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Old 10-07-2010   #1
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TLR and small flash

Hello

For using a TLR als a everyday carry around camera I would like to have the opportunity to use it together with a small flash indoors.

Unfortunatly most of the TLR are not equipped with a accessory shoe / hotshoe. Do you have some experiences how to overcome this?

I have seen a acessory shoe adapter for the bajonett of the viewing lens of a Rolleiflex on a japanese homepage some time ago, but it seems that it is no longer active, at least I did not get any reply from them.

Now I am thinking about making a adaptor out of an old filter frame and an acessory shoe to hotshoe adapter myself.

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Old 10-07-2010   #2
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You could always try one of these simple cold shoe brackets. And get an extra hand-hold to boot.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...hoe_Mount.html
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L-brackets like the one above work well for this. What kind of TLR is it you are using?
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there is a problem with bracket mounted on Rolleiflex, focusing knob is one the same side as bracket. it will make focusing inconvenient.
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mamiya c tlrs. they have the flash shoe on the side and u can also get an L-Grip which allows you to have a flash further out atop the grip (away from your shutter and focus)
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there is a problem with bracket mounted on Rolleiflex, focusing knob is one the same side as bracket. it will make focusing inconvenient.
No kidding, I have thought about building my own with a grip made of silicone molded inside saran wrap and on the right. But the nice thing about the OPs question is that you can use a small flash (low GN) with a Rolleiflex.

Outdoor flash you can set slow speed film to ambient light and then match the fstop (the shutter speed is synced all the way to 1/500), so you can either get fill or added highlight flash.

I have a small Vivitar 2800d (there is the same flash without a movable head called the 2600) for my Rollei.

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Here is my TLR Flash rigging. Not the smallest of flashes, but the way it connects make the whole thing rather ergonomic. Plenty of room to operate the focus knob as well with this particular flash. I imagine a low profile flash like the Metz 32's could work just as well in the side cold shoe.


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Use this:






... sorry, just kidding, use this instead:



That's a cheap radio wireless flash trigger, brand name: Cactus v2, they have a newer one now. v4. Nice thing with this setup is that you can put the flash anywhere around the subject without messing with cables.
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here is my setup when im using my own kit.





also setup wireless on Cactus V4 remotes. cable release, paramender, strobe in brollybox with my new 180 super
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Will, thanks for pointing out the Cactus v4, i think it is a great price.
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I went with the Cybersync triggers. Not much more than the Cactus and I've heard good things about them. I've only used the set with the Rollei but it worked pretty well.
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Thanks for all your replies!

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L-brackets like the one above work well for this. What kind of TLR is it you are using?
I use a Rolleiflex 3,5F, a Rolleiflex 4x4, a Lipca Rollop Automatic and also a Mamiya C330 (TLRs are my favourite type of camera )


The C330 offers a cold shoe and also the ability to focus it on the right side, so also a l-brackes would be possible, but I use it with a big Metz flasch (45CT-1)

But the other, smaller and lighter TLR, which I want to use mit a small flash have no cold shoe and the focus on the left might make the l-bracket a bit unconfortable to use.
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can an electronic flash be set up for a Rolleicod V?

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use this instead:



That's a cheap radio wireless flash trigger, brand name: Cactus v2, they have a newer one now. v4. Nice thing with this setup is that you can put the flash anywhere around the subject without messing with cables.
Great idea, cool.
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I take my cue from the best flash photog ever, the great Francis Wolff, co-founder of Blue Note Records and the man who shot most of the great album covers for that great label. Wolff used a Rollei loaded with Tri-X and a hand-held strobe "Statue of Liberty style" (per Rudy Van Gelder, the engineer on the sessions). When I availed myselt of the Strobist 101 course on line, I used just that rig with a Vivitar 285 and it worked like a charm! Try it! You'll be surprised how ergonomic it gets once you've practiced with it.
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can an electronic flash be set up for a Rolleicod V?

thanks
Sure you can. You just need a flash sync cord. I've used a simple plastic flash bracket for positioning the flash on the left side of the camera. Remember to set the flash mode switch to "X" on the 'Cord.
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On my Mamiya C330f I use a small sort-of tripod ball head. Slides into the cold shoe and can be set to any angle and direction.

It is only stamped 'Präzision, made in Germany'. With it goes a Metz 34-CS2 digital and remote flashes are triggered by those small selenium cell flash triggers. I use bigger flashes for the remotes and it works like a charm, while being cheap too.
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Where do you find such a short pc cable? I'd like to place my wireless trigger in the coldshoe but shortest cable I can find is a foot. I can always shorten it myself but would rather buy one that's about 6"

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