Thu 22-Aug-13 12:24 AM | edited Thu 22-Aug-13 03:08 AM by Bravozulu
I just sent back my Really Right Stuff compact ballhead. The BH30. It just felt a little "tippy" with camera and lens on it. It is one month old so the folks at Really Right Stuff are going to exchange it for the price difference in models.
This has already been transacted. But I was wondering if anyone in the community has experience with either of these two ballhead. (I don't care about the much larger BH50).
I used the BH40 for about a year and a half, and it's a nice head, but I like macro, and for that I found it a bit lacking, so I ended up getting the BH55. I kept the BH40 for travel as it is adequate for the majority of tasks and a lot more easily portable of the two. If you have BIG lenses or do lots of macro, you'll probably be doing yourself a favor by considering the BH55.
My criteria are to get a mix of solid along with portability. I sold my Gitzo tripod and got a newer model simply because it was 2lbs lighter. I'll look up the weight specs on the RRS website and use that as a guide.
My camera is a D7000 w/ battery grip. Largest lens is an 80-200, so greatest overall load is exactly 5.5 lbs. Not exactly in the "King-Kong" department.
I just got notification from FedEx that my return to RSS with the smaller ballhead was just delivered.
So, we shall see if they'll take it back and how much credit they will allow.
On another tack, do you know of a source where I can buy some of those little D-Ring bolts used in flash brackets and QR plates? I can't stand using an Allen wrench to attach my L-Bracket to the camera.
on Thom Hogan's Nikon website he lists the RRS BH55 bullhead and the BH40 as his equipment. The 40 is for what he calls his "lighter tripod."
>On another tack, do you know of a source where I can buy some >of those little D-Ring bolts used in flash brackets and QR >plates? I can't stand using an Allen wrench to attach my >L-Bracket to the camera.
The Allen head screws work great! Once I mount an L-Bracket on a camera body or battery pack, except for an annual or bi-annual cleaning it will never be removed. While I keep an Allen Wrench or two in my larger bags, I can't remember a plate or L-Bracket ever requiring retightening.
I can't say the same for the D-ring screws on Manfrotto Q/R plates.
Really Right Stuff, on the Central Coast in California, just sent me an email. They waived their 30-day product return requirement and gave me full credit and exchanged my compact ball-head for the medium sized version. The model BH 40. At no charge. I explained to them that customers can't see and compare their products, unless they know an owner.
Like many things associated with cameras, ergonomics is EVERYTHING! I explained that on the phone with them, and they are sending a brand new larger model. At no extra charge. Postage free.
They are a business and I can understand them having guidelines. To me this is extraordinary customer service.
That's great news and wonderful customer service. RRS has a great reputation for service - so I am not really surprised. the upgrade though is really going beyond expectations.
I think you'll be very happy with the BH-40. I got one for my wife a couple of years ago and she uses it with a 70-200 and D7000. lighter combinations have no issues. It also works with her Sidekick and Tamron 200-500. Some people don't like / can't adjust to the lever for the main control. It doesn't bother me at all, but Ernesto Santos was using one and did not like it.
A bigger ball is most helpful with heavier loads - it provides better balance. The holding power is essentially the same - its just a matter of balance. I use a ballhead for a spotting scope (just a little heavier than a 70-200 but much longer) from time to time. While it works fine with a Sidekick or similar gimbal, it can be a little harder to use on just a ballhead.