A Really Right Stuff ballhead is the best choice for all general photography, and will give you fast and accurate control and solid support of your camera or lens. Aiming and horizon leveling can be accomplished as one instinctive motion, and rigid lockup takes just a quick twist of one control. As a result, our ballheads are faster to use and inherently more stable than 3-axis “pan-tilt” tripod heads. Since the ballhead profile is smaller and lacks the protruding handles, they are also much easier to carry and pack.
The BH-55 is the culmination of years of iterative development based on first-hand experience and abundant input from seasoned professionals and enthusiasts. Our goal was to build the perfect general-purpose ballhead. Our premise was that aesthetics needn’t play second fiddle to functionality, that operation should be intuitive and predictable, and that your investment should be rewarded with years of satisfaction.
The BH-55 offers up to 45 degrees of tilt in all directions, and up to 90-degrees in the two drop-notches. The largest of the three control knobs independently controls the tension of the main ball joint. The midsize knurled knob features independent control of the panning base, which features laser engraved degree markers every 2.5 degrees. The smallest control knob works in concert with the main lock knob to set a minimum amount of resistance on the ball joint at all times, independent of the main lock knob being fully loosened or not.
Extensive field use has proven the utility of our innovative design. The BH-55 delivers solid performance in all weather and temperature ranges. Its low profile, precision control knobs, and rugged housing make our BH-55 the ballhead of choice for both seasoned professionals and enthusiastic amateurs.
Ergonomic design gives superior handling and unsurpassed reliability
Lowest height profile in its class
Large main locking knob incorporates stainless steel ball bearings for a lifetime of silky smooth control
Dual 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 our unique drum & brake design for effortless locking
All components are of the finest Really Right Stuff quality, machined from solid aircraft aluminum or stainless steel for maximum durability and minimum weight
What's in the Box?
Padded Cordura pouch with drawstring closure
5/32” hex key (required to remove/replace clamp)
User Manuals for Ballhead and Clamp features
(1) 1/4"-20 x 3/4" Flathead mounting screw
Load Capacity: 50 lb / 23 kg
Height: 3.5 inches / 89 mm
Base Diameter: 2.9 inches / 74mm
Ball Diameter: 2.2 inches / 55mm
Tripod Mount: 3/8"-16
Weight: 1.6 lb / 726g
General photography with lenses above 200mm, and medium or large format gear
Solid base for dollies, sliders, and video gear rigging on tripods
What else do I need?
You will need a quick-release clamp to mount on top of your BH-55 ballhead. You will also want to consider an Arca-Swiss style quick release plate. Really Right Stuff plates are custom-designed for each camera/lens model for optimum ergonomics and performance.
For Really Right Stuff quick release clamps click here.
A list of Really Right Stuff camera plates can be found here.
A list of Really Right Stuff lens plates and replacement feet can be found here.