October 1, 2018

Hejnar PHOTO Lens Support for Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens

Hejnar PHOTO LLFP-FUJI-100-400 modular Lens Support on Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Although Chris Hejnar has released a Replacement Foot for Fuji XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R about two years ago, which actually offers greater integration, some clients required further stabilization of the front part of the lens.

Therefore, a solution of a Long Lens Support combining a longer rail and vertical bracket, came to be stabilizing this longer super telephoto lens.

The concept is not far from the one introduced also a couple of years ago from Hejnar Photo as a Lens Support for AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR that we had previewed here.

This Hejnar Lens Support not only provides the desired Arca-Swiss compatibility but also offers support to the front elements of the long lens in one package.

The Long Lens Support

The Hejnar LLSP-FUJI-100-400 is actually a 4.1" long lens support package with quick height adjustment of the Lens Bracket. Somehow this that's quite an older concept, on which you may find many references on its benefits in the Relevant Articles section at the end of this article.

Nonetheless, it includes a custom 4.1" long rail dedicated to the Fujinon XF 100-400 lens foot, a lens support bracket, and one 1" inch clamp. The clamp is mounted to the rail front end with a single screw and the small supporting bracket is installed inside the clamp for quick height adjustment.


Hejnar PHOTO LLFP-FUJI-100-400 modular Lens Support on Fujifilm XF 100-400 Lens Foot

Individual Package Components

Illustrated with their top surface facing up, are the individual components of the Hejnar LLSP-FUJI-100-400 Long Lens Support. In short the package contains:

  • One MOD-1 2" lens support bracket
  • One Dedicated 4.1" rail
  • One F60b 1" Quick Release clamp
  • One 1/4"-20 - 1/2" long captive style screw for mounting the rail
  • One 1/4"-20 - 3/4" long flat head screw for mounting the clamp
  • One Dowel pin for aligning the clamp
  • Two M3 safety stop screws attached to rail
  • Two Allen hex keys for the 1/4-20 and the M3 screws

The custom part here is the new 4.1" rail for the original foot of the Fujinon zoom, with anti-twist ridges on the back-end near the mounting screw. A small inspection will show also the front 1/4"-20 tapped hole for the clamp and the two 5 mm dowel pin holes one on each side which accept a dowel pin acting as anti-twist mechanism for the clamp, while stabilizing it. 

Hejnar PHOTO LLFP-FUJI-100-400 modular Lens Support components top view

The bottom side view of the components, reveals the deep carving which eliminates as much material as possible to the benefit of lightness. Further, two M3 safety stop screws exist at both ends of the rail preventing from accidental slipping off a semi closed QR clamp.

Hejnar PHOTO LLFP-FUJI-100-400 modular Lens Support components bottom view

The Lens Plate

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:LLSP-FUJI-100-400
Length:10.48 cm (4.125")
Width:4.50 cm (1.775")
Thickness:1.27 + 0.78 cm (1/2" + 1/8" side tabs)
Tapped Holes:1/4"-20 front
Safety Stop Screws:2 x M3
Slots:1 x Captive Style
Color:Black hard coat anodized
Material:C.N.C. machined 6061-T6 Aluminium
Made in :USA

The LLSP-FUJI-100-400 rail design is fundamentally the same as all Hejnar lens plates which are CNC machined out of a solid Aluminium block with flat surfaces on top.
Somehow, it differs only in the way its anti-twist ridges are built. The rail features two of them on the sides of the mounting slot, instead of one at the back as usual, allowing for fore-aft adjustment.

The F60b 1' Quick Release Clamp

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:F60b 
Jaw Length:2.54 cm ( 1.0")
Center Socket:Countersunk on one side for 1/4" or M6 screw
and threaded 3/8"-16
Clamp knob:Screw, Captive stops at max opening
Weight:45 gr (1.7 oz)
Material:6061-T6 Aluminium, Black hard coat anodized
Made in:U.S.A.

The F60b 1" Quick Release clamp is an old acquaintance for the readers of SCV Photography Ideas, extensively described in the Hejnar PHOTO F60 1" Quick Release Clamp Review with more implementation examples.

The Modular Lens Support Bracket MOD-1

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:LLSB MOD-1
Rail Length:50 mm (2")
Thickness:9.5 mm (3/8")
Width:38.1 mm (1.5")
Weight:65 gr (2.3 oz")
Safety Stop Screws:1 X M3 on Wheel bar
Material:6061-T6 Aluminium
Color:Black hard coat anodized
Made in:U.S.A.

Same goes for the MOD-1 Modular Lens Support Bracket which was individually tested in the Hejnar PHOTO Modular Lens Support Bracket MOD-1 Review where you can also find more usage examples.



Mounting on the Lens

After the assembly of the Hejnar LLSP-FUJI-100-400 Lens Support, mounting it on the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is straight forward.

Just adjust fore-aft and tighten the lens plate on the collar foot using the 1/4"-20 captive screw . As mentioned in the beginning of this article, all required screws and hex tools are provided.
After securing the lens plate on the collar foot, you need only to raise the MOD-1 Lens Bracket so as its wheels touch the lens barrel and then tighten the F60b QR clamp screw knob.

Hejnar PHOTO LLFP-FUJI-100-400 modular Lens Support on Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR side

The Lens Support sits below the Focusing ring at the steady part of the lens barrel allowing for easy zooming while the front part extends as well as ample space below the lens for carrying.

The space below allows also for Lens Hood reversal for storage without having to remove the Lens Support. However in this case you have to remove the supporting bracket in order for the hood to fit between the lens and the rail

Hejnar PHOTO LLFP-FUJI-100-400 modular Lens Support on Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR hood reversed

The Hejnar PHOTO LLSP-FUJI-100-400 Lens Support offers an overall lower profile than other comparable Lens Support solutions, keeping the center of gravity low.
This feature may prove advantageous for users of Gimbal Heads - especially the side mounted ones without a cradle - since it allows the lens to be mounted and balanced properly.

Compatibility

Arca-Swiss® compatible dovetails from Hejnar Photo work with Arca type clamps from:
  • Markins® including lever release clamp
  • Really Right Stuff®, including lever release clamp.
  • Arca Swiss®
  • Wimberley®
  • Kirk®
  • Photo Clam®
  • Foba® (Foba uses different safety stop mechanism, so safety stops may need removing)
  • Vanguard ABH Series Ball Heads (ABH is Vangaurds only Arca-Compatible series)
  • Custom Brackets®
  • Jobu Design®
  • Acratech®

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
Photos by courtesy of Hejnar Photo ©2018 Chris Hejnar

Price and Availability:
Current price for the LLSP-FUJI-100-400 Package is US$ 130.00 (+Shipping where applicable) and is available either from the Hejnar Photo online Store or from the Hejnar eBay Store.

If you are interested in the product, do check the Recommended Sellers page for the current valid Hejnar Photo discount coupon before placing your orderThe coupon is only valid during your checkout  at the Hejnar Online Store.

Referenced Articles:

Replacement Foot for Fuji XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R from Hejnar PHOTO
Replacement Foot for Fuji XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R from Hejnar PHOTO
Hejnar PHOTO Modular Lens Support Bracket MOD-1 Review
Hejnar PHOTO F60 1" Quick Release Clamp Review







Relevant Articles:

Hejnar PHOTO Lens Support for AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR - Preview
Hejnar PHOTO Lens Support for AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR - Preview
Sunwayfoto YLS-01 Y-Type Long Lens Support Review
Create a Heavy Duty Long Lens Support Bracket








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