People always seem interested in the items I use and that is flattering. From the big things like camera and lens choices, too software programs and lighting. But also those small items used for very specific things.

Of course, we talk about such things on my courses where relevant or when asked, and I am happy to give an opinion of what has and has not worked for me.

Often however, you have to look beyond the ‘big’ names to find that little something you want, need or simply for reasons of budget. So I will start to talk a little more about some of the less obvious lines that may be of interest.

Custom Brackets may not be a product line everyone is familiar with. But once you get into specific types of photography and go beyond a certain level, such items come onto the radar.

There are a number of items in the range. For example, the new HDV bracket is one of a growing list of accessories designed to tempt the modern D SLR shooter to use the still rather esoteric (for some) video capabilities. But there are many other items that may just be that missing link in making it all come together with a high quality image. Here is the official press release and pricing details of the latest products:



Flaghead Photographic, the exclusive UK & Ireland distributor for Custom Brackets products, are pleased to announce the following new products:

The new CUSTOM BRACKETS HDV PRO KIT is designed to hold HDSLR cameras together with a range of accessories for video recordings. The bracket will hold the camera and in addition it has several mounting points to hold monitor, LED light and microphone.

Includes two comfortable foam grips and handle for low-level shots
• Holds camera and several accessories, i.e. microphone, monitor, LED light etc
• Use with existing neck strap for a balanced, stable & near-weightless setup
• Lightweight design using aircraft quality aluminium
• Adjustable camera mounting plate to make camera battery door accessible
• Custom Brackets, Arca Swiss style, and Manfrotto RC2 series quick releases for both the camera and tripod are available
Weight: 27.7 oz (784 g),  Metric Dimensions: 21.1 cm high, 38.1 cm wide, 3.3 cm deep

Code Description Price excl. of Vat Price incl. of Vat
CBHDVPK HDV PRO KIT frame with two padded grips, one handle, fold-out legs, two accessory shoes with extension bar, two locking shoes 169.00 202.80


Quick-release tilt heads from Custom Brackets for mounting a long lens, or camera body, giving two-way movement using two separate captive lock and drag knobs for maximum control.  The AS version uses ArcaSwiss type mounting plates and the CB version uses Custom Brackets own mounting plates. Perfect companions for monopod or tripod.  For use with the popular Manfrotto 685B monopod, two Anti Twist Pins are available.

• Precision-machined for smooth tilt forwards and backwards.
• Separate drag and lock knobs for better control of tilt.
• An Arca Swiss Style quick release for fast setup and storage.
• Base is designed to be used on any monopod or tripod with 3/8” or 1/4” stud.
• To mount the Tilt Head to a monopod or tripod with a 1/4-20 threaded mounting stud, a 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 reducer bushing is required.

Weight: 16oz. (464 g),  Dimensions: 3-5/8” high, 3-7/8” wide, 3-1/2” deep, Dimensions: 9.2 cm high, 9.8 cm wide, 8.9 cm deep,  3/8″-16 tripod mount

Code Description Price excl. of Vat Price incl. of Vat
CBAS TILT HEAD AS for ArcaSwiss  style mounting plates 125.00 150.00
CBCB TILT HEAD AS for Custom Brackets mounting plates 125.00 150.00
CBTFM Flash mount for Tilt Head as & CB 105.00 126.00
CBGFT Adapter for wireless shoe mounted flashes 14.00 16.80
CBATP Anti Twist Pins (two) for use with Tilt Head on Manfrotto 685B monopod 12.00 14.40


The CAMERA ACCESSORY BAR is available in two length, 9” and 14”. Ideal to mount two cameras side by side or one camera with flash unit or accessories.

• Made of a black-anodized, aircraft quality aluminium
• Cork base pads run the whole length of the bar
• Both 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded tripod mounting holes
• Inch and Metric scales on each side of bar
• Built-in spirit level.
• Centre slots allow camera screws to adjust from 1-3/4 inches up to 6 inches separation
• Ideal size for small SLRs and miniature cameras of all types.
• Includes two D-Clip screws for mounting

Code Description Price excl. of Vat Price incl. of Vat
CBCAB9 9” Mounting bar 26.00 31.20
CBCAB14 14” Mounting bar 34.00 40.80

End. (06/06/11).