Mounting RRS BH-55 on Gitzo 2541L tripod -- Did I make a mistake?

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Dear Nikon Cafe members,

Yesterday I purchased a RRS BH-55 ballhead and I am afraid that I made a mistake.

The diameter of the RRS BH-55 base is 2.9" and the diameter of the upper disc plate (on top of the rapid rise column) is 2.4". Unfortunately, I did not realize this until placing the order and it has already shipped.

My question:
Can a smaller diameter upper disc plate securely hold a larger diameter ballhead?

I'm not worried about how it looks. If this is a problem these are my ideas for a possible solution:

1) Return BH-55 for BH-40
2) See if upper disc plates on 3-series tripods are larger in diameter. If so, see if I can retrofit a 3-series upper disc plate on a 2-series tripod.
3) purchase a Gitzo 3-series tripod However, this is very expensive.


Please advise and thank you very much for your feedback,

John
 
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Dear Nikon Cafe members,

Yesterday I purchased a RRS BH-55 ballhead and I am afraid that I made a mistake.

The diameter of the RRS BH-55 base is 2.9" and the diameter of the upper disc plate (on top of the rapid rise column) is 2.4". Unfortunately, I did not realize this until placing the order and it has already shipped.

My question:
Can a smaller diameter upper disc plate securely hold a larger diameter ballhead?

I'm not worried about how it looks. If this is a problem these are my ideas for a possible solution:

1) Return BH-55 for BH-40
2) See if upper disc plates on 3-series tripods are larger in diameter. If so, see if I can retrofit a 3-series upper disc plate on a 2-series tripod.
3) purchase a Gitzo 3-series tripod However, this is very expensive.
While your setup will work fine, there is an option 4) I'll trade you my Markins M20 for your BH-55. :eek: It would work perfect on my 1325!!
 
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Micahel:

You're really set on getting a BH55, aren't you! :biggrin:
Honestly... I don't know what I want right now!!

I'm trying to do too many things at once..

Ball head change, Gimbal mount, leveling base... it's all support related, but fortunately (or not) separate decisions.
 

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