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Photek Softliter and 550EX

Steve 21 , Feb 22, 2005; 07:16 a.m.

Thanks to posts on this site, I'm looking to get a Photek Softliter for my 550EX and 10D.

I've never used an umbrella, so along with a lightstand, what connector/swivel/rod do I need to mount the Softliter?

Also, for the 550EX (with Bantam Battery and two Off-Camera Shoe Cords), is 36" more suitable than the 46"?

And finally, if I upgrade later to an Alien Bees B800, I can use the same set-up?



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Dave Trayers , Feb 22, 2005; 08:28 a.m.

I went with the setup Bryan Carnathan has at his website www.the-digital-picture.com

The stand and swivel head would work with the Softliter as well. The 550EX works pretty well with the umbrella:

Ellis Vener , Feb 22, 2005; 09:18 a.m.

You want tthe item pictured here: SWIVEL UMBRELLA ADAPTER (LITE TITE)ʯʃat. No:ʰ26 ʊ =>ʊBogen code (USA only):ʲ905

Bogen code (USA only):Ê2905

Ellis Vener , Feb 22, 2005; 09:23 a.m.

Bogen just calls it the 2905.

If you are planning on using it as a TTL controlled flash you'll need either Canon's infra- red control system module to sit on the camera or the dedicated Canon cable. I mostly use Nikon and the equivalent Nikon cable is the SC-17. You can make a string of up to three SC-17 cables to move the flash out to about 15 feet from the camera but I don't know if you can do the same thing with the Canon cables. Multiple cables are good because you also have redunancy.

Steve 21 , Feb 22, 2005; 10:33 a.m.

Thanks, Ellis - the fact that an Octogon-using professional like yourself uses the Softliter is one of the main reasons I'm interested in it.

Still, I don't see how I would connect the 550EX to this adapter. Someone on another forum, in talking of umbrellas, mentioned this piece.


And yes, I have two cords attached to each other - not the best set-up, but later I'll use the 550EX to trigger an Alien Bees.

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Photoflex Multiclamp with Hot Shoe -- Photoflex Multiclamp with Shoe Mount.bmp)

Steve 21 , Feb 22, 2005; 10:47 a.m.

Dave - I couldn't see from the picture on that guy's site, but by back-tracking, I found he also uses the piece that Ellis recommended.

Here's his review of it.


To get it to work with the 550EX, he just attaches a Stroboframe Hot Shoe Mount.


But I don't see exactly where that goes - if one end of the Bogen attachment is on the lightstand, and the other end holding the Softliter's umbrella rod, where exactly does the flash go?

Steve 21 , Feb 22, 2005; 10:51 a.m.

Oh, I see - there's a hole through the middle of it.

Told you I'd never used an umbrella...

Ellis Vener , Feb 22, 2005; 01:22 p.m.

The Canon cable should have a 1/4" tripod socket on the bottom of the end that the flash attaches to. One of the studs with the Bogen 2905 has a tripod stud. The stud attaches to the cable and then you lock the stud into the 2905. The umbrella connects directly to the 2905.

Lucas Bennett , Feb 22, 2005; 01:49 p.m.

does the flash fit into the hole in the diffuser on the softliter with that setup? Seems to me that it will be much too high.

the flash head needs to stay pretty close to the center of the unit (where the shaft is) to fit through the softliter diffuser panel. I had a few different umbrella mounts when I got the softliters and none of them worked all that well if at all so I rigged this setup with some bogen parts. easy to setup and very secure, it also allows for 2 flashes to be used if required.


Lucas Bennett , Feb 22, 2005; 01:51 p.m.

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