January 2, 2014

dual or triple speedlight / flashgun mounting bracket

I use a multiple flash mounting bar during workshops where I need to have a diverse number of setups running simultaneously, but something more compact is also useful. In that article, I listed other flash mounting devices that allow multiple speedlights to be hooked up on one light-stand. Since then, I’ve discovered this triple flash mounting connector – RPS Lighting Triple Flash/Umbrella Mount (vendor) –  and it is superior to  others that I’ve tried.

What sets RPS Lighting Triple Flash/Umbrella Mount (vendor) from other similar devices, is that the flash cold shoe can be rotated. This doesn’t seem like much, but when you try and add wireless flash transmitters like the PocketWizard TT5, then the bulk of those wireless transmitters get in the way. By rotating the flash trigger by 90 degrees, you can more easily accommodate two or three wireless triggers and the speedlights. You then simply rotate the flash heads to have the flashes point in the correct direction – into your umbrella.

It’s a simple tweak to this kind of device, but it makes all the difference when using multiple speedlights with wireless triggers, on a single umbrella.

 

 

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1 Trev January 2, 2014 at 11:44 am

That’s a really good price also. Looks really compact and easy to use.

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2 Alfredo Medina January 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Hi Neil,

You consider that the Locking Shoes are safe or is it better to replace them with the Frio locking?.

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3 Wally Kilburg January 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Have you seen this? http://lightwaredirect.com/foursquare/
I realize its spendy but it does work very well.

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4 Charles January 2, 2014 at 7:24 pm

That is exactly the kind that sports photographer Dave Black uses in his sports portraits shooting.

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5 Neil vN January 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Oh yes, we used the foursquare here.

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6 Mike Zurynski January 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Thanks for posting this Neil. I have been kicking around what to get for sometime. I just hate buying and not liking. I think this will work nicely for the weddings when some extra punch is needed.

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7 Stephen January 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Wow, the RPS mount is rather inexpensive! I was expecting an expensive mount, but that is something even a non-pro like me can get. Thanks for sharing the find.

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8 Eric Skagen January 4, 2014 at 3:16 am

Hi Neil, it’s also handy for rotating the flash sensors toward the master flash when using, for example, Nikon’s CLS system.

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9 Trev January 4, 2014 at 6:46 am

You may also want to check this out.

Pretty cool looking: A Triple SpeedLight Hot Shoe and Umbrella Holder

Has a single 3.5mm plug in for the hotshoes so all the flashes just need the one feed-in to fire.

https://www.cheetahstand.com/product-p/ts-h120.htm

I personally have not tried it as I don’t use multiple SpeedLights.

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10 Agung January 5, 2014 at 1:59 am

This is a great piece of kit, Neil. I’ve use one on location and being able to shoot f11 at iso 100 with 3 speedlights setup and an umbrella against the sun, is really something.

I do want to share some information about this product. From my experience, the bottom hole where you screw the monopod/flash holder, will become loose overtime because it is made from plastic. One trick I use to overcome this is to stick some thin needles into the side of the hole, so when I screw it in, the needles will prevent the flash holder to running loose.

Some things I would like to know is, do you have plan do comparison using collapsible softbox (like the one phottix sold) when using single and triple speedlights?

Also, do you have suggestion when using monopod with triple speedlight setup and a collapsible softbox, what are the minimum weight the monopod should be able to handle?

Regards,
Agung

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11 Joe Sankey January 7, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I’ve also got one of these, and as an earlier commenter noted, I have swapped the ‘stock’ shoes for Frios. Holds three FlexTT5s and SB-900’s like a champ.

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12 Stephen January 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

That’s a useful insight, Joe. I have two Frios, but I haven’t found any use for them. With this mount, I can finally use them.

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