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FoxyImaging Feb 3, 2007 5:25 PM

Does anyone have advise on a good flash bracket for a Canon 20D and 580EX?

Looking for the following qualities:

1. Using it for my first wedding shoot.
2. Comfort and easy of rotating
3. ability to attach to AND rotate on a tripod/monopod
4. Do I have to purchase parts separately, or do they come with the bracket.


I don't have a problem upgrading later on, but I need something suitable and inexpensive for now.

(The canon SB-E1 is out of the question, so we can rule that one out.)

Thanks a bunch!!!

PTB Stalker Feb 3, 2007 6:14 PM

I bought a simple one for about $15 at a local Wolf Camera store. It folds for easy storage and works just fine. I use iton my Panasonic FZ20 camerawith my Vivitar 200 slave flash. You might want and see if there`s a Wolf camera store near you. Good Luck!



Caboose Feb 3, 2007 8:23 PM

I have a Stroboframe Quick Flip 350, I think I paid around $40 for it, you will also need a Canon Off-Camera Shoe Cord 2. These run around $50, Promaster makes one that is compatable for a little less. I've used mine for several weddings and other events also, and it is very east to use, a nice cushioned grip. I have a quick release shoe mounted on mine that fits my ball head on my tripod and monopod for the formal alter shots when I don't bring my strobes.For the reception I'm usually moving around quite a bit and shoot hand held with the stroboframe.

stowaway7 Feb 4, 2007 9:02 AM

I use the Stroboframe Camera Flip which keeps the flash in a fixed position and allows the camera to rotate beneath it. Flash stays directly over the lens horizontal or vertical so no nasty side-shadows. The unit will attach to a tripod. Yes, you will need the Canon flash cord to use the full TTL capability of the flash. The Camera flip runs a bit more than the units that flip the flash (I've seen them for between $70 - $80 US) but I find I can manipulate the rotation much faster with this type of bracket.

Caboose Feb 4, 2007 9:30 AM

stowaway7 wrote:
Quote:

I use the Stroboframe Camera Flip which keeps the flash in a fixed position and allows the camera to rotate beneath it. Flash stays directly over the lens horizontal or vertical so no nasty side-shadows. The unit will attach to a tripod. Yes, you will need the Canon flash cord to use the full TTL capability of the flash. The Camera flip runs a bit more than the units that flip the flash (I've seen them for between $70 - $80 US) but I find I can manipulate the rotation much faster with this type of bracket.
this is also a nice choice, the Quick flip 350 also always keeps the flash center over the lens when shooting horzontal or vertical. The one Stowaway7 is talking about is a little taller which does get the flash a little farther away from the lens. But for me that made it a little more cumbersome to carry around, but still a very nice bracket.

FoxyImaging Feb 4, 2007 12:35 PM

So does the 350 allow for rotating the camera or does the flash rotate? I think I would like to get one that allows the camera to rotate instead of the flash. Also, I don't need the flash to be super high, just enough so I can easily rotate positions and carry the thing around. :>

Thanks for all your responses...Very helpful!

Caboose Feb 4, 2007 3:30 PM

http://bermangraphics.com/coolpix/stroboframe.htm

http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam...-Flip-350.html

the arm that the flash mounts on just flips over when shooting vertically to keep the flash centered over the lens.

wass Feb 5, 2007 1:03 AM

you may also want to try Gary Fong's lightsphere http://store.garyfonginc.com/liiido.html



I used it in a wedding and did an okay job. The roof was a dark wood but I got very little shadow.

stowaway7 Feb 5, 2007 5:23 AM

FoxyImaging wrote:
Quote:

I think I would like to get one that allows the camera to rotate instead of the flash. Also, I don't need the flash to be super high
The Camera Flip will keep the flash about 12" above the lens. One note is that due to the angle of rotation it will not work with most battery grips when they're attached to the bottom of the camera. If you use a battery grip it's best to check the clearance with any bracket you're considering.

StacyA1973 Feb 5, 2007 10:49 AM

I'm a newbie but here is one I had been looking at. It might be a little more than some of the other ones mentioned but I know it has all of the features you are looking for. Actually, can't speak to the ease of use because I haven't used one before but it looks like it wouldn't be too difficult. Maybe if anyone out there has any knowledge of this particular bracket they can share it with us.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ALZO-Flip-Flash-...QQcmdZViewItem

Stacy Duncan




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