In this Hands on Review I’m going to go over the QRS-H2 Flash Bracket in detail so you can see for yourself if something like this will help your photography workflow needs!! I also used my Canon Gear in this review as I did not even have this Sony website back then, but clearly Flash Brackets will work across all manufactures so the camera used in the review is irrelevant.
Flash brackets are designed to increase the distance between the flash head and the lens in order to minimize the occurrence of red eye and to also reduce flash-shadows behind the subject. Great for Weddings in particular. Whether you need a flash bracket is a personal decision as your choice should be based on your needs specifically. Our needs were pretty specific and I’m going to show you what we ended settling on and why. After that I’ll go over some of the other flash brackets we considered.
When Michele and I started to venture into Wedding Photography a few years ago, (Updated – About Us Page >>), we realized very quickly that rotating the camera and re-arranging the orientation of the flash quickly was a huge pain in the butt. Another issue that developed was the 4 AA batteries in the Canon Speedlite 580EX II did not last very long at the insane rate I was firing at the time, and long recycle times were all to often an issue when I could not change the batteries. I never want to be in a position where I cannot take the shot because my flash is not ready!! We needed a solution to both these issues and fast. What I came up with after tons of re-search as the best “Bang for the Buck” was a camera flash bracket, and some kind of battery booster pack for the flash.
There are a ton of flash brackets out there believe me, and I did some serious re-search before I purchased the Custom Brackets QRS-H2 Camera Rotation System. I found http://www.custombrackets.com in Popular Photography Magazine some time ago before I ever had a need for a flash bracket. I remember being amazed at the engineering that went into the bracket and quality is very important to me when it comes to camera gear so I went to their website first.
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Check out some images of this killer flash bracket:
The Custom Bracket QRS-H2 Camera Rotation Bracket is an ideal choice for use with Digital and 35mm SLR cameras. It has a built-in textured adjustable handle. The bracket is held comfortably in your left hand, leaving your right hand free to operate the camera functions. The unique rotation system-which rotates around the center of the lens-allows for locking not just at the vertical or horizontal axis, but anywhere in between as well.
This model has been improved by using roller bearings for the camera rotation mechanism. This means it is now virtually maintenance free. The bracket now also includes a swivel leg for better balance.
Note: Requires the optional #CMP Universal Camera Mounting Plate. Also requires an optional flash mounting plate (except Metz 45/50/60/70/76 series flashes). Please click here to see a listing of custom plates.
- Camera mounting plates
- Can be used with or without vertical grips/add-on battery boosters.
- Flash quick-release
- The flash arm features adjustable height and allows tilting.
- Bracket base
- Ready for optional tripod quick-release.
- System stands upright
- System stands upright, protecting camera and flash.
- System interchangeability
- Switch camera/flash from system to system.
- Accepts optional bracket accessory adapters
- Radio slaves, TTL modules, Focusing lights, etc.
- Aluminum construction
- Computer-controlled six-sided machining.
My Impression of this bracket after extensive use is excellent. The quality is everything I hoped for, and it’s extremely easy to use and customize. Initially I had to adjust the Universal Camera Mounting Plate for my Canon 5D Mark II as it has little nubs that help keep the camera from moving around on the plate itself. The Universal mounting plate also works great when using large lenses like the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS Lens as you will see below. Also note the support foot with the rubber cap on it to the bottom left. That little foot swivels so you can easily find a solid balance point depending on your set-up, and then simple put the bracket down on pretty much anything flat.