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.
The BH-55 PC-Pro features our patented PC-Pro screw-knob release, panning clamp for optimum speed and security. The PC-Pro panning clamp offers tried & true reliability of a screw-knob clamp with the ability to make horizontal pans, allowing the shooter to quickly set up and shoot panoramas. Screw-knob clamps can deliver slightly greater clamping force than our Lever Release clamps.
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, rugged housing, and state of the art quick-release clamps make our BH-55 the ballhead of choice for both seasoned professionals and enthusiastic amateurs.
Panning clamp with a quick-release, screw-knob style
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
High-visibility bulls-eye spirit level embedded in clamp for accurate leveling, even in low light
Laser-engraved millimeter scale offers precise centering and positioning within the clamp jaw
All components are of the finest Really Right Stuff quality, machined from solid aircraft aluminum or stainless steel for maximum durability and minimum weight
5/32" hex key tool (required to remove/replace clamp)
User's Guides for Ballhead and Clamp features
Load Capacity: 50 lb / 23 kg
Height: 4.6" / 119 mm
Base Diameter: 2.9" / 74mm
Ball Diameter: 2.2" / 55mm
Tripod Mount: 3/8"-16
Weight: 2.3 lb / 1042g
General photography with lenses above 200mm, and medium or large format gear
What else do I need?
Quick-release plates for your cameras and lenses are required to mount to the BH-55 LR. Really Right Stuff plates are custom-designed for each camera/lens model for optimum ergonomics and performance. Our LR clamps are also compatible with some other brands of Arca-style plates, such as Wimberley, Kirk, Markins, & Arca-Swiss. Read more about our quick-release system here and contact us if you have additional compatibility concerns.
You may want to also consider one of our Nodal slides, that will allow the shooter to find the optical center of their camera. Once the optical center of the camera is found a nodal slide will enable the user to shoot parallax free panoramas.
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.
A list of Really Right Stuff nodal slides can be found here.