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Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket

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Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket

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  • Designed for Canon and Nikon Camera / Flash Combinations

You Pay: $44.95

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The Custom Bracket CB Mini-RC is a horizontal camera and flash platform bracket. It has a wide cork-padded camera platform to support a digital, 35mm film, or medium format camera. The 1/4"-20 camera screw can be adjusted for cameras of different thickness. Featuring the same compact setup as the CB Mini, the CB Mini-RC allows full accessibility to the vertical shutter release on your camera. It is designed for Canon and Nikon camera / flash combinations.

Since this type of bracket is usually used with either a handle mount flash or shoe mount flash attached to an off-camera cord, this bracket comes with a 1/4"-20 flash screw.

Anti-twist feature for off-camera cord.
The flash is positioned forward from the camera to reduce the occurrence of flash shadows created by longer lenses.
Can be mounted on tripod via 1/4"-20 threaded socket.
Durable aluminum construction.
Dimensions 7 x 3.5" (17.8 x 8.9 cm) WxD
Weight 6 oz (170 g)
Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket
  • Camera Mounting Screw
  • Cork Base Pads
  • Screw for Flash or Flash Cord with Flash Anti-Twist Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Tripod Mount
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Custom BracketsCB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket
     
    4.7

    (based on 78 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (63)
    • Lightweight (57)
    • Durable (36)
    • Strong construction (23)
    • Packs small / compresses (19)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill flash (25)
      • General purpose (25)
      • Photojournalism (23)
      • Portraits (20)
      • Weddings (17)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (59)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (24), Semi-pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (3), Professional (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Handy tool for flash photography

      Great for eliminating the sideways shadows on portrait-oriented photographs of people by placing the flash over the axis of the lens.

      Using this bracket takes the flash off your camera, meaning...Read complete review

      Great for eliminating the sideways shadows on portrait-oriented photographs of people by placing the flash over the axis of the lens.

      Using this bracket takes the flash off your camera, meaning that in press pit/media scrum situations you reduce the risk of either firing the flash into the back of someone's head or ramming your flash into the back of someone's head. And the person behind you will thank you because your flash won't be in their shot.

      Well built with adjustable locking plate that caters for different off camera cord hot shoes.

      Only slightly annoying point is that the screw that holds the off camera cord hotshoe in place requires a screwdriver - it would be great if it was a d-ring like it is on the screw that fastens the bracket to the camera body itself.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      A bracket with good intentions

      I am a photographer on the go and so I bought it on the sole premise that I can stow it in my backpack eliminating the bulk and I can pull it out with...Read complete review

      I am a photographer on the go and so I bought it on the sole premise that I can stow it in my backpack eliminating the bulk and I can pull it out with ease. I wanted a higher quality "straight" bracket even if realizing that the quality of imaging remains the same, have I used other straight brackets. The quality of workmanship, simplicity in design, and convenience of storage are the best part of it. The problem associated with all straight brackets is its inconsistency with lighting on subject matters mostly in environments with little light. Because the flash is on the right side, horizontal subjects are prone to uneven lighting and cast shadows. Vertical subjects are prone to "halo" lighting, where the subject "glows" as the background surrounding it dissipates into the darkness.

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      5.0

      Useful Bracket

      By HowardMagic

      from New York

      Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

      Very useful, I recommend this for everyone.

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      5.0

      Love It!

      By Coco

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

        I love this bracket! Works amazing.

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        • No

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        5.0

        CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket ROCKS!

        By Mitchell Parsons

        from New York, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Light Weight
        • Right Side Mount

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

            I'm not a fan of using flash, but with a lot of photo assignments I've had lately I had no choice. So, I wanted something to help shape the light and give it a more natural feel. This bracket rocks! Love how it's mounted for the right side.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Worked Like A Charm

            By Steve d.

            from new england

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • Portraits

            Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

            This is a Solid well made Bracket. Seems to work well with camera battery grip. I use it with 3' flash cord made by Vello. The Nikon SC-28 Cord was too long and got in the way. Noticable difference, less harsh shadows and no more red eye, from what I can see, once you get the flash off the camera hotshoe.Stays secure at any angle, vertical or horizontal.

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            5.0

            Best Bracket Ever!

