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Homemade Macro Flash Bracket.....Part II

Mark Nagel , Jun 04, 2006; 03:06 a.m.

In my quest to not buy a MT-24, I decided to go ahead and make a Macro Dual Flash Bracket. It cost about $80-$85 and 3 hours to make, actually I made 3. I think I could have saved $10-$15 if I ordered parts online, but I was on a mission today. Its similar to a Novoflex i saw, but 1/3 the price ($80 vs. $240). Here's some pictures of the final product:

http://www.nagelhome.com/IMGP2255.jpg

http://www.nagelhome.com/IMG_1904.jpg

http://www.nagelhome.com/IMG_1903.jpg

And the first tesy shot:

http://www.nagelhome.com/IMG_1899.jpg

Mark


Bracket sm

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Steve Wolfe , Jun 04, 2006; 03:15 a.m.

Very nicely done!

steve

Felix Ing , Jun 04, 2006; 04:14 a.m.

Nicely done. Care to share the parts list? Where to find them?

Cheers.

Yakim Peled , Jun 04, 2006; 05:13 a.m.

Very nice. Only problem I see is that you can't use a tripod with this.

Happy shooting, Yakim.

James Colwell , Jun 04, 2006; 06:16 a.m.

Well done. I bet that it can be used on a tripod. If you check out all of the gear photos, you will see that the bottom mounting plate looks flat, which is not necessarily the conclusion you would make based on the photo embedded in the article.

Mark Nagel , Jun 04, 2006; 10:30 a.m.

It does mount on a tripod. The parts used:

Bogen / Manfrotto 2896 Flex Arm ($18 ea) - for Super Clamp, I had to cut the arms, 24: was too long to properly support the flashes.

Stroboframe Shoe mounts ($20 ea)

The base is 3/16" steel, the middle piece is 4" x 1-1/2" and the 2 ends are about 2.5" x 1" cut at a 50 degree angle and welded to each side of the middle. This allows the arms to be mounted in front of the camera and allows your hands still hold the camera without the bracket in the way.

Drill 3 holes for the arms and camer mount. The camera mount screw is a 1/4" bolt with a 1/4" nut welded to the head to allow tripod mounting. The arms are mounted using 1/2" wood screws that mount into the spring/flex arm perfectly. If you decide to use the full 24" arm, you need a 3/8" bolt for mounting.

Cork for the base.

If you dont have access to a welder or metal bandsaw, I think you could make the base out of 3/4" harwood or 12ply plywood (used for cabinet and is more solid than regular ply)

If you have a welder, its a quick job. The metal work took about 30 minutes to make all 3.

Mark

Mark Nagel , Jun 04, 2006; 10:50 a.m.

Mounted on tripod.

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Tripod

Jamie Nicholson , Jun 04, 2006; 01:44 p.m.

Mark, I can't speak to your design but the Novoflex to which you compare is a piece of crap. The flex arms simply can't properly hold the weight of flashes similar in size to the ones you show and positioning the flashes is just too awkward. Yet another problem is the flashes tend to "bounce" which makes the entire camera assembly shake. I hope you have better luck with yours.

Mark Nagel , Jun 04, 2006; 01:54 p.m.

Thats why I shortened the arms. 24" was too long. It also felt ackward holding the camera. This seems stable.

Mark

Jamie Nicholson , Jun 04, 2006; 03:31 p.m.

Yep, I think that was a very good decision. Good luck.


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