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FM Photography McClamp The Clamp - Large 1" Clamp and 2" Mount Clamp

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You Pay: $49.95

The McClamp, The Clamp eliminates wind effect for improved sharpness of photographs. It clamps to a tripod leg and can hold such items as gray cards and 12" reflectors. It improves compositions by providing more control of your subject and background. Explore new creative angles by adjusting the 26" flexible arm while the clamp holds your small subject in place.

The holding clamp has two surfaces - firm plastic outside jaws for a firm grip, and soft inner neoprene jaws to hold delicate subjects. This clamp is also available in a version that can stand alone -- THE STICK (# MCSTK).

This clamp has an over-sized mounting clamp to clip onto wider surfaces than the standard 1" clamp allows. it also features a larger 1" head clamp for larger objects.

Features a variable tension screw to adjust the gripping strength.
Stores flat in camera bag and includes a nylon carrying bag.
FM Photography McClamp The Clamp - Large 1" Clamp and 2" Mount Clamp
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    4.0

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

      Cons

      • Weak (3)

      Best Uses

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        4.0

        Useful, Good Product, Some Issues

        By Matt the Nature Photog

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Useful

        Cons

        • Can Be Unstable
        • Tricky To Pack
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Macro

        Comments about FM Photography McClamp The Clamp - Large 1" Clamp and 2" Mount Clamp:

        This product works relatively well for what it is made to do.The quality and materials are good, it seems strong and well built, at least for now. I have two concerns. One, I question how long the connections will last where the arm attaches to the clamp near the ends, as well as the locks that clamp part of the flexing arm together near those ends. After repeated bending, twisting, and load bearing, I worry that the plastic could crack. A word of caution: When bending the arm, I recommend holding the base of the end of the arm, instead of the clamp. Holding the clamp when bending the arm could put too much stress on the arm/clamp connection where the plastic and screw are. One good thing they did was put a rubber washer in that connection.The other concern is, I wonder how long the arms will work before the wire inside weakens. I suppose it will depend on how often you bend it, and how sharply you make your bends. The manufacturer does warn against sharp bends, which makes sense.The general design is good. The adjustable tension on the clamp is helpful. Having different size clamps at each end is good. I would loosen the tension a bit if you are clamping onto a carbon fiber tripod, and general be careful there.Now, a few issues. This clamp really is made for very light items, and does not work well when extended horizontally too much. I think the manufacturer makes fair and realistic claims as to what the clamp can hold and do, so there is not really a problem. Just be aware that in some cases, it may not perform as you'd like.I have found that larger items (even ones that don't weigh much) can cause instability, especially diffusers that may catch a breeze. As mentioned, the more you extend outward vs upward, the less stable the arm is. It flexes a bit and can drop slightly under weight. I have had an issue also with the clamp rotating on the tripod leg, but perhaps I don't have the tension up enough. Also, if your tripod leg is not thick enough, you will be out of luck with this item.Hopefully you already would realize this, but I would not hold any fragile items with this product (flash units, glass or plastic filters, etc) An improvement they could make to the product would be to add a rubber lining to the inside of the jaws for more solid and stable grip with less slippage, and to protect tripod legs more. I may try to add something like that on as a DIY mod.One thing I don't like, but is perhaps a nitpick, the squeaking and creaking sound of the arm as you bend it.Realize that the FULL length of the arm is not totally usable, since you will have bends and curves throughout the arm, which eats up the length. It is still decent length though. If you need something further away from the tripod, or from a different angle, consider the 'stick' version (which I've not used). Consider, also, the other version of the product which has a smaller clamp on one end with neoprene in the jaws, for holding plant stems. I have that product, and it is pretty good, albeit with the same caveats noted in this review.Another issue that I've run into, which is obvious when you really think about it, but in the field you are in the zone and may get frustrated with it...if you have to move or adjust your tripod for any reason, it messes up your setup with the arm and clamp, so you may have to move the clamp and readjust things, and possibly temporarily remove it or the item that is being held. If the arm is just not long enough, you are out of luck for that subject unless you have the 'stick' or a second tripod with you. (Though not directly being reviewed here, the previous issue is especially prominent in the version with the small clamp with neoprene, since you'll typically be holding an item that you don't want to move at all with the tripod, such as a stem connected to a plant. Any movement of the tripod wreaks havoc on your precise macro compositions).Two of these items can be used in combination to add strength to whatever your application is. It can be awkward at times, as when you adjust one, you have to readjust the other, but it works.Consider the weight and stoutness of your tripod when using this product. If your tripod and rig are very lightweight, this could topple the whole setup, particularly when stretched outward more, and, or with larger items being held, and with breezes. Watch out for wind when using this product, even with a sturdy tripod, as the wind can move whatever you are holding with the clamp.One more thing to consider, is how this item will pack into your camera bag. It will depend on the type of bag you have and what you are carrying. One of these can fit semi-decently in my macro backpack, but two of these gets awkward and I have to leave the zipper open on the back pocket where I put them. You might be able to tie them to a loop on your bag (if you have any loops) with some kind of strap, but the dangling, swinging, and catching onto things around you could be an issue)Overall, this is a good product, that is well built, and does what it is claimed to do. It does have some weaknesses as noted above, but, frankly, I'm not aware of anything better for the task, that is still portable and lightweight. Additionally, purchasing this item is worth it for the time saved compared to trying to make my own DIY item. This works, it's pretty good, and I'm out in the field instead of fussing with a custom build that could cost more and not work as well anyway.

