My Really Right Stuff BH55 ball head (left) got a new friend today. The new BH40 LR II with AS II clamp (right) ball head is much lighter and sleeker than the BH55 which I’ve been using for about a year.
I will be using this ball head for longer hikes when weight matters. Any distance over 8k, especially when most of that is uphill, the weight of your pack can literally drag you down or potentially off a cliff. Something I nearly experienced on a slippery seaside in Iceland. Thankfully my cat-like reflexes saved me.
If you are serious about landscape photography, moving to a solid ball head that will support your camera and heavier lenses in windy conditions is well worth the monitory investment. My first tripod cost $15 and was worth even less because all my long exposure shots came out blurry. I went through four different tripods and cheaper ball heads before taking the plunge with the Really Right Stuff BH55. It seemed crazy to spend $600 on a tripod head, but having a solid base in all weather conditions and for extreme long exposures has taken my photography up a notch.