The BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp (Chrome) from Really Right Stuff is a 1.96 lb ball head that will support large camera/long lens combinations weighing up to 50 lb. Crafted from aluminum and stainless steel, the BH-55 has all of the features you'd expect from a professional-level head. An over-sized, ergonomic locking knob allows 45-degree tilting in all directions and dual 90-degree drop-notches facilitate 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.
- 50 lb Load Capacity
- Max Height: 3.7"
- Dual 90° Notches for Portrait Mode
- Separate Tension Control Knob
Really Right Stuff BH-55 with Full-Size Lever... Overview
Really Right Stuff BH-55 with Full-Size Lever... Specs
|Head Type||Ball Head|
|Base Mount||3/8"-16 Female|
|Camera Mounting Screw||1/4"-20 Male|
|Quick Release Plate Type||Arca-Type|
|Number of Bubble Levels||1|
|Independent Pan Lock||Yes|
|Ball Sphere Diameter||2.2" / 55.88 mm|
|Lateral Tilt||-45° to +45°|
|Vertical Tilt||+90° to 0°|
|Load Capacity||50 lb / 23 kg|
|Weight||2 lb / 0.91 kg|
|Package Weight||2.42 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||6 x 5.85 x 5.3"|
Really Right Stuff BH-55 with Full-Size Lever... Reviews
Amazing Albeit Heavy Ballhead
Most ballheads have this tendency to droop a little even after tightening it. This is not one of them. Very solid and does not droop at all at any angle once you tighten it. I would have preferred its friction knob to be as refined as the one found in Acratech GXP, but pound for pound this is still a better ballhead. I did say it's heavy, don't mind the weight too much especially if paired with something like a 5-series Gitzo legs where its weight becomes negligible. The only real downside, if at all, is that to make it balanced, an L-plate for camera bodies is a necessity in vertical orientation.
it is solid especially with the clamp instead of nob for quick release
Aluminium is too soft...
It's an amazing head but I dropped it from only few inch above the floor and it dented the knob pretty bad, I think at $700 a piece, the aluminum should be much harder, it should not dent easily ! Also by releasing tension too quickly the head fell sideway and even though it had nothing in top by its own weight, it also dented the neck above the bowl when it went in contact with the side of the head !
A Really Nice Head
I have heard about the RRS ball heads for a long time but wasn't willing to part with the cash for one. Needless to say, I put up with the ever-present drift in the others that I have purchased. Finally, getting so disgusted with the drift in my photography, I decided on the BH-55 because of a couple of large lenses that I own. I should have bought this years ago. There is absolutely NO drift/sag/moving on the ball head at all. It is a pleasure to use it.
Really Right Stuff Round Two
My second time purchasing this ball head. It's the one I go to for heavy lens and cameras. Moving into Star trackers and this does the trick.
I had a BH-55 for well over 10 years, and it was starting to show its age, as well as a few knocks, gouges and scratches. On a workshop last fall I had the chance to try several other ball heads and found myself seduced by the FLM heads. I grabbed one (the 48) and while it's a great head (I'd give it a 4-star rating), after 8 months I found myself missing the ease of the BH-55. So, I ordered a new one, and boy was that the right choice for me. This version has a different drag set than my old one, and that eliminates one of the three issues I had with my old BH-55. The second issue, that it was showing some minor slippage when locking it down, now looks like it was a wear related item, as the new one locks with basically no droop. The last issue, weight, is what it is. Since that's the only remaining issue I have, I'm happy to live with it.
This thing is very secure and feels solid. Practically no flex or droop, and the tactile feel of the knobs means that you can easily operate this ball head by feel alone. You definitely need to pair this an equally solid tripod to get the full experience.
Main Lock Knob totally locked up
Very frustrating. The main lock knob has completely locked up. The solution from the website doesn't work. It seems to be unable to move clockwise or anticlockwise. Awaiting instructions from RRS what to do next. I've an expensive lump of metal at the moment. It's a very expensive item. It shouldn't lock up like this.
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