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Oct 21, 2013 14:12 |  #16

Anyone have experience with the ProMediaGear Boomerang? It looks nice and modern but I would like some real world experience before I shell out $299+ for this.

Here is a video of it from their corporate site:
http://youtu.be/Sjto_T​wiMCE (external link)




  
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Oct 21, 2013 16:30 |  #17

D Thompson wrote in post #16387907 (external link)
Wilt, have you ever noticed any weird shadows having the camera in portrait while the flash is still in landscape with that setup? The reason I ask is salesman-A sold me a "camera rotating" bracket similar to your setup. Unfortunately when I got home it wouldn't take my grip, even though I asked about that. When I returned, salesman-B told me it's preferable to have the flash rotate so it would always match the orientation of the camera sensor. It made sense, but figured it might only show up using a wide angle lens maybe.

No side shadow at all, the rotation mechanism keeps the flash perfectly aligned with the lens axis.

And no need to twist the flash atop the bracket, from Portrait to Landscape or back, unlike many bracket designs.

I have referred a good number of professionals to the Newton, on POTN and on other forums, and all have loved the product.

Whether you choose the flash rotator bracket or the camera rotator bracket, is an individual preference. Newton offers both styles. And the Newton adjusts to fit exactly for the exact height of the camera+grip dimensions of the combination you own. For example, my Bronica outfit has the choice of Bronica Speed Grip, or the Bronica Motor Winder, or the Bronica Motor Drive which all have different dimensions and all three work fine with my single Newton grip


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Oct 21, 2013 18:30 |  #18

Wilt wrote in post #16388235 (external link)
No side shadow at all, the rotation mechanism keeps the flash perfectly aligned with the lens axis.

OK thanks. I think what the salesman was talking about with camera rotating brackets was when you rotate the camera to portrait orientation the flash is in landscape orientation even though it's still on the lens axis. I took it he meant more like a slight darkening, like shooting slightly faster than x-sync.


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Oct 21, 2013 19:19 |  #19

D Thompson wrote in post #16388511 (external link)
OK thanks. I think what the salesman was talking about with camera rotating brackets was when you rotate the camera to portrait orientation the flash is in landscape orientation even though it's still on the lens axis. I took it he meant more like a slight darkening, like shooting slightly faster than x-sync.

Well, there is some element of truth to that, but the cutoff of light at the edge of the illumination field is much less drastic than imagined, and when your subject is at the center, what little lateral falloff might occur only focuses the viewer on the subject! And most users use light modifiers and not the bare lens of the flash, further masking illumination field cutoff of the native flash lens. Ceiling bounce totally makes the illumination field size go away for all intents and purposes!


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Oct 21, 2013 20:09 |  #20

Yeah, I didn't take it that it was a huge problem, just something to be aware of. Like you said - bounce pretty much makes it a non-factor.


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Oct 22, 2013 10:18 |  #21

I also see a bracket called the boomerang but again it is pricey, anyone have one of these and want to share your thoughts on it?

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Oct 25, 2013 16:09 |  #22

The only time I use a bracket is shooting an event outdoors. Indoors it is always bouncing, 'foofing" or a betterbounce card.




  
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Oct 25, 2013 22:32 as a reply to  @ Shooting's post |  #23

I am very happy with the Stroboframe Camera Flip Bracket but, then I don't use a gripped camera.

I virtually always bounce my flash and use a Joe Demb Flash Diffuser Pro to modify the light. I want a bracket that will retain the flash in correct bounce position as I switch from a horizontal to vertical hold.

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