Manfrotto 3278 Dual Macro Flash Bracket


Clarky

Link Posted 24/09/2010 - 11:02
Asking Price
AU$60

Item Location
Australia

Item Description
Selling my Manfrotto 3278 Dual Macro Flash Bracket, in excellent condition, full working order, comes with original packaging and documentation.








PM me if you require any further info. cheers.

Item Condition, Like New

Shipping Charge
AU$10 domestic, AU$25 Int

Shipping Services
Aust Post.

Return Policy & Additional Details
1: I will accept returns if item is not as descibed.
2: Insurance is not included in postage prices, let me know if you require it.
3: Payment via Paypal gift for int buyers (buyer pays the fees)
4: Bank deposit, Paypal, or pickup. for Aussie buyers.

Please send me a pm if interested in the item!
Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|

Clarky

Link Posted 24/09/2010 - 13:03
Sold pending Payment... Cheers.
Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|

Clarky

Link Posted 25/09/2010 - 05:26
Payment recieved.... Cheers
Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|

nicolas1970i

Link Posted 25/09/2010 - 09:04
Clarky,
What is the purpose of the pivoting (at least it looks like that's what it does) plate where I assume the camera gets screwed?
I'm looking for a similar design dual flash bracket, but I think I would have prefered something simpler (this Manfrotto looks heavy too).

Clarky

Link Posted 25/09/2010 - 13:20
It's actually very light, made of aluminium, less than 400grams, It flips up for either landscape or portrait shooting. cheers.
Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|

nicolas1970i

Link Posted 25/09/2010 - 13:30
Thanks for the explanation.
So I guess it only has two positions - flat or at 90 degrees - as opposed to the angle being totally adjustable, is that right?
Can a flash be attached directly at the end of the arm, or does it need some sort of adapter (the flash I have in mind will be a wireless slave, so no need for triggers or cords)?

Clarky

Link Posted 25/09/2010 - 13:40
Nick. It can be locked into any position you desire,

Attaching the flash directly too the plastic shoes is a little fiddly and tight. When I was using it I removed these and attached to small ball heads to each end with better quality cold shoes on each, I also used it wirelessly in this manner.
Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|

nicolas1970i

Link Posted 25/09/2010 - 14:23
Thanks
I was thinking of using this set-up with my Metz 58 on one side, and a Pentax 360 (which I got for nothing as it was part of a lot) on the other, triggered wirelessly by the pop-up flash of my K-7.
What do you think are the differences, in term of end-result, between this kind of set-up and a regular macro ring flash (Pentax 160, Sigma 140, Metz MS-1)? Which one gives the "nicest" results? Or is each best suited to different situations?
I didn't find many alternatives, in this price range, to this Manfrotto model - there's the gorilla-type one, but I'm not sure it can support the Metz 58.
There are some Novoflex ones, but there 3-4 times more expensive.
And finally: since you're selling the Manfrotto, have you found a better bracket, or system?
Last Edited by nicolas1970i on 25/09/2010 - 14:25

Clarky

Link Posted 25/09/2010 - 15:23
Nick,

I got tired of lugging all the gear around with me, and decided to scale it down. This is what I am using currently, It's a Manfrotto monopod 334B with a Manfrotto head 393, I also put the head onto a tripod, depending on the situation. I find it a more user friendly rig than the 2 flash setup on tripod.

I also use several different flash heads depending on the macro lens I use, from extreme closeup using stacked lenses or my Pentax A*200mm when I use the Pentax 540.

I would be wary of that flash bracket in your link, those Chinese ones are not of the best quality, I purchased a similar one and found it wasn't strong enough to hold up any of the flash heads I had, it was rubbish. I ended up building one myself. And I have owned the Novaflex, it's expensive and very heavy, it's also way too long for my liking. I would recommend, if you like building things, then make one yourself.

As for results, The dual head is good for eliminating shadow and getting an even light coverage, The ring flash pentax AF160C is an excellent flash but can leave circular hotspots on you image and is difficult to diffuse, it can also leave the image a little flat. All the options will give good results in certain conditions and situations and it takes a lot of experimentation, plus trial and error to settle on a system you are happy with.

I have a number of old threads on here (do a search) with some of my flash rigs, some are good for a laugh and others may help you with what you are looking for. Good luck
Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|

nicolas1970i

Link Posted 25/09/2010 - 15:54
Thanks again for your help, I'll have a search for your macro-related threads.
What you are saying about the flatness of the resulting image with the use of the AF160C confirms what I've been reading, so I'll probably go for the dual flash bracket. It would be nice to find a system that is not too heavy, for instance with only two small flashes, but then they often cannot work as wireless slaves and/or are not P-TTL capable, and I doubt I'd have the time to fiddle with the manual output of the flashes in the field.
I wonder if your flash on a bracket above the subject, with the diffuser, is enough to eliminate the shadows and give a good lighting.
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