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OMMBoy Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2007Sat 22-Dec-12 02:57 AM
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"Flash Bracket -- Recommendations?"


San Diego, US
          

I currently own a Stroboframe Camera Flip Flash bracket which I used with my D80 and SB-800 flash. I've recently upgraded to a D800 and find that the bracket is a little too small for it as a hex nut protrudes from the mount forcing me to slightly angle the camera to avoid the nut. I liked the flexibility of the bracket in that I was able to rotate the camera instead of the flash and don't much care for those brackets that require flipping the flash back and forth.

What are your recommendations for a flash bracket that would accommodate a D800 and SB-800 and not require me to flip the flash to and fro?

Thanks, in advance, for your suggestions :)

Chris

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 22-Dec-12 01:39 PM
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Hi Chris,

Something to think about:

The problem with the camera rotating brackets is that you are forced to hold the bracket because they make it difficult or impossible to hold the camera itself. Most of them also are designed so when rotating the camera to portrait orientation the shutter release button is under the camera and lens. This reduces stability even further.
Brackets like the Stroboframe Press-T, Pro-T, and the RRS Wedding Pro Brackets are designed so that you hold the camera and not the bracket. This provides more support and faster and easier access to the controls.

I have a Pro-T which works well with a D_00 series body with a Battery Grip. The Press-T is a little smaller and might be a better choice if you don't use a Battery Grip. The problem (like your current bracket) is they are large, don't fold and are therefore difficult to pack. I rarely use it anymore for that reason.

I switched to the RRS Wedding Pro Brackets years ago. While they are expensive and require an L-Bracket, they are extremely strong, light, fast and easy to mount on the camera and fold very compactly making them easy to pack in your bag.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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Marty

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 22-Dec-12 03:41 PM
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Hi Chris,

Another advantage of the RRS Wedding Pro bracket is it will lock in either landscape orientation or portrait orientation.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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hsbooth Registered since 18th May 2012Sat 22-Dec-12 04:11 PM
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Hi Chris,

I started out using a Stroboframe bracket and then progressed to a Custom Bracket Digital Pro for weddings. When I received my D800 I discovered my Custom Bracket didn't fit the D800 and initiated a search for a new and, hopefully, lighter bracket. The one I chose is the Demb Flash Bracket shown here: http://www.dembflashproducts.com/bracket/

It's light, fits the D800 with and without a grip, lets me hold the camera instead of the frame, holds a Pocketwizard and flips easily to let me shoot vertically or horizontally. I like it very much.

Best,

Howard

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Luke_Miller Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2006Sat 22-Dec-12 03:48 PM
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I'm also a big fan of RRS brackets. I use their Portrait Perfect model.

I've not used one, but Custom Brackets make several models that rotate the body rather than flash.

www.custombrackets.com

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberSat 22-Dec-12 11:11 PM
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Sat 22-Dec-12 11:16 PM by jrp

San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

I own two Stroboframe brackets (one of them is the Camera Flip) and three Custom Brackets.
The most used one is the Custom Bracket CB Junior that rotates the flash.
The next two are camera rotation brackets

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#6. "RE: Flash Bracket -- Recommendations?"
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Sun 23-Dec-12 01:13 AM by avm247

Rancho Cordova, US
          

Another vote for the CB Junior, but it rotates the flash. Some pics here (F100/MB15 and SB-26...still works with my D700/MBD10 and SB910 (boy it that flash HUGE!)

Heard good things about the RRS wedding bracket and the Demb Flash bracket, too.

Anthony

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barrywesthead Silver Member Awareded for his continued support of the Nikonians community, freely sharing his expertise, particularly in the areas of digital post processing and printing. Nikonian since 07th Nov 2006Sun 23-Dec-12 07:32 PM
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Sun 23-Dec-12 07:33 PM by barrywesthead

Kleinburg, CA
          

Having tried several brackets I settled on the Custom Brackets Digital PRO Bracket-M and enjoyed it for a couple of years. It is the best by far of several I tried.

However, I did not enjoy the extra weight and bulk, especially when shooting with two cameras.

My current philosophy is to use a flash modifier which positions the flash vertically for the extra separation from the lens and shoot pretty much everything in landscape. With today’s sensor resolutions cropping for a vertical shot is not a problem.

For the flash modifier I have used Fong and a couple of others but finally made my own based on some studio testing resulting in a lighter, more rugged design which can be directed to a certain degree.

Barry
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Clint S Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011Wed 26-Dec-12 06:10 AM
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#8. "RE: Flash Bracket -- Recommendations?"
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Chula Vista, US
          

Custom Brackets recently released a new RF-PRO (Rapid Fire) that looks promising and only weighs 9 oz.

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberWed 26-Dec-12 07:26 AM
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#9. "RE: Flash Bracket -- Recommendations?"
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Wed 26-Dec-12 06:09 PM by jrp

San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

A flash-rotating bracket. And it folds flat for storage!

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberThu 27-Dec-12 10:13 PM
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#10. "RE: Flash Bracket -- Recommendations?"
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Powder Springs, US
          

RRS wedding bracket hands down. I have two and have used nothing else since. I have no desire to seek a better mouse trap either, so it's expensive in the short run, but less expensive in the long run.

Scott Chapin
Powder Springs, GA, USA
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