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My custom flash bracket
Old 12-01-2004, 10:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My wife got me an early Christmas present. A Sunpak 120J TTL flash. I didn't like how the flash was a little wobbly so I made my own flash bracket with support. I made all the pieces out of aluminum. I even made the shoe mount. I will have this one powder coated satin black. When I get the time I will remake it out of titanium.(I forgot to tell ya that I'm a Full time machinist and a part time photo nut).

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Re: My custom flash bracket
Old 12-01-2004, 10:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cool!! Looks like nice work. You may have a product on your hands

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Re: My custom flash bracket
Old 12-01-2004, 10:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Interesting. Forgive me for asking, but what is the purpose of the "legs" on either side of the flash unit? Surely the dead shoe is sufficient to hold the flash, and the flash locks down to the shoe, right?

Nice work though.

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Re: My custom flash bracket
Old 12-01-2004, 11:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would look up the patent office web site pretty quickly!
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Side supports = stability
Old 12-01-2004, 11:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The side supports are to hold the flash stable. I don't like the plastic shoe. The flash is a little bit wobbly. So with the support and the velcro strap it is very solid.

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Re: Side supports = stability
Old 12-01-2004, 11:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Fair enough. I suppose it might also keep you from snapping the hot shoe off at some point. That would be a real bummer.

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Re: My custom flash bracket
Old 12-02-2004, 12:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Very nice bracket!
Wish I had the machines to do this. I've made quite a few custom brackets before for various things. I just bend the metal(usually aluminum) and drill holes where I need em. Then take a trip(across the street) to Home Depot for bolts n stuff.

You should check out the market for custom brackets. I've looked at them on B&H before and they sell similar items for $90+.
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Re: My custom flash bracket
Old 12-02-2004, 10:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Nice craftsmanship, but why do you want the flash down beside the camera like that? Your going to be creating some really nasty shadows. Wouldn't it be better to have it above the lens so the shadows don't show as bad?
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Ahh -- you got to it before I could!

Yes, you don't want the flash next to the camera - you want it above the camera...

I'll bet you have a real-honest-to-goodness drawing board you can go back to [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 12-02-2004, 11:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That is a great job on the bracket, but since I think the major reason you wanted the Sunpak was for glamour images of your wife my suggestion would be to pick up a light stand and one of these hot shoe light stand adapter. It will allow you to mount the flash on a lightstand as well as use an umbrella with it. This will give you a lot more lighting options than just lighting from the camera axis.
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