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Flash lighting support suggestions

Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
30 Apr 2011 9:12PM
Well tripods macro and me just don't get along - at least with the camera end. However I increasingly find that I want a light, stable and easily adjustable lighting support to hold the flash head in place for me whilst I concentrate on shooting. Idealy something that not just holds the flash upright, but allows for a side arm (ie so the flash can be both vertical and horizontal and also held out away from the legs).

Up till now I've used the Manfrotto 055XPROB to do this job, but whilst it works well its a very heavy setup and certainly overkill for what I need (since at persent the only flash lighting I have that I need this for is the 580EX2 and a small softbox).

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redsnappa 15 2.0k United Kingdom
1 May 2011 9:14AM
Would one of the work for you, it attaches to a camer or tripod. C Shaped Flash Bracket
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
1 May 2011 1:26PM
I've seen those listed, but I've used cheap ebay flash brackets before and I find that whilst the design might have some merits they tend to be a bit too light on the build quality - the result is that they wobble a lot and never feel that secure.

Also its still keeping the flash on camera or on the heavy tripod = both of which I'd prefer to avoid.
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
1 May 2011 2:11PM
How about using a boom arm on a lighting stand?
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
1 May 2011 2:23PM
Got any product recomendations? I really don't know the lighting stand market at all for what is on offer
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
1 May 2011 2:30PM
Something lightweight like this should be sufficient for a speedlite application.
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
1 May 2011 2:59PM
Hmm I wonder if those boom arms would fit to a cheap 15 tripod set of legs - I only wonder since the legs on the light stand are very low set and clearly aimed at being used on a nice flat surface - rather than outdoors where the ground is often not as flat or even
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
1 May 2011 3:04PM
I think there is possibly an adaptor that would work in between a tripod or head, and the spigot socket that you will find on the boom mount, but you would need to make enquiries. The guy at Smick trading is pretty helpful, so it might be worth contacting him for some advice. I believe he's done some video tutorials on epz about lighting.

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