2014-02-05

What's the purpose of flash bracket?

The simple answer to that question would be to keep the flash above the lens at all times, so that shadows created by the flash can be hidden behind the subject being photographed (instead of creating a sideways shadow).  

There are many skeptics to using the flash bracket, and it's true if you have an assistant and time to use off camera flash you can get better results.  But in fast paced environment such as Weddings or other Events and when you're a one man show, few seconds of delay can mean a difference between getting a shot or not. For those situations flash bracket is essential and lets you create much nicer images.

Nick G. From New Jersey says this:

I am a pro event photographer and I have tried every bracket. I am not a paid spokesperson for PMG, and I paid full price. The Boomerang does exactly what the other brackets do, it gets my flash pointing in the same direction regardless of camera orientation. The others are crap, this one rocks. 

Here's why:
1.     The boomerang lets me keep my hands on my camera, not the stupid arm of the bracket.
2.     It weighs nada.
3.     It locks the flash in the position I want it to be in quickly and intuitively.
4.     IT STANDS UP WHEN YOU SET IT DOWN!!!!
5.     It looks cool. It's a conversation starter, and conversations mean sales.
6.     The only thing I would change about it is that I would like another spot for a cold-shoe on the arm. This is an easy fix with a $5 cold shoe from B&H, but it would be nice (we will do just that in should be available soon - Tom .F -PMG).
If you are on the fence, get off. This is the one you've been waiting for.     
              
So as you can see there are many benefits to using a flash bracket. We have engineered it for ease of use, compact size and as little weight as possible, while being tripod mountable.

The ProMediaGear's Boomerang Flash Bracket can be equipped with following options:
·       Custom Arca-Swiss compatible plate for Pro Camera Bodies or Bodies with optional Battery Packs or Grips.
·       Quick Release system to quickly disengage the Flash Bracket from Camera Mounting Plate
·       Stand to rest the camera safely on tables or other flat surfaces.
·       Extended Flash Cord Mount for flash guns like Quantum etc.
·       Color options to further customize the bracket: Black, Gold, Red, Blue, Titanium finishes are available

The Boomerang Flash bracket is CNC machined in Chicago area facility (Tinley Park IL to be exact) out of T6061 aluminum.  For the locking mechanism our team went out as far as using a Titanium part for years of trouble free function.

The Boomerang Flash Bracket is proudly manufactured in the USA.          

2014-01-21

What is the purpose of L-Bracket or L-Plate with Arca-Swiss style

Why you might need an L-Bracket / L-Plate

Not many think much about mounting plates.  We all know that camera mounted plate with tripod head or ball head with Quick Release is the fastest way to attaching and removing camera from such a contraption.  Typically such Quick Release plates are only attached to the bottom of the camera as that is the only place where mounting thread is available.  But what if you had to quickly change from Horizontal (landscape) to vertical (portrait) orientation.  That could be really problematic depending on what subject you're shooting.

Usually that would involve:
-Rotating the ball head to the side adjusting where the camera is pointing, reframing and refocusing on the subject as the framing has shifted (to the side and lowered)
-The Camera would be hanging off to the side away from the center of gravity over center of tripod. 

With an L-bracket/ L-plate that process is easier.  Because L-plate offers two mounting surfaces one in horizontal and one in vertical plane it can be attached via either one to your ball head, usually via Arca-Swiss style system.  One would simply need to detach the camera from Landscape orientation and attach is back into Portrait orientation without ever changing where the ball head is pointing to. This way L-bracket offers a very efficient way of photographing subjects in portrait and landscape orientation.  It's an essential piece of gear especially when working with micro (macro), wide-angle and tilt-shift lenses.

A well designed bracket offers these features, or can be equipped with:
-Anti Rotation System
-Strap loop(s)
-Cable Management / anti cable snag
-Safety Stops
-Access to cable ports
-Sliding out for cables
-No tools to slide out, or allen pockets (Slot for Allen Key) to keep it handy


2012-11-12

Arca-Swiss type L-Bracket Plate for Nikon D600 Grip MB-D14

Take a look at our new Arca-Swiss type L-Bracket for the Nikon D600 DSLR.  Features slide out mechanism.  The vertical component is held by two "ultra-strong" hardened steel rods.  Main bodies are still made out of aluminum for great strength and weight characteristics. We're offering this L-bracket at very attractive price of around $130.  Please click here to purchase it on our website:
http://promediagear.3dcartstores.com/L-Bracket-for-Nikon-D600-Body_p_124.html#





