Stroboframe Quick Flip 350 Bracket
I just bought a Nikon sb-800 for my D200.
When I take vertical photos how do I keep the flash on top of the camera, not to the side. Should I use a Stroboframe Quick Flip 350 Bracket? Is there a better way of doing it?
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#1. "RE: Stroboframe Quick Flip 350 Bracket" | In response to Reply # 0Wayne Registered since 05th Nov 2005Mon 17-Dec-07 03:40 PM
>I just bought a Nikon sb-800 for my D200.
>When I take vertical photos how do I keep the flash on top
>of the camera, not to the side. Should I use a Stroboframe
>Quick Flip 350 Bracket? Is there a better way of doing it?
That is what the flash bracket does... you simply flip the bracket so the flash is vertically above the camera when the camera is rotated. The idea is to keep the shadows directly behind the subject intead of to the side of them, and down below their head level, so the shadow is essentially hidden and invisible.
Here is some description (Method 2 there):
#2. "RE: Stroboframe Quick Flip 350 Bracket" | In response to Reply # 1
#3. "RE: Stroboframe Quick Flip 350 Bracket" | In response to Reply # 2Mountainwoman Registered since 04th Mar 2007Mon 17-Dec-07 07:27 PM
I recently purchased a Custom Brackets bracket which flips the camera verticle. I used the sb800 in the commander mode (setting the internal flash as the commander and the sb800 as the remote). The problem I had when I used it at a recent wedding was that the recycle time was very slow and half the time the flash didnt fire. I need help on how to set the flash to work with the bracket also, so if anyone out there could tell us how you use the settings on your flash/camera and what accessories you use, it would be very helpful. Thanks
#5. "RE: Stroboframe Quick Flip 350 Bracket" | In response to Reply # 2Wayne Registered since 05th Nov 2005Mon 17-Dec-07 09:30 PM
>Thanks. How would I attach the flash to the camera?
Look at the pictures in the Stroboframe link I provided before.
The camera and the flash are screwed to the flash bracket (1/4 inch tripod tread), and electrically, you use a Nikon SC-17 or SC-28 cord. One end of cord mounts in camera hot shoe, and one end screws to the bracket with provided thumb screw, and the flash sits in it. It can be as simple as that, or we can make it more difficult. There are various optional mounting plates to prevent the flash from rotating on the bracket, but I dont have one...I just use a a small square of cork or felt in between cord connector and bracket, which provides plenty of friction to keep it from rotating.
Here is a knowledgeable summary of brackets:
And this fellow, Al Jacobs, used to offer the service of shortening your Nikon cord for this use, but I do not see the links that offers that service any more?
>Would I need to use the built in flash to trigger the
>sb-800. That seems to defeat the purpose of putting the
>sb-800 on the bracket.
No, you use the hot shoe extension cord, Nikon SC-17 or SC-28. Or if you did not want TTL operation, you could just use a simple PC Sync cord between them (which is manual operation then).
You really only need a bracket for vertical portrait orientation, which you do a lot of when photographing wedding guests. The flash is already above the lens for horizontal operation.
#6. "RE: Stroboframe Quick Flip 350 Bracket" | In response to Reply # 0
Personally, I recommend spending a little more money and buying a Custom Brackets CB Junior. I really like this because it can stand on its own. You'll need an SC-17 or SC-28 TTL chord; I think an SC-29 would work, too. This allows you to keep the flash centered over the lens in both horizontal and vertical formats; this bracket works great with bodies with a vertical shutter release. It can be used with one without, but I find it awkward to hold the camera from above rather than from below or the side.
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