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What bracket do you guys use?

 
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Dec 02, 2008 16:33 |  #1

I've tried too many "diffusers" and want to try a bracket.Suggestions?I'​d prefer a camera flip style.Thanks!




  
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Dec 02, 2008 23:35 |  #2

Check out Custom Bracket. I use the 35-EV. It can be a bit bulky for some, but it works for me (and I'm bigger than it is).


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Dec 02, 2008 23:43 |  #3
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try a few and very happy with RRS B85-B. It cost quite a bit but it pays off everytime when you're on your job. Check out the review:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=544273


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Dec 03, 2008 01:18 |  #4

I've used most of the brackets from home made, to stroboframe to RRS, and the one I like most is none. Haven't used a bracket for around 3 years now and feel loads lighter.

Same with flash mods, haven't used one for too long and been bouncing ever since. You can get pretty creative with bounced flash.

If you really want to try a bracket, get a camera-rotating stroboframe to see how you like it. Can be bought for around 60-70 bucks, and if you are bored, sell it and try something else. But I guarantee you if you learn to bounce, you'll be very happy & save a lot of money.

One other thing, before, it took a few minutes to get my gear together with all the mumbo-jumbos. Now, I just grab a camera & a flash and I'm set to go.




  
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Dec 03, 2008 05:54 |  #5

Newton makes some great Camera Flip as well as Flash Flip brackets frule. They are some of the most compact, and lightweight brackets. They are also very expensive and approach $300 when you get extra little attachments. This is mine:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=338933

Custom also makes an excellent bracket, but some - myself included - feel they are a bit large and cumbersome. But then I have average size hands. Others love these. It's a very personal item. Viet makes an excellent suggestion regarding one of the Stroboframe models. They are pretty decent and can be had for less than $100, and will hold up ok as long as you don't stress them too much. The Newtons and Customs are designed for wedding pro's with long days, which is why they cost so much.


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Dec 03, 2008 11:36 |  #6

I recently walked in your shoes debating a bracket. I went with the Newton and LOVE it! Check out my thread on it with photos of it on a 40D.
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=605219


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Dec 03, 2008 11:38 |  #7

Nice work on those photos Sam - illustrates the bracket's function quite well. A very worthy addition to our "Bracketology.":D


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Dec 03, 2008 12:21 |  #8

Woohoo!


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Dec 03, 2008 16:27 |  #9

I haven't used a bracket in two years - they're only useful if you use a lot of direct flash inside, which I don't do.

Brackets and diffusers are completely different.


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Dec 03, 2008 20:05 |  #10

Unfortunately (DON'T TELL MY WIFE:~(), I kinda see myself being weened from the bracket as I progress my off-camera flash knowledge and experience. However, the bracket is very handy for bouncing and redirecting my light, and it's even better with my homemade "a better bounce card feather light" (I could post photos of it or visit the webpage here: A Better Bounce Card .com (external link)), which I really like!


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Dec 05, 2008 12:06 |  #11

I also stopped using a bracket quite a while ago. Good control of bounce flash and off camera use works better than my direct fired flash from any advanced super awesome bracket.

Though I do use a tiny little bracket to mount my pocketwizard on my camera though.


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Dec 18, 2008 00:31 |  #12
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Really Right Stuff has a nice unit. ( Wedding Pro Bracket) It's weighs next to nothing, one hand fast flip, Easy on ... You can use it. Take it off in seconds flat, fold it, put it in your pocket (that alone sold me on it). I can slip it on either or my 5D's faster than changing a lens.


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Dec 18, 2008 00:41 |  #13

I don't agree with this:

tim wrote in post #6807068 (external link)
I haven't used a bracket in two years - they're only useful if you use a lot of direct flash inside, which I don't do.

But I do agree with this:

tim wrote in post #6807068 (external link)
Brackets and diffusers are completely different.

I use a Newton Flash Rotator. It lets me maintain my bounce angle and switch from portrait to landscape and back again without fenangling around with the flash head each time.


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Dec 18, 2008 01:08 |  #14

How do you find brackets helpful CDi? Apart from the bounce thing.


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Dec 18, 2008 01:11 |  #15

tim wrote in post #6900930 (external link)
How do you find brackets helpful CDi? Apart from the bounce thing.

Mostly just the bounce thing. I don't consider them to be critical - just convenient.

Now there are brackets that suck and make using them more of a nuisance than a help...I've had those. And I hate them. I'd rather have no bracket than one of those suckers. But the flash (or camera) flip type are incredibly convenient as they maintain the head position. The Newtons are also very very small and light weight so they're not cumbersome and/or unwieldy.


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