I'm considering a Stroboframe Camera flip but am hesitant and have a few questions, having never used a bracket before.
I like to use reflectors/diffusers such as Lumiquest Quick bounce which allows both horizontal and vertical shooting. It also has doors for 80% bounce. This would be for fluid situations such as receptions, etc.
My questions are:
1) Will a bracket really make that much of a difference -vs- just using a reflector?
The flash is set straight up and thus the reflector is already quite high above the lens in horizontal position. I will have a Strato II in the hot shoe also (for off-camera flash) so add another inch.
a) It doesn't seem a bracket would be of any benefit in that case and could be a detriment; given the reflector would be even higher with a bracket, couldn't it cause raccoon eye's?
b) I can see a bracket being beneficial in vertical mode, because it maintains it's height, whereas a flash/reflector doesn't. The later does however maintain a little height and is slightly off-center in vertical mode. You may have a little more shadow on the right side but still avoid red eye. A secondary flash could help at times with the shadow in that case also.
So does the use of a reflector somewhat diminish the need for a bracket, or are brackets just that beneficial as to demand their use?