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.
Umbrellas softboxes from Phottix and other manufacturers are great lighting modifiers. Easy to transport and use, fast to set-up – but there’s one big drawback: Because of the design they are almost impossible to tilt on a traditional light stand.
Phottix has realized this flaw and overcome it. Introducing the Phottix Multi Boom. The compact Multi Boom mounts in a standard umbrella swivel, holds two flashes on axis with the umbrella shaft, and allows the softbox to be tilted. Halleluiah, the days of freakish, jury-rigged mounting are over.
Available as the Phottix Multi Boom 16″ or as a combo with Multi Boom 16″ and Phottix Varos II BG Umbrella Adapter.
Multi Boom Features
– Mount one or more flashes with the heads centered inside umbrellas or Phottix Easy-Up Umbrella Softboxes, or umbrella-style softboxes from other manufacturers for more even light output.
– Places the umbrella swivel outside umbrella-style softbox, allowing greater tilt angles and fast easy access to the swivel handle.
– Mount in an umbrella swivel, or in a grip head for tilt and swivel movement.
– Allows full 180 degree tilt with Phottix Easy-Up Umbrella Softboxes, up to 90 cm (of 36″) in height or diameter.
– Fast and easy set-up, base plate swivels and locks into place with one simple thumbscrew.
– Quickly folds flat and compact for transport. Carrying bag included.
– Mount the baseplate in multiple positions for different flash layouts, or lower center of gravity.
– The hand grip allows for holding of flashes mounted in a shoot-through umbrella or similar modifier.
– Large, easy-to grip-thumbscrews are captured in the slots – no worries of lost thumbscrews.
– Folded flat the bracket acts as a base stand for 2 flashes to sit on a flat surface (floor or table etc).
– Solid all metal construction is simple, strong and long-lasting with lightweight 6061 machined alloy material, with hard-wearing black anodized finish.
– Upright flash mounting is ideal for hotshoe mounted radio triggers.
– The eye bolt handle grip provides easy access to a handle outside the softbox, as well as a point to attach battery packs or small counterweights.
– Using the base plate from a second Multi-Boom bracket allows for quad flash mounting, or two flash units and 2 battery packs.
Please Note – for larger tilt angles with multiple flash units mounted, sandbags should be used on light stand base. Safety first – always use sandbags. For lightweight stands, or when there may be any possible stability issues, the flashes can also be mounted near the base of the Multi-Boom bracket. This is similar to the regular umbrella swivel mounting place, though still allowing full tilting of the softbox.