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Old 04-30-2014   #1
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To take the flash off axis of the lens/camera. Preferably, a compact one for traveling, and can flip vertically & horizontally.

Not looking to save some coin here, so good quality with a reasonable price.

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If I needed a flash bracket, I'd be using this one:

WPF-QR2 Folding Flash Bracket with Sliding Mount

It would conveniently attach to the L-plate I would probably already have mounted to the camera (or at least, already own), and fold flat for travel/storage.

If you don't need the sliding adjustable mount for the flash, the old version appears to still be available: WPF-QR Folding Flash Bracket with Fixed Mount
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Cheers, Michael.

Looks very complicated, plus no need for the sliding adjustable mount. Need something that does one thing and does it well...and can make the flash go horizontal and vertical.
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The old version does exactly what you ask. Easily flips over from horizontal to vertical. Rock solid too.

I haven't liked any of the others I've seen or tried from Stroboframe, Custom Brackets, etc. They either don't collapse for storage, or don't get the flash off-axis enough, or weigh a ton, or all of the above.

It looks like RRS made the new version more complicated to double as a sort of video cage or something. If you look at that one picture of it with the Nikon camera and flash, it's really not that messy.
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Here's a website with some pics of the version 1 in use:

Artikel details voor: REALLY RIGHT STUFF WPF-QR Wedding Pro Flash Bracket with Quick Release - nivo-schweitzer.nl

What I like about the RRS solution is that you don't have to flip the camera separately; you just hold the camera vertically and flip the flash with your free hand. A lot of the other brackets I've seen require you to first rotate the camera on some kind of mount, and then flip the flash in a second step.

Also, the RRS stuff integrates directly with the popular Arca-Swiss de-facto "standard" L-plates and QR systems.
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[Replying to an earlier post by Michael].

On a second look, it does look interesting. Plus, it can hold two flashes, which is cool. But one needs an L bracket for it, no.
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Thanks for the additional info, mate.
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Yes, you need an L-bracket for your camera from RRS or Kirk Photo.

I personally have L-brackets for any of the cameras I'd use on a tripod, so it would make sense for me to go with the RRS solution.

Personally, I'm about to give up on on-camera flash except for very specific circumstances. Actually, I'm leaving speedlights/speedlites all together. They simply don't have the reliability or ease of use for many professional applications, IMHO, and when I travel, using flash is usually pretty low on my priority list.
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Personally, I'm about to give up on on-camera flash except for very specific circumstances. Actually, I'm leaving speedlights/speedlites all together. They simply don't have the reliability or ease of use for many professional applications, IMHO, and when I travel, using flash is usually pretty low on my priority list.
Interestingly enough, just finished converting some portraits using on-camera flash as fill. Wow, I'm super impressed on how an on-camera speedlite can make a world of difference. And honestly, those pics is what prompted me to ask about the bracket.
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When traveling, I usually just end up holding the flash in my free hand so I can position it however I like.

I trigger the flash either with a radio trigger or from the built-in pop-up flash, depending on the capabilities of the equipment I'm using.

Ultimately though, there's been entire trips when I don't use the flash at all.

Now you've got me thinking I should drag one around more often.


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