September 18, 2014

More of Sunwayfoto Products Adopt RRS Compatibility

Sunwayfoto PCL-6DR front
A few days ago I was informed by Desmond Photographic Distributors, who are the appointed Sunwayfoto® distributors in he US, that more products from within the Sunwayfoto lines are being updated for full compatibility with the RRS® lever release clamps.

As mentioned in the Sunwayfoto PCL-6DR Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS 6D (Body) Update article last May, the updated products are exactly the same in design, dimensions and features as their originals but sport a couple of not so obvious differences.

September 9, 2014

Hejnar Photo G017-50 Multipurpose Rail Preview

Hejnar Photo G017-50 Multipurpose Rail standing on F61b clamp
According to increasing demand Hejnar Photo has recently released the G017-50 5" Multipurpose Rail as a longer alternative to the G017-40 4" rail.

The G017-40 was originally introduced serving as a vertical rail with my Mini version of an Arca compatible  Panorama Head, thoroughly described in the Create a Mini Multi-Row Panorama Head for Mirrorless Cameras article.

September 8, 2014

Create a Hejnar Photo Modular Flash Bracket

Hejnar Photo Modular Flash Bracket front view
Many times I make the parallelism between Arca-Swiss® compatible components and the LEGO® system. With LEGO as long as you have the right bricks you can build whatever you like.

This sturdy and versatile flash bracket idea comes to verify my claim that also with Arca style components only imagination is the limit.

The idea belongs to T.S. a Hejnar Photo gear fan, who likes to share with us but prefers to remain anonymous. He put the components together for his studio portrait setup.
As he describes in his accompanying notes:

I used an L bracket for my D600/D610 cameras, a couple of rails and a couple of clamps. Yeah, probably way over engineered, but that is what happens when a guy has some parts and some time :-)

September 4, 2014

New 3/8"-16 "Bullet" Screws from Desmond

Desmond 3/8"-16 Bullet Screws side
According to information received from Desmond Photographic Distributors, they have released an accessory product requested by their customers for a long time.

That is a short 3/8"-16 screw which may be used to mount a Quick Release Clamp on a Ball head bottom mounting hole, back to back on another QR clamp with a 3/8" threaded hole and other applications without the need of a bushing adapter.

Due to their shape they call them "Bullet" screws at Desmond.

September 1, 2014

Significant Price Drops on Canon L Lenses

Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L II USM

Effective from the 1st of September, Canon has announced a significant price drop on all its L series lenses. Price reductions start from US$ 40.00 reaching however for the first time the amount of US$ 1000.00 in the white Super Telephoto range of L lenses.

Diving into the Turquoise Waters at Myrtos Beach, Cephalonia

Myrtos Beach, Cephalonia right overview

Myrtos Beach* is a must see spectacle for the visitor of Kefalonia island, since its dazzling turquoise waters are famous around the world. It has been voted 12 times the best Greek beach. Being featured in best beaches lists around the world, it was also used as a location in the film "Captain Corelli’s Mandolin".