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
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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 4.9 out of 5 by 47.
    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 4 out of 5 by from Quality build, but no baseplate. The quality of this head is what youd expect from a RRS product at this price point. I use this with a Gitzo Traveller Tripod and it works well. I have several Gitzo heads and I would say the engineering quality of the RRS seems just a bit better. However, all of the Gitzo heads come with baseplates while this does not. A small thing, but at this price I think it should be included.
    Date published: 2018-10-31
    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 Third Time is the Charm I wanted this ball head because my BH-55 is too heavy for carrying long distances. Not sure whether this was a manufacturing glitch by RRS, but the first two I received had wobbly lever release clamps. B&H promptly replaced them, and the third one is a keeper. It is very stable, perfect for my Sony a9 even with the 100-400 GM (+ RRS replacement foot), and very light weight.
    Date published: 2018-05-16
    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 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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    Will this work with a Kirk bracket?
    Asked by: John F.
    Affirmative, the Kirk Replacement Foot on my, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens works perfectly on my, RRS BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp. The clamping pressure and fit is same as the, RRS LCF-15 Foot for my, Nikon 200 f/2 VRII Lens. And consistent with the, RRS BD5-L: L Plate on my, Nikon D5.
    Answered by: ROBERT C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    I am new to tripods and ballheads. With the BH-40 do I need to purchase a quick release plate? Will RRS BA72 plate fit on BH-40?I'm kind of bummed out that there is no info on this website about compatible plates.
    Asked by: Pokman C.
    It doesn't come with a quick-release plate. Under the related accessories, the Really Right Stuff B-9 plate will work for smaller camera or lenses (and there are custom plates tailored for specific cameras or larger lenses).
    Answered by: Brian G.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will this release clamp work with the Induro PU60 Quick Release camera plate?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I have that plate and that ball head and they work perfectly together.
    Answered by: Robert B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    What's the difference between a compact clamp and a full size clamp on the RRS BH40 ballhead?
    Asked by: Kam L.
    While I don't own both, reviewing photos on both B&H as well as RRS website, The full size adds enough where could add a bubble level where the compact lacks the bubble level. Depending on your genre of photography, being level may or may not be critical.
    Answered by: Lawrence G.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does this fit on a bogen tripod?
    Asked by: ASHOK P.
    The BH Photo specs include Tripod Mount Thread Size3/8 -16 - compatible studs up to 3/8 . It fits my Gitzo.
    Answered by: Richard C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    I intend to use this on my Platypod Max. Am wondering if the lever will ever catch the platypod base?
    Asked by: Zon Hisham Z.
    Im not familiar with what you are planning to use; however, Ive had a few instances where the lever caught my camera gear.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2018-10-24


    Does the lever in the lever release clamp have a safety switch so that I won't accidentally flip it open...??
    Asked by: Anonymous
    No. The lever in the lever release clamp does not have a safety switch. However, the lever and clamp solidly lock the plate in place. I have not encountered a problem with an accidental opening of the clamp.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2018-10-24

    Will this ball head work with the Peak Design ...

    Will this ball head work with the Peak Design Capture plate?
    Asked by: Olive
    The RRS works with most arca type plates and it does work with my Peak Designs Pro capture plate.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-05-02
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