Flash Bracket Advice

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by thenextpage, May 6, 2015.

  1. thenextpage

    thenextpage Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 13, 2014
    Hello friends,

    I'm hoping for some help with this. I am setting up for macro work with my E-M1 and Oly 60mm f2.8 macro. I'm using the Nissin i40 flash http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1063502-REG/nissin_nd40_ft_i40_compact_flash_for.html
    Because I'm doing macro, I want to have this flash swivel in all directions - including down at the lens/subject I'm shooting. Ideally, I'd like to be able to position the flash anywhere in proximity to the camera body. To maintain the TTL support for the flash, I'm going to have to use a hot shoe cable to connect the flash to the camera hot shoe.

    So, my question - if you have found a nice compact bracket that will provide flexibility to position my flash in any way I want - please share what it is and where to source it. I need it to be light-weight and compact because I'll be shooting hand-held and don't want to have too much "stuff" on my camera.

    Thank you!
  2. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    I think what you want is an L-shaped flash bracket with a ballhead with a cold shoe on top for the flash unit. That will allow you to aim the flash. Maybe something like this on top of the bracket? http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...s_bh_1_Multi_Function_Ballhead_with_Cold.html
    Or this one. http://amzn.com/B00JZX1CS2

    I also looked at flash brackets with gooseneck arms to mount the flash. http://amzn.com/B00OH4EB0U
    They did not look trustworthy to me. :) 

    This somewhat pricey Olympus one looks sturdier. http://amzn.com/B001TUZD02
  3. adi10times

    adi10times Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 24, 2010
    Bandung, Indonesia
    Michael Adi P.
    Not compact I believe, but this one looks interesting. I am getting one soon
    Flexible macro flash bracket (with one arm or 2 arms)

    I'm still not sure about its durability or whether it can hold big flash though, but for me personally the price is friendly enough (the Novoflex one is more expensive).
    One arm is for flash + diffuser as main light, and one arm can be used for 2nd flash or a reflector.
  4. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    I'm looking at one of these to add to my custombrackets one -


    don't understimate the strength of that flexible loc-line plumbing stuff - that stuff holds up to making 8,000l/h of water take a 90 degree turn inside it pretty much indefinitely without moving at all and I know people running a lot more through it than I am. You could probably DIY one out of the locline sockets or con an eductor into holding a tripod screw easily enough too, but I'm not sure it would be much less than that one.
  5. thenextpage

    thenextpage Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 13, 2014
    Holoholo55, thank you for the suggestions! I decided to go with the questionable gooseneck arm bracket system from amazon. However, when this thing breaks, I'll probably go with a setup like what you described- an L bracket with ballhead hot shoe mount.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts adi10times. I decided to give this system a try as well. Was wondering what I'll do with that second arm - maybe it can be rigged to hold my beer? I'll let you know how it works out.

    Thanks Piggsy! I purchased a cheaper one off of amazon before I saw your post. I really like the look of this though - that it has a soft grip, one arm instead of two, and overall sturdy looking construction. Funny I searched on BH for hours yesterday trying to find something exactly like this and never came across it.
  6. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Yeah it took me ages to find that one and then I accidentally lost it again without remembering what it was.

    There's these guys -




    who sell just the socketed loc-line itself in a couple different arrangements

    and this guy has a DIY one


    also I have heard of people running into problems with counterfeit loc-line so it may help to avoid the more obviously straight-from-alibaba kinds of traders if you're looking for some.
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