A very small, thin and lightweight Nodal Slide Rail was just released by Hejnar PHOTO, in order to complement the lower end of their large range of Macro / Nodal Slides.
This 4" (~10 cm) little fellow is targeting the needs of the increasing number of Interchangeable Lens Compact Mirrorless cameras.
The E030-40 Nodal Slide was designed to complement the Hejnar Photo 4/3 Quick Connect Panorama Rail Set which I shall present very soon.
Much to my delight the dedicated nature of the E030-40 nodal slide, supersedes in functionality the solution I had provided in the Create a Mini Multi-Row Panorama Head for Mirrorless Cameras article, using a standard 4" x 3/8" Hejnar A04-40 rail.
Better QR clamp alignment and twist prevention plus a bubble level as a bonus. So it will replace the nodal slide rail included in the SCV 4/3 Panorama Package as well.
The Nodal Slide
|Length:||4.0" (10.16 cm)|
|Width:||1,5" (03.81 cm)|
|Thickness:||3/8" (0.95 cm)|
|Weight:||2.3 oz (65 gr)|
|Safety Stop Screws:||2 x M3|
|One tapped hole:||1 x 1/4"-20|
|Engraved Scale:||Metric mm|
|Color:||Black hard coat anodized|
|At the bottom side we can see the M3 safety stop screws at either end, the center brace with the 1/4"-20 tapped hole and the extensions of the clamp mounting and dowel pin holes.|
Combined with Hejnar F60 1.0" QR Clamp
First choice between the Hejnar PHOTO clamps for the small E030-40 is the also small Hejnar F60 1.0" QR clamp, because of its weigh that will add only 1.7 oz (45 gr) and its compactness; though it can easily fit the small quick release plates of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras.
|Simply by unscrewing, relocating the pin and re-screwing the clamp at the new position, it can very easily be re-oriented on the rail in 90° increments.|
Combined with Hejnar F61B 1.5" QR Clamp
However, in case your camera quick release plate is mounted with an offset and a bilateral alignment is required to bring the center axis of the lens over the center axis of the nodal, then the Hejnar F61B* 1.5" QR clamp would be more appropriate with a larger jaw length which permits adequate movement within the clamp. This with a small sacrifice on the extra weight added, although minimal.
*B stands for small black knob
|Same as with the F60 clamp using one dowel pin and the provided 1/4"-20 flat head screw the F61B can be fixed at the back end of the small nodal rail.|
|At any orientation desired.|
I hope you found the article useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos ©2013 Chris Hejnar / Hejnar PHOTO
Price and Availability:
Current price for the E030-40 rail is US$ 35.00 and US$ 45.00 for the F60 or F61 QR clamps (+Shipping where applicable). The E030-40 Nodal Slide Rail, the F60 1.0" QR Clamp and the F61B 1.5" QR Clamp are available from Hejnar Photo store
If you are interested in the products, do check the Recommended Sellers page for a valid Hejnar Photo discount coupon before ordering.
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