BH-40 LR II
I am interested in getting this ballhead with the lever release clamp (8kg load capacity) but could not find much discussion in the forum. It seems that quite a few CSers have been using this ballhead as I can find some discussion on people trying to get this ballhead from some very old posts. Anyone can comment on this ballhead?
I am looking for a mid-range ballhead that can support the load up to a 200-300mm lens (e.g. Canon 70-200/f2.8 IS) with 580EXII on it. The head will be put on a Gitzo GT2530 or GT1541T tripod. It seems that the Gitzo '2' series platform disk (D0701.05) has a larger diameter than the BH-40 and thus when you drop down on the notch for portrait shots, the plate cannot completely clear the platform disc.
One way to solve this problem is to use the L-plate that RRS provides. Or, the cheaper option will be to change the platform disk to the '1' series one (D0701.03). Still undecided whether to go for the L-plate (US$140 vs a normal RRS camera plate US$55) or not.
The BH-40 seems to be available for the past 3-4 years and from reading some of the online reviews, it seems to be comparable to Markins M10/Acratech V2.
Will appreciate any comments from someone who has experience in using these ballheads.