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 :)
_________________________________ The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE. Ernst Haas, 1985
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!
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.
Sun 23-Dec-12 06:32 PM | edited Sun 23-Dec-12 06:33 PM by barrywesthead
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.
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.
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