March 25, 2013

SONY NEX-5N / 5R Modular L Brackets from Hejnar PHOTO - Preview

Hejnar PHOTO SN-5N / 5R Modular L Bracket overview
Further to the SONY NEX 7 Modular L Bracket from Hejnar PHOTO presented yesterday Hejnar PHOTO has released another two dedicated Arca-Swiss® compatible L Brackets for the SONY NEX family of mirrorless cameras.
These are addressing the more  popular and less expensive mid range SONY models NEX-5N and NEX-5R respectively.

Same as the Hejnar PHOTO SN-7, the SN-5N and SN-5R Modular L Brackets follow the concept of the Hejnar Modular Universal Camera L Bracket previewed a few months ago, but with a dedicated camera base plate and a dedicated L Side plate.

Although, Hejnar PHOTO SN-5N and SN-5R are two different models, dedicated to two different cameras, share the exact same characteristics and specifications but for a tiny detail in the depth of the base plate recess by 1 mm. Therefore, I decided to present them together.
However, the reader has to remember that they are two different products.

The L Bracket

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:SN-5N / 5R
Length:3.07" (78 mm)
Height:2.08" (52.8 mm)
Width:1.5" (38 mm)
Thickness:0.95 cm (0.375")
Weight:2.4 oz (69 gr)
Hardware:Stainless Steel
Color:Black hard coat anodized
Material:6061-T6 Aluminium C.N.C. machined
Made in :USA

Hejnar PHOTO SN-5N / 5R Mod L Bracket side-front view
The vertical side is a full width dovetail plate. The base plate is long and narrow following the slim camera body lines, with two anti-twist bosses at the front sides. Two protruding lips one infront and one back, form the base dovetail while there is an extra 1/4"-20 threaded hole for attachment on a tripod / monopod 1/4"-20 stud directly.

Hejnar PHOTO SN-5N / 5R Mod L Bracket back view
Looking the L bracket from the back side we can see a laser engraved Φ mark on the base plate and another on the vertical side, both intended to mark the lens center for proper alignment.
Hejnar PHOTO SN-5N / 5R Mod L Bracket - components & tools
The modular SN-5N/R L brackets come assembled but consist of two parts, the base plate and the L vertical side. A closer look at the L vertical side can reveal the two bosses aside the connecting hole that match a corresponding groove on the base side. These bosses align the vertical side and stabilize it, prevent it from twisting.
The L bracket is accompanied by one 1/4"-20 captive screw for mounting on the camera tripod socket, a longer hex socket screw that retains the vertical side and two Allen hex keys with size matching the screws.
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 SN-5N / 5R Mod L Bracket - base plate top
The base plate is formed with a recess to accommodate the small bump at the bottom of NEX-5 bodies which lies under the lens mount. This bump extends more on NEX-5N which in turn specifies the depth of the recess on the base plate. As mentioned in the beginning here is exactly the difference between the Hejnar SN-5N and SN-5R L barckets.
Hejnar PHOTO SN-5N / 5R Mod L Bracket - base plate bottom
The base plate bottom is carved deeply in order to extract as much as possible  material and minimize the weight.

Mounting the Bracket...
On the NEX-5N Camera

Hejnar PHOTO SN-5N Mod L Bracket on SONY NEX-5N front view
Hejnar PHOTO Modular SN-5N L Bracket fits perfectly on the slim SONY NEX-5N body holding well with its two bosses not allowing it to twist. Due to the small camera base footprint any lens other than a pancake lens will make the combo front heavy and very easy to twist in portrait orientation.
Hejnar PHOTO SN-5N Mod L Bracket on SONY NEX-5N back view
The L bracket positioning permits to the articulated camera LCD screen to be operated unobtrusively.
Hejnar PHOTO SN-5N Mod L Bracket on SONY NEX-5N side view - connectors
The vertical side fits perfectly the size of the camera, while its open structure permits full access to the camera connector ports and strap hook.

On the NEX-5R Camera

Hejnar PHOTO SN-5R Mod L Bracket on SONY NEX-5R side view - connectors
As illustrated above, same applies for the SONY NEX-5R camera, besides the small difference in the positioning of the side connector slots and the strap hook.

One of the biggest advantages of a modular L bracket is the ability to remove the vertical side at will and operate the camera with only the base plate on.

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

Price and Availability:
Current price for either of the SN-5N or SN-5R L Bracket is US$ 90.00 (+Shipping where applicable)
while SONY NEX-5N L bracket or SONY NEX-5R L bracket are available from the Hejnar Photo online store

If you are interested in the product, do check the Recommended Sellers page for a valid Hejnar Photo discount coupon before ordering.

Referenced Articles:
New Modular Hejnar PHOTO Universal Camera L Bracket

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