Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead Review

The Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead was a purchase that I debated for years. I had a good ballhead (Manfrotto 469RC) as it was but it was a bit on the heavy side and the operation was getting sluggish. There were several posts by some world famous photographers boasting about this particular item but I just wasn't buying it... After all, a ballhead is a ballhead right?  Time past and I just kept looking at it over and over. Needless to say, I made the purchase along with an "L" bracket for my camera and custom plates for my lenses.

Here are my findings:


  • Relatively lightweight
  • Very sturdy
  • Smooth/flawless Operation
  • Liquid Level on the clamp (great for doing panoramics)
  • Solid Quick Release Lever and custom quick release plates
  • Low Profile
  • Fast locking knobs to hold the camera where you want
  • Good tension knob with a large amount of adjustments possible
  • Stylish... and really cool looking which is of course the most important thing...  right?



  • Really, the only con I can think of is the price tag. It's hefty but worth the money.

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So, why would you spend this much money on a tripod head?  The answer is simple; quality and reliability.  The very first day I used the BH-55 I took a good tumble down the side of a hit the rocks really hard and kept on working complete with battle scars.  At least now it looks used....