Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full Size Screw-Knob Clamp

Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full Size Screw-Knob Clamp

Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full Size Screw-Knob Clamp

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Product Highlights

  • 50 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.8"
  • Dual 90° Notches for Portrait Mode
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
  • Panning Base with Engraved Degree Marks
  • Base Diameter 2.9", Ball Diameter 2.2"
  • Weight: 1.9 lb
  • Accepts Optional Arca-Type Plates
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Really Right Stuff BH-55 Overview

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The BH-55 Ball Head with Full Size Screw-Knob Clamp from Really Right Stuff is a 1.9 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.

  • 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
  • Dual 90-Degree drop-notches allow 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: 818413022539
    In the Box
    Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full Size Screw-Knob 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-55 Specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Female
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 50 lb / 23 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Aluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -45 to +45
    Vertical Tilt 0 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Ball Sphere Diameter 2.2" / 55.88 mm
    Base Diameter 2.9" / 73.66 mm
    Dimensions H: 3.8" / H: 97.0 mm
    Weight 1.9 lb / 0.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 5.8 x 5.4"

    Really Right Stuff BH-55 Reviews

    BH-55 Ball Head with Full Size Screw-Knob Clamp is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably the best ball head money can buy - not the cheapest Overall, this is one of the top ball heads money can buy. Not the cheapest, but very well constructed, has a 5 year warranty. At a $450+ price tag, this is not the cheapest unit out there, but then again, it also performs very well, especially for heavy camera gear. If you're going to use anything larger than a 70-200mm lens with your camera, I would get this ball head. This will probably be the last ball head you buy, so despite being expensive, you'll buy it and not have to worry about it falling apart after a few years or the ball join wearing out. They are highly recommended by the pros, like Scott Kelby and many others.
    Date published: 2017-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Ball Head Simply the best Ball Head I've used. ...My first tripod was a Manfrotto, so I have purchased several Manfrotto Ball heads and they have been okay... by that I mean the Manfrotto heads only take Manfrotto plates, so if you want to utilize Swiss Arca Style plates you need a workaround. And the Ball on the Manfrotto Heads is smaller than the BH55, so there is a little more play in the connection between the Camera and the Tripod. After doing some research, I decided to try the RSS head, and I'm so please that I did. It's easy to use, even for an old guy like me with arthritic thumbs, and it's Rock Solid when tightened down. I'm using the BH55 on my Fiesol and Manfrotto tripods ad it's Amazing !!
    Date published: 2017-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest! RRS BH-55 w/ screw-knob clamp The REALLY RIGHT STUFF BH-55 ball head with the screw-knob clamp is a very good product. I could not decide between a BH-55 with the lever clamp and the screw-knob version so I purchased both. These ball heads are truly amazing. The screw-knob type clamp is a little slower to operate, however, this clamp lets you decide how much you want to tighten up the plate connection. On the other hand, the lever release clamp is easy to use and is a real time saver. I have owned LINHOF, GITZO and ARCA-SWISS ball heads. They are good, but the REALLY RIGHT STUFF BH-55 is better. I'm a happy customer. You should be too.
    Date published: 2017-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything that was said about this balhead is true, but... I bought this to use it with aTP-243 for macro (Sony 90mm + A7) and for wildlife photography with a Nikon D810 and a 300mm f2.8. The ball-head is beautifully machined and I love the over sized knob. That being said, i was disappointed by the tension control mechanism. I was not able to find a sweet spot neither with the macro nor with the 300mm. The ball movement is either too soft and it does not support the camera/lens combo when I take my hand off it or too choppy, when it is tightened enough to keep the camera when I take my hand off it. Previously I had a BH-40 which I used for 9 years until I foolishly sold it, which had very nice and smooth tension control. I do not know what to do, honestly. I read that the tension control loosens a bit with use. But I will not use this ball-head enough for this to happen - probably at most 10 shoots per year. At the price point I was expecting to be fully usable off the box...
    Date published: 2017-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best ball head I've ever used. The best ball head I've ever had, and I've tried a bunch. I do a lot of macro work. When I need to tip the camera down to focus from above, I lock it in place and it doesn't move at all. Every other head I've owned I've had to fight to keep it lined up. They've always dropped a bit and I had to line it up again. This head is a pleasure to work with.
    Date published: 2017-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Safe and Secure I just didn't trust my old ball head with the quick release plate to mount my D850 on. So I bought the BH-55 ball head with full size screw clamp. I also bought the RRS base plate for the camera. I feel a whole lot better about this setup with respect to mounting the camera. My old quick release plate also had some play in it that developed over time. The BH-55 is tight as a tick. I even carry my tripod around with camera and lens still mounted without fear of it coming loose.
    Date published: 2017-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's the best Best tripod head there is. Worth the money
    Date published: 2017-02-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply fantastic! An unbelievable ball head. Stable and easy to use. No drift when locking. If I had bought this one first, I would have saved money in the long term because I would have avoided the numerous cheaper and less serviceable heads that I bought. Without question one of the finest ball heads on the market today! If you can afford it, it is worth every penny.
    Date published: 2017-09-14
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