2012-11-08

L-bracket plate for Canon 1Dx Arca-Swiss style

The plate for 1Dx features our first slide out mechanism.  Simply use the Allen wrench that is conveniently stored inside the vertical plate and loosen two bottom screws to slide out the plate to allow for any cable connections.  When done simply put back the Allen key and strong magnet will always hold it in place.  The bracket is made as always from lightweight aluminum.   To give you more choices you can also ordered it in Titanium color anodized finish.



Arca-Swiss type L-bracket for 1Dx is a modernization of older ProMediaGear designs it’s enhanced with new features and technologies. Is made ​​of aluminum, making it durable and lightweight.  Inversion method has been modified with upgraded arm held by two hardened steel rods.  It’s easy enough not only to run cables but to find a central point of the image that remains the same when changing position from horizontal to portrait and vice versa. Simply adjust the arm to the camera to the central point and let your creativity take over.
 



















2012-09-22

Ball Head concept

This has been in works for quite some time.  So far this ball head only exists in virtual world on our computer hard drives, but with some minor tweaks and input from fellow professionals we are hoping on producing something similar in very near future.  At that time a new Quick Release clamp should also be available.

2012-07-14

Flash Bracket Clamp with Arca Swiss type mount

It's here finally, our long awaited Flash Bracket Clamp, L-Bracket Clamp or Handle Bracket Arca-Swiss type clamp is almost ready.  The Bracket Clamp can be mounted onto "real" Arca-Swiss type plates by those we mean plates from US and Euro makers such as Arca-Swiss, Really Right Stuff, Wimberly or Kirk etc. Flash Brackets (Boomerang or Guillotine) mount to one side of the Clamp, to the other you can mount an L-Plate (L-Bracket), Handle or any other contraption we may come up with. The versatility of this product is great.  As always it's made out of aluminum (lightweight and rigid) and it will be black anodized for pleasant scratch resistant finish. Threaded insert with 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 threads allows for additional flexibility and installations of third party Quick Release plates etc.





Multi Handle

This lightweight Multi Handle has multitude of uses as the name suggests.  It can be used for additional support during photography or video capture.  It can be mounted to the left or right side of the bracket plate, moved back and forth.  Please note that our Bracket plate or bracket clamp (pictured) is required to mount it. When mounted to the bracket clamp it can be finely adjusted left to right.




2012-03-24

Canon 5D mark III plates and L-brackets

So here it is after many years of waiting it's finally here. I must say though we were more excited about Mark II than III but that is because we expected so much more now then before. Ok but back to business. The plates and L-brackets for Canon 5Dmk3 will be available around April 15, 2012. The prices will be lower than our competitors because somehow we manage to squeeze out the efficiency we desire even though material and labor costs are higher. They will have their usual strap loops and safety stops as well as 1/4-20 threads to mount other accessories.

PC5D3 - $44.95
PCBGE11 - $49.95
L-Brackets / L-Plates (these are compatible with our Flash Brackets)
PLC5D3 - $99.95
PLCBGE11 - $119.95

Prices are all subject to change anytime

Nikon D800 Plates and L-Plates

We at ProMediaGear are in the process of engineering plates for the new and highly anticipated Nikon D800. It is going to be a great piece of equipment and we are designing plates and accessories worthy of such camera. As usual the plates will be black anodized made out of aircraft quality aluminum. As lightweight as we can get away with it. In 2012 all our new products will finally be laser engraved with center marks etc. As excited as we are for this awesome camera we are upset that the battery pack for it is so expensive. I am sure we share the same sentiment with many photographers. Maybe and this is just a thought we could make a bottom accessory that would offer that "full body feel".

We hope to have plates and L-brackets ready by middle of April 2012. We will price them aggressively as usual.

PND800 - $39.95
PNMBD12 - $44.95
L-Plates / L-Brackets
PLND800 - $99.95
PLNMBD12 - $119.95

2012-03-17

New Plate for Nikon D7000 body

Allright, due to popular demand we are making an additional plate to the D700 body bracket plate.  This will be a custom fit for the D7000 the anti twist component will be a precision fit stud.