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Robus RTH-1050 Triple Action Ball Head

BH #RORTH1050 • MFR #RTH-1050
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Robus RTH-1050 Triple Action Ball Head
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 55 lb
  • Height: 5"
  • Weight: 1.8 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
The sturdy RTH-1050 Triple Action Ball Head from Robus is a rugged, full-featured ball head that provides a combination of strength and functionality for use in the studio or on location. With a generous load capacity of up to 55 pounds, the RTH-1050 can support cameras up to full-sized DSLRs with massive telephoto lenses and still provide a full range of movements. The main locking knob turns easily to tighten and loosen the large 2.2 inch ball and features an ergonomic and intuitive tension adjustment dial. Adjustable tension control ensures that a level friction is always applied to the ball to prevent losing control of the camera when repositioning. The Arca-type quick release receiver incorporates an integrated bubble level for precise horizontal alignment and is compatible with a multitude of Arca-type quick release plates, camera brackets, and other related accessories.
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Robus RTH-1050 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Load Capacity
  • 3Tension Control
  • 4Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release System
  • 5Panoramic Base
  • 6Aircraft-Grade Aluminum
  • 7Solid Brass-Reinforced Socket
  • 890° Notch

The sturdy RTH-1050 Triple Action Ball Head from Robus is a rugged, full-featured ball head that provides a combination of strength and functionality for use in the studio or on location. With a generous load capacity of up to 55 pounds, the RTH-1050 can support cameras up to full-sized DSLRs with massive telephoto lenses and still provide a full range of movements. The main locking knob turns easily to tighten and loosen the large 2.2 inch ball and features an ergonomic and intuitive tension adjustment dial. Adjustable tension control ensures that a level friction is always applied to the ball to prevent losing control of the camera when repositioning. The Arca-type quick release receiver incorporates an integrated bubble level for precise horizontal alignment and is compatible with a multitude of Arca-type quick release plates, camera brackets, and other related accessories.

Load Capacity

The generous 55 lb load capacity of the RTH-1050 enables the smooth positioning of almost any type of camera, ranging from simple compact models up to heavy camera-plus-lens combinations, with stable and secure results.

Tension Control

The locking knob includes an integrated tension dial that sets the minimum amount of friction on the ball. This ensures there's friction, even when the main locking knob is disengaged. This feature assures control of your camera and lens when you need to quickly unlock and reposition the ball head.

Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release System

The Arca-type compatible quick release plate allows the camera and lens set to be quickly mounted. It incorporates a bubble level for precise horizontal alignment, and a +/- 25mm scale for precise quick release plate positioning. The included AQR-60 quick release plate has a D-ring 1/4"-20" mounting screw, rubber traction strips to prevent camera rotation, and security pins to prevent it from accidentally releasing from the mounting platform while being positioned.

Panoramic Base

The panning base operates independently from the main tension knob and features its own locking knob. A highly visible precision scale adds simplicity to panoramic imaging and creating repeatable results.

Aircraft-Grade Aluminum

For exceptional strength and stability, the RTH-1050 head is constructed with aircraft-grade aluminum that can stand up to demanding use and travel and perform at the highest level. All of the control knobs are cross-hatch knurled for easy gripping.

Solid Brass-Reinforced Socket

The base of the RTH-1050 ball head features an industry-standard 3/8"-16 mounting socket machined from corrosion-resistant brass, making it compatible with virtually any tripod leg set.The socket is made from reinforced brass to resist wear for long life and reliable, secure tightening.

90° Notch

Quickly change the camera orientation from landscape to portrait using the 90° notch.
UPC: 847628026636

Robus RTH-1050 Specs

General
Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type
Load Capacity55 lb / 24.95 kg
Number of Bubble Levels1
Friction ControlYes
Independent Pan LockYes
MaterialAluminum
Pan & Tilt Range
Lateral Tilt-45° to +45°
Vertical Tilt+90° to 0°
Panning Range360°
Physical
Ball Sphere Diameter2.17" / 55 mm
Base Diameter2.75" / 6.99 cm
Dimensionsø: 2.7 x H: 5.0" / ø: 6.9 x H: 12.7 cm
Weight1.8 lb / 0.82 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.9 x 5.2 x 3.9"

Robus RTH-1050 Reviews

Fantastic ball head

By Solomon
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-09

I have been in the dark for so long buy cheap tripods, until I bought this ball head and the Robus vantage series3 RC-5570 carbon fiber tripod . The ball head is so easy to use and the knobs are as soft as butter. The whole ball head is built like a Tank, the knobs are soft and smooth like butter. I couldn't be any happier, it is a good buy. B&H you are awesome!

Robust RTH 1050 Ball Head

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-18

Well built and nice dampening. Can tighten and loosen with the same hand. Nice product and appreciate B&H.

Built like a Tank!

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-20

This was my first real ball head that's now paired with my new Robus 5570 tripod. It's amazing how much of a difference a well built ball head makes. It's effortless to make small adjustments and once you tighten it down, it's not moving. With my old ball head, when I would tighten the knob, the head would drift, not this ball head, it's solid as a rock and built like a tank!

