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DIY Flexible Flash Bracket.

So you are looking for a flexible flash/macro flash bracket? You came to the right place. Or how about a flexible reflector holder? Why spend $40-$70 for one of these Flash Brackets that uses the same parts? Or $45-$50 for one of these Reflector/misc holders?

All the Flexible parts you need can be found at ModularHose.com and I will provide a list of the parts you will need. There are two sizes that you can use to build the arm: 1/2″ and 3/4″. For the setup I made, I used the 1/2″ fittings at 6 beads long, but It didn’t seem strong enough to hold my Pentax 540 flash(380 g) so I moved to 3/4″. If your flash weights around 380 grams or more I suggest you use the 3/4″ system. If you are using a smaller slave type flash, you should be able to use the 1/2″ system.

In order to connect your camera to your off camera flash you will need a sync cable or something similar, or you can do it wirelessly if your camera and flash support it. I do it both ways.

Parts needed for flex arm:
Loc-Line 1/2″ or 3/4″ System Segment 2 pack
Loc-Line 1/2″ or 3/4″ Double Female Socket 4 pack(You only need 1)
Loc-Line 1/2″ or 3/4″ Fixed Mount 2 pack

Total price:
1/2 inch = $15.49 + S&H
3/4 inch = $19.42 + S&H

Other parts you need or have:
A bracket like this or some other type of flat metal you have around the house. If not $8.95.
A tripod to hot shoe adapter like this. You might already have one of these. If not $3.89
1/4-20 bolts and 1/4-20 wing nuts. Any real man would already have these.
Epoxy Glue $2.50 (I used 2 ton 30min epoxy)

For the flexible reflector holder you will need 2 spring clamps. You can find these at any hardware store. You can get a pack of 16 for under $5 bucks at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Total price = $30.83 – 34.76

Ok. Lets put it all together.
One thing to know. You only need 1 Loc-Line 1/2″ or 3/4″ Double Female Socket, but they come in a pack of 4. So you might want to get with a few buddies and split the cost, or build 4. One for your camera and 3 for slave flashes or Reflector holders.

Step 1: Make sure your bolts are the right length. It will depend on the thickness of your bracket and your hot shoe adapter. Mix your epoxy and glue your blots through the hole in Loc-Line 1/2″ or 3/4″ Fixed Mount. Wait for epoxy to cure. While you are waiting move on to the next steps.

Step 2: Assemble your Loc-Line 1/2″ or 3/4″ System Segments. You might only want to use one segment, but if you choose to make it a little longer you can bend the other segment until it snaps apart and add the length to the other.

Step 3: Add a Loc-Line 1/2″ or 3/4″ Double Female Socket to the end of your segment length. It will only fit on one side.

Step 4: Only after your epoxy has cured, you can snap the Loc-Line 1/2″ or 3/4″ Fixed Mount onto both ends of your segment.

Step 5: Bolt on your bracket, and hot shoe adapter. (Pictured with 12 beads, though I only use 6 beads. 12 is a little too long.)

Step 5-I: To make an off camera flash, replace the bracket with a spring clamp. To make a reflector holder replace both ends with spring clamps. You can drill a 1/4 hole in the clamps, and bolt these on.

Step 5-II: Other option. Bolt the arm to your cameras tripod mount.

I hope you have enjoyed this guide; now go out and shoot. :D Be sure to come back and let me know how it works.

»Pink was shot using this bracket.

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23 thoughts on “DIY Flexible Flash Bracket.”

  1. WOW, this is awesome!

    I’d love to see a gallery of shots using this.
    How sturdy is it and how do you normally use it?
    I have a K10D and am thinking of using this for the AF 360 for use in portrait/fashion photography.

    How do you like it so far?

  2. The bracket is pretty sturdy using the 3/4″ system. I use it on the AF 540 and it doesn’t seem to move much. I just noticed the above “Pink” link doesn’t work but I will fix it as soon as I finish this post.

    I do not have a full gallery of photos using this, because I don’t remember when I used it and when I didn’t.

    Here are 2 I know for sure.

    http://quiglag.com/2007/10/28/for-my-photography-fans
    http://quiglag.com/2007/08/22/most-amazing-fly-photo

    If I spent a little more time with photography, I would build more, and use it with multiple flashes.

    I also need to fix my gallery :(

  3. If you want to know of supplier in other places than the us go to the loc-line website(not modular hose .com) and they have a distibutor thing wich you tell them where you live and they send youan email telling you of distibutors i did and got a store in canada with cheaper prices than modular hoses

  4. I just finished building one of these his morning!
    Very cool. I used the 3/4 locline and with a large Nikon sb700 flash i had to use only one segment of line. Add on the extra pieces to attach the flash and to the mount it makes the arm about 9 inches long.
    I found I needed to secure the flash mount to the end with jewelry glue (gel-based crazy glue) otherwise it would just rotate under the weight of the flash.
    At the other end, that attached to teh metal mount I had to add some rubber between the locline and the base. The same thing would happen. The locline arm would rotate. Now they are tightly in place. I plan to write up a little review of my arm (with the refinements) and I will come back and post a link for all to see.
    Great idea and I hope to make good use of this!

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