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Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with No Clamp

BH #REBH40 • MFR #BH-40 (NO CLAMP)
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Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with No Clamp
Key Features
  • 18 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 2.5"
  • 90-Degree Notch for Portrait Orientation
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
The BH-40 Ball Head with No Clamp from Really Right Stuff is a 13 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 no clamp, but can be customized with a RRS quick release or another manufacturer's quick release system.
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Really Right Stuff BH-40 Overview

The BH-40 Ball Head with No Clamp from Really Right Stuff is a 13 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 no clamp, but can be customized with a RRS quick release or another manufacturer's quick release system.

Benefits

  • 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: 818413022461

    Really Right Stuff BH-40 Specs

    General
    Head TypeBall Head
    Base Mount3/8"-16 Thread
    Quick Release Plate TypeNo Quick Release
    Load Capacity18 lb / 8.1 kg
    Number of Bubble LevelsNone
    Friction ControlYes
    Independent Pan LockYes
    MaterialAluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Vertical Tilt+90° to 0°
    Panning Range360°
    Physical
    Ball Sphere Diameter1.6" / 4.06 cm
    Base Diameter2.1" / 5.33 cm
    DimensionsH: 2.5" / H: 63.5 mm
    Weight13 oz / 368.55 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3 x 3 x 2"

    Really Right Stuff BH-40 Reviews

    Best Quality

    By Rick
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-09-07

    I have a BH-40 on one tripod and was using an Induro on my other tripod. A year ago, I bought the RRS panning clamp for my BH-40 so I had an extra RRS clamp. Finally saved up and bought this BH-40 with no clamp so I can retire the Induro ballhead. These ballheads work so much better than the Induro or any other ballhead I've used.

    Best Ball Head Ever

    By Charles
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2019-07-14

    Great product as you would expect from RRS. Used it to photograph fire works this week. Easy to adjust direction and level. Very stable.

    Excellent quality ball head

    By Michael
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2019-03-18

    I previously owned the BH-55 ball head but replaced with the BH-40 because its lighter and more than adequate for my gear. Ive owned several other brands in the past, and keep coming back to RRS because I find their quality to be among the best. This version of the BH-40 ball head includes a panning clamp. Be aware that this clamp only allows horizontal panning from a level plane. If you need to pan with the camera and lens tilted, youll still need a leveling base.

    Love the panning head and lever on clamp

    By Ray
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2018-06-26

    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.

    Great Ball Head!

    By Ian
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-08-27

    Super precise. No drift when you lock the ball. I really like how it instantly lock the ball at a certain point of turning the locking lever, which makes it quick to lock.

    Expensive, but excellent quality.

    By Edward
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-05-08

    Excellent quality

    Amazing design and contruction

    By William
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-03-27

    Perfectly designed and solid construction. The best of the best!

    SERIOUS STUFF

    By Steven
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-03-18

    This is my second BH-40.I like to keep all my tripods armed and dangerous.The quality is there but you have to pay for it.I would say worth every penny.

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    What size is the threaded stud on the ball that attaches to the QR clamp? 1/4 or 3/8? Thanks!
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    Answered by: Werner V.
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    question

    Does the lever-release interfere with the panning clamp knob? Do you have to open the lever to tighten down the panning clamp knob? It is hard to tell in the picture, they look close together.
    Asked by: Ray
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    Answered by: Laurence R.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

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    Do you hold the camera body to pan for a single row Panorama or the panning clamp?
    Asked by: Karen F.
    The body and the panning portion of the head are both going to rotate, so I don't think it matters which you hold while panning. Just shoot, loosen the pan screw, rotate, tighten screw, shoot, and repeat.
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    Date published: 2018-08-27
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