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I am looking for a flash camera bracket for quick 90degree change for portrait

 
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Dec 12, 2013 23:22 |  #1

Hi..
I am looking for a flash camera bracket for "quick" 90degree change for portrait shots.. Meaning that when I turn the camera to portrait shot the flash will be directly above the camera and not to the side

Any advice??


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Dec 12, 2013 23:27 |  #2

http://store.promediag​ear.com/Flash-Brackets_c_1.html (external link)


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Dec 12, 2013 23:40 |  #3

Thanks but I wasn't thinking of spending quite so much :oops:
Is there anything for around 100dollars or £60??


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Dec 12, 2013 23:43 |  #4

Don't you want to look pro? :lol:

Check out the stroboframe. Not the greatest but cheap.

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Dec 12, 2013 23:54 as a reply to  @ Nick_Reading.UK's post |  #5

I like the simple flip it over type, but they are a little cumbersome to use. for example http://compare.ebay.ca …d=33&item_id=25​1391756375 (external link) but they are not all the same so it is better to try before you buy.

...one thing to consider...are you going to shoot with the bracket on the left hand or right hand? Having the ability to choose is good. ...Once you have the bracket in place, how do you trigger the shutter? On the one side your natural rotation causes the flash to go under the camera, on the other side the bracket can impede your grip. Sometimes you see them used with a vertical grip because the extra button is easer to press. On my bracket, I have an external switch to fire the shutter.




  
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Dec 13, 2013 00:13 |  #6

JustRite or Custom Brackets


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Dec 13, 2013 00:16 |  #7

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #16523447 (external link)
Thanks but I wasn't thinking of spending quite so much :oops:
Is there anything for around 100dollars or £60??

A professional grade bracket will cost about $250-300, but these all accomplish these 3 functions...


  1. Keep flash directly above the axis of the lens, regardless of Landscape vs. Portrait orientation
  2. Allow the camera to be rotated CCW to Portrait position, so that battery grips are in the right hand and the supplemental controls of the battery grip continue to be usable
  3. Keeps the flash pointed up to the ceiling without any additional manual adjustment of flash head orientation


Pro grade products include Newton flash bracket, the higher priced Custom Brackets (but not their cheaper ones!), RRS.

You will find that the $100 products do not do all three... And one of the three (or maybe more) is missing! So if $100 is all you want to spend, you need to decide which of the three functions would be acceptable when missing from the chosen product.

You will also find that many brackets CANNOT accept a camera with battery grip.

The Newton Camera Bracket adapts to both cameras with bracket and cameras without bracket....I can use mine with both my medium format camera with and without motor winder, and with my Canon dSLR both with or without battery grip.

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Dec 13, 2013 13:42 |  #8

Another note about the cheap brackets is that sometimes the flash won't lock into place and might slip a little. The Newton and RRS brackets feel nice and solid.


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Dec 13, 2013 15:14 as a reply to  @ sdipirro's post |  #9

You can get directional lighting with the Demb Flash Bracket although you do need to move the flash to do that. But it's $100 and pretty light.

http://www.dembflashpr​oducts.com/bracket/ (external link)


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Dec 13, 2013 18:59 |  #10

RRS Flash Bracket

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Dec 13, 2013 19:13 |  #11

Wow! ehwheeler20,love that bracket. On another note,probably a rookie question but what is the green tape for? what kind of tape is it?
Thanks---Bill




  
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Dec 13, 2013 19:21 |  #12

ImagesByBill wrote in post #16525532 (external link)
Wow! ehwheeler20,love that bracket. On another note,probably a rookie question but what is the green tape for? what kind of tape is it?
Thanks---Bill

To stop him changing the setting while he is squirrel gliding of a cliff when not at home... Of course!!
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Dec 13, 2013 21:00 |  #13

The tape is easily to identify my gear if I am working with other photographers with very similar looking gear and we set it down on the ground or on a table. Specifically, I travel the northeast of the US shooting marathons/triathlons/e​tc with others and hundreds of camera can be used for certain events, so I always want to make sure mine is easily identifiable. The tape on the lens switches is put on there before each event after I dial in my settings. I use gaffers tape. Gaffers tape will not leave residue if it's on for less than a couple of weeks at a time in normal operating temperatures (not 150 degrees). I kept the tape between my battery grip and my body for well over a year without removing it, and when I finally did remove it it took about 10 minutes to clean any residue off. Well worth it.


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Dec 13, 2013 21:10 |  #14

The Newton flash rotator bracket (Newton makes several models, including a camera rotator version)

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Dec 17, 2013 07:47 |  #15

Wilt wrote in post #16523508 (external link)
A professional grade bracket will cost about $250-300, but these all accomplish these 3 functions...

  1. Keep flash directly above the axis of the lens, regardless of Landscape vs. Portrait orientation
  2. Allow the camera to be rotated CCW to Portrait position, so that battery grips are in the right hand and the supplemental controls of the battery grip continue to be usable
  3. Keeps the flash pointed up to the ceiling without any additional manual adjustment of flash head orientation

Pro grade products include Newton flash bracket, the higher priced Custom Brackets (but not their cheaper ones!), RRS.

You will find that the $100 products do not do all three... And one of the three (or maybe more) is missing! So if $100 is all you want to spend, you need to decide which of the three functions would be acceptable when missing from the chosen product.

You will also find that many brackets CANNOT accept a camera with battery grip.

The Newton Camera Bracket adapts to both cameras with bracket and cameras without bracket....I can use mine with both my medium format camera with and without motor winder, and with my Canon dSLR both with or without battery grip.

Bingo. as a corollary to these three laws :D I would add this clarifying point to your #3: if this truly happens then you can use the on-flash bounce card and take advantage of surrounding bounce surfaces just as is the flash were mounted on the hot shoe. for portrait mode this means the camera frame is vertical and the flash orientation stays horizontal.

One vitally important (to me) benefit of this, is that if your subject is in front of a wall you can eliminate those annoying "gee I just bought a flash and stuck it on my camera" shadows to the side. I shot a corporate event using my bracket and it was essential for this. I'd show the photo but its proprietary to the corporation.

Anyway I have the newton bracket and find that it is wonderful. however, I'm considering putting mine up for sale and buying into the RRS system.


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