It is addressed to the APS-C and 4/3 mirrorless camera owners, who would like a less bulky, lightweight and Quick Connect solution for their Panorama shooting needs.
The new rail set is CNC machined into a skeletal form, out of single blocks of 6061-T6 Aluminium. The same material all Hejnar products are made of.
The rails that comprise the set are all Arca-Swiss® compatible with double dovetails and besides the skeletal design they maintain enough sturdiness to cope with the load of contemporary mirrorless compact cameras, without vibrations.
In my opinion this Quick Connect Panorama Set best fits the needs of those photographers, who already have a ball head equipped with a panoramic clamp and would like to expand their rig in order to experiment with multi-row panoramas.
The Quick Connect Set
|The Hejnar PHOTO 4/3 Quick Connect Set is comprised of a 5" vertical rail, a 6" horizontal rail, the E30-40 4" Nodal slide, the updated F60 1" QR clamp, two Index Bars, one 1/4"-20 flat head screw, two dowel pins and three Allen hex keys.|
|Model:||4/3 Quick Connect Set|
|Base Rail Length:||6.0" (15.24 cm)|
|Vertical Rail Length:||5.0" (12.70 cm)|
|Nodal Rail Length:||4.0" (10.16 cm)|
|Rails' Width:||1,5" (03.81 cm)|
|Rails' Thickness:||3/8" (0.95 cm)|
|F60 QR Clamp width:||1.0" (2.54 cm)|
|Total Set Weight:||10.08 oz (286 gr)|
|Safety Stop Screws:||2 x M3|
|Engraved Scales:||Metric in 1 mm inc.|
|Color:||Black hard coat anodized|
|Made in USA|
The Basic Components & Quick Connect Concept
The 6" long horizontal and the 5" long vertical, rails are the basic components of the Quick Connect Panorama Set. The horizontal rail hollow in the middle, featuring laser engraved decimal scales on both top-sides ranging from 0-13 cm divided in 1 mm increments, and a large bubble level at the front end. The Vertical rail is more simple with a hollow part, one 1/4"-20 tapped hole at the top-end and a captive slot a little lower.
Connecting the Vertical Rail
Is a very straight forward procedure that's why at Hejnar PHOTO call it Quick Connect.
Vertical Panoramic Clamp Choices
The Hejnar 4/3 Quick Connect set offers only the rails required to build your multi-row panorama setup. Therefore, the vertical rail is designed to accept a variety of Panning QR Clamps of your choice, that will perform the role of the vertical rotator.
|Even if the panning clamp you chose does not have any tapped 1/4"-20 bottom mounting holes, like the Sunwayfoto DDH-02 compact Panning Clamp taken as an example here, there is still a solution for its immobilization in order to avoid twisting. For this purpose, the use of a hex-socket soft-tip screw is advisable. After tightening the clamp by its center screw well, insert the soft-tip screw in the top 1/4"-20 threads of the vertical rail captive slot and tighten it with the appropriate size Allen hex key. As simple as that.|
|The assembled combo is illustrated here with the Sunwayfoto DDH-03 Panning Clamp which is an excellent example of light weight, compactness and sturdiness, matching the Hejnar 4/3 Quick Connect Set characteristics.|
The Nodal Slide Assembly
The recently previewed Hejnar Photo E030-40 4" Nodal Slide is very simple in its assembly. The F60 QR clamp, may be mounted at the back-end into the 1/4"-20 tapped hole of the rail in either orientation proves convenient for your camera base plate or L bracket. (You may find a full description and details in the fore-mentioned preview).
The Index Bars
The set contains two Index Bars. Each bar can be fixed at the desired position on the top dovetail of the rails with the appropriate Allen hex key supplied. Each bar weighs only 9 gr (0.31 oz) so it will add very little to the total weight.
This proves a convenient solution for marking a point on a rail e.g. the horizontal rail centering point or the the exact "nodal" point for the lens in use, for future reference avoiding the solution of stickers, markers etc.
The Complete Setup
|Hejnar Photo 4/3 Quick Connect Set complete setup is illustrated above with the optional Sunwayfoto DDH-02 and DDH-03 panoramic clamps and the Hejnar E30-40 4" Nodal slide attached in place.|
Using with a Camera
|The Fujifilm X-E1 equipped with the new Hejnar - Fuji X-E1 Modular L Bracket is mounted and centered on the Hejnar 4/3 Quick Connect Panorama Set giving a good size comparison for the lightweight structure. The index bar on the horizontal rail is an easy way to mark the lens center axis for quick setup.|
|Alignment and centering of the camera/lens axis is performed via the Nodal Slide QR clamp. In this case all it takes is to make the Φ center mark on the L-Bracket coincide with the Φ center mark on the QR clamp.|
|Vertical positioning for a Zenith shot. In the photo above it is obvious that the second index bar is used on the Nodal slide to mark the Non Parallax Point (Nodal Point) for the desired focal length / aperture of the lens to be used.|
|In order to shoot a Nadir frame without obstruction from the pano head, tripod legs etc, the vertical rail / camera combo can be loosened and turned by 180° so the camera goes to the outer side.|
Dismantling for Transport
|Dismantling the set equals to unscrewing three screw-knobs. One for the camera, one for the Nodal Slide and one for the Vertical Rail. The small size of components can be easily packed for transport.|
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All Photos used by permission © 2013 C.Hejnar /Hejnar Photo
Price & Availability:
Current price for the Quick connect Panorama Package is US$ 180.00 (+Shipping where applicable), and is available from the Hejnar Photo online store
If you are interested in the Hejnar product, do check the Recommended Sellers page for a valid Hejnar Photo discount coupon before ordering.
Sunwayfoto DDH 02i and DDH-03i have been discontinued and replaced by newer and cheaper DDH models which may be purchased new from eBay.com worldwide
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