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Old 21st of February 2010 (Sun)   #1
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Default Cheetah Speed Pro Bracket for speedlites any good?

http://www.cheetahstand.com/servlet/...Bracket/Detail

Im thinking of getting ones of these and use it with bowens speedring items, like soft boxes and beauty dishes.

Im wondering if anyone has done the same thing and what they think of it.

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Default Re: Cheetah Speed Pro Bracket for speedlites any good?

I've had the entire Speed Pro kit for about 2 weeks now. I've done some shooting and have another shoot tomorrow that I'll be using it on and then I'm going to post some images and a review.

Right now there is a lot of discussion about these brackets and their functionality with triggers and in real world shooting. There are some limitations, some of which have workarounds.

Having said that, I like the Speed Pro bracket. I find it to be very strong with excellent build quality and it's a real pleasure to be able to use any accessory or modifier with a Bowens mount.

It might not be the perfect bracket but it does what it does very well.
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Default Re: Cheetah Speed Pro Bracket for speedlites any good?

Thanks for the the advice, you say its a strong mount but then say its not perfect, what problems have you experienced and what problem does it have with triggers?
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Thanks for the the advice, you say its a strong mount but then say its not perfect, what problems have you experienced and what problem does it have with triggers?
Personally, I haven't had any problems at all. For my needs the bracket is great. For those that are using triggers and are mounting the flash to the trigger and the trigger to the bracket, it's been suggested that the stress and weight from the flash is too much and it's unsafe to have in a horizontal configuration like that.

Some people feel the bracket would have been better designed if it were vertical and not horizontal. No matter what there will be someone with a way to make it better or the reason why it's not perfect. I tend to weigh everything out and determine whether it's garbage or a well made item and then how functional it is for my personal needs.
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Hmm, I see but then I can use my triggers with the sync cords, plus they are pretty flat on the rx end.
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Hmm, I see but then I can use my triggers with the sync cords, plus they are pretty flat on the rx end.
Yes you can still use sync cords and that's a simple solution.
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hmm, I might have to get one then, im just unsure as to how small normal softboxes fold down to as I will need to transport it back to the UK in a couple months.
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hmm, I might have to get one then, im just unsure as to how small normal softboxes fold down to as I will need to transport it back to the UK in a couple months.
In terms of small, compact softboxes you have two choices. You either get a standard softbox with rods or a collapsible softbox. As an example, a Photoflex 16" x 22" softbox has rods that are about 15 or 16 inches long. That's the largest dimension and the rest is very compact. A 24" Qbox collapses down to about an 8 or 9 inch circle and about 6 inches high.
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I recently purchased a Cheetah Speed Pro bracket. I finaly have a bracket that will solid and will accomodate my PW FlexTT5 + 580EX II + AC5 RF shoe plate (less the sock) setup nicely!

Here is a picture of the setup. As you can see, I inverted the sliding "L" bracket to make room and have the flash in a vertical position so it can rest on it's side to reduce some of the weight on the shoe mount. With the AC5 sock on (not pictured) I will not have to worry about the speedlite getting scratched. It does have a Bowen mount so any Bowen modifier will work. The bracket is pretty strong. In the picture below it is holding up a 36in Octa.





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Willie, what softbox is that?
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