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eBay Flash Bracket - review

 
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Apr 13, 2008 10:29 |  #1

So the Stroboframe seems to be highly recommended by so many people but I wished to see what else was on the market for two reasons. To see if a better system was available and secondly, to test the build quality of these third party knock offs for under £20.

After searching on eBay and placing my order on a "rotating vertical flash bracket" I waited till it came through the mail.

Firstly, NO instructions so it became a bit difficult to figure out what I had to do or how to mount it. Stupid you may think but you can mount it more than one way "apparently".

The bracket itself seems to be constructed very well, no sharp edges but does not seem like much to hold on to.

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To mount the frame, use the tripod screw on the underside of your camera body/battery grip. The additional hole allows you to still mount this frame on a tripod as normal which is a bonus.
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The tightening bold is easy to grip for loosening/tightening. Gave good feedback which helps to remove the frame when it is not needed. I was wary about tightening too much.
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The shoe mount was bit of a concern for me as it did not have any way of restricting the flash from slipping forward. After some testing, I was happy with the security. Next was adding the cord (which in this case was not supplied) which went on well and with the screw fit mount, size was not a problem.
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Just to make sure all was correct, I tested the movement of the arm.

Flash above the lens in landscape orientation
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Flash above the lens in portrait orientation
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Once I was happy, I proceeded to mount the bracket on my camera. Had to be sure to adjust the height of the arm to make sure it cleared my lens. For this, two adjustable screws are located on the side. Took under a minute to adjust.
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Flash went on and started shooting. Am I happy with it? Yes since it seems to do what I want for a fraction of the cost. So far nothing is broken so I can resume my typical weekend lifestyle of getting bored and watching rubbish on TV. :)

Positives
- Cheap
- Quick to mount/unmount
- Lightweight
- Does what it is designed for
- Access to both shutter buttons

Negatives
- Need to relocate hand placements
- Hot shoe mount is a concern of sort

Im sure with more and more use, I will learn about further difficulties or enjoyments of the new accessory. For now, I am glad to have something which will help me nail my photos once again without nasty side shadows.

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Apr 13, 2008 10:30 |  #2

Here is a before and after. (excuse the horrid colour casts - joys of bouncing flash in a multi coloured wall room)

Flash mounted on camera in portrait orientation

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Apr 13, 2008 12:17 |  #3

Thanks for postin' this. Seems to be a well made item. I'm sure there are loads of similar things around to help save us all cash with no loss of performance.


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Apr 13, 2008 12:18 |  #4

For consumer use, this seems to be OK. I will have a real field test with it on Friday night. Will feedback the results. :)


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Apr 13, 2008 15:02 |  #5

1 questions, does it fit with the grip?


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Apr 13, 2008 15:11 |  #6

Nice post . Who is the seller on ebay?


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Apr 13, 2008 15:41 |  #7

Aaagogo wrote in post #5320829 (external link)
1 questions, does it fit with the grip?

Yup and is set to fit virtually all bodies. There are two screws to loosen which adjust the height of the arm pictured below.

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They will give you enough clearance for your lens no matter how big it is.

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Apr 13, 2008 15:41 |  #8

scorpio_e wrote in post #5320871 (external link)
Nice post . Who is the seller on ebay?

Seller is roxsen

http://myworld.ebay.co​.uk/roxsen (external link)


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Apr 13, 2008 15:45 |  #9

Thanks !!!


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Apr 13, 2008 18:01 |  #10

this is exactly like my stroboframe stroboflip vh2000. The only difference is that mine says Stroboframe on the front. . . i wonder if either stroboframe or this roxsen dude has the patent on this design. that's funny.

Check it out: http://www.tiffen.com …roboframe&itemn​um=300-100 (external link)

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Apr 13, 2008 18:06 |  #11

markubig wrote in post #5321855 (external link)
this is exactly like my stroboframe stroboflip vh2000. The only difference is that mine says Stroboframe on the front. . . i wonder if either stroboframe or this roxsen dude has the patent on this design. that's funny.

Looking at it, yup they are virtually identical which is odd. It doesnt seem like roxsen is the only one selling them. Few of these knock off's are floating about on eBay.


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Apr 14, 2008 02:51 |  #12

I'm not sure you could patent this kind of thing. It is just a flash bracket.

Hey elysium ya got a shot of that thing actually on the camera to see scale, etc?


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condyk wrote in post #5324753 (external link)
I'm not sure you could patent this kind of thing. It is just a flash bracket.

Hey elysium ya got a shot of that thing actually on the camera to see scale, etc?

I know I needed to that. Only have one good camera which is my 400D so I will take a mirror shot tonight.


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Apr 14, 2008 06:34 |  #14

Looks like this won't play nicely with my RRS L-Bracket. . .


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May 06, 2008 16:49 |  #15

elysium wrote in post #5324789 (external link)
I know I needed to that. Only have one good camera which is my 400D so I will take a mirror shot tonight.

update....
i'd like to see what the camera looks like on this thing also. thanks


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