The result of this evolution is the latest MHR1 model, in review here.
This R1 model is a slimmer and lighter iteration of the original Monopod Head but still very sturdy. It sports on its top, a robust Hejnar 6 cm (2.36") Quick Release clamp with a long screw knob, which is easily relocatable by 90° into three positions in relation to the head's tilting axis.
Hands on impressions were very good to excellent, justifying Hejnar Photo's claims about precision in machining to tight tolerances and robustness.
Somehow, it is both larger and stronger than I had expected just looking at the photos.
Packaging & Contents
The Head came in a hard carton box within a cushion of wrap paper. There are no inner boxes but a nylon zip-lock bag with large printed card stapled on the top, which warrants that none has touched the contents after leaving Hejnar PHOTO. The card has a product label and code on the back.
|Hejnar Photo MHR1 Monopod Head with packaging material. As all Hejnar products the head is accompanied by a 4mm Allen hex key for the QR clamp mounting screw.|
The Tilt Head
|Height with QR Clamp:||9.84 cm (3.875")|
|Height w/o QR Clamp:||8.25 cm (3.25")|
|Total Length:||8.00 cm (3.15")|
|Total Width with Knobs:||9.50 cm (3.74")|
|Square Base Width:||3.81 x 3.81 cm (1.50" x 1.50")|
|Weight with QR Clamp:*||411 gr (14.2 oz)|
|Weight w/o QR Clamp:*||294 gr (10.4 oz)|
|Color:||Black hard coat anodized|
|Material:||C.N.C. machined 6061-T6 Aluminium|
|Made in :||USA|
* Verified weights on electronic scales 403 gr (14.2 oz) with QR Clamp and 287 gr (10.1 oz) without.
The Tilt Lock Mechanism
The Hejnar MHR1 monopod head design differs from the majority of monopod heads with its single Swing Arm attached via a strong pivot on a single but very robust base with an L-Stand. Most other designs feature either a double swing arm or a double stand.
The F62M clamp
|Jaw Length:||2.375" (6 cm)|
|Weight:||117 gr (4.12 oz)|
|Center countersunk/threaded hole:||3/8"-16|
|Long Captive Screw Knob:||Stops at maximum opening|
|Material:||CNC machined 6061-T6 Aluminium|
|Color:||Black hard coat anodized|
|Made in :||USA|
|The F62M QR Clamp can be easily removed by loosening and unscrewing the center 1/4"-20 flat-head mounting screw utilizing the enclosed Allen hex key.|
Comparison with the F62Ab Clamp
For those acquainted with the classic Hejnar Photo Updated F62Ab Quick Release Clamp (Review), the Hejnar Photo F62M QR clamp accompanying the MHR1 is basically an iteration without the extra side mounting holes. Nevertheless, there are some other differences in fine details besides that.
|The bottom side of the F62M on the left shows far simpler featuring three (3) small alignment pin holes, compared to the large groove across the center hole and the four (4) 5mm dowel pin alignment holes of the F62Ab on the right.|
The F62M quick release clamp, besides the Hejnar PHOTO own rails, was also tested with various camera plates and lens plates, as well as with multipurpose long rails of various thicknesses and widths. Plates / Rails tested were from Benro, Desmond, Kiwi Fotos, Fotopro, and Marumi with excellent results.
For the readers that like numbers, I hereunder quote detailed measurements of the clamp Jaw dimensions, so as they can decide whether this clamp is compatible with the dimensions of their plates or rails.
|Clamp Jaw dimensions||mm|
|Steady Jaw Height||05.10|
|Moving Jaw Height||05.03|
|Min Jaw Lip Opening||31.58|
|Max Jaw Lip Opening||37.64|
|Min Base Opening||39.16|
|Max Base Opening||46.64|
All dimensions fall within the limits which consist this clamp compatible with almost any Arca-Swiss® type plate and rail. including but not limited to Kirk®, R.R.S.® and Arca-Swiss® own.
Using the MHR1 Head...
