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Jan 12, 2008 21:29 |  #1

Been playing around with my 40D and 580EX II... LOVE the results so far with bounce flash. Why did I ever use the built-in? :)

Anyway, looking at adding a flash bracket... What would you recommend and why?


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Jan 12, 2008 21:32 |  #2

djeuch wrote in post #4690860 (external link)
Been playing around with my 40D and 580EX II... LOVE the results so far with bounce flash. Why did I ever use the built-in? :)

Anyway, looking at adding a flash bracket... What would you recommend and why?

I use a home made jobby..


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Jan 12, 2008 21:33 |  #3

you should visit a local store and try out the various styles, they are like gloves.. some fit you, some wont, and it seems to be something people are rather picky about

also, you should consider whether or not you will use a grip or not in the future, getting a taller bracket upfront may save u money down the road

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thats the one i own, and i find it works well for me, because ive grown used to it, and thats on the inexpensive end


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Jan 12, 2008 21:39 |  #4

I'll throw something else into the mix. I've done the "rotate and twist" to get portrait shots with the flash still pointing upwards, but I think some of you have flash brackets making this a much easier operation?


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Jan 12, 2008 21:50 |  #5

brackets allow you to shoot forward in portrait orientation, while maintaining a flash-over-lens position.. without a bracket, u can bounce the flash upwards, or shoot forward and have a shadow from the side

with forward firing, to go fron landscape to portrait, all u do is flip the bracket, but if you are bounce firing, you have to flip the bracket and re-twist the flash to aim the bounce


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Jan 12, 2008 21:51 |  #6

Newton Di100FR2 (external link). Because I like it.

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Jan 12, 2008 22:00 |  #7

djeuch wrote in post #4690860 (external link)
Been playing around with my 40D and 580EX II... LOVE the results so far with bounce flash. Why did I ever use the built-in? :)

Anyway, looking at adding a flash bracket... What would you recommend and why?

What's your budget for the bracket?


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Jan 12, 2008 22:02 |  #8

Good question! So far, the thread has produced $60 to $240.... I'd like to stay below $100, but if there's an obvious choice above that, I don't want to make a mistake on the wrong equipment because of a breakpoint. I usually try and maximize benefit/cost as best as I can.


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Jan 12, 2008 22:13 |  #9

When i was looking, nothing good under $100 unless you get used. I'm waiting for taxes and hopefully i can get a Newton. I'm so psyched over those, I'm blinded.


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Jan 12, 2008 22:14 |  #10

The Newton does look quite cool!


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Jan 12, 2008 22:15 |  #11

The Newton is my third and final bracket. The other two just didn't cut it. One was flimsy and didn't work with gripped cameras without modification (I literally bent it by hand to get it to work with a gripped 30D) and the other was just clumsy, heavy, and huge.


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Jan 12, 2008 22:15 |  #12

I just bought a Novoflex Flashgriff and am very happy with it. The ball-head allows flash to be pointed in any direction, and while it's small it is plenty strong enough for my 430EX.

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Jan 12, 2008 22:42 |  #13

I don't use one very often, but I bought this one because I got it for $65.00 off eBay


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Jan 12, 2008 22:43 |  #14

Check out custom brackets (thats the company name). They might be out of your price range but they sure are nice. I used one when second shooting and was quite impressed.


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Jan 13, 2008 08:14 |  #15

I had originally purchased a Stoboframe Pro T. But when you rotate the flash it seemed too off center to me. I hated it.

I then purchased a Newton Di400CR. This is the one that accommodates the grip or 1 series cameras. I could not be happier. Personally I hate using flash rotators and would never own anything except for a camera rotator.


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