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- All of my product pages are meant to reflect my own personal experience with my gear. I use everything I’ve listed! I’ve chosen each piece based upon how they float my boat and make my work, art, travel, comfort and mobility possible. As such, my comments are completely my own opinion. So don’t cry if I’m not objectively droning about this feature vs. that feature and why point-decimal-some-number is going to make a difference in your life. It probably won’t anyway and there are plenty of people who WILL share that data with you. You might enjoy their reviews. Fair warning. What I WILL share is my thought process in choosing my gear, what it does for me, what I love about it… and if there’s something not love, I’ll share that too.
- I’m not an affiliate for Really Right Stuff. They don’t even do affiliate partnering on their gear. The links I’m providing are really just because I like the gear and the company. Alot.
Really Right Stuff really got it right, IMO. It’s smooth, beautifully made and will last forever. Or nearly so!
I found RRS after wrestling with a few other well-known brands of tripods/ballheads… and discovering that repetitious use of levers and things made my hands hurt in a beastly way. Turns out, years training horses and ranch life left their mark! Especially in winter shooting conditions .
Once I got my hands on a RRS tripod and ballhead though, I never looked back. No pain, regardless of how cold it was… the carbon fiber material never freezes up in sub-zero temps… and everything works no matter what. I was sold. Still am… and every time I pick up my Really Right Stuff ANYthing, the thought invariably passes through my head: “Only tripod you’ll ever need.” Not kidding.
This ballhead is the mid-sized one. I also have a BH-55, which is bigger – and was my first. It was great for my bigger DSLR gear. I like its round knob better, but just haven’t been using it as much since switching to mirrorless.
This one though is my regular go-to now. I like the clamp lever style, because for me it’s better ergonomically.
I do wish the ballhead had more drop-notches to tip into… it’s got two and sometimes it takes a little wrangling to get it turned so I can tip the ball where I want it. But that’s no deal-breaker, it’s just an observation. I’m pretty much a lifer!
You can check out all the specs and price here.
And nope, I’m not an affiliate. Just a fan. 😀