            By CLB

            from Spring Valley, NY

            Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

            I used to have a big unwieldy bracket from Custom Brackets. It was extremely sturdy but it was heavy and took a some time to attach the flash with the ttl cord, the Paul C Buff trigger, and the camera. I simply hated the time it took to assemble the whole camera/flash/trigger/bracket contraption and the extra weight .
            So I ordered this CB Mini bracket and it's fantastic!!! I simply attach the camera to the bracket, put the flash, which has attached to it the Stofen Omnobounce or bounce reflector (like the demb reflector, but bigger) depending on the cicumstance, in the hot shoe. I slide the trigger, into a CB cold shoe (purchased separately) attached to the bracket, ad a pc cord to the trigger and presto, all done! Its quick and easy to assemble! There's barely any added weight ! I leave the lens hood on and that makes the camera stable when I put the camera on a flat surface with the bracket on it.
            And, as all Custom Bracket products are, the bracket is made of top quality materials.

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            5.0

            Lightweight, Durable

            By Kevin

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Night Photography

              Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

              Great little flash bracket. Does the job no problems.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Extremely light and durable

              By Humboldt Photographer

              from Arcata. CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commercial
                • General Use
                • Unlimited Attachment Use

                Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                I have other Custom Bracket products so I knew that this would be a sure bet. Sure enough, right out of the bag you can tell it's extremely light and very durable. Easy to use and attach to camera with lots of different configurations and uses.

                Definitely not limited to flash units. I used my CamRanger on it and next I plan to use my Pocket Wizard on it.

                Definitely worth the price and Custom Bracket makes no shortcuts on the construction of this device.

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                4.0

                Good bracket

                By David_E

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                    I'm using this bracket on a Nikon D610 with MB-D14 grip, and I'm really only interested in how the whole setup works when held vertically. I'm sure it would work well on any largish camera.

                    It's very well made, and balances well in the vertical orientation with a Nikon SB-900 flash attached via an SC-29 cable. The cable is too long, so I've got it wrapped around the hotshoe area of the flash a couple of times, so I don't have a huge loop of cable dangling. This isn't optimal, but works fine. I'll probably get a short cable at some point.

                    Overall, the whole rig is pretty tight, and feels solid and durable, which makes me happy for working in crowds. The foot of the flash is locked into the SC-29, and the SC-29 is very well locked into the bracket with a thumb screw. The bracket has a little anti-rotation device for the SC-29, which is perfect, and very easy to adjust. It's odd that they don't include the anti-rotation bar for the camera itself. I'd have to say it's worth paying extra for it, as the camera is very well locked in place with the bar, but I think it ought to be part of the package. The bracket did seem overpriced to me, but I thought it was the best option available.

                    All of the edges on the very bottom surface of the bracket are slightly rounded, so it doesn't cut into your hand, but I can't say that holding it for hours is very comfortable, and certainly not as compared with just holding the camera by the Nikon grip. (It is MUCH more comfortable than a Stroboframe flip bracket, though.) The index finger goes on the camera's vertical release (the one that's on the MB-D14 grip), and three fingers wrap over the bracket and hold the camera by the grip. This is OK for me but not great, and my hands are of a medium size. Someone with small hands might struggle to reach the vertical shutter release. Using my thumb to operate the controls on the MB-D14 is no problem.

                    The flash head isn't ever exactly above the lens, whether I am holding the rig vertically or horizontally, but it's pretty close when vertical. The shadow effect when held vertically is much better than having a flash mounted in the camera's hotshoe, which was the problem I wanted solved. In order to have the flash head end up being centered directly over the lens, you need a tallish camera, or a shorter flash. My old Stroboframe flip bracket is better at getting the flash right above the lens when it's held vertically, but the whole contraption is much more awkward.

                    Overall I'm very pleased. I like that the bracket itself weighs nothing, and it's just a flat little thing, so having it in a bag doesn't really add any bulk or weight.

                    I'd give it 5 stars if the bottom surface of the bracket was more comfortable to hold. I think that would require that it be a MUCH more expensive product, though, as it would basically have to be built like the bottom of the MB-D14, with more curves and some padding. I'm considering gluing some kind of pad over it, maybe a piece of leather or something.

