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April 21, 2014

Hejnar Photo Universal Modular L Bracket 22 Review

Hejnar Photo Universal Modular L Bracket 22 on Canon EOS 550D rear view
The Hejnar PHOTO Universal Modular L Bracket 22 follows the concept of the Modular Hejnar Photo Universal Camera L Brackets previewed some time ago.

Actually the L Bracket 22 is a pre-assembled package of the Hejnar Universal Base 2 combined with the Hejnar Universal Side 2.

There are of course some advantages but also disadvantages in choosing a universal L bracket instead of a Custom / Dedicated L bracket.

April 19, 2014

Case Logic Luminosity DSB-103 Large DSLR Split Pack Review

Case Logic DSB-103 DSLR Split Pack Overview
Case Logic besides their CD & DVD cases, Laptop cases, Tablet cases and Luggage, have a broad selection of no less than 40 Camera bags, Messenger bags, Slings and Backpacks.

In 2013 they introduced their innovative line of Luminosity Split Packs specifically designed for trekking or long hikes.

The Luminosity DSB-103 Large DSLR Split Pack, although at first glance seems like a common Back Pack it is divided in two quite large separate compartments, placed one on top of the other. The lower compartment equipped with appropriately padded dividers is meant to accommodate photographic gear while the top one is meant to house many extras needed for long hikes but not only.

The DSB-103 is the largest of the two Split Pack models available, large enough to accept 70-200mm or similarly sized zoom lenses in the camera compartment.

April 14, 2014

New Dedicated Modular L Bracket for Fujifilm X-T1 from Hejnar Photo

Fujifilm X-T1 w/ Hejnar Photo X-T1 L bracket front view
Hejnar PHOTO has just released a Dedicated modular L Bracket for the recently released but already very popular Fujifilm X-T1 Interchangeable Lens Compact mirrorless camera.

The Hejnar PHOTO X-T1 modular L Bracket follows the same concept of the Hejnar Photo Modular L Bracket for Fuji X-E1 & X-E2 previewed recently but with a modified camera base plate dedicated  to the Fujifilm X-T1.

March 31, 2014

Create a Leveled Panoramic Rotator via the SCV-Flip-Kit - Part Three

Inverted Benro B2 Ball Head w/ Desmond DNR-120 Nodal Slide
This is the third article on the Create a Leveled Panoramic Rotator via the SCV-Flip-Kit theme aiming to help with more ideas on the implementation of the Desmonf SCV-FK Flip Kit.
Therefore, this third part is an addendum to the previous two articles in order to present the use of the enhanced Desmond SCV-FK Flip Kit along with a lower budget and more common ball head like the Benro B-2. Due to the resemblances, readers of the previous articles may find some parts sounding familiar or identical.

The refined idea of an inverse mounted ball head equipped with a panning base, which automatically gives to it leveling base attributes, as well as how I arrived to designing the SCV-FK Flip-Kit is fully described and explained in the original article.
Therefore, in order to avoid repeating myself, please refer to the original article Create an Economy Leveled Panoramic Rotator via a Ball Head Flip-Kit if you find difficulty comprehending the process or the purpose.

March 30, 2014

Sun Traps in the Woods...

Sun traps in the woods I

Spring is definitely around and a recent visit to the outskirts of the city let me enjoy the mid day sun rays forming sun traps within the woods.

March 26, 2014

Sunwayfoto FB-36DDH Lightweight Ball Head Review

Sunwayfoto FB-36DDH Lightweight Ball Head
Since the introduction of the Sunwayfoto FB Series Lightweight ball heads in July 2012, I have many times referred to their improved versions or the addition of newer models into the series.

However, the arrival of the Nest NT-6294C Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod for evaluation and review, without the native Nest ball head, was a good opportunity to combine it with a ball head of matching characteristics. Specifically the Sunwayfoto FB-36DDH lightweight ball head which was equipped for the purpose with the DDH-02 panning QR clamp.

In this way I could both maintain a very transportable solution and also have the chance for a long term test and separate review of an FB series ball head.
My long term good experience with the Sunwayfoto DB-36TRLR Traveler Ball Head (reviewed in Mrach 2012), undoubtedly set a standard on what to expect from the performance of a traveller ball head. So let's see how the newer and lighter FB-36 copes.