Really Right Stuff: BH-55 SC Ballhead

RRS : BH-55 SC
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The BH-55 SC is the culmination of years of iterative development based on first-hand experience and abundant input from seasoned professionals and enthusiasts. Our goal was to build the perfect general-purpose ball head. Our premise was that aesthetics needn't play second fiddle to functionality, that operation should be intuitive and predictable, and that your investment should be rewarded with years of satisfaction.

The BH-55 SC offers up to 45 degrees of tilt in all directions, and up to 90-degrees in the two drop-notches. The largest of the three control knobs independently controls the tension of the main ball joint. The midsize knurled knob features independent control of the panning base, which features laser engraved degree markers every 2.5 degrees. The smallest control knob works in concert with the main lock knob to set a minimum amount of resistance on the ball joint at all times, independent of the main lock knob being fully loosened or not.
  • Patented lever-release clamp for fast and easy mounting
  • Patent-Pending double jaw design for RRS 1.5" Dovetail and Picatinny
  • Ergonomic design gives superior handling and unsurpassed reliability
  • Lowest height profile in its class
  • Large main locking knob incorporates stainless steel ball bearings for a lifetime of silky smooth control
  • Dual drop-notches allow maximum flexibility for positioning the rifle into any angle
  • Micrometer drag tension adjustment is repeatable and absolutely reliable
  • Precision panning base is finely laser-engraved at 2.5 degree intervals and features our unique drum and brake design for effortless locking
  • High-visibility bulls-eye spirit level embedded in clamp for accurate leveling, even in low light
  • Laser-engraved millimeter scale offers precise centering and positioning within the clamp jaw
  • All components are of the finest RRS quality, machined from solid aircraft aluminum or stainless steel for maximum durability and minimum weight


  • Load Capacity: 50 lb / 23 kg
  • Height: 3.7" / 94 mm
  • Base Diameter: 2.9" / 73mm
  • Ball Diameter: 2.2" / 55mm
  • Tripod Mount: 3/8"-16
  • Weight: 1.96 lb / 890g

In the Box:

  • BH-55 Ballhead
  • SC-LR lever-release style quick-release clamp (installed)
  • Padded Cordura pouch with drawstring closure
  • 5/32" hex key (required to remove/replace clamp)
  • User's Guides for Ballhead and Clamp features
  • (1) 1/4"-20 x 3/4" stainless steel flat head mounting screw


Watch this video for proper maintenance and care of your RRS Ballhead.