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arhb 13 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2011 8:04AM
All the booms and related accessories are so overpriced -
I'm in the process of modifying a decorators roller extension pole to use as a boom with heavier studio lights and beaty dishes.

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bfgstew 13 668 105 England
21 Sep 2011 4:29PM
I was thinking along the lines of fishing kit like a landing net pole, most are made of carbon fibre and extend a fair way, normally have a threaded brass end (can't remember what thread) so easily modified?
NevP 14 853 13 Canada
21 Sep 2011 9:23PM
A kacey pole adapter and a painters pole works well, plus umbrella adapter or whatever you like to attach to the standard spigot.
Paul Morgan 19 19.4k 6 England
21 Sep 2011 11:19PM

Quote:I was thinking along the lines of fishing kit like a landing net pole, most are made of carbon fibre and extend a fair way, normally have a threaded brass end (can't remember what thread) so easily modified?


I hadn`t thought of a fishing net pole, I have several made from carbon fibre, there strong but they will still bend a lot.

I only realised tonight that the trekker pole I adapted has a nice strap that could be fitted to a camera body Smile
bfgstew 13 668 105 England
23 Sep 2011 4:58PM
Just had my new ring flash tube arrive today, so making a start on a new macro ring flash - smaller, neater and more powerful than the last.

mk3---1.jpg


100mm dia, 800 w/s and only 32 quid!
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2011 6:18PM
Exciting but watch the voltages, we wanna see the results not read a bad news story.
bfgstew 13 668 105 England
23 Sep 2011 6:46PM
No worries Stuart, always careful with electrickery!

Just hooked it up temporarily and it fires, so onto next stage now.

Keep you posted.
bfgstew 13 668 105 England
26 Sep 2011 8:29AM
Here is my new macro ringflash, I have put it on my blog page so just click this link to see it.
bfgstew 13 668 105 England
28 Sep 2011 10:33AM
As promised, a picture of the completed flash mounted on camera (forgot to set camera phone to colour DOH) but you get the picture, extremely lightweight, no interference with the lens barrel, complete compatability with the speedlight and it works, and works well.
Now to start mass producing them..............Wink

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TRUEX 13 218 10
4 Oct 2011 8:36PM
As we had quite a bit of homemade stuff in this thread, how about DIY IS system, no more camera shake.....

http://www.wimp.com/easystabilizer/
bfgstew 13 668 105 England
4 Oct 2011 9:37PM
Clever idea, and it seems to work, simple and effective.
Paul Morgan 19 19.4k 6 England
4 Oct 2011 11:04PM
A pint or two usually works wonders for me.

Four or five, I`m passed caring Smile
bfgstew 13 668 105 England
6 Dec 2011 8:02AM
Could do with a bit of advice please.
Just got hold of a pair of Metz 45 TC-4 hammerhead flashes, I know they are on the old side and have a high trigger voltage, tested at 45VDC, so unable to connect directly to my Nikon D200, but again, heard that Nikons can take 250VDC, it is all very confusing, unless using that Wein Sync gizmo, but have read mixed reviews on its suitabiltiy. Therefore, remote wireless triggering looks like the best solution. I would like to use them on stands with some brollies on so I can try and use light creatively. Is there a trigger on the market that I could use? Will it give TTL or just manual? I bought the Metz for 40 so think investment in some triggers would be a good option, brollies and stands are cheap, so am hoping to get reasonbly good 'studio flash' for a fraction of the price.
Look forward to hearing your views
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2011 1:20PM
TTL wireless triggers all seem to be from just under a 100 for each peice. So you'd probally need basic manual triggers to keep costs managable.

I don't know if special 45V wireless triggers exist - i assume that it means a 45V pulse triggers the flash? Or is is that the flash gun will put 45V on the hot shoe?

For Metz 58AF/48AF/54MZ/40MZ/30MZ - this says its works, are any of these 45v?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hot-Shoe-Flash-Wireless-Trigger-F-Canon-Nikon-Metz-/260707637096?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb362d768
bfgstew 13 668 105 England
6 Dec 2011 1:29PM
Sorry Jack, bit of a typo, that should read 24VDC not 45VDC.
The 24VDC is the flash trigger voltage, measured on the flash PC sync cable.

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