Having two or three cables hanging out from the side of your camera?
Well I always do, when I shoot in house, all the product "studio" sessions are shot tethered.
This involves a USB cable, an AC to DC coupler cable and sometimes a Wireless Remote cable.
Trust me, the most frustrating part comes when once a while I accidentally step on one of the cables, and connection with the PC is lost due to an unplugged cable.
Needless to mention that apart from having to start some procedures over, there is always the potential damage of the camera connectors due to the strain caused by the hardly pulled-off plug.
The Cable Anchor
|Width :||15 mm (0.59")|
|Height:||35 mm (1.38")|
|Total Height w/ knob:||50 mm (1.97")|
|Length:||48 mm (1.89")|
|Total Length w/ knob:||63 mm (2.48")|
|Weight:||44 gr (1.55 oz)|
|Material:||CNC Machined Aluminium|
Desmond CAB-1 and similar cable anchors come to rescue, since via a clamp and a cable bar they secure the cables (USB, HDMI, etc) attached on the camera side on a L Plate or Bracket featuring an Arca-Swiss® compatible dovetail.
Using on a Camera L Plate
|The Desmond CAB-1 best fits on a Camera equipped with an L bracket like the Desmond DAL-02 Universal Modular L Plate ( Review ) illustrated above attached on the medium sized Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i. The L-Bracket is shifted away from the camera side in order to allow for tethered shooting with larger plug cables (Mic, USB, HDMI etc).|
For the record, the whole setup is clamped on the Desmond DBH Tension Control head.
|As we can see in the sequence above, the addition of the Desmond CAB-1 on the vertical side plate of the L-bracket, offers an anchor point for the Remote Release and USB cables depriving them from accidentally getting unplugged during a session.|
High quality 100% CNC machined Aluminium structure.
Slim and lightweight.
None captive knobs require attention not to be loosened too much and get lost in the field.
Requires removal of safety stop screws for installation (unless rail has cable opening).
A nice and handy accessory which may keep your cables tidy and you camera connectors safe when shooting in tethered mode. Considering the very low price tag, it is a must have with excellent value for money.
Note: The CAB-1 Cable Anchor Clamp presented in this article was kindly offered by Desmond Photographic Distribution, USA, for evaluation and review. It is a pre-production sample, therefore there might be some minor optical differences from the current production units.
I hope you found the article and ideas useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos: © 2015 S.C.Vlachos
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