September 18, 2012

New Modular Hejnar PHOTO Universal Camera L Bracket

Neither the idea of a camera L bracket is new nor the idea of a two piece modular L bracket. Not even the idea for a Universal camera L bracket, as all are with us for a long time now.
However, there is always space for innovation for restless minds.
Chris Hejnar of Hejnar PHOTO has released a new Universal camera L bracket, which is so versatile and modular that will be able to fulfill the requirements of a big number of photographers.


The L Bracket
Hejnar PHOTO Modular Universal L Bracket components & tools
In order to fulfill different needs for different sizes of cameras, big P&S, M4/3, Mirrorless, small & large DSLRs with or without grip, Hejnar PHOTO has released an L bracket that comes in two parts. The base plate with a choice of three (3) different lengths and the L vertical side with a choice five (5) different lengths (heights in this case).
All parts are Precision CNC Machined from solid 6061-T6 Aluminum blocks and are hard coat anodized in a glossy black color. Further, all screws are made of Stainless Steel.

Hejnar PHOTO Modular Universal L Bracket 22 top view
All L bracket bases have an elongated slot which lets you move the L bracket away from the camera in order give access to the side connectors, either to connect to your computer for tethered shooting or simply insert a remote cable release. Each base plate can be used as a stand alone camera plate or in combination with an L bracket side as a full L bracket. The Base plate has four 1/4"-20 threaded holes and is accompanied by two soft tipped screws, that exercise pressure against the mounted surface and prevent the plate or L bracket from twisting.
Further there are also one threaded and two alignment pin holes on the side for the attachment of the vertical L side.
A strap mounting hole is present on the other side enabling the attachment of a wrist strap.
Hejnar PHOTO Modular Universal L Bracket 22 bottom view
The L Bracket vertical Side is attached on the Base via a long screw and aligned by two dowel pins, forming the full L bracket. The L side may be removed at will, leaving some weight behind or just to replace the batteries of a battery grip without loosing the alignment of the base plate 

L Bracket Base Selection

The L Bracket Base package contains:
  • One L bracket Base
  • Two soft tip screws
  • One 1/4"-20 0.4 inch captive style screw.
  • Two Allen Hex keys one for ¼"-20 captive screw and one for soft-tip screws

Universal Base 1
Manufacturer Specification:
Model:Base 1
Length:6.98 cm (2.75")
Height / Thickness:0.95 cm (0.375")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Tapped Holes:4 x 1/4"-20
Weight:49 gr (1.73 oz)
Soft Tip Screws:2 x 1/4"-20
Strap Loop:Yes

Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Base 1
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Base 1 drawing
L Base 1 drawing with exact dimensions (Click to enlarge).

Universal Base 2
Manufacturer Specification:
Model:Base 2
Length:7.93 cm (3.125")
Height / Thickness:0.95 cm (0.375")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Tapped Holes:4 x 1/4"-20
Weight:56 gr (1.97 oz)
Soft Tip Screws:2 x 1/4"-20
Strap Loop:Yes

Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Base 2
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Base 2 drawing
L Base 2 drawing with exact dimensions (Click to enlarge).

Universal Base 3
Manufacturer Specification:
Model:Base 3
Length:10.48 cm (4.125")
Height / Thickness:0.95 cm (0.375")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Tapped Holes:4 x 1/4"-20
Weight:76 gr (2.68 oz)
Soft Tip Screws:2 x 1/4"-20
Strap Loop:Yes

Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Base 3
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Base 3 drawing
L Base 3 drawing with exact dimensions (Click to enlarge).

L Bracket Side Selection

The L Bracket Side package contains:
  • One L bracket Side
  • One connecting screw.
  • One Allen Hex key for the connecting screw.

Universal Side 1
Manufacturer Specification:
Model:Side 1
Length / Height:6.0 cm (2.375")
Thickness:0.95 cm (0.375")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Weight:39 gr (1.37 oz)

Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 1 inward
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 1 outward
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 1 drawing
L Side 1 drawing with exact dimensions (Click to enlarge).



Universal Side 2
Manufacturer Specification:
Model:Side 2
Length / Height:7.78 cm (3.065")
Thickness:0.95 cm (0.375")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Weight:44 gr (1.55 oz)

Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 2 inward
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 2 outward
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 2 drawing
L Side 2 drawing with exact dimensions (Click to enlarge).

Universal Side 3
Manufacturer Specification:
Model:Side 3
Length / Height:9.0 cm (3.565")
Thickness:0.95 cm (0.375")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Weight:48 gr (1.69 oz)

Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 3 inward
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 3 outward
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 3 drawing
L Side 3 drawing with exact dimensions (Click to enlarge).
Universal Side 4
Manufacturer Specification:
Model:Side 4
Length / Height:12.95 cm (5.1")
Thickness:0.95 cm (0.375")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Weight:65 gr (2.29 oz)

Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 4 inward
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 4 outward
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 4 drawing
L Side 4 drawing with exact dimensions (Click to enlarge).

Universal Side 5
Manufacturer Specification:
Model:Side 5
Length / Height:14.57 cm (5.738")
Thickness:0.95 cm (0.375")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Weight:76 gr (2.68 oz)

Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 5 inward
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 5 outward
Hejnar PHOTO Universal L Bracket Side 5 drawing
L Side 5 drawing with exact dimensions (Click to enlarge).
Conclusion
Besides the benefits of a modular L bracket, that permits the removal of the L side when not needed, the choice between bases and sides brings in a new versatility of combinations.
Just to name a few, you can have many L bracket Base plates for different cameras bodies with one L bracket Side to be used when needed on each one. You can have one L bracket Base plate with two different L bracket Sides switching between a gripped or non gripped operation of the camera etc etc.
Simply you pay for what you need, when you need it!

Update: Jan 2013
New Universal L Bracket Base 4 from Hejnar PHOTO

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Drawings © 2012 Chris Hejnar / Hejnar PHOTO

Prices and Availability:
Current price for all L Bracket Bases is US$ 45.00 while the price for L Bracket Sides 1, 2, 3 is US$ 45.00 and for Sides 5, 6 is US$ 65.00 (+Shipping where applicable).
All Universal L Bracket Components are available from Hejnar Photo online Store.
Check the Recommended Sellers page for a valid Hejnar Photo discount coupon.

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