Saturday, 11 May 2013

Looking for arms

This morning I was feeling sleepy and forgot about making Melonpans for breakfast, so I didn't get up until nearly 8am. I started making the Melonpans about 9am, and then had them in the oven for rising about 10am. But they didn't rise very well (the dough had been frozen and then defrosted in the fridge). They needed about an hour to rise instead of the standard 40 minutes.

While I was waiting for the melonpans to rise I looked up arms for holding flashes. I had looked at flexible macro flash arms yesterday, but the max weight rating meant they were only suitable for holding small flashes. I wanted the arms to be able to hold my Vivitar 283 flashes for UV photography, and they weigh over 500 g each.

After a bit of searching I found this article: Flexible Friction Power Arms for DSLR accessories, which shows a strong arm that it jointed in the middle and at the ends. Unlike a macro bracket, which attaches to your camera, this arm needs to be attached to a clamp, which you would then clamp to your tripod (or anything else).

Looking on ebay, there are lots of very similar items, varying quite a bit in price. According to the article, the one they reviewed was produced by a company called Vibesta. Amazon sell both a 8.3″ arm and a 4.2″ arm made by Vibesta. However, the product linked to from the article has a 29.5 cm length (approx 11″). Most of the ones on ebay are 11″. So it's not very clear whether the 11″ arms are cheap knock-offs (that may not be as good as the Vibesta product) or are the same thing, just without the Vibesta branding.

Vibesta do have a facebook page. But this hasn't been updated since Feb 2011. So that doesn't give much help on what products they actually produce right now or where they can be purchased from.

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