A fantastic tripod head for a pretty great price.

By Forest
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-27

To me, a ball-head needs a few things. First, it needs to be solid enough that when I lock it down with a longer lens, it doesn’t sag too much. Second, it needs a nice tension adjustment knob. Third, it needs to have an arca-swiss style quick release so that I can use the wide array of custom plates and cages that work with that system. Finally, it needs to be well-built and able to stand the test of time. I’m happy to report that the Robus RTH-1050 excels in all of these areas. It’s solid, well built, smooth, uses arca-swiss style quick-release, and has a nice tension control system. I’ve been a long-time user of the Kirk Enterprises BH-3 ball head which is a premium product that’s hand-machined in the USA. While there is something to be said for USA-machined products, I’m happy to report that while the Robus RTH-1050 is a much larger head, it feels as well built and manufactured as the Kirk Enterprises products. I will say that yet again the case included with the Robus is clearly not up to the same quality standard as the head itself. It would have been nice to get a padded bag with a durable ballistic nylon exterior that I could have used for years to protect my head when mounted to my tripod. I imagine that I will be using this head well into the future whenever I need a large, strong head for my astrophotography or anything else requiring a larger, heavier lens. To conclude, I hope Robus continues to develop a few more high-quality tripod products into the future as a smaller ball-head or geared head would be excellent additions to the product line. Excellent job Robus, just like your tripods, this product is a winner! [I received this product in exchange for my honest review.]

Super stable and easily adjustable

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-16

The combination of controls on the RTH-1050 make it easy to adjust it and lock it in the position you want. I especially like the friction control, allowing you to select how much force is needed to move the head when making fine adjustments. The lockdown is firm and has held an FX camera, 3 pound lens, and focusing rail without any hint of slipping. The 360 panning adjustment needs to be tight to the tripod before you start if you're rotating the same direction as you would loosen it, but that's just common sense. Being able to rotate the full 360 has the advantage being able to start at any point. The bubble level works really well, but needs fairly good light to be seen accurately. Would buy it again without hesitation.

One head, for all my gear

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-02

Substantial. That's how this head feels when first unboxing and then using it. It's really well-made and reliable. Even with a heavy rig, I found no sagging. It's solid. The tripod and head must be good enough to trust them with gear worth a multiple of what they cost. After owning several heads and tripods in the last 20 years, the take away is delay if you must but buy a quality head and tripod once instead of buying cheap flimsy and upgrading 4-5 times along the way. It will prevents problems and help create better work. This RTH-1050 head ticks all the boxes, quality, consistency/ reliability, design, ergonomics, weight capacity (55 lbs!), features/ compatibility and even pricing (it's on sale too as I type this). The 360 pan and tilt axes can easily and non-forcefully be position-locked using well-sized and well-spaced out knurled dials. They are sized differently so you can tell them apart by touch/ feel without having to look at them. The one for the tilt axis has a built-in friction dial. It allows for granular resistance to affect how freely the massive ball can move. I tried video panning and slow vertical movements to highlight products and a person on video and it does not replace a video fluid head of course but with practice it is not bad! Finally, this ball is designed for Arca-compatible plates. The plate it comes with has a D-ring to secure its installation onto the camera with no tools. The camera/ plate then slides in and the plate is tightened in place securely. There is a notch at each extremity to stop it's horizontal travel and help protect against a fall. Loosening the ball and using the notch in the ball housing allows the camera to be used in portrait mode without requiring the use of a "L-plate" on the camera itself. I highly recommend this ball head! And paired with quality tripod such as the Robus RCC-5560 will make you feel like you have "arrived". Going back to prior lesser equipment will feel like it was a bad idea all along. Attached are several photos to complement my commentary. [I have received this product in exchange for my honest review]

A fantastic piece of gear

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-29

The look and feel of this piece of gear is outstanding. It is extremely well made, easy to use, very precise and I highly recommend this ball head. It will handle just about any camera you place on it. The controls are very finely precise for precision work. Every time I use it I ask myself why I never purchased this years ago. Looking forward to using this ball head for years to come.

Perfect match.

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-07

I purchased the RTH-1050 to accompany my Robus RC-5570. This is a. high quality Ball Head; the friction grip is adjustable allowing adjustments to be set for your gear. Simple twist to lock in place without slippage and strong enough to handle your largest rig.

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Yes, this product is manufactured in China. :)
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Date published: 2021-03-05

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Asked by: Michael
Typically ball heads offer too much motion when unlocked, which can be hard to handle when using a monopod. With only two hands to grip onto the camera or lens; monopod itself; or the head/tension release knob, using a ballhead could make it difficult to secure the lens in the correct position/orientation. Alternatively, using a monopod head limits the motion to a single axis via the primary tension knob, making it easier to adjust for tilt while not giving you any hassle with pan or roll.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-04-12

Can this ball head be used on a monopod?

Can this ball head be used on a monopod?
Asked by: Stephen
Yes, it will mount to a 3/8"-16 screw on a monopod without issue, although it's typically not recommended.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-03-21
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