Wimberley Plamp II PP-200

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Wimberley Plamp II PP-200

Wimberley Plamp II PP-200

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reflectors, generally held in most positions and not fully cantilevered out, can be held and positioned confidently with a single Plamp II. Finally there is a way to stabilise those aggravating windblown subjects! The Plamp II is an easily positionable arm which can be used to hold macro subjects and other useful objects. One end of the Plamp clamps to your tripod while the other grasps the object. One day in the field with a Plamp (or two) and you will begin to realise its full potential. The Wimberley Plamp II is a must for any macro enthusiast. Have any friends who like to shoot macro too? If so, please share this review of the Wimberley Plamp II Macro Clamp with a friend or on your blog. When shooting flowers for example there are several issues – the main problem is wind – even very mild wind (sometimes wind you can’t even feel or see) can move a flower and make for an unsharp image. The Plamp II special notch on the inside of the top clamp is ideal for gripping onto the stem of a flower and holding it without any movement. Most experienced macro shooters create there own methods and solutions – some very simple – some extremely complex (and expensive). We also had a chance to improvise all sorts of solutions when we worked on our super macro project which took several months. All this makes us appreciate the effectiveness of the Plamp II even more.

reflectors, which are generally held in a relatively vertical position and not fully cantilevered out, can be held and positioned confidently with a single Ground PlampThe large clamp is compatible with most tripods from the major manufacturers, including the Gitzo range. Clamping the Plamp to the tripod is a good way of transporting it between potential subjects. Larger LocLine elements in the articulating arm create a sturdier and more durable product while still retaining flexibility and precise positioning for heavier objects. Thread two or three pipe cleaners through a straw. Twist these together at one end and twist in another pipe cleaner. Twist a couple into the other end.

The last part is the main clamp. It has a very interesting design which includes 3 different areas – the first is a rod holder (for holding a an accessory rod+clamp – more on that below), foam holder (for a firm grip of very thin objects with no damage) and a special notch (which is maybe the most important part – we shall talk about it more below). Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements andoptically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect theimagery. The segmented arm of your Plamp is approximately 19" long. If you do not need all this length, we encourage you to shorten your Plamp. To shorten the arm, bend the arm sharply until it snaps in two (do not worry, you will not hurt the Plamp), remove a length and reconnect the pieces. The Wimberley Plamp is a very useful tool that always travels with me in the field. I use the Plamp to hold a subject like a flower while I photograph it, steady a subject in the wind, and even hold a card to shade my lens to eliminate flare. It works like a third hand.” Secondly, like anything else made of plastic, it does have a useful life span that will be shorter than something made of metal. Your Plamp will loosen up after many uses. How much of a problem is this for you? That depends on how frequently you use it. My plamp is still stiff as a board. If you use yours a couple of hundred time, yes, it may loosen up to the point where you'll have to get a replacement.Shooting insects on flowers is basically the same story (just more interesting if you ask us) and here again the Plamp was extremely useful for holding the flower (just keep in mind that if the insect moves the Plamp II is not going to stop it). Today we have an unconventional accessory for you, one we had a chance to review over the past few weeks (and – spoiler alert – utterly enjoy). This accessory is called Plamp II and it is a flexible clamp designed to hold delicate objects such as flowers. The plamp's large clamp can be attached to essentially anything that will fit in its jaws. This includes nearly every tripod on the market, tree branches, furniture, stakes driven into the ground, vegetation, etc. The Plamp is designed to attach to your own tripod but it is often handy to attach it to a second tripod so that you are free to move your tripod around without affecting the subject. Apply pressure to the sides of the green clamp at the end of the arm. This will open the jaws of the clam. Slide the stem or leaf of your subject between the clamp's jaws, let go.To grasp a particularly delicate plant leaf or flower petal you can make the jaws of the Plamp softer and flatter by inserting a folded piece of heavy paper betwee the jaws of the clamp. If you are having a hard time positioning the Plamp so that the green clamp is not in the picture frame you may want to wrap a loop of grass around your subject to steady it. Alternatively, you may want to use a forked branch or twig with a bud to prop up your subject. You can also use a selection of household items such as rubber bands, string, pipe cleaners and twist ties instead of grass and twigs. Diffusers can be cantilevered above your subject using one Plamp, however it is pushing the limits of the Plamp’s holding capacity.

Zytel ST (Super tough) nylon offers nearly unbreakable clip jaws in even the most extreme conditions. If you need more reach (e.g. if you are using a 180mm or 200mm macro lens), you have three options. The first option is to attach the Plamp to an object other than your own tripod. The second option is to extend one of the legs of your tripod toward your subject and then attach the PLamp further down the leg of your tripod and thus closer to your subject. The third option is to extend the length of your Plamp by adding extra links to its arm. The trade-off to adding extra length to your Plamp is that it becomes less rigid.

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The ability to hold small reflectors/diffusers might still be improved (although it is more than decent for anything up to 12″ and maybe even 22″). I experimented with one straw length and two straw lengths and what I found was that I could wind the pair of pipe cleaners around the lens and angle it so that it was not in the shot to hold the straw out straight and then if I was taking a picture of a flower then wind the other end cleaner around the stem or somesuch. Can you also use it in the studio to hold reflectors, diffusers and other accessories – well, unlike what we said in the video – we discovered that you actually can – at least smaller ones although we still feel that Wimberley could have made the top clamp removable and create a larger – dedicated diffuser/reflector holder (for example one with two “hands” that can hold the diffuser in two separate places). This would have made the design of the Plamp 2 much more flexible (allowing for even more future updates/clamp types for specialized uses. The Plamp Stake can be anchored in a wide variety of ground types, creating a stable, stand-alone pole for attaching your Plamp. This opens up new creative possibilities and isolates your subject from unwanted vibrations and movements coming from your tripod and camera . Ground Stake Extension We love macro photography (just watch our super macro extensive article here on LensVid). One thing every experienced macro photography knows is that you will need to learn to improvise – especially ways to hold small items in a delicate way as well as lights in an easy, flexible way close to your subject.

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