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May 20, 2014 11:46 |  #1

Hello,

I helped a professional photographer (husband and wife team) this past weekend shooting a wedding. If was my first time... It was a blast! Anyways, one suggestion I took from the shoot was that I need a flash bracket. Both photographers had flash brackets, one was a Just Rite and the other was a Stroboframe.

I did some looking into each of these brackets and found that they are really not compatible with my Really Right Stuff (RRS) "L" brackets or RRS ball head. So, I look into the RRS WPF-QR2.

Any thoughts on a flash bracket?

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May 20, 2014 13:10 |  #2

Newton Camera Brackets
Custom Brackets
RRS brackets

All are professional grade products which meet these criteria

  • Keep flash directly above the lens optical axis
  • Allow the camera to be turned CCW to Portrait orientation, retaining access to buttons on accessory grips
  • Do not require that flash head be adjusted every time you switch between Portrait and Landscape
  • Light weight
  • Rigid and strong


...but all three are >$200

products which are <$200 generally are missing one or more of the above characteristics!

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May 20, 2014 13:51 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #3

Thanks for the reply...

Custom Brackets looks good as I can build the bracket they way "I" want it... very nice...

I will check more into that and RRS tonight...


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May 20, 2014 15:47 |  #4

The Newton is flexible, too. You can switch it for camera side (left vs. right) to suit different cameras, and you adjust the height to accommodate a battery grip or no-grip height! And Robert Newton can put your choice of QR plate on it for tripod use, as well as a number of other tweaks as needed by you.

I have used my Newton with my medium format SLR, both with and without a film motor drive; and then reconfigured it for my Canon dSLR.


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May 20, 2014 16:35 |  #5

The RRS is the way to go. Very sturdy, easy to use, fully compatible (as you'd expect) with your L bracket, and about as compact a set-up as you'll find when it's not in use.


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May 20, 2014 18:00 |  #6

phoomanchew wrote in post #16917651 (external link)
Thanks for the reply...

Custom Brackets looks good as I can build the bracket they way "I" want it... very nice...

I will check more into that and RRS tonight...

Why not just make one?
I made mine for mounting a flash on my Wimberley for use with long lenses but the design could very easily be adapted for your uses.
P.M. your E Mail if you want the design.


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May 20, 2014 19:22 |  #7

In post #2, I mentioned the 3 top professional grade brands. As usual, each has its own relative disadvantage if comparing those three.

  • Custom Brackets is largest and bulkiest
  • Newton is not compatible with A-S QR in standard form
  • RRS is the most expensive

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May 20, 2014 23:09 |  #8

http://www.promediagea​r.com …ripBattery-Pack_p_30.html (external link)

I've been considering this set up. I've had their plates for my 60D and they were very well built!


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May 21, 2014 01:31 |  #9

I have been looking at sunwayfoto TFB-01. They have it on amazon for $109 and its arca compatible.


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May 21, 2014 12:18 as a reply to  @ monty87's post |  #10

They all look good! I will take one of each! :)

So many decisions... I will need to do more research...


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May 21, 2014 12:27 |  #11

Note the design of the TFB-01. You must also have either a long lens plate OR a rail to hold it in place.




  
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May 22, 2014 06:43 |  #12

When I first decided I needed to get my flash above the camera, I first tried an 'economy' bracket (about $75) that flipped the camera and everything else stayed put. I found it too bulky, too heavy, and too clumsy to flip the camera.

So I went with the RRS WPF and later the QR2 version bracket. What can I say? Fast, easy to use, light weight (very important with a gripped 5D3 + 580 EXii and 66 year old body), and very compact when packed away. Once I decided on the RRS, I then found what I wanted in Arca-Swiss style bracket and clamps for my tripod and monopod. As I had a 60D at the time, and RRS didn't have a gripped 60D L bracket, I went with Kirk, who did. Went with Kirk for the gripped 5D3 as well.


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May 22, 2014 12:36 |  #13

Do any of these brackets allow mounting the external canon battery pack CP-E3/4?


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May 22, 2014 18:16 |  #14

Well, the RRS WPF attaches to the side of your L bracket, so the tripod screw hole on the L bracket's available for you to attach the CP-E4 to. Kind of interferes with prospects for attaching the camera to a tripod in Landscape orientation, but then wouldn't the other flash brackets also do so? I have no doubt that RRS makes a clamp that would fit on the WPF and let you anchor the CP-E4 to the side of it, but a battery pack on the side would probably mess badly with the balance.


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May 23, 2014 11:52 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #15

Well I ended up ordering a RRS WPF-QR2. What really convinced me to get this one was the fact that I already have two RRS "L" brackets (one for my 7D with a grip and one for the 7D without a grip), and the recommendations of other that the WPF is light, fast, and compact. I need all those features...

It should be here hopefully next week or so. Once I get it, I will report back my findings.


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