LR? Does this represent the second generation? If yes, is there any problem solved?
    Asked by: Wentao
    The only difference between the B2-LR II and the B2-40-LR is the size of the clamps. The LR II is our full-size 60mm Lever release clamp with a bubble level. This uses the SKU B2-LR II. LR is the 50mm lever release clamp with no bubble level on it. This uses the SKU B2-40-LR. There is no issue with either of the versions.
    Answered by: Samik G
    Date published: 2023-11-30

    Has anyone tried BH-40 with Nikon Z9 with Z ...

    Has anyone tried BH-40 with Nikon Z9 with Z 70-200mm lens? If yes, How is the performance?
    Asked by: Rajasimha
    The Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp is a very sturdy ball head that can hold a full size camera with a telephoto lens. This will easily hold the Nikon Z9 Mirrorless Camera and the Nikon NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Lens.
    Answered by: Yaakov
    Date published: 2022-10-02

    Has anyone had specific experience using the ...

    Has anyone had specific experience using the Lever-Release on the BH-40 ballhead with Markins and Sunway L-brackets and Kirk replacement tripod foot for Canon 100-400? They work with my Markins Lever Release ballhead, and I'm now looking for an additional lever-release ballhead. RRS website says to use knob release for non-RRS plates. (Yes, I know B&H sells Markins ballheads, but apparently only the knob release, and not the lever release heads. Thanks in advance.
    Asked by: Carol
    Thank you all for taking the time to respond! I appreciate it.
    Answered by: Carol
    Date published: 2020-01-16

    Is anyone using the BH-40 with Gitzo 1545 Tripod? ...

    Is anyone using the BH-40 with Gitzo 1545 Tripod? If so, are you able to fold it somehow with the reverse legs to fit in a bag?
    Asked by: Cindy
    When using the Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp on the Gitzo GT1545T Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod, you can not reverse fold the legs to fit in a bag.
    Answered by: Lawrence C
    Date published: 2023-02-16

    does it works well with sony 600gm

    does it works well with sony 600gm
    Asked by: Liyu
    Weight shouldn't be a problem but it may depend on the clarity of a shot you wish to have. We've noticed that the BH-40 is great for handling lenses up to 600mm. But this is for those who are agreeable to using higher ISOs and/or wider apertures in order to keep the shutter speed fast enough to avoid soft images resulting from lens vibration. If not, then we would recommend the BH-55 for greater stability and strength.
    Answered by: Really Right Stuff
    Date published: 2022-05-04
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