Looking for flash bracket (D70, SB800)

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sheldon, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Every pro flash I've ever had connected to the camera with a bracket of
    somekind, both to balance the weight and so you could easily separate the
    flash from the camera to move the light source.

    Anything like this I can use on my D70 and SB800? Again, looking for
    something that will hold the flash on the side of the camera, yet allow me
    to easily move it out to the side then snap it back into place. You know,
    kinda like the old Metz and Honeywell units that created another handle on
    the side of your camera.

    I'd hate to think I have to use this thing on top of the camera all the
    time, or have to always hold the camera in one hand and the flash in the
    other. And I'm not too fond of those giant halos that circle around the
    lens and hold the flash in different positions. Just want to easily pull it
    off and put it back.

    Sheldon, Jul 2, 2005
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  2. Sheldon

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    Well ... you know that you don't need to have the flash on the
    camera at all? The D70 can be set into "flash commander" mode and
    control the flash with IR communications -- no wires needed.

    And -- the AS-19 plastic base even has a tripod socket, so it
    can be mounted on a tripod (or any reasonable bracket) to the side of
    the camera.

    Otherwise, look at pages 111 and 112 of the SB-800 instruction
    manual. At the top of the first page is the SC-29, 28, or 17, which
    allows you to u se the TTL flash work with the flash off the camera.

    On the second page are the brackets SK-7 and SK-E900. One or
    the other should work in combination with the AS-19 speedlight stand
    which comes with the SB-800.

    Personally, I don't like having an extra "handle" on the left
    hand side of the camera body. I feel that the left hand is better used
    to form a support cradle for the lens -- especially for the longer
    lenses. That allows you to both focus (if needed) and zoom with the
    left hand, and to better control the weight hanging out front of the

    The only SLR which I have ever used for which a two-handed grip
    was appropriate was the Zeiss Contaflex Super, which had a lump on each
    side of the lens to allow focusing by alternately pressing down with a
    finger on each side of the lens. And that did not have truly
    interchangeable lenses -- just front elements, and could not build up
    that much weight out front.
    Combine the SK-7 bracket and the AS-19 stand to allow that,
    along with the appropriate cable from the previous page.

    And this is just from a quick check in the manual which came
    with the flash, ignoring what might also be in the camera's manual.

    DoN. Nichols, Jul 2, 2005
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  3. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Thanks for the good advice. I really like the idea of being able to just
    snap the flash on and off the camera for use in the field. Don't really
    want to take the time to "setup," if you get my drift, although for certain
    subjects the stand and triggering the flash with the D70's flash will come
    in handy.

    I'm considering using the flash more for macro shots, bugs and stuff,
    otherwise the position on top of the camera works just fine. Just shot a
    sunset from a hammock with me and the hammock in the shot. Set the flash to
    light me up just enough so you could see me, but the sunset came through
    loud and clear. Also took some nice shots of some flowers at night. Only
    the flowers are lit, with dark all around the one I focused in on. Would
    have been nice to be able to "snap" the flash off to get some different
    angles on the light.

    Sheldon, Jul 2, 2005
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    Frank ess Guest

    I haven't tried it with a dSLR, but this worked good on a Nikon
    Coolpix 995:

    Connect the flash by means of a PC cord or equivalent; slip a small
    plastic envelope over the on-board flash. To block the on-board's
    lighting effect, I made the envelope black on one side, clear on the
    other. One flash in question was a Vivitar 285HV, and it metered well
    enough for good results. Using the slave-capable Vivitar Digi 200
    without a cord, the clear side of the envelope emits sufficient to
    trigger the remote flash while the dark side removes it as a direct
    source. Easy to move the second flash around with the camera on a
    tripod. Not as easy, but not impossible to do the flash in one hand
    and the camera in the other.
    Frank ess, Jul 2, 2005
  5. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Interesting idea. I thought about using the flash wireless, but wondered
    how to kill the on-board flash.
    Sheldon, Jul 2, 2005
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    stacyreeves Guest

    I bought a flash bracket for the same reason, and I have to tell you, I
    haven't really used it at all. It adds so much weight to the bulk of
    the camera, and if you're shooting in a tight space or you want to try
    some different perspectives, sometimes the bracket gets in the way of
    that. I'm not saying don't buy one, but if you do, get either the
    cheapest on or the smallest one.

    stacyreeves, Jul 3, 2005
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