bracket attaches to the camera either by a standard 1/4"
x 20 screw screwed into the tripod socket on the camera base plate
or the bracket can be attached to the camera using one of Kirk
Enterprise's custom camera plates. The bracket has two tilt adjustments
(as shown above, right) and a long, slotted arm to which the flash
and remote flash cord are attached. One tilt movement tilts the
long arm along the long axis of the camera lens and the second
tilt movement tilts the long arm in a short arc along the axis
of the camera body. At first glance, this seems like a highly
adjustable system. But looks can be, and are, deceiving.
a view of the bracket from the left side of the camera. A Canon
Off Shoe Camera Cord 2 is used to connect the flash with the
camera. The two joints in the flash arm can only move the flash
closer to the end of the lens. The joints do not allow the angle
of the flash to be changed.
of tilts turns out not to be highly adjustable and this
is where my frustration with this bracket begins. Not only do
I expect a flash bracket to be able to position the flash close
to my subject but I expect that bracket to be able to allow me
to position the flash so that I can point the flash at my subject
from any angle. It is very difficult to get any other
angle other than "straight on" with this flash bracket.
A little futzing and you can get a bit of overhead lighting from
the right side of the lens (as viewed from the position of the
photographer). The limited adjustments pretty much guarantee that
glare will become a real issue in the photographs. What if you
want to turn the camera for a vertical image? Forget it. As you
can see this would yield only side-lighting for a vertical subject.
I don't know
if this was intended by Kirk Enterprises but you can adjust the
jointed arms such that the bracket can be used effectively to
move the flash far enough off-camera to avoid red eye if you are
shooting images of people. I wouldn't buy this bracket based on
this feature alone but it is handy to have. This keeps me from
having to purchase two flash brackets for two different purposes.