April 14, 2014

New Dedicated Modular L Bracket for Fujifilm X-T1 from Hejnar Photo

Fujifilm X-T1 w/ Hejnar Photo X-T1 L bracket front view
Hejnar PHOTO has just released a Dedicated modular L Bracket for the recently released but already very popular Fujifilm X-T1 Interchangeable Lens Compact mirror-less camera.

The Hejnar PHOTO X-T1 modular L Bracket follows the same concept of the Hejnar Photo Modular L Bracket for Fuji X-E1 & X-E2 previewed recently but with a modified camera base plate dedicated  to the Fujifilm X-T1.

The Fuji X-T1 L Bracket 

Manufacturer Specification:
Length:8.81 cm (3.47")
Height:6.22 cm (2.45")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Tapped Holes:1 x 1/4"-20
Weight:74 gr (2.6 oz)
Color:Black hard coat anodized
Material:C.N.C. machined 6061-T6 Aluminium
Made in :USA

Hejnar Photo X-T1 L bracket front-view
The new Hejnar X-T1 L Bracket looks and is quite slimmer compared to its siblings from the Hejnar Photo line, dedicated to the other Fuji X series cameras. The full length dovetails on the base plate were abandoned in favor of shortened ones, placed exactly where needed, under the lens.
Hejnar Photo X-T1 L bracket rear-view
Unlike the Hejnar Modular L Bracket for Fuji X-E1/X-E2 or the Dedicated L Bracket for Fuji X-100/S the new X-T1 L Bracket does not have any anti-twist ridges at the front or the back of the base plate. Instead, there is a small pin near the front corner which takes advantage of the relevant battery grip alignment hole at the camera base, thus acting as an anti-twist mechanism.
Hejnar Photo X-T1 L bracket angled bottom-view
The base plate is hollowed out at the bottom without any braces. Just a stainless-steel 1/4"-20 hex-socket cap screw for mounting the bracket on the camera, resides in the corner.
Hejnar Photo X-T1 L bracket base plate bottom-view
Centered below the lens mount, on the front dovetail extension of the base plate exists a tapped 1/4"-20 hole for direct mounting the on a pod without having to remove the bracket.
Hejnar Photo X-T1 L bracket dismantled w/ tools
The Hejnar X-T1 L Bracket for Fuji X-T1 comes assembled, but as all Hejnar modular L Brackets the vertical plate may be removed very easily and operated as a simple base plate. The package includes: One assembled L bracket, one 1/4"-20 1/4 inch long captive style screw, one M4 hex socket connecting screw for the vertical plate and two Allen hex keys for the included screws. All screws are made of chromed stainless-steel.

Mounting on the Camera

Fujifilm X-T1 w/ Hejnar Photo X-T1 L bracket side-front view
The L Bracket fits the Fuji X-T1 body very tightly leaving free access to the camera controls as well as the battery / memory door at the bottom. Obvious from the photo above is that the Arca-Swiss® compatible dovetails of the base plate are centered below the lens.
Fujifilm X-T1 w/ Hejnar Photo X-T1 L bracket rear view
Nothing obstructs the tilting LCD screen at the rear, while two Φ center marks, one on the horizontal and one on the vertical plate, indicate the lens center axis.

According to Hejnar Photo, their QR plates are compatible with Kirk®, R.R.S.®, Arca-Swiss®, and many other Arca-Swiss style Quick release clamps.

Update April 15, 2014
Due to questions raised in various Fuji X user Groups and Fora (Forums) concerning the accessibility of the X-T1 side connectors with the Hejnar X-T1 L bracket installed, I contacted Hejnar Photo on this issue who confirmed that in order to access the side connectors one has to remove the side (vertical) plate on this model.

However, I received also some answers justifying their design approach which I summarize below:
Since the Fuji X-T1 connector door is larger than the X-E1/ X-E2 but also offset to the rear they were in a dilemma when designing the L bracket, between:
a. A larger, taller, offset to the rear side plate (which would exceed the height of the strap loop) and b. Keeping the L bracket as minimal as possible in order to avoid altering the compact character of the camera.
They also found more critical to maintain the vertical plate dovetail aligned with the base plate dovetail in order to avoid re-framing when changing from landscape to portrait orientation, than offsetting the side plate towards the back.
Even if they did, the tripod mounting hole position on all Fuji X cameras does not permit a compact L bracket design that would allow moving the side plate away from the camera body so as to use remote release or USB plugs in portrait orientation.
They also pointed out that since the X-T1 has built-in Wi-Fi including remote control from a smartphone or tablet somehow makes the use of remote cables redundant.

Concluding, they mentioned that they are studying another design which may come out according to demand but at the moment they give priority to the design of an L bracket for the gripped X-T1.

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
Photos by courtesy of Hejnar Photo ©2014 Chris Hejnar

Price and Availability:
Current price for the X-T1 modular L Bracket is US$ 90.00 (+Shipping where applicable) and is available from the Hejnar PHOTO online Store.
As of 2017 Hejnar Photo Modular L Brackets are no longer available from the Hejnar Photo online Store. Dedicated / Custom and or Universal camera base plates are available instead.

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

Referenced Articles:
New Modular L Bracket for Fuji X-E1 from Hejnar PHOTO

Relevant Articles:
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New Dedicated L Bracket for Fuji X-100/S from Hejnar PHOTO
Full Compatibility of Hejnar PHOTO Modular L Bracket for Fuji X-E1 on Fuji X-E2
New Modular L Bracket for Fuji X-E1 from Hejnar PHOTO

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