SLRGear.com: Interactive Lens Reviews and Opinion.
Digital Camera ReviewsDiscuss lenses in the SLRgear.com Forums (separate login!)



Reviews Views Date of last review
1 10113 11/24/2006
Recommended By Average Purchase
100% of reviewers $90.00
Reader Review Rating Averages
Readers' rating for
Construction Quality
Readers' rating for
Image Quality
Readers'
Overall Rating
spacerspacer
8.00
No ratings
spacerspacer
8.00
rrr-bh25pf.jpg


(From company literature) Really Right Stuff BH-25 PF Ball Head.

Features:



  • Ballhead with 25mm diameter ball with round platform and 1/4"-20 stud.



Specifications:

  • Pan: 360 degrees
  • Tilt: To +90 degrees
  • Quick Release: No
  • Height: 69mm / 2.7 in.
  • Base Diameter: 33.9mm / 1.33 in.
  • Ball Diameter: 25mm / 0.98 in.
  • Tripod Mount: 3/8"-16 with 1/4"-20 reducer bushing
  • Maximum Load Capacity: 4 kg / 8.8 lbs
  • Weight: 148g / 5.2 oz
  • MSRP: $US100

Keywords: Really-Right-Stuff Ballhead


xavier

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 12
Really Right Stuff BH-25 PF Ball Head review by xavier
Review Date: 11/24/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $90.00| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: very light weight, very small, usable with a up to a mid tele lens.
Cons: no separate panning lock, need some discipline for a safe use.

I bought this ball head to mount on top of a Gitzo 1027 tripod, for a light travel setup.


As such, it works very well: the weigth of the whole setup is less than 2 lbs (900 g), with clamp, and the head is very small. The build quality is decent, but not great (the weight would suffer from an extra rugged construction anyway).


I found this tiny ball head pretty resistant. I have mounted on this head the following setups:


- 10D + 17-40 (3 lbs, 1.5kg): works very well, even for long exposures (20 seconds, no problem).
- 10D + 70-200/2.8 (5 lbs, 2.2 kg): works ok up to 1 second exposures, with care.
- 10D + 100-400 (5 lbs, 2.2 kg, longer than the 70-200): works for exposure times up to 1/20s, and requires some serious care.


Obviously, I do not consider this very light ball head to be a good solution for either of the last two combos, but it can still be used when nothing else is available. When I can carry a little more weight I always use the Bh-40, which is much sturdier, but if weight is critical, then I do not hesitate to take this head; it will always be better than no tripod/head.


In any case, the rotation of this head is very smooth, so when unlocking it, one must be prepared to control a possible movement of the camera and lens mounted on it; failing to do so may result in the camera banging in the tripod and possibly the whole thing falling on the ground. Therefore, this head requires some care to be taken with, even for a relatively light DSLR kit, like the 10D + 17-40. Once one is aware about that, it does the job well (in particular, it never allowed the camera to move once locked).


The main drawback of this head is the absence of separate panning lock, which makes composition quite painful at times: if the orientation of the camera is right but you want to do some horizontal panning, you need to unlock the head completely, and may lose your orientation in the vertical direction (since the rotation is very smooth, it is very likely that the orientation will
be lost).


Overal, I recommend it for all applications where low weight is important and for standard DSLR kits (it can be used occasionally for telephotos at least up to 100-400,but this should not be the primary use for the head), and provided the user is aware about the limitation inherent in the low weight of this head.


 






This document copyright © 2009-2014, SLRgear.com, all rights reserved.