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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: 5.0"
  • Weight: 1.8 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Clamp
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

Head
Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type
Number of Bubble Levels1
Friction ControlYes
Independent Pan LockYes
Ball Sphere Diameter2.17" / 55 mm
Pan & Tilt Range
Lateral Tilt-45° to +45°
Vertical Tilt+90° to 0°
Panning Range360°
General
Load Capacity55 lb / 24.95 kg
MaterialsAluminum Alloy
Weight1.8 lb / 800 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.9 x 5.2 x 3.9"

Robus RTH-1050 Reviews

Built like a tank!

By Harry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-17

This ball head checks all the boxes, precise, strong, solid and ease of use. Worth every penny I paid for it. If you need one don't hesitate to buy this one. Harry

Five stars with a few caveats.

By ian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-16

I'm an architectural photographer and I read a very positive review a few months back about Robus tripods and heads and I was due for a refresh so I picked up the Robus RC-5570 Vantage Series 3 tripod and the Robus RTH-1050 Ball Head. I have been using Manfrotto tripods and heads for some time so this was a step in a different direction for me. This ball head is fantastic and a big upgrade from the Manfrotto ball head I had been using for several years. I have a few minor gripes about it but I'll start with what's great about it. First, the build quality is excellent. Feels, looks, and operates like a very well designed and machined piece of equipment. A+. It takes a very subtle quarter twist of the locking mechanism to get the head from fluidly moving to completely locked in place. A+. The weight rating at 55lbs is fantastic, I feel like any camera/lens combo I have is absolutely locked in and not moving. A+ As far as downsides go; the tension adjustment dial is a little overly sensitive (at least on my head) I go from flopping around to way to tight with very little effort, and it's easy to accidentally do so while just adjusting the tension knob normally. Secondly, the hex wrench locking system for the head onto the tripod plate is pretty mediocre compared to other brands. Even when completely locked in there is a little bit of give and movement if pushed enough due to the fact that the base of the head has no texture other than 4 hex screws that can be adjusted to create a rotational barrier. Lastly, and this is only because I'm a designer and hate bad aesthetics; the font and arrow on the tension adjustment knob looks like it was designed by a first year design student... it doesn't match the rest of the head and looks like an afterthought that cheapens the overall look. Not that it matters in regards to performance, but for dorks like me design cohesion is important on a $400 ball head.

Huge upgrade from my Manfrotto ball head

By ian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-23

I'm a full time architectural photographer and I've been using Manfrotto gear for many years. I recently read a very positive review of the Robus RC-5570 Vantage tripod and the RTH-1050 Triple Action Ball Head. Since I was due for an equipment refresh I decided to switch to the Robus system. I absolutely love both the tripod and the ballhead. The huge ball in the head is easy to adjust, and once I dial in my positioning just a slight twist of the lock knob secures the head in position solidly. No more cranking the knob as tight as I can to ensure there's no movement. The 55lb weight limit is awesome too, My R5 with the RF 28-70 2.0 is locked in solid despite being a fairly heavy piece of glass.

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!

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]

Nice.

By George
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-05

I bought this to replace an old Arca-Swiss head. It got its baptism of fire on a recent trip to Alaska, using 200-500mm and 600mm lenses with a Wimberley Sidekick. It's very solid, but the traverse is a little jerky with the big guns. I hope that will work itself out with use.

Does everything I need.

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-10

This head is easy to use. I can switch orientation from portrait to landscape easily, Turn want knob to allow the camera to be moved, change the orientation, and then turn the knob to tighten the camera in place. It comes with a nice carrying bag.

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Asked by: Michael
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Asked by: Stephen
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Date published: 2021-03-21
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