Flashpoint releases vertical TTL flash trigger adapter for shooting high on a tripod

Oct 21, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Oct 21, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Adorama has a new Flashpoint Vertical TTL Hot Shoe adapter. It’s basically a pass-through adapter, so there are no extra batteries to deal with, that allows you to mount your flash trigger at a potentially more useful angle. Currently available for Nikon and Canon (no word if other brands are coming) it allows you to mount your trigger at a possibly more useful angle.

This seemed like a strange unit to release when I first saw it, but the more I think about it (especially after seeing photos), the more it makes sense. At least, it makes sense if you’re shooting something like products, or for events or something with flash and your camera high up on a tripod.

If the camera is above you, then you’re not going to be able to look down on the trigger to see and change your flash settings. So, this lets you mount it vertically for easy viewing and access.

Developed by Adorama, it’s designed specifically for use with triggers like the newly announced R2 Pro Mark II and Godox XPro triggers. But it will work with pretty much anything that works directly in the hotshoe. And it should help with many other flash triggers that have a somewhat more awkward design. I could see it being rather useful for anybody still using the Yongnuo YN-622-TX, for example, even for regular use.

Of course, given that it’s designed for use primarily with the XPro and R2 Pro Mark II, it might just make more sense to put some kind of hinged mechanism in a future iteration of those triggers.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Flashpoint releases vertical TTL flash trigger adapter for shooting high on a tripod”

  1. Kostas Avatar
    Kostas

    Good idea. Too tall though

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I don’t know. If people are handholding with this, if it was any shorter the trigger would be whacking people in the head and changing the settings (same issue a lot of people complained about with the X1T).

      I can’t see myself having a need for this, but I’m curious to see what people think about the positioning in practical use once they get it in their hands.