Half Inch Rails Lens Gears
Thursday, March 31 2011 22:09
The average markup on production accessories reflects, at least in part, the scarcity of the market. I think it's probably safe to say that manufacture and marketing of a typical molded plastic lens gear doesn't cost anything near what its retail price might suggest. A $45 USD (or higher!) price tag for such a piece just smacks of highway robbery to me, even with the consideration that a mass market just doesn't really exist. And, the darn things are cumbersome, easily lost when disconnected from a lens, and they make cramming your lenses into a bag difficult to impossible, therefore meaning their loss is all the more likely because you have to keep taking them off the lens.
Enter Sam Morgan Moore of Half Inch Rails over in the UK. Sam's invention of a zip-tie lens gear not only solves all the inherent problems of all other lens gears, it provides a significant savings as well.
The gears come in four different sizes, from 185mm to 255mm. They are much thinner than a typical lens gear, really just a geared plastic strap with holes on either end for zip ties to close the variable difference lens to lens. Sam has reduced the lens gear to its essential essence, and made them affordable enough to stay married to the lens you mount them on. This nullifies the worry of removing a gear for fear of losing it. And, because they are so thin, they literally add just a fraction of an inch to the lens circumference, which means just about any lens will still fit in its original bag compartment.
In the United States, the only authorized dealer is Wide Open Camera in Los Angeles. I've found them to ship very quickly via U.S. Mail, and gladly recommend them to anyone in the market for a more intelligent lens gear solution.
Last Updated ( Thursday, March 31 2011 23:54 )