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(From company literature) Really Right Stuff BH-40 LR Ball Head.


  • A custom-sized lever-release clamp to match smaller contours of the BH-40: B2-40 LR clamp.
  • 40mm diameter ball is hollow.
  • Knobs and lever are captive and uniquely shaped.
  • Dual drop-notches allow maximum flexibility for positioning the camera.
  • Main locking lever is springloaded; pull out to reposition in 60-degree increments. Lever freely clears platforms narrower than 2.7 inches.
  • Drag set control has laser engraved indictor scale.
  • Exclusive drum & symmetrical progressive band brake securely locks panning base.
  • Panning base is laser-engraved at 2.5 degrees intervals.
  • All components are either anodized aluminum or stainless steel for years of corrosion-free performance.
  • Other clamp options: B2-mAS, B2 AS II, B2-Pro II, or PCL-1.

Comes packed in its own OP/TECH neoprene protective draw-string pouch. Use the pouch to cover and protect the ballhead when mounted to the tripod, for carrying the ballhead in your carry-on luggage when traveling, or when the ballhead & tripod are strapped to a photo backpack.


  • Pan: 360 degrees
  • Tilt: -90 to +90 degrees
  • Quick Release: Yes
  • Height: 77mm / 3.0 in.
  • Base Diameter: 53mm / 2.1 in.
  • Ball Diameter: 40mm / 1.6 in.
  • Tripod Mount: 3/8"-16
  • Maximum Load Capacity: 8 kg / 18 lbs
  • Weight: 479g / 16.9 oz
  • MSRP: $US375

Keywords: Really-Right-Stuff Ballhead Quick-Release


Registered: November 2006
Posts: 2
Really Right Stuff BH-40 LR Ball Head review by joe_e_e
Review Date: 11/5/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $375.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: build quality, great quick release clamp, excellent mechanical feel, neoprene pouch
Cons: price

After waiting for this ballhead for several months, then getting shocked by the price, and finally biting the bullet I must say that I am really happy with this ballhead. Its build quality is excellent, mechanical precision is simply fantastic, and the quick release lever clamp works like a charm. With several camera and lens plates from RRS it is an excellent part my support system.

Compared to an older Manfrotto ballhead I had before this one is like from a different planet. Unfortunately, the price is like from a different planet, too. With a price closer to $300 this would be an absolute killer ballhead. At $375 it is an excellent but somewhat expensive product.

In the end I think this is the best medium-size ballhead available on the market (2006) and for my purposes there is definitely no other ballhead that is better.


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