This is a review of the Wimberly Plamp II Macro Clamp. I found out about this gem of an accessory at a macro boot camp and am glad I bought one right away. It's an extremely valuable tool to use in macro photography, but it also has other unique uses too.
Have you ever felt like you needed a third hand to hold something? Maybe you're photographing a delicate object that needs to be held gently in place. The Wimblerly Plamp may be just what you need.
It's a very simple, non-tech piece of macro photography equipment that can be used in a variety of ways. It is mainly designed to clamp to your tripod and gently grip your subject or a light modifier.
It's a very light plastic build, weighing in at a scant 7.9 ounces and stretching to 23 inches long. You can bend it in an infinite number of ways to fit it to the exact photographic situation you are in.
The second generation clip has a couple of design features you're going to love. The end of the clip is good for holding flat objects. Just inside that is a rounded cutout area for holding sturdy stems or sticks.
The padded foam area can hold delicate plants without damaging them. The inside v-shaped groove make the clip perfect for holding wire-rimmed diffuser panels.
These four gripping areas are all precisely controlled by a thumbscrew to get just the right amount of tension.
The list of ways you can use the Wimberly Plamp II is extensive, but here are a few examples to give you a good start.
If you buy two of these gadgets you can connect them together to form a fairly stable, extremely adjustable mini-tripod to handle some unique photography situations.
The main clamp is shaped to be able to grip onto poles like the leg of your tripod or can also clasp flat objects in the orange shoes on the ends of the jaws.
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