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Keri L. Malinowski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2005
 

How to hand hold a flash bracket?


Is there a way to hand hold a bracket without killing your arm and creating shake? I like to take photojournalistic style pics for weddings and such but can't do that w/a tripod to adjust in time set up etc..its fine for group shots but when I want to just be free to rome and take pics??? I have a stroboframe flip where it flips the camera not the flash not sure which number that is
any suggestions?
thanks
keri


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9/7/2005 11:51:27 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Considering the fact that you spell your name differently than I do, I must assume your a lady?

I have the Stroboframe Flip 120 attached to my Pentax 645N (not the camera flip). Since the camera has a grip on the right and the bracket is on the left, it makes it easier for me to hold the rig but I can see where you may be having a problem. Just hold the camera with your right hand and the bracket with your left, taking some of the weight off your left arm. It should actually make it a little easier to balance. When I am walking around, I just hold the rig by the flash bracket.


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9/8/2005 7:17:36 AM

 
Keri L. Malinowski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2005
  Yup I'm a lady...
anyway I tried doing that but the problem with that is I cannot zoom in and out quickly. I'm thinking about getting the flash flip kind instead of the camera flip b/c when I do hold the camera grip horizontally for instance and not the bracket grip so as I can zoom it tilts so the camera angles-its a pain cuz you just can't be quick w/it do you hand hold yours? how do you zoom quickly and focus etc...?
thanks for the feedback
keri


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9/8/2005 12:29:50 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I use the flash flip, not the camera flip, and it works well for me. Considering the fact that I am shooting with a MF camera, flipping the camera instead of the flash would really be a pain.

Focusing is not a problem. If I am using my main lens, the camera does the focusing as it is autofocus. If I am using a manual lens, I just focus with my right hand while I hold the bracket with my left.

Zooming is not a problem. Since I use only primes, I just move! LOL


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9/8/2005 12:53:21 PM

 
Keri L. Malinowski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2005
  thanks-i might have to switch-curious what lenses do you use?


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9/8/2005 4:04:13 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I use a 75mm and a 150mm (50mm & 90mm 35mm equivalent.)


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9/8/2005 7:54:02 PM

 
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