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HORIZONTAL SPEEDLIGHT MOUNT

 
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Jan 22, 2012 21:51 |  #1

When shooting with speedlights into umbrellas (or umbrella products like the Westcott Apollo), vertical placement on a light stand has always seemed non-optimal to me. Two reasons: 1. This puts the light source away from the center of the modifier and 2. There is stress on the hotshoe, especially when daisy-chained (such as with a Pocket Wizard TT5) and tilted. I wanted to find a way to mount my speedlight horizontally in order to avoid both of these issues.

I looked around to see what was out there. I saw a number of DIY ideas and just one commercial product. I really didn't like any of them for various reasons. So-I created my own. In my opinion, it solves the issues involved with the other designs. It will fit any flash, is very secure, works at any angle, puts the flash head much closer to the umbrella shaft, and avoids strain on the hotshoes.

FWIW, I present my horizontal speedlight mount.

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Jan 22, 2012 21:52 |  #2

A few more views.


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Jan 22, 2012 21:52 as a reply to  @ lewdog's post |  #3

And a last view in action.


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Jan 22, 2012 22:37 |  #4

Dude, I'm with you on getting the light horizontal. My motivation was I needed a mount that would accept my Elinchrom modifiers. I took some 3 and 4 inch ABS plumbing pipe, made one end acceptable to the modifiers, fitted a spigot in the middle of it to mount to an umbrella adapter. I works great.

You know what they say, necessity is the mother of invention.


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Jan 23, 2012 10:59 |  #5

This is what I came up with to get my flash horizontal with my softbox...

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1137783

Did kind of want windpig was saying...


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Jan 23, 2012 11:43 |  #6

NormanRC51 wrote in post #13753408 (external link)
This is what I came up with to get my flash horizontal with my softbox...

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1137783

Did kind of want windpig was saying...

Nice, I''l see if I can find my post of the DIY I did.


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Jan 23, 2012 11:44 |  #7

Great idea, I'll have to try something out as well.




  
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Jan 23, 2012 12:02 |  #8

Here's my horizontal mount (external link).

I've used it so far to support Sunpak 120J, Sunpak 622 (approx. 3 pounds with batteries), and Canon 580EX II speedlites and it has always worked without problems.


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Jan 23, 2012 12:28 |  #9

Here's my DIY.

https://photography-on-the.net …hp?p=12329466&p​ostcount=1


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Jan 23, 2012 12:56 as a reply to  @ lewdog's post |  #10

Looks good Lewdog. I was looking into making somethign similar after I saw this one for sale. Too $$$ for what it is and yours is almost the same.

http://michaelbass.blo​gspot.com …e-misc.html#FlashMtHoriz​9 (external link)


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Jan 23, 2012 22:19 |  #11

CxThree wrote in post #13753982 (external link)
Looks good Lewdog. I was looking into making somethign similar after I saw this one for sale. Too $$$ for what it is and yours is almost the same.

http://michaelbass.blo​gspot.com …e-misc.html#FlashMtHoriz​9 (external link)

Yes-that's the commercial design I saw. Looks like he's added a wider one, which solves one of the issues I had with that design. Here's what I didn't like about it when I first saw it. I realize these things may be silly or just overthinking it, but that's what a hobby is for: :lol:

-You had to stand the flash up on its side. That felt less secure to me. I think that it might be able to rotate to a horizontal position, which would probably leave slack in the strap and it could fall. I designed it so the flash could lay on the long side. The other issue is that laying it on the short side like he does it means that you have to use foam or something to change the angle of the flash head up or down to center it in the umbrella. Laying it down on the long side means you can use the flash's natural swivel to optimize that.
-The velcro strap on bottom has a bolt or whatever going through it. I felt like puncturing the velcro like that might threaten its integrity. Maybe it would fray over time, become weak, whatever. It's the sort of thing where it's only as strong as the thinnest section. Also-that means that the velcro isn't replaceable. I made it so the velcro wasn't punctured or compromised. It is also such that you can simply go to the hardware store and replace the velcro yourself for a couple bucks. Maybe doesn't seem like a big deal, but velcro wears out.
-The design of the metal part was such that, if the velcro broke, the mount was possibly not usable. I designed fins coming down so that, if the velcro lost its grippiness while on a job or vacation, you could use anything to fasten the flash down to the mount. Use the unsticky velcro like rope and just tie the flash down, use bongo ties, string, shoelaces-whatever. The fins going down make it so that it won't slip off the mount.


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Jan 24, 2012 00:14 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #12

Ok, here's mine.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=802641




  
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Jan 24, 2012 07:33 as a reply to  @ MrScott's post |  #13

I got this and this works well with my soft boxes & beauty dish very very well

http://www.amazon.com …box-Flashes/dp/B004KUSWC4 (external link)


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