September 9, 2014

Hejnar Photo G017-50 Multipurpose Rail Preview

Hejnar Photo G017-50 Multipurpose Rail standing on F61b clamp
According to increasing demand Hejnar Photo has recently released the G017-50 5" Multipurpose Rail as a longer alternative to the G017-40 4" rail.
The G017-40 was originally introduced serving as a vertical rail with my Mini version of an Arca compatible  Panorama Head, thoroughly described in the Create a Mini Multi-Row Panorama Head for Mirrorless Cameras article.

Needless to say of course, that its multipurpose nature makes the G017-50 also suitable for other uses, combined or not with other clamps and/or rails.

The Rail
Manufacturer Specification:
Length:5.0" (12.70 cm)
Width:1,5" (03.81 cm)
Thickness:1/2" (1.27 cm)
Weight:2.7 oz (76 gr)
Material:6061-T6 Aluminium
Safety Stop Screws:2 x M3
Front tapped hole::1 x 1/4"-20
Engraved Scale:Metric mm
Hardware:Stainless Steel
Color:Black hard coat anodized
Made in:USA

Hejnar Photo G017-50 Multipurpose Rail top view & tools
The Hejnar G017-50 has two captive slots, a center 1/4"-20 tapped hole and is accompanied by two 1/4"-20 hex socket captive screws and two Allen hex keys. 10 cm long laser engraved decimal scales run on both top edges marked in 1 mm increments according to the Hejnar pattern.
Hejnar Photo G017-50 Multipurpose Rail bottom view
Looking under the hood, ;) well under the rail... we can see a centrally located brace holding the pass through 1/4"-20 hole. There are also two M3 safety stop screws at both ends, which however are of no importance as long as the rail  is intended for vertical use, otherwise they may prove useful.
Hejnar Photo G017-50 Multipurpose Rail front holes
As with the G017-40 the difference between the other Hejnar Multipurpose rails of this size and the G017-50, lies on the two extra 5 mm dowel pin holes on the front, beside the 1/4"-20 tapped hole. Which as we shall see further down serve for the proper alignment of clamps.

Combined with Hejnar F60 1.0" QR Clamp
My choice between the Hejnar PHOTO clamps for the comparatively small  G017-50 is the smallest of Hejnar QR clamps the F60 1.0". Because of its light weigh the F60 will add only 1.7 oz (45 gr), whilst it can easily hold the weight of an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera.

Hejnar Photo G017-50 MPR w/ F60 1" clamp
Using one dowel pin, one 1/4"-20 flat head screw which is provided with the F60 clamp and the the 4mm Allen hex key appropriate for the 1/4"-20 screw (also provided) the QR clamp can be aligned and fixed securely on the front tapped hole of the rail.
Hejnar Photo G017-50 MPR w/ F60 1" and Sunwayfoto DDH-03 Panning Clamp
The addition on the other side, of the Sunwayfoto DDH-02 panning clamp or the little larger DDH-03 as pictured above makes it an 1" taller but still lightweight vertical rail than the one described in the Create a Mini Multi-Row Panorama Head for Mirrorless Cameras article.

Combined with Hejnar F61B 1.5" QR Clamp
Nevertheless, in case you you need more clamping strength, then the Hejnar F61B* 1.5" QR clamp would be more appropriate with a larger jaw length which will permit adequate handling for increased torque. This of course happens with a small sacrifice on the extra weight added, though minimal.
*B stands for small black knob

Hejnar Photo G017-50 Multipurpose Rail standing on F61b clamp
The F61B, due to its larger size and three dowel pin holes at the bottom, can be attached in any orientation to the rail front turned by 90°.

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

Price & Availability:
Current price for the G017-50 Multipurpose Rail is US$ 45.00 (+Shipping where applicable) and is available from Hejnar PHOTO on-line Store.
Those wishing to get the Mini MR Panorama Rail package  with a 5" (G017-50) vertical rail in place of the 4" (G017-40) may contact Hejnar Photo for an arrangement with no extra cost.

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

Referenced Articles:
Create a Mini Multi-Row Panorama Head for Mirrorless Cameras
Hejnar PHOTO F60 1" Quick Release Clamp Review
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Hejnar PHOTO G21-80 5/8 MPR/Vertical Rail Review

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