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Phottix announces 16" Multi Boom Flash Bracket for umbrella softboxes

By dpreview staff on Mar 29, 2013 at 23:56 GMT

Studio Lighting accessories maker Phottix has announced the 16-inch Multi Boom, with a tiltable bracket for umbrella softboxes. Priced at $69.99, it can hold up to two flashguns, and allows compatible softboxes to be tilted up to 180 degrees. According to the company, umbrella softboxes from Phottix and other manufacturers are easy to set-up, but almost impossible to tilt on traditional light stands. This can be resolved by attaching the Multi Boom bracket.

The Phottix 16-inch Multi Boom comes with a tiltable head for umbrella softboxes. 


Total comments: 15
By youthforever (Apr 16, 2013)


By zubpho (Apr 1, 2013)

Better invest in a Paul C.Buff White PLM umbrella for less price and hassle and better results.

I have used Phottix Parabolic umbrella 60 inch silver, the hot spot is an issue and unacceptable for the price paid when comparing to Paul C.Buff parabolic silver umbrella.

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By Halstatt (Mar 30, 2013)

Just what I'd been looking for when still putzing around with my underpowered Nikon flashes.

Take the plunge and purchase some monolights.

By Octane (Mar 31, 2013)

monolights don't support iTTL nor do they sync at fast shutter speeds. There are many reasons why people want to use system flashes.

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By elv (Mar 30, 2013)

More detail on the Multi Boom can be seen here as well -

By plevyadophy (Mar 30, 2013)

Yeah, the Phottix site's description of the product is pretty rubbish and doesn't at all do justice to how brilliant and flexible this device is. It's a real eye opener to see the multitude of possibilities this device offers when you read the detailed description on your site. Like I said in the comments section of your site, really it ought to be your description that is the official one (so that folks can get a full understanding of what the product offers); I would wager that almost all the people who criticize it haven't seen the detailed info on your site but have seen other less well explained descriptions.

Well done, on a very well thought out product. I will def have one by year end.

By rockjano (Mar 30, 2013)

Very good idea and it is an existing problem, I also use 2 70x90cm umbrella box like that and yes you cannot slant it (or just a bit what the zipper hole let you)

But I already have 4 tri flash brackets that I would continue to use, what I would need is a small pole that could be put into that metal Manfrotto umbrella bracket, it could be useful and cheaper as well

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By ksgant (Mar 30, 2013)

I like the "mini-boom" idea. That's kind of the limitation with these small flash softboxes, being able to position then when the lightstand comes up through the bottom of it.

Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Mar 30, 2013)

$70? I built one of these years ago from stuff lying around my house!

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By TWIZEEL (Mar 31, 2013)

There is no problem to make everything but some busy people value their time. I'd better to spend 70 baks then
hang out around garage few days.

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By Zalllon (Apr 1, 2013)

I agree with TWIZEEL. I'd rather spend my time earning rather than saving. Plus when I'm at a client's home / office, I want to be able to set up/tear down quickly, and this sorts that out. Then of course there are those clients that don't want you walking on with home made looking stuff, perception sometimes drive marketability.

Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Apr 2, 2013)

Try a few seconds - literally. I just added a plate (from a u-bolt) to an existing single flash holder. Bingo - now it holds two flashes.

By atlien991 (Apr 2, 2013)

This comment, typical for these kinds of product announcements, is annoying. Everyone can't/isn't interested in making their photo gear. Considering all the things in society that we buy for convenience I'm always shocked at the boisterous nature of these annoying comments.

I mean have you NEVER gone through a McDonald's drive thru instead of going home to cook a better tasting burger? Please stop doing this.

By TWIZEEL (Mar 30, 2013)

Thank you!
I use to a halogen light in Real Estate shooting, 'cause halogen lamps takes a little space and dont need a sync. I see those collapsible boxes could be very handy staff on location assignments.

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Brian Hursey
By Brian Hursey (Mar 30, 2013)

I got an test version ahead of its realease. If any one interested I did an full video review and the written review is in the videos description.

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