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Really Right Stuff Flash Bracket Review
TrueToad / Monday, July 24, 2017 / Categories: Reviews

Really Right Stuff Flash Bracket Review

Pricey Accessories

What you see pictured in the main image is a combination of RRS rings and adapters with the  ArcaTech Nodal Rail, and yes this does add weight to you carry - is it worth it?

On a regular basis I use a  Nikon R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Macro Flash System it advances my macro work to a higher level.  For reference purposes: Read My Review of the Nikon R1C1 here.   Nikon's wireless remote set up makes for some nice Macro lighting, the full package comes with two SB-R200 wireless flashes and the SU-800 commander, around $700.00 depending on where you shop.  
This project (challenge) started when I acquired the Sigma 180mm Macro lens; Nikon does not have threaded ring adapter that fits Sigma's filter ring size, too large @ 86MM - thus I had no way to attach my SB-R200s to the sigma lens.  
After a few searches I came across the Really Right Stuff  flash accessories and I eventually ordered the parts required to make my macro flash system work with the Sigma lens + I intend to use the Really Right Stuff as a fill flash for my nature shooting with my 600mm lens.

The Cost Breakdown
1. FR-87-QR Medium Flash Ring with Tilt Flash B87-QRFM mount ($288.00)
2 each B87-SFM Non-Tilt Flash Mount ( $90.00 each)
2 each FA-QR200 Adapter for SB-R200 flashes ($ 30.00 each)
1 Archatech Nodal Rail ($200.00)

 

Be advised the Really Right Stuff flash accessories are pricy, but as most RRS products go their quality is always top shelf, making my entire set up run around $ 720.00 without electronics; I already had an Arcatech Nodal Rail for some panorama work I was doing.

The Really Right Flash Accessories are very well made and will last a lifetime, although light (aircraft aluminum) all together adds some weight - but if you want / need precision this is it especially for tripod studio work.

Really Right Stuff offers flash hoops/rings in small, medium and large + two styles and of course all types of adapters for major camera manufactures, so you should not have any trouble putting together a complete set up by purchasing an appropriate sized circular or semi-circular flash bracket which accepts the really right stuff flash mounts.  You then acquire the correct flash shoe adapters. Their solution supports wireless and wired set-ups.  If you want to attach a standard flash on the ring you will need either a "cold" shoe adapter or a strobe cord adapter.  Once you have the adapters and flashes attached you can place the flash(es) anywhere along the ring, and lock them in place.

Out in the Field: Overall the flash bracket and adapters are easy to set-up and use plus they have utility for studio work and makes off camera macro photography work look more professional due to better lighting arrangements. 

I found using this setup both a blessing and pain; Having the added weight on the camera with an already heavy lens makes it near impossible to hand hold steady for true macro 1:1 shot and remain in focus/sharp. You will certainly have your work cut out for you if you try to hand carry/hold this setup. I recommend you carry along that tripod.  On a tripod this setup works very well, especially for static subjects such as flowers, water drops, and the like.  However, considering the price I suggest you look at all other options first and weigh carefully your investment. If you’re into studio macro, or are a dedicated fan Really Right Stuff will not disappoint.
If you are trying to travel light you may want to look around for other options and, if you’re a Nikon user consider the R1C1. or R1.


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Top Quality products for Macro, or a simple fill flash attached to your longer nature lens.  Overall the system is very adaptable  for general macro, studio, and product photography uses.

Second Advisory:  Unfortunately the hoop/ring adapters are not interchangeable. That is if you have a large hoop/ring your medium B87-QRFM will not fit the larger diameter ring. So you will require flash mounts specific to each ring size, a tilting flash mount will run you $170.00 - ouch!

Lens
  • Nikkor 300mm f/4 PF ED VR
  • Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 ED FL VR
  • Nikkor 600mm f/4 FL ED VR
  • Nikkor 200mm f/4 ED Macro
Accessories Used
  • R1C1 Wireless Close-up system
  • WR-A10 Wireless Adapter
Original Date7/24/2015 12:01:00 AM

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