The Hejnar Photo family of Manfrotto® conversion clamps is richer by one new member. A few days ago a quite innovative Arca-Swiss® compatible Quick Release clamp was released, intended for the small ball head that comes as a kit with the compact Manfrotto® BeFree tripod.
The Hejnar clamp innovation lies in its asymmetrical jaws, obviously meant to follow the special shape of the RC-2 quick release, which it replaces, in order to fit between the reverse folding legs of the small traveller tripod.
|Jaw Length:||53.3 mm (2.1")|
|Total Height:||21.0 mm (0.83")|
|Safety Stop Relief Grooves:||Two 2.6mm deep|
|Weight:||64 gr (2.2 oz)|
|Material:||6061-T6 Aluminium, Black hard coat anodized|
*Protects internal parts from dust and grit. It does prevent the tendency of the moving jaw to hinge backward during clamping, It keeps the jaws aligned with the geometry of the plate and eliminating unwanted bending forces on the threaded stud.
The new clamp is based on the Unique Hejnar PHOTO Arca QR Clamp for Manfrotto 490and 050 Series Ball Heads design but greatly modified in shape, and the more refreshed appearance of the Updated Hejnar PHOTO QR Clamps, in terms of laser engraved decimal scales.
Nonetheless, the clamp design is quite unusual in shape with a larger front jaw smoothly curved into a half size rear (moving) jaw. The front side and all edges are curved to avoid damage of tripod leg parts coming in contact with it.
|Hejnar PHOTO 2.1" BeFree Clamp innovative yet unusual design.|
|Hejnar PHOTO 2.1" BeFree Clamp bottom details and anti-twist bosses.|
Anyway the 2.6 mm deep safety stop screw grooves are present getting very close to the mounting screw hole, so as to allow for small plates with safety screw to be able to move within the limits of the QR clamp.
|Hejnar PHOTO 2.1" BeFree Quick Release Clamp design details.|
Mounting on the Tripod
Conversion on the other hand is very easy. Just by removing the existing RC system held by one 1/4"-20 hex socket screw and using the same screw to mount the new clamp, you have an Arca-Swiss® compatible system.
|Hejnar PHOTO 2.1" Conversion Clamp on the compact BeFree ball head|
|Hejnar PHOTO 2.1" Conversion Clamp on BeFree tripod enclosed between the folded back legs by 180°|
I hope you found the information useful, thanks for viewing.
Photos by courtesy of Hejnar Photo ©2016 Chris Hejnar
Price and Availability:
Current price for the BeFree-Clamp is US$ 70.00 (+Shipping where applicable) and is available from Hejnar Photo Online Store.
If you are interested in the products, do check the Recommended Sellers page for a valid Hejnar Photo discount coupon before placing your order in the Hejnar online store.
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