March 11, 2017

Updated Table-Pod TP-002 Macro Ball Head Base from Hejnar Photo

Hejnar Photo Table-Pod TP002 with ball head and clamp

Hejnar Photo Table-Pod TP-001 Macro Ball Head Base introduced last year has undergone some minor but crucial improvement in order to increase its stability when using longer lenses.

In order to succeed that, four new 3/8"-16 mounting holes have been drilled peripherally giving the ability to the end user to mount the ball head off center, thus maintaining the center of gravity within the pod base frame.

Otherwise all other characteristics remain the same.

The TP-002 Pod

Manufacturer Specification:
Plate Thickness:0.89 cm ( 0.350" )
Total Height with feet:2.16 cm ( 0.850" )
Length:15.24 cm ( 6" )
Width:10.10 cm ( 4" )
Mounting Stud:3/8"-16 UNC
Mounting Thumb Wheel ∅:3.81 cm ( 1.5" )
Weight:303 gr ( 10.7 oz )
Level:Table Top / Car Roof / Ground
Material:6061-T6 Aluminium
Color:Black hard coat anodized
Hardware:Stainless Steel
Made in :USA

Therefore, the Table-Pod can now support lenses with longer focal lengths and physical lengths.

As forementioned the TP-002 besides the center mounting hole for the 3/8"-16 stainless steel stud and the of four holes, two on each side of the center hole features four (4) new
These holes are meant for direct mounting either a Hejnar F62 or F63 QR clamp as we shall see further down.

Hejnar PHOTO TP-002 Table pod - top side

The bottom view of the TP-001 shows the four black rubber feet held in place by large hex cap bolts. The 3/8"-16 mounting stud is equipped with a large slotted head on the bottom side, which helps for fast mounting / dismounting of a head and tightening with a coin or a flat screw driver.
Next to the slotted screw head are lined up the 10-32 tapped holes which are obviously passing through the other side of the plate.

Hejnar PHOTO TP-002 Table pod - bottom side

Uses of the Pod
As reminder, the holes in line with the central stud, which are tapped 10-32 and spaced 30 and 45 mm apart from each other. are provided for mounting a Hejnar QR clamp directly. This gives a very large base to the clamp, adding utmost versatility for ground level or table-top level work.

Hejnar Photo TB002 with Hejnar F63 QR Clamp attached

Nevertheless, the more usual function of the Table-Pod is to be used as a broader base for a ball head or any head increasing its stability.
Either in the center...

Hejnar Photo Table-Pod TP002 with ball head centrally mounted

Or in one of the 4 peripheral holes close to the inner edges of the X platform.

Hejnar Photo Table-Pod TP002 with ball head peripherally mounted

So as to maintain the center of gravity within the limits of the base, when using a longer and heavier lens like the Fujinon below.

Hejnar Photo Table-Pod TP002 with ball head peripherally mounted loaded w/long lens
Hejnar Photo Table-Pod TP002 with ball head mounted in one of the peripheral holes and loaded with the Fujifilm X-T2  camera combined with the FUJINON XF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos by courtesy of Hejnar Photo © 2017 Chris Hejnar

Price & Availability:
Current price for the TP002 Table Pod is US$ 59.99 (+Shipping where applicable) and is available from the Hejnar Photo online Store.

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

Referenced Articles:
New Table-Pod TP-001 Macro Ball Head Base from Hejnar Photo

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