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Are flash brackets helpful?

 
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May 20, 2013 23:56 as a reply to  @ post 15951897 |  #16

Bring back the hammerhead style flash,,, please!

Fond memories of Metz flashes, especially my old 45CT1 which I still have but don't use.


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May 21, 2013 11:11 as a reply to  @ yogestee's post |  #17

Are there any flash brackets with camera triggers built into the handle. I was thinking about making one but just don't seem to have the time. Use to use one with my C330 film camera and really like it, as it kept my right hand free to adjust focus and turn the crank to advance the film.:lol:


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May 21, 2013 11:43 as a reply to  @ Calicajun's post |  #18

I like the Stroboframe Camera Flip Bracket. Bouncing flash combined with the Joe Demb Flash Diffuser Pro can provide some very nice lighting...

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I like a camera flip bracket better than a flash flip bracket because, when bouncing, the Camera Flip Bracket will always have the flash pointed in the correct direction. In these two illusrations, I show my Camera Flip Bracket used in both the camera flip and the flash flip mode...

IMAGE: http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/Other/Photo-Equipment/i-BDsrRmW/0/L/Bracket%20FLASH%20FLIP-L.jpg
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I like the camera flip bracket which has a solid bar for the flash. I use the solid bar as a handle to carry the camera/flash around when I am not actually shooting. I did carry my previous Stroboframe Camera Flip Bracket this way but it is easier with the solid bar for the flash.

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One caveat is that I don't believe that the Stroboframe Camera Flip Bracket will work with a DSLR with a battery pack attached. There may not enough space to flip the camera from horizontal to vertical. But, since I don't use a battery pack this is a moot question for me...

However, if you are bouncing and using the Joe Demb Flash Difuser Pro, it works just great on camera - especially when used with the narrow side of the flash pointing towards towards the subject (This makes switching from verical to horizontal positions easy). That is the way I bounce my flash when I am traveling. Carrying a flash bracket is just too much extra gear to manage...

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The results are pretty nice...

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Here is a selection of images shot with the Canon 7D and 70-200mm f/4L IS lens and lit with a single Canon 550EX flash bounced from a Stroboframe Camera Flip Bracket and modified with the Joe Demb Flash Diffuser Pro...

http://rpcrowe.smugmug​.com …h#!i=1244320241​&k=LXnFVZC (external link)

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May 21, 2013 14:07 |  #19

Calicajun wrote in post #15953171 (external link)
Are there any flash brackets with camera triggers built into the handle. I was thinking about making one but just don't seem to have the time. Use to use one with my C330 film camera and really like it, as it kept my right hand free to adjust focus and turn the crank to advance the film.:lol:

Camera brackets such as Stroboframes (external link) are strictly mechanical devices of levers and hinges. The best way to develop what you want would be to purchase a separate shutter release (external link) and attach it to the bracket assembly.




  
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May 21, 2013 15:06 |  #20

DC Fan wrote in post #15953738 (external link)
Camera brackets such as Stroboframes (external link) are strictly mechanical devices of levers and hinges. The best way to develop what you want would be to purchase a separate shutter release (external link) and attach it to the bracket assembly.

Yeah, that falls back into building my own. Though about taking apart a remote shutter release and incorporating it into the handle. Though I was looking for something already made and ready to use.:)


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May 21, 2013 15:11 |  #21

Calicajun wrote in post #15953910 (external link)
Yeah, that falls back into building my own. Though about taking apart a remote shutter release and incorporating it into the handle. Though I was looking for something already made and ready to use.:)

The old cable releases were universal. Too many options for that to be helpful for a DSLR. Plus for camera flip brackets you would have too many cables gumming up the working parts.




  
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May 21, 2013 16:21 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #22

Didn't have to worry about camera flip with the C-330 it used a 2 1/4"x2 1/4" negative film. Flipping a square you still ended up with a square.:lol:


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May 21, 2013 16:26 |  #23

Calicajun wrote in post #15954135 (external link)
Didn't have to worry about camera flip with the C-330 it used a 2 1/4"x2 1/4" negative film. Flipping a square you still ended up with a square.:lol:

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May 21, 2013 17:04 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #24

Over the years I have used quite a number of different brands and styles of flash brackets as well as the Vivitar 365 potato masher style flashes. I've been using the ProMediaGear Boomerang flash bracket for a year or so for event photography and love it. It is light, extremely well made and smoothly and quickly changes camera orientation.




  
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May 21, 2013 19:39 |  #25

The RRS Flash Bracket: Brilliant.

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May 21, 2013 20:37 |  #26

Although my flash bracket is technically a 'flash flip', as one can see in these two illustrations, the flash rotates about the camera in a manner in which there is absolutely no need to adjust the flash head to point upward at the ceiling.

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Although the photos don't show the top of the flash, one can see that the foot of the flash (the Metz 3102 module) is in the same relative orientation to the lens and ceiling.

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May 22, 2013 21:18 |  #27

Custom Brackets CB junior.


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May 23, 2013 01:18 |  #28

I have three flash brackets now but I've had at least one for every Film or Digital SLR I've owned.
My two favorites right now are

a) RRS Wedding Professional WPF - I have the older one but here is the newer version
http://reallyrightstuf​f.com …with-integrated-QR&key=it (external link)

It folds up really small so it travels great.

b) Custom Brackets Folding T Bracket
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_T_Folding_T_Br​acket.html (external link)

I also have the Canon SB-E2 Speedlite L Bracket but it doesn't fold up and found it mounts the flash a little too low. Build really solid though.

Had a Stroboframe Camera Flip Bracket but it was too small for a Full Frame with a Grip

Had a Stitz bracket for years but I don't think they make them anymore.
http://www.rockycamera​s.com …h-bracket-599-44836-p.asp (external link)

I agree with one of the post. Why can't we get a hammer head/potato masher type flash anymore?

For any serious event shooting with flash I wouldn't be without one.


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May 23, 2013 05:31 |  #29

swldstn wrote in post #15959007 (external link)
...I agree with one of the post. Why can't we get a hammer head/potato masher type flash anymore?...

The last of a dying breed :cry:

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May 23, 2013 11:37 |  #30

Wilt wrote in post #15951578 (external link)
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If you spend <$150 on an amateur level bracket, the typical bracket leaves out one or more of all the essential characteristics of the RRS/Newton/CameraBrack​et pro level products.

A really good bracket will...
1.keep the flash above the lens axis, regardless of camera orientation, so that visible and objectionable side shadows are not created
2.elevate the flash head a bit more from the lens, to reduce redeye
3.keep the flash head orientation pointed at the ceiling, so as to not require the photographer to readjust the head orientation each time you switch between landscape and portrait orientation
4.permit CCW rotation of the body so that battery grip supplemental controls remain accessible

...while also have the characteristics of
•not being excessively heavy
•not being unnecessarily flimsy

The Newton is flexible enough to even allow you to use a BG some of the time, and the bracket easily adjusts camera & flash height suitably.
I feel that the Newton has
  • More reasonable cost than the quite pricey RRS.
  • Tied for first place for low weight with rigidity. (CB can be heavy!)


I have referred many working pros to the Newton, and all have agreed with my enthusiasm for the product.

Very good points


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