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Anyone use the Really Right Stuff RRS WPF-1 Wedding Pro Flash Bracket?

 
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Jul 16, 2008 21:52 |  #1

Any of you out there own and care to comment on the Really Right Stuff RRS WPF-1 Wedding Pro Flash Bracket? This Looks a lot like the Stroboframe quick flip brackets except a lot nicer. Since I already have an L plate for my 5D Im thinking this might be a good way to go.

Couple questions though to those who one:


  1. Does it get in the way at all when shooting?
  2. How does it lock in place when in either portrait or landscape mode? Looks like the brushed aluminum on the joints is a button... Perhaps for releasing? Is it a secure lock?
  3. How sturdy is it? Any wobbling or swaying under the weight of the flash?
  4. Worth the $150 if you already have an L plate?
Heres the RRS info for those that dont know what Im talking about: LINK (external link)

Wedding Pro Flash Bracket, the WPF-1

Wedding photographers need lighting and support equipment that is ergonomically friendly, portable, and intuitive; in short, a system that lets them effortlessly shoot in their own unique styles. The Really Right Stuff Wedding Pro Flash Bracket combines light weight with precision aluminum construction for ultimate portability, durability, and performance.

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Key Features:

  • Folds Flat.
  • Weighs only 10.6 ounces.
  • Use with any Nikon or Canon compatible hotshoe strobe.
  • Best flash bracket on the market for Quantum Qflash.
  • Quick-Release mount to your Really Right Stuff body L-plate (please note: you must have an L-plate).
  • Perfect for handheld use and tripod mounting.
The WPF-1 is designed so that when you are in landscape orientation the flash is also in landscape orientation. Therefore, when you change to portrait orientation and flip the flash on it's side, the flash is then oriented the same, in portrait mode. Need to mount a PocketWizard™ transmitter? Purchase an extra B101 screw and install the transmitter to the side of the bracket using the accessory socket.

Folded Dimensions: 8.25" long, 3" wide, 1.5" deep
Fits in any camera bag!

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Jul 17, 2008 10:21 |  #2

Ben, I had one - very neat device, but I eventually got the Newton rig instead and I never look back now.

One nice thing with the RRS piece - it's compact as all getout. And it's sturdy. There's a little bit of play at the joints but nothing that should be of concern. Yes, it's worth the $150.

*One option is the Gary Fong Lumisphere - almost eliminates the need for a flash bracket!


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Jul 17, 2008 10:38 |  #3

Interesting post!
I have the Custom Bracket CB Junior which I like very much.
However, I have since gotten my tripod rig and added the L-Bracket to my 40d. This looks like an interesting option since it will also let me use the flash with the bracket (though I haven't ever done that before!). But, more importantly, it will let me use a flash bracket without taking off the L-bracket....which I assume I would have to do with the Custom Bracket.....though I haven't tried that yet. I've just had the tripod for about 2 or 3 weeks.
It's appealing also because it folds up so compactly!
So....I'd also be interested in more comments from users.


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Jul 17, 2008 11:18 |  #4

b.d.bop wrote in post #5928573 (external link)
Ben, I had one - very neat device, but I eventually got the Newton rig instead and I never look back now.

One nice thing with the RRS piece - it's compact as all getout. And it's sturdy. There's a little bit of play at the joints but nothing that should be of concern. Yes, it's worth the $150.

*One option is the Gary Fong Lumisphere - almost eliminates the need for a flash bracket!

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Interesting post!
I have the Custom Bracket CB Junior which I like very much.
However, I have since gotten my tripod rig and added the L-Bracket to my 40d. This looks like an interesting option since it will also let me use the flash with the bracket (though I haven't ever done that before!). But, more importantly, it will let me use a flash bracket without taking off the L-bracket....which I assume I would have to do with the Custom Bracket.....though I haven't tried that yet. I've just had the tripod for about 2 or 3 weeks.
It's appealing also because it folds up so compactly!
So....I'd also be interested in more comments from users.

Thanks guys for both your comments. I am also considering both the Custom Brackets and Newton flavors as well. I just really liked how cheap and compact the RRS solution appeared. Tell me if you will what are the advantages for you personally that makes you like the CB or Newton respectively over something like the RRS one?


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Jul 17, 2008 11:49 |  #5

Ah, okay, guess I didnt think about posting this question in this section... Perhaps I'll find some more people who own this bracket here.


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Jul 17, 2008 22:14 |  #6

ben_r_ wrote in post #5928913 (external link)
Thanks guys for both your comments. I am also considering both the Custom Brackets and Newton flavors as well. I just really liked how cheap and compact the RRS solution appeared. Tell me if you will what are the advantages for you personally that makes you like the CB or Newton respectively over something like the RRS one?

Couple of differences between the RRS and Newton brackets as I see it, Ben.