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                    5.0

                    Mini RC Bracket

                    By LoneRangeFinder

                    from Portland ORegon

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Lacked An Adapter

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash

                    Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                    I use this for macro along with the Novoflex 10.2" flex arm to accurately position my speedlight for precise lighting for macro photography

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                    5.0

                    Excellent compact bracket

                    By Nicolas

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                      Well constructed and lightweight, I use it when I go "light", meaning camera without the battery grip, the 24-105L and the 430EX flash. I like that in this setup the weight of the flash balances against the weight of the lens, so there is a lot less torque on your wrist. The space left between the camera and flash is somewhat tight, guys with big hands might have a problem, other than that is a great beacket, my new favorite.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect light placement

                      By Terry

                      from Orinda, CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash

                        Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                        This simple bracket puts my flash close to the lens to produce great lighting. This is perfect for shooting events, both inside and out, full flash or fill.

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                        5.0

                        Finally a Bracket I Like

                        By JTC

                        from Franklin, TN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                          I had tried many different flash brackets for supporting my camera and Speedlights but found most of them to be somewhat shaky for my D610 and a larger Speedlight. This meets my needs perfectly. Admittedly, I was concerned that I would get shadows with the flash adjacent to the camera, but that has not been the case in either landscape or portrait mode. It is a solid and well-made product.

                          I use a 1.5' flash cord to connect the camera/flash.

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                          5.0

                          Must have for a photo scrum.

                          By Event Photog

                          from Ontario, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Event Photography
                            • Paparazzi
                            • Street Fashion

                            Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                            This is a must have when you're in a photo scrum. Otherwise, when shooting vertical your flash ends up firing into the back of someone's head. Squeeze into thigh spaces with this nice tight body & flash package. The bracket also balances the body & flash and makes it very maneuverable that would otherwise be top heavy. Please note that moving the flash from the top of the camera to the side does not make better quality light. After all, this bracket is found under the fashion & paparazzi section of the manufacture website and when they say 'fashion' they mean 'street fashion'. With that said, the bracket preformed as it should giving the results that were expected from having a side flash mounted close to the lens. (See compact camera) The product is very well made. Its light weight and solid and mounts with no flex. I purchased mine with the Custom Brackets AT Anti Twist Bar for hassle free event shooting. I use this on my D4 and D800 w/ grip. I also use the RRS B87-QR: Medium Flash Bracket with Orbiting Tilt Mount when not shooting in scrums.

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                            5.0

                            Event shooter - just get one!

                            By Sycotek

                            from Perth Western Australia

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photojournalism

                              Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                              Love it - sits on my D4s and makes the whole kit very compact.

                              Extremely useful for press/event situations.

                              I found using the included nikon stofen it creates a very even light so would recommend in that configuration (unless you are using a 70-200 obviously)

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                              4.0

                              CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket

                              By Vpix

                              from New Orleans, USA.

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use
                                • Night Photography
                                • Photojournalism
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                                Really easy to use. Gets the flash out by the lens reducing shadows. Sturdy construction, easy to fit to camera, easy to fit flash to with plenty of room to use all your controls. Watch for flash flare if using diffuser heads on your flash extending close to the end of your lenses.

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                                5.0

                                Paparazzo must have

                                By John White

                                from Toronto, Canada

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Photojournalism

                                  Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                                  In the pro world, who doesn't have one

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect compact bracket

                                  By LeoC

                                  from NYC/NJ

                                  Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                                  This simple lightweight bracket has a thin profile--got it for my Nikon 800 swivel head flash/with a cable linking to my D300s--creates a perfect balance for candid shooting--low tech and always ready

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect.

                                  By Geowave

                                  from CT

                                  Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                                  Solid design. Robust. Portrait flash shots improved.

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                                  5.0

                                  A very handy flash bracket!

                                  By Music Man5

                                  from Normal, IL

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Photojournalism
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                                    I generally have two cameras with me on an OP/TECH USA Double Sling. My old bracket was much to large to carry using the sling. Plus it flopped around as the flash arm could not be held in place (the pivot moves freely).

                                    But with the CB-Mini-RC it stays right where I put it when I let that camera go to use the other one. Perfect for what I need.

                                    The bracket is solidly made and with the anti-twist bar on it does not move around. Flash is held solidly in place.

                                    A small adjustment period was needed to get used to where the flash is but wasn't long.

                                    If you use a flash in an environment where you are moving around a lot I highly recommend the CB-Mini-RC.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great bracket

                                    By Jack of the trade

                                    from New York, NY

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use

                                        Comments about Custom Brackets CB Mini-RC Camera & Flash Bracket:

                                        Nice and compact, does the job.

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