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Photoflash retaining jig

Sometimes I need with my admissions also a flashlight. Then I work with my Metz MZ 76, a good device with I am contented fully. Everything has not succeeded here, however, technically. The device offers a sort of feedback after occurred flash release whether with the elective aperture setting enough flash energy was made available. If the settings have been enough, then a red LED lights up. However, this happens only if the tiltable flashlight head was left in his position. The flashlight head is meant with it may not be turned from his basic setting to come, e.g., in order with his light possibly more to the motive middle. That is not so good, because, finally, the light where it is used and this is mostly they the picture middle. Therefore swinging the flashlight head is hardly to be handled.

Photoflash retaining jig

Although the device works - on a swivel the flash head to the center of the picture - but as I said, the feedback on the red LED remains off. For me, however, have been important to have a check whether the recording was well furnished and plenty of flash energy on site. Since it is not so good anyway, producing a flash head, but it made ​​more easily from the side is, I built my own system for my needs. This I considered from the outset, the shortcoming of the pivoting head flashlight with failure to return control. Although the flash should be already rotating, but not itself in the device head. So it should the entire unit can be rotated so that the flash head could remain in his position.

Photoflash retaining jig

The hardware store I ordered a board 10 cm wide, cut up in plywood with a thickness of 12 mm. So I somewhat get away with the flash of the camera, I measured the length to about 6o cm. So that the camera has to be solved but quickly accessible from the retaining jig, I saw the very beginning of a quick release front. The quick coupling of the camera I ordered on the right side of the retaining jig, while I put the camera a bit "inward", so that the camera body does not have the retaining jig jutted out and somewhere punts.

Photoflash retaining jig

On the other hand, I then ordered the flash. Here I made to use the already supplied by Metz retaining jig. I established the fulcrum for the swing and made sure that the arbor was easy to operate outside the bar, just enough to place the flash unit still did attach well. But that I could not use only a predetermined fixed direction, I saw it, that you could rotate the pan supplied by Metz and small retaining jig and provided for a slot in slight crescent shape. All that remained was the focus of Insert slot flash and camera to determine here to provide the tripod socket.

Photoflash retaining jig

With this setup, I had reached that swiveled my flash did and had the same effect as when I turned the flash head, but it would not always take advantage of electronic feedback control of an adequate supply of flash energy was lost. Of course, I am instructed by my device, not only on a tripod, everything is ready yet handy that a mobile operation (reporting use) is possible.

In practice it has proved anything yet well, especially the comfortable work of mounting the individual units is enjoyable and goes very quickly. The resulting images are simple, first class, excellent and of good quality, certainly contributes to the patch at the softbox flash head.