The BH-40 recently underwent a slight re-design. Here's what's changed:
Weight reduced from 13.0z to 11.9 oz (336g) (an 8.5% reduction).
Main lock knob raised and slightly shortened so it now clears any platform diameter (previously limited to 2.7" platforms)
Main lock knob has 26 available positions (up from 6)
Main lock mechanism is more robust and durable
Up to 45% stronger lockup – new load capacity is still 18lbs but lockup will be easier to achieve. This means that more force can get you more than 18lbs, but we still only recommend 70-200mm and occasional 300mm lens limits.
Drop notches have been reduced from 2 to 1, to improve the lockup stability and smoothness of the ball joint. The single notch is now centered at the “front" when in the usual ballhead position.
New laser-engraved indicators for both lock knobs to show which direction is which, tighten or loosen.
Drag set knob has an arrow indicator showing more drag or less.
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-40 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-40 offers up to 45 degrees of tilt in all directions, and up to 90-degrees in the drop-notch. 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-40 LR features our patented B2-40 LR lever-release style quick-release clamp for optimum speed and security. The three positions of the lever offer fully closed, fully open and half-open positions for adjusting the plate within the clamp. When closed, the clamp offers 50lbs of no-slip grip on the plate and the lever hugs the clamp body, keeping it secure against accidental snags. The B2-40 LR clamp also features laser-engraved reference marks.
Extensive field use has proven the utility of our innovative design. The BH-40 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-40 the ballhead of choice for both seasoned professionals and enthusiastic amateurs.
Patented lever-release clamp for fast & easy mounting
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 our unique drum & brake design for effortless locking
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
(1) 1/4"-20 x 3/4" stainless steel flat head mounting screw
Load capacity: 18 lb / 8.1kg
Height: 3.1" / 78mm
Base diameter: 2.1" / 53mm
Ball diameter: 1.6" / 40mm
Tripod Mount: 3/8"-16 socket (only compatible with studs no taller than 3/8")
Weight: 15.7 oz / 445g
General photography with lenses up to 70-200mm/f2.8, and medium format gear. Occasional use larger telephoto lenses.
Solid base for dollies, sliders, and video gear rigging on tripods
What else do I need?
Quick-release plates for your cameras and lenses are required to mount to the BH-40 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, Acratech, & Arca-Swiss. Read more about our quick-release system here and contact us if you have additional compatibility concerns.
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 sturdy tripod is recommended to support the BH-40 LR ballhead. We offer support packages that pair the BH-40 LR with our Versa 2 Carbon-fiber Tripods, and can also offer custom combinations with other models. The BH-40 mounts to a tripod platform with an industry-standard 3/8"-16 stud.
A list of Really Right Stuff tripods can be found HERE.