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. Three knobs independently control the ball movement, ball friction, and an independent smooth-panning base with 2.5 degree increments.
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-notch 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
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?
BH-40 Ballhead (no clamp)
Flat-head ¼”-20 screw to attach clamps
Padded Cordura pouch with drawstring closure
5/32” hex key (required to remove/replace clamp)
User Manual for Ballhead
(1) ¼"-20 x 3/4" stainless steel flat head mounting screw
Load Capacity: 18 lb / 8 kg
Height: 2.5 inches / 64 mm
Base Diameter: 2.1 inches / 53 mm
Ball Diameter: 1.6 inches / 40 mm
Tripod Mount: 3/8"-16 socket (stud no taller than 3/8”)
Weight: 13 oz / 369 g
General photography with lenses up to 70-200mm/f2.8, and medium or format gear. Occasional use of 300mm prime telephoto lenses.
Solid base for dollies, sliders, and video gear rigging on tripods
What else do I need?
A quick-release clamp (which can be found HERE) is required to use any of our quick-release plates.
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 ballhead. We offer support packages that pair the BH-40 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.