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.
- 18 lb Load Capacity
- Max Height: 3.0"
- 90-Degree Notch for Portrait Orientation
- Separate Tension Control Knob
Really Right Stuff BH-40 with Full-Size Lever... Overview
Really Right Stuff BH-40 with Full-Size Lever... 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|
|Independent Pan Lock||Yes|
|Vertical Tilt||+90° to 0°|
|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 g|
|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
Great Ball Head
Excellent Ball Head. Using with my 5D Mark IV, 100-400mm lens and Manfrotto 055XPRO4. Very pleased with the results.
A smaller version of BH-55.
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
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
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
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.
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.
My last ballhead!
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
A really big upgrade from the last ballhead.so easy to use and well designed.
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