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How to connect Flash to a light stand?

 
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Apr 24, 2018 15:52 |  #1

Sorry for having to ask; I want to attach a flash to a light stand. The stand has a hotshoe (I think that is what it is called) adapter. However, the Flash does not fit in the attachment. What do I need to connect my Flash to the adapter on the lightstand?

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Apr 24, 2018 16:42 |  #2

That kind of looks like a cold shoe (no electrical contacts) but it does look like the side walls are deeper than normal. It would be good if you showed a more overall picture of the bracket so we could tell what it is.

I have umbrella brackets like THIS (external link) one. It works great with my flashes.

You might just be able to replace the cold shoe on your bracket with something like THIS (external link). But again, it's hard to tell from the pictures you posted


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Apr 24, 2018 17:33 |  #3

With all the stuff coming out of that mount, it sure makes me think its some kind of quick release for a camera. Rather than a light stand, maybe it's a camera tripod and tripod head.

But yeah, total guess, I can't tell what's up either.


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Apr 25, 2018 00:24 |  #4

Um... are you using a tripod? or a lightstand?

Tripods typically have threaded bolt on top that you attach the head to. Lightstands either have a spigot/stud: or a bolt that you can screw a spigot (external link) onto.

To me, that looks more like a tripod quick-release (as was guessed up-thread). What you'd need to do is remove the head on the tripod (if you can; some lower-cost tripods don't have separate heads). And then get a spigot and either an umbrella swivel (external link) or a bracket (external link). You then screw the spigot onto the bolt that held the head, and clamp the swivel or bracket onto the spigot.


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Apr 25, 2018 03:00 |  #5

On the picture of the flash itself, the locking pin seems to be out. Check this, it may be your problem.




  
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Apr 25, 2018 05:57 |  #6

Pauld73 wrote in post #18613050 (external link)
On the picture of the flash itself, the locking pin seems to be out. Check this, it may be your problem.

Whoa, good eyes!

If it's something like a 580EXII, the lever is on the lock side too.


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Apr 29, 2018 18:43 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #7

It is a 600EX-RT. Where can I get a new locking pin? Any idea how it may have fallen off?

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Apr 29, 2018 19:27 |  #8

bellbound wrote in post #18616170 (external link)
It is a 600EX-RT. Where can I get a new locking pin? Any idea how it may have fallen off?

Thanks for all the replies!

Pink is the pin.

Green, in the background, is the lever that engages the pin and grabs on to whatever cold/hot shoe you have it in.

Both show that it is in the locked position. You have to move the lever to the other side to unlock it.

This is at least part of the problem. I really am really, really curious what the rest of the top of that stand looks like. It does not look like a typical flash stand/cold shoe, at all. Post some pics.


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Apr 30, 2018 10:45 |  #9

That looks like a cold shoe with a tripod threaded bottom. It's the right size to accept the flash foot, and too small for any camera quick-mount I've ever seen.

I suspect as has been mentioned the flash is not sliding on because the locking pin is extended.




  
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May 01, 2018 20:17 |  #10

Yes, that was it. It doesn't go on smoothly so it felt like it was being forced. I also never really paid attention to how the connector on the Flash looks and it seemed like a piece may have fallen off. I also have a Sony Flash and the connector is different, and the connector doesn't seem as exposed so that it is partially what led me to think something may have fallen off. Attached is a photo of the Sony connector also.

Regarding the stand, it is a Hensel light stand with a threaded attachment on top for hot shoe accessories/Flash (see attached photos) The Sony Flash is even more difficult to get on and I am not going to try too much because of my concern with damaging the connector?

1. Is this just not the right Flash hot shoe accessory?
2. How delicate is the connector on the bottom of the Flash? It just seems like putting it on and off of the stand is not as smooth as it should be.
3. I do not want to take a chance with the hotshoe/flash connector if it should go on more smoothly. I have no idea where i got this one. Any recommendations for one that should attach more smoothly?


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May 01, 2018 20:26 |  #11

Regarding the confusion with the stand, I see, I have this attachment on it (not sure what it is called) to add an umbrella and the hotshoe. That is why it did not look like a typical light stand.


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May 01, 2018 20:48 |  #12

I'm not familiar with the feet of Sony flashes, except I know they're uniquely non-standard.

But that Canon flash should fit if you're moved it out of the locked position.




  
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May 02, 2018 07:06 |  #13

Post 11 is called an umbrella bracket. That looks like a nice one, lots are plastic crap with small thumbscrews rather than large handle screws.

The chrome screw handle holds a "spigot" into the bracket. Not that you specifically need to, but you can get different sizes and shapes that will go in there.

The reason you are still feeling resistance is probably due to the thickness of the cold shoe brackets in combination with the rubber weather sealing around the canon speedlight flash foot.

http://flashzebra.com …s-shoes/flash-shoes.shtml (external link)

Check out the difference between what you have and #0219 on this page. Yours appears to be thicker cast steel while the 0219 product has thinner, bent sheet metal like the top of your camera. This minor upgrade might be worth it to eliminate wear on the rubber gasket, and should allow proper use of the locking lever on the speedlight.

Fwiw, the flash zebra site is legit, even if it looks a bit dated. :D


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May 02, 2018 13:32 |  #14

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18617995 (external link)
Post 11 is called an umbrella bracket. That looks like a nice one, lots are plastic crap with small thumbscrews rather than large handle screws.

That is the Manfrotto, which is all-metal and the only one worth buying. There used to be a Calumet copy that was good, but I don't think they can be found anymore. That lever combined with the metal construction requires only a quarter turn to go from smoothly loose to rock-tight.




  
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May 02, 2018 13:44 |  #15

just curious, how are you planning to fire off the flash?


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