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Jan 24, 2007 05:27 |  #1

I wanted a smaller umbrella bracket than the Impact Brand one to complete my portable lighting kit, so I tried to fabricate one myself. Start with a flat aluminum stock, make few bends, drill some holes, slap it on a small ballhead. Here's what I came up with:

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Size compares to the Impact bracket. I have the DIY one mounted upside down for storage.
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Now the light stand fits in the small tripod bag nicely, Strobist style.
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Just for fun, I bolt a cross bar on top the umbrella holder, mount all 3 of my flashes on, fire them full power into a 45" bounce umbrella. 6 ft from the umbrella, I got f13, iso100. Need more power!!!:lol:
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Jan 24, 2007 05:33 |  #2

Outstanding Lotto. Your DIY's always have a polished and professional appearance as well as being highly functional. Excellent job on this one. It looks like it was manufactured.


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Jan 24, 2007 08:27 |  #3

I like it!
You could also mount it on a cheap tripod if you have an old one lying around.
Great job with the pictures, too.

You deserve a proper subtitle. I'm thinking "Master Cobbler" or "Mr. DIY".


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Jan 24, 2007 08:51 |  #4

Where did you get the flash mounting socket?


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Jan 24, 2007 09:13 |  #5

Good stuff. I'm off to the garden shed now!
2 wise-after-the-event thoughts:
Why the 90 degree bend close to the shoe? Without it, you'd get the flash head closer to the brolly centre
I'd set the shoe further back (on a longer arm), to better counterbalance the weight of the brolly.




  
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Jan 24, 2007 12:29 |  #6

Nice elegant homebrew project work.

Does the ballhead seem a bit flimsy (or not).

For me compact has always been very appealing.

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Jan 24, 2007 21:10 |  #7

Good work! Do some more. ;)


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Jan 24, 2007 21:12 |  #8

Nicely done. Looks like it would sell well.


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Jan 24, 2007 23:37 |  #9

Very nice work!


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Jan 25, 2007 04:17 |  #10

Thanks All.

The metal shoe is salvaged from a old useless flash bracket. My first prototype was made out of steel stock, which I could bend it to any shape. I actually had the end of bracket bent downward and lowered the flash head to the umbrella shaft level. But at the end, I settled for the light weight aluminum, and made it as small as possible.

Lon, that ballhead is kind of flimsy, so is that double fold light stand. I guess that's the price I have to pay for portability.

Curtis, "Cobbler" is cool, I even look it up in a dictionary what it means :oops: A friend of mine calls me the "DIY Nut" because I spend way too much time to modify stuffs.


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Jan 25, 2007 04:53 |  #11

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Good work! Do some more. ;)

Here's another little project I just finished: I need a sync port for my Olympus P/S. After receiving the hot shoe adapter, I notice the syce cable would interfere with the lens in front. So I made this switch box to let the cable come out of the side.

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Close up of the adapter before I sealed it up---screw a aluminum square tubing on top of the OEM adapter, drill a hole between the two to let the 2 soldered lead wires through the middle. I choose the 1/8 mono jack as the outlet port because most my sync cables have been converted to 1/8 jacks and plugs. To finish it off, I add a "test/fire" button for hand held metering. BTW, the PC port is functional.
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Try it on my 20D, and like it the way the cable is really away from the camera body on both vertical and horizontal positions, plus no more loose PC plug that causes misfire.
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Jan 25, 2007 10:42 as a reply to  @ Lotto's post |  #12

I'm always at the things people come up with on this site...incredible!


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Jan 25, 2007 10:49 as a reply to  @ bbc14f's post |  #13

Hey Lotto,

Once again, the quality of your craftsmanship is superb. You obviously have the tools to machine metal. Great DIY's!


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Jan 25, 2007 10:57 |  #14

Lotto,
Where did you get the ball mount?


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Jan 26, 2007 00:57 |  #15

Very impressive work.


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