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        5.0

        great little gadget

        By Don

        from MN

        Comments about FM Photography McClamp The Clamp - Large 1" Clamp and 2" Mount Clamp:

        Use 2 of them to hold up a large reflecter. Also can use just one to hold white or black cardboard as needed. Good gripping power. Paid more then I thought I should but couldnt find anywhere else.

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        5.0

        Excellent 3rd hand

        By Len Holland

        from Birmingham

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about FM Photography McClamp The Clamp - Large 1" Clamp and 2" Mount Clamp:

          This is a step above the Plamp, regarding robustness and sturdyness. It is an excellent 3rd hand for holding subjects or pinching art directors tongues during shoots.

          Not too good for holding delicate things like
          flowers, etc.

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          1.0

          Cheap product at a high price

          By ttaleman

          from West-Central Illinois

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • None

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • Over Priced
          • Weak

          Best Uses

          • None

          Comments about FM Photography McClamp The Clamp - Large 1" Clamp and 2" Mount Clamp:

          I ordered one as an aid in shooting flowers/insects; and for holding a 12" diffuser. It seemed a bit pricey, but I decided if it worked as advertised it would be worth it.
          It arrived with both clamps broken off while still inside the package.
          This took me by surprise as it came much better packed than I'd have thought necessary for such a lightweight product.
          Needless to say, it was immediately returned. My jury rigged clamps are of higher quality than this thing.
          Don't waste your time and money.

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          5.0

          Does the job

          By Cannuck

          from Calgary, Alberta Canada

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about FM Photography McClamp The Clamp - Large 1" Clamp and 2" Mount Clamp:

                Use the clamp to hold various reflectors in position to bounce light. Does the job nicely. For heavier or larger reflectors, I double up and use two clamps.

                It is fairly sturdy and can hold a lot of weight. It is well made and does not break.

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                3.0

                Good idea but needs to be built stronger

                By Mahdi

                from Dubai

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about FM Photography McClamp The Clamp - Large 1" Clamp and 2" Mount Clamp:

                    Very useful but I wish it could be stronger to hold things steadier. It can be your close assistant when you are alone...

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                    5.0

                    Great for small diffusers

                    By Shamus

                    from Miami, Florida

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Flexible

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Flash Photography

                      Comments about FM Photography McClamp The Clamp - Large 1" Clamp and 2" Mount Clamp:

                      Wanted a quick system to place a 12" transparent diffuser in front of an external Speedlite. This is perfect!

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