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Off camera flash bracket

Caroline Cooper , Sep 26, 2003; 03:34 p.m.


I have the Canon off-camera shoe cord but I have a real problem finding a bracket to go with it that feels secure. The flashgun side of the cord has a hotshoe fit and it falls out of the two (hotshoe fit) brackets I already own. It feels really insecure.

Any suggestions? Ideally I want to mount the flash above and to the side of the camera and have it as secure as a rock. Are there any brackets with tripod fits, would those work?

I am in the UK and I am using a Canon 300D and EOS 30 both with battery grips.



Jack Flesher , Sep 26, 2003; 05:05 p.m.

The bottom of the flashgun end of the cord has a hole in it for a 1/4x20 screw. Using this you can "bolt" the cord to the handle mount with a thumbscrew. Most Stroboframe brackets have screws for this.


Bill Goldman , Sep 26, 2003; 08:45 p.m.

Newton brackets also have provisions to attach the end of the OCSC to the bracket with a screw or will supply a metal shoe with a locking thumbscrew if you prefer that.

However, mounting the Speedlite above and to the side of the camera will result in harsh shadows. Most flash brackets allow you to line up the Speedlite with the lens for both horizontal and vertical pictures by virtue of a rotation mechanism to solve this problem.

Jim Strutz - Anchorage, AK , Sep 27, 2003; 02:00 a.m.

The Stroboframe flash bracket clamps down quite well on the Canon Off Camera Shoe Cord 2. Tight enough so that it won't come loose. In fact, tight enough to break a flange off the side of the cord's foot if you tighten it too much. Cost's $10 and attaches to a bracket with a 1/4" x 20 screw.

Or you can forget about the bracket and attach the cord directly with the same screw.

R. Moreno , Sep 30, 2003; 10:41 a.m.

You can fix the existing brackets with some material that will allow a smooth interface. I had the same problem which was fixed with a piece of self-adhesive cork, about 1 millimeter thick, stuck to the bottom of the hot-shoe bracket. It was flexible enough to allow the flashgun end of the cord to slide in, and enough tackiness to hold it in place. Look at the inboard side of your kitchen drawer doors and harvest a piece to trial.

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