Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning Clamp

Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning Clamp

Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning Clamp

Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning Clamp

Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning Clamp

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Product Highlights

  • 18 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.7"
  • 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: 23.6 oz
  • Accepts Optional Arca-Type Plates
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The BH-40 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning Clamp from Really Right Stuff is a 23.6 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. This version of the head has a special panning quick release with a bubble level and 360 degree markers that make it ideal for panoramas.

  • 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: 818413022423
    In the Box
    Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning 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
  • Table of Contents
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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 1
    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: 3.7" / H: 94.0 mm
    Weight 23.6 oz / 668.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 5.9 x 5.4"

    Really Right Stuff BH-40 reviews

    BH-40 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning Clamp is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the panning head and lever on clamp I have shot with this twice now, so I am still getting used to it. I am switching from a Manfrotto head, which to me seemed smoother Do these heads get smoother rotating over time? If I tighten the tension enough so that the camera does not tip over, rotation is a bit jerky. (a7riii with 24-105 f4 or 12-24 f4 lenses, so nothing terribly heavy) The panning clamp is larger than expected, so with the BH-40 I have had clashes, but can always rotate a different way to get it to work. The head is nicely sized to match my a7riii with RRS lbracket. Over all it is an excellent head, once I can figure out how to get the rotation smoother will be a 5 star.
    Date published: 2018-06-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything you can wish for in a ball head Extremely well built. The panning base is fantastic. The lever mechanism is probably the quickest was to release and attach a camera and is easy to operate even with gloves in a cold weather. Originally I thought there was a design flaw in the main knob that seemed to have limited movement when the base was right above it because it would hit it. Later I found that you can pull it out and reposition it for further tightening which is great. For now I can't find anything I don't like about the product, except for the hefty price, and would highly recommend it.
    Date published: 2018-03-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for my use Very high quality construction, but a design flaw makes it less than perfect to use. The round knob that tightens and loosens the ball head, is very short and very close to the other (square) knob, making it awkward to use. Also, although the description uses the word Panning this is not useful if shooting panoramic where you'll need to balance the tripod BEFORE adjusting the camera to the right angle (i.e. upwards to photograph a Milky Way pano). This will not allow for that.
    Date published: 2017-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superbly crafted Well built with Smooth & flawless movement
    Date published: 2017-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ball head I've used It's very well built. The lever makes for very quick setup and release. The panning base lets for very easy setup for panoramas. The only annoying part is that the handle cannot be turned all the way when the base is in the upright position because it hits the base. But it is still tight enough so it's not a big deal.
    Date published: 2018-03-15
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