The Newton unit that I have is the Di100 FR2 which has a great rotator mechanism; the flash stays in the same orientation (unlike the RRS) while the camera changes from landscape to portrait orientation.
It's foldable and more compact and portable than the Camera Rotator models and I don't use mine on a tripod, which is the advantage to the camera rotator model. Robert Newton will attach your QR clamp to the unit (for a fee and you supply the clamp) so that you can easily pop your camera's L-bracket right on and you're in business.
The Newton is also adjustable re: flash height than the RRS which isn't.

The Newton has almost no play, the RRS does have some, but it's admittedly minimal.

Lastly, the Newton flash rotator allows you to stand your camera, bracket and flash down on a table, which is not possible with the RRS unit.

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Robert Newton's also a pleasure to deal with (not that RRS isn't).

The Newton ends up costing quite a bit more than the RRS after all's said and done, though. :cool:


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Jul 18, 2008 07:28 |  #7

How about a comparison to the CB Junior...which I already own!
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Jul 18, 2008 08:33 as a reply to  @ sml's post |  #8

I was in your boat a week or so ago and opted for the RRS Portrait Package B-87.... I liked the quality and functionality more so than the wedding pro bracket or the Newton stuff... You might wanna consider that option as well...


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Jul 18, 2008 08:38 |  #9

b.d.bop wrote in post #5932950 (external link)
Couple of differences between the RRS and Newton brackets as I see it, Ben.

The Newton unit that I have is the Di100 FR2 which has a great rotator mechanism; the flash stays in the same orientation (unlike the RRS) while the camera changes from landscape to portrait orientation.
It's foldable and more compact and portable than the Camera Rotator models and I don't use mine on a tripod, which is the advantage to the camera rotator model. Robert Newton will attach your QR clamp to the unit (for a fee and you supply the clamp) so that you can easily pop your camera's L-bracket right on and you're in business.
The Newton is also adjustable re: flash height than the RRS which isn't.

The Newton has almost no play, the RRS does have some, but it's admittedly minimal.

Lastly, the Newton flash rotator allows you to stand your camera, bracket and flash down on a table, which is not possible with the RRS unit.

Want a second opinion?
http://www.newtoncamer​abrackets.com/default-old.htm (external link)
Robert Newton's also a pleasure to deal with (not that RRS isn't).

The Newton ends up costing quite a bit more than the RRS after all's said and done, though. :cool:

You bring up a lot of good points... These were all the reasons I was looking at the Newton before, it was just the price that was holding me back. I might have to break down and get one anyway though as the RRS doesnt sound like its going to do a lot of the features I really like in a flash bracket. Although it is a fraction of the cost...Of course I had not really considered one of the Flash Rotators, those seem to have most of the functionality Im looking for and are only a bit more than the RRS solution. Although once the RRS clamp and adapter piece is purchased the price gets kicked back up quite a bit.


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Jul 18, 2008 08:56 |  #10

ben_r_ wrote in post #5935190 (external link)
Of course I had not really considered one of the Flash Rotators, those seem to have most of the functionality Im looking for and are only a bit more than the RRS solution. Although once the RRS clamp and adapter piece is purchased the price gets kicked back up quite a bit.

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*sigh*.... quality is so costly.


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Jul 18, 2008 10:09 |  #12

I've been looking in to flash brackets lately. Might get one some day.
The RRS WPF1 looks very nice (there's a video about how it works on the RRS website here (external link)). Only drawback seems to be that if you bounce the flash off a wall, and flip from landscape to portrait, you'd have to re-orient the flash head...

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René Damkot wrote in post #5935696 (external link)
I've been looking in to flash brackets lately. Might get one some day.
The RRS WPF1 looks very nice (there's a video about how it works on the RRS website here (external link)). Only drawback seems to be that if you bounce the flash off a wall, and flip from landscape to portrait, you'd have to re-orient the flash head...

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Yea and so far thats the biggest thing Im not liking about it. If I want to use a bounce card accessory like say the LumiQuest Promax System that I own, when the flash is in the portrait orientation the LumiQuest wont work because it would then be facing the wrong direction.


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Jul 18, 2008 12:12 |  #14

For that reason I've also been looking at the Demb (external link) flash bracket.
I like the simplicity, but it looks a bit flimsy, and not great ergonomics-wise. (Note the hand position in the second image, when using the vertical shutter release).
Anyone used one?


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Jul 18, 2008 18:33 |  #15

René Damkot wrote in post #5936405 (external link)
For that reason I've also been looking at the Demb (external link) flash bracket.
I like the simplicity, but it looks a bit flimsy, and not great ergonomics-wise. (Note the hand position in the second image, when using the vertical shutter release).
Anyone used one?

The Demb Flip-It diffuser is great!
As to their flash bracket, I wanted a bracket that accepted Arca-style L-brackets, etc. But that's just me. I have no experience with that Demb bracket.


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