February 9, 2016

New Hejnar PHOTO E4 Series of Nodal Slide Rails Preview

Hejnar PHOTO E4-80 Nodal Slide Rail overview
Despite the fact that Hejnar Photo has already a full series of Nodal Slides / Rails with integrated clamp, the E3, coming at 6, 7 and 8 inches long, all had decimal scales engraved on their top surface, due to the 1/2 inch thickness.

Sometimes demand set the pace though, and since Chris Hejnar is very anxious to meet clients demands, Hejnar Photo has just introduced a new series of  Nodal Slides with integrated clamp, the E04.

February 3, 2016

New Flat-Pod Idea of a Tabletop Ball Head Base from Desmond

Desmond FPOD-1 top angled overview
Sometimes when heavy photographic gear are involved, small tabletop pods do not offer good enough support for low level shooting. That becomes very apparent when a heavy camera / lens combination needs to be tilted forward or backward.

February 1, 2016

Manfrotto SKU 393 Arca Compatible Conversion Set from Hejnar PHOTO

Hejnar Photo M393F64AB set on SKU 393 Bracket Overview
Hejnar PHOTO has just announced the release of yet another Arca-Swiss® compatible conversion set for Manfrotto®.

However, this time the conversion set is addressed to the old and well known predecessor of the gimbal heads, the Manfrotto SKU 393 Long Lens Monopod Bracket.

Nonetheless, the 393  is already equipped with a large RC5 rapid connect system which allows for fore-aft movement of the lens for proper balancing.

January 28, 2016

A Full Series of Video Bowl Risers available from Desmond

Desmond "Cradle" 100mm Bowl Riser overview
DV Head leveling via half balls, either directly attached at the bottom of a fluid DV head or as an addendum to a flat based DV head, is common sense to videographers.

Large Video Tripods equipped with 75 or 100 mm bowls are a must to operate this heads. Nonetheless, in the recent years more and more Systematic carbon fibre tripods in circulation feature a Video Bowl as an option.

So far so good.
What if we don't have either? Or if the situation does not permit / allow for a large Video and/or Systematic tripod?

Then the use of a Hi-Hat could come in rescue.
But still if even a Hi-Hat is too much?

January 18, 2016

New Haida 150 Series Filter Holders and Filters for Ultra-Wide Lenses

Haida 150mm Filter Holder for Canon EF 16-35L
The distribution of another series of quality filters, has been announced by Desmond Photographic Distribution, U.S.A.

This is the Haida brand, which although made in China they adhere to their "Believe-We Can" moto and have managed to get quite good acceptance in Europe and now in the US.

Most important though, is that besides the usual 77mm range of CPL, MCUV and Variable ND filters, there is a line of 150 mm filters and Filter Holders for high end Ultra Wide lenses.

January 14, 2016

Exceptional New Year Deals from Desmond Photographic

Sunwayfoto FB-36II Ball Head w/ 42L screw knob QR clamp
According to recent information received from Desmond Photographic Distribution, the new year came along with some aggressive marketing Super Deals.

2016 started out with the announcement a 40% savings on specific items purchased from Amazon.com through OEC Camera.

The qualifying items get an extra 40% discount at Amazon.com checkout independent of the price tag, so keep an eye open for them.

January 6, 2016

Hejnar Photo Issued New Discount Coupon for 2016

SCV PhotoIdeas Deals logo
Together with warmest wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2016, our  friend Chris Hejnar of Hejnar PHOTO, is once again extending his courtesy to the readers and followers of our website and blog.

S.C.V. Photography Ideas was granded a new Hejnar PHOTO discount coupon, for the first half of 2016.

Therefore, the new coupon will be in effect starting January 5, 2016 and will remain valid until June 30th, 2016.

December 18, 2015

Announcement of mid-sized Desmond DCF-428 Carbon Fiber Traveller Tripod Kit

Not long after the release of the robust "Series 3" Desmond DCF-432 last August, a second Carbon Fiber traveler tripod was released under the Desmond label.

This time the label says "Des DCF-428 Carbon Fibre" meaning that the new Desmond tripod falls into the more standard "Series 2" segment with a 28 mm top leg section diameter.

This the most competitive market segment with many contenders coming from top brands but from numerous not so known manufacturers.

What would make the difference in this hard to compete segment?

December 11, 2015

New Replacement Foot for Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports from Sunwayfoto

Sunwayfoto LF-M1 replacement foot on Sigma 150-600mm Sports - detail
Sigma is one of the few lens manufacturers that had available an Arca dovetail compatible replacement foot upon release of their highly regarded 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports telephoto lens.

Nonetheless, at a little exaggerated price compared to even the higher premium priced products.

Sunwayfoto seems to be the first third-party manufacturer to release a complete replacement foot for the Sigma 150-600 Sports lens, at a price where other support gear manufacturers sell their Arca style lens plates..

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