Mounted Directly on a Monopod
What more self evident than using a tilt head on a monopod. :-) That's why they call them Monopod heads actually. The one axis motion of the tilt head is easier to control with one hand compared to a ball head.
In the case when a heavy telephoto is mounted via its collar foot it allows for a forward backward tilt and deprives the camera /lens combination to drop sideways.
On the other hand it will allow a camera, mounted via a base plate, to tilt in portrait position without an accidental forward/backward sag as would be the case with a ball head.
Either way, panning may be achieved by pivoting on the ground the Monopod itself.
|Hejnar Photo MHR1 Tilt Head mounted on Triopo GL-70 Carbon Fiber Monopod (Review).|
Mounted Directly on a Tripod
Somehow, a tilt head may find practical use on a tripod as well. Long and heavy telephoto lenses equipped with a collar foot are the main candidates. The MHR1 can handle the forward/backward tilt, while orientation may be changed within the lens collar.
|Hejnar Photo MHR1 Tilt Head mounted on Triopo GX-1328 CF classic tripod (Review)|
|Once again the MHR1 is pictured above with a Hejnar Long Lens Support Bracket built around the modular MOD-1 LLSB (Review) holding a Canon EOS camera with the EF 100-400 IS USM lens attached.|
|The MHR1 can handle full backward tilt by -90° or full forward tilt by +90°, side tilt correction or complete change in orientation may be arranged within the lens collar.|
Mounted Via a Panning Base / Panoramic Clamp
However, the above implementation of a tilt head on a tripod is missing the ability to pan the camera/lens unless the tripod center column has a panning function or simply lacks an anti-twist pin.
Therefore, a panning base or a panning/panoramic quick release clamp comes in charge to complete the task.
|Here comes handy a old acquaintance, the Benro PC-0 panoramic clamp (Review) which matches the size of the Hejnar MHR1 Monopod Tilt head.|
|The bidirectional dovetail at the bottom of the Hejnar MHR1 Head is clamped on Benro PC-0 clamp which integrates nicely to undertake the role of a panning base for the head.|
|The Benro PC-0 clamp is screwed on the tripod top mounting plate and then the MHR1 is clamped on top. The combo proves a sturdy pan and tilt head, shown above supporting the Canon EF 100-400 IS USM by its collar foot dovetail.|
Torque Test results
Nevertheless, one thing that would complete the image of the sturdy looking Hejnar MHR1 Tilt Head was to measure its locking ability and prove its load capacity. Something not mentioned in the specs.
Excellent design and machining of the tilt head with very good finishing and hard coat anodizing.
Excellent locking strength and torsional behavior with very tight tolerances.
Very smooth operation and strong locking ability.
Very nice sturdy and dirt-proof clamp design.
Excellent clamping strength with large clamping surfaces and Excellent Compatibility with virtually any Arca-Swiss® type plate or rail.
Very good overall value for money.
The MHR1 head + QR Clamp combo is somewhat heavier than competitive products.
Lack of tilt angle markings.
Although nowadays Monopod Heads coming from China are hard to compete pricewise, there is still a long road in front of many of them to catch up with the sturdiness of the structure and the precision of the stainless steel mechanism of the Hejnar head. Somehow, these finer details come with a trade off in a little higher total weight and a little higher price.
As with other cases in the past, I trust that Hejnar Photo will take care of the laser engraving soon.
Would I trust a multi thousand dollar lens on this head? By all means!
This review and test was run on a single product sample, using the specifically described methods. Independent of the favorable or unfavorable results of any test, a test on a single product can not be used as a rule, unless more samples of the same product are tested. Furthermore, similar comparison tests should be run with comparative capabilities products so as to reach a solid conclusion.
Note: The MHR1 Monopod Head presented in this article was kindly offered for evaluation and review by Chris Hejnar of Hejnar PHOTO.
I hope you found the article and ideas useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Photosynths: © 2014-2015 S.C.Vlachos
Price & Availability:
Current price for the MHR1 Monopod Head is US$ 165.00 (+Shipping where applicable). The optional SS Reducer Bushing costs US$ 4.00 while both are available from the Hejnar PHOTO Store.
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