March 16, 2016

New Hejnar PHOTO F91b 1.5" Quick Release Clamp Preview

Hejnar PHOTO F91b 1.5" Quick Release Clamp
The Hejnar family of quick release clamps was enriched by another member recently.

The new F91b is based on the updated Hejnar PHOTO F61b 1.5" Quick Release Clamp (review) keeping all the characteristics, while adding an Arca-Swiss® compatible Dovetail on the bottom, perpendicular to the axis of the QR clamp jaws.

In this way the dovetail allows the clamp to be mounted inside other clamps switching orientation.

March 8, 2016

Hejnar PHOTO MS5P 8" Linear Motion Lead Screw Macro Rail Preview

Hejnar Photo MS5P_8 Linear Motion Lead Screw Macro Rail
It's not long since the release of the Hejnar Photo MS-5 8" Linear Motion Lead Screw Macro Rail last August, but it is well known by now that Chris Hejnar never stops improving and simplifying a product when possible.

So last month a new iteration of the Hejnar MS5_8 macro rail has been announced.

That is the MS5P_8 Arca-Swiss® compatible Linear Motion focusing macro rail.

March 1, 2016

Announcement of LUŽID Circular Polarizer and ND1000 Brass Filters.

LUŽID ND1000 66 mm Neutral Demsity filter
Yet another new brand name of high end, premium quality filters, has been announced by Desmond Photographic Distribution, U.S.A.

The LUŽID brand owes its name, most probably, after Lucid or Translucent in German, which in turn denotes the extra fine quality of these filters with the least possible interference in the light passing through them.

The brand moto "Art of Sharp" is another lead to the intentions of the designers and manufacturers.

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.

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