macro flash bracket
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Author:  Scott Fairbairn [ Fri Dec 10, 2021 9:05 am ]
Post subject:  macro flash bracket

I've been looking around for a macro flash bracket with adjustable arms that will hold a medium-sized flash for macro work. A flash the size of a Nikon SB-500. I don't want something enormously heavy, but I want it strong enough so that it doesn't sag like the ones with many joints.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I didn't want to go with a ring flash because the flashes are so close to the lens axis.

Author:  photoman4343 [ Fri Dec 10, 2021 11:49 am ]
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Hi Scott, I use products from Really Right Stuff. One is a ring and the other is a shoe that holds the flash. And there is a rail to attach it all to the camera. Here are some links that might take you to the right place at RRS. Also check out Kirk Enterprises and Wimberley (Tripod Head) for comparable products.

If you go this route, you will need some sort of rail to attach the ring and to the camera.


Call the companies to make sure you get all the parts you need in the right size.

Author:  P.W.Post [ Fri Dec 10, 2021 5:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: macro flash bracket

Check this out.


Author:  KK Hui [ Fri Dec 10, 2021 6:20 pm ]
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See if this fits your need ...

Author:  Steve Cirone [ Wed Dec 29, 2021 8:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: macro flash bracket

I have tried tons of flash brackets for macro over the last 20 years of chasing bugs.  I always go back to my Canon ring light because the brackets make the rig bulky and apt to scare off my wild subjects when I approach, especially if I accidentally tap the shrub it is on.  My lens trio are the 100mm IS, the old 180, and the MPE 65.

One can change the balance on the ring light to mostly on one side so it is a bit less flat.  The main bummer is the light is pretty harsh and the subject eye reflection is two arcs, if any reflection is present. 

That said, the current super talented jumping spider macro guys like Pang Way, Thomas Shahan, and Stewart Wood are mostly using a regular flash mounted on the camera with triple layer diffusion.  They are miles ahead of me with their advanced focus stacking, studio set ups, but especially how nice the eye reflection compliments the image.  Below is Stewart Wood's main diffuser from his youtube feed. 


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