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Canon Speedlite Bracket SB-E2

Harry Joseph , Jun 28, 2010; 02:07 p.m.

Has anybody ever used one of these: Canon Speedlite Bracket SB-E2 ? It is supposed to allow side by side mounting of a Canon speed light(580EX II, 580EX, 430EX) to an EOS camera. I'm assuming this is for macro work since this bracket places the flash head in a parallel position to the lens. As small and unassuming as this thing is, it cost a wopping $250 ! Maybe there are other uses for it such as phorensics, the manual does not say much.

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Ian Gillett , Jun 28, 2010; 03:58 p.m.

Dear Harry,
I purchased the earlier version so that I could have my flash centred over my lens when shooting in portrait orientation - mainly so I could use fill-in when shooting catwalk. The problem is the bracket puts the flash on the wrong side - when you hold the camera so the flash is on top your hand is in the underneath position and that is very uncomfortable. For a while I persevered by mounting the whole thing the wrong way round and turning the flash head through 180 degrees. It would just about work but you lost some of in in-built functions on the flash. I recently purchased a Custom Bracket CB Mini-RC and it is ideal. You will still need to purchase an Off-Camera Shoe Cord (which comes with the Speedlite Bracket) although there is an interesting alternative made by Nissin which gives you an off-camera cord together with a second hotshoe on the pentaprism.
I certainly would not buy the Canon Bracket - and I am normally a very dedicated Canon user.
I hope this helps.
Best Wishes
Ian

Steve Dunn , Jun 28, 2010; 03:58 p.m.

I haven't. I just wanted to comment on potential uses. If it places the flash head beside the body, it would be useful for on-camera flash for portraiture, since with the camera held in a portrait orientation, the flash would then be directly above the lens, fixing the shadow problem (i.e. putting the shadow behind and below the subject, where it's not usually visible, instead of off to the side, where it is).

Nadine Ohara - SF Bay Area/CA , Jun 28, 2010; 05:55 p.m.

Paparazzi shooters (and fashion shooters) like the placement because the majority of the images they shoot are verticals. I don't think the bracket is meant for macro or anything in particular. Canon brackets are no longer made, which is why they are all 'list price' now.

If long side of flash to long side of frame is important to you, there are a number of flip brackets made so the flash flips to the left so your shutter button is on top.

Dan M , Jun 28, 2010; 07:41 p.m.

You might look at the Demb bracket. It costs much less and allows a lot of flexibility. I use it for macro work by twisting the flash relative to the bracket, which puts the flash head very close to the front end of a 100mm macro.

Alfonso Valdes , Jun 28, 2010; 09:40 p.m.

I use a stroboframe flip bracket. It lets me rotate the camera for landscape or portrait and keeps the flash above the lens in either case. It's about $70 as I recall.

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