Photoflex Dual Flash Hardware

Posted October 9th, 2009 by   |  Flash Photography, Photography  |  Permalink

Have you ever needed more power in your wireless flash setups? I do all the time. In fact, just the other day I was photographing a soccer team’s photos on a sunny day and found myself under-powered with only one SB-900 flash in my umbrella. I was shooting at 1/500 second (i.e. high speed sync) and I needed more power! Scotty?

So, to remedy the situation, I hooked up my new Photoflex Dual Shoe flash mount to my light stand and plunked down an additional SB-800 and viola! More power.

Photoflex Dual Shoe Flash Mounting Hardware

Photoflex Dual Shoe Flash Mounting Hardware

The new Photoflex Dual Flash mount is designed to be used with two flashes mounted side by side on the front of the t-bracket. If you use it with Pocket Wizards (or some other type of flash trigger), then then extra two cold shoes are for mounting the triggers while the front two are for mounting the strobes. If you are using your flashes in a wireless flash mode like the Nikon CLS or Canon wireless system, then the assembly will  actually hold up to three flashes in an umbrella setup.

Here's the hardware mounted on a light stand and umbrella.

Here's the hardware mounted on a light stand and umbrella.

The Photoflex equipment on location at the soccer field.

The Photoflex equipment on location at the soccer field.

The kit includes a heavy duty metal swivel stand mount, an upper and lower umbrella mount and a tough T-shape adapter for the flashes. This T-adapter ships with a total of four cold shoes for mounting the strobes, Pocket Wizards, etc. The swivel mount will attach to any existing light stand out there, so you don’t necessarily have to have a Photoflex light stand to make it work. I mounted it on my Bogen stands and it worked just fine.

The bright sunny day, fast shutter speed and smaller aperture required the use of a second flash to fill in the shadows..

The bright sunny day, fast shutter speed and smaller aperture required the use of a second flash to fill in the shadows..

I found using the setup in the field was pretty simple and straight forward. I mounted my Nikon wireless flashes on the cold shoes, pointed them into the umbrella and started taking pictures in less than 5 minutes. That’s what I like. Simple design. Fast execution.

These team photos in the sun really required the extra flash to fill in the shadow detail.

These team photos in the sun really required the extra flash to fill in the shadow detail.

The obligatory silly team photo. Imagine doing this with only one flash. Oh, the pain!

The obligatory silly team photo. Imagine doing this with only one flash. Oh, the pain!

More soccer fun made possible by the Photoflex Dual Shoe mount.

More soccer fun made possible by the Photoflex Dual Shoe mount.

All the knobs and control levers are sized for easy access. The knobs are knurled and easy to turn. They also cinch down nice and tight, so you don’t have to worry about things randomly falling off of the rig.

Photoflex has also created an easy way for the Dual Flash Mount to fit into a soft box using a speed ring. This allows much more flexibility with your existing Photoflex products such as their Octodomes, soft boxes and light strips. I’ll be testing this piece of equipment out in the next week.

You can buy the Dual Show Flash Mounting Hardware at http://www.photoflex.com. They have a sale price on right now for a super blowout deal of $59.95 during October. Their regular MSRP is $159, so this is a steal.



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