Canon Speedlite 480EG Flash Bracket
by David Thomas
Speedlite 480EG Diagram
"I purchased a Canon Speedlite 480EG flash from Ebay not too long ago. This flash did not come with a bracket like all their other hand grip flashes (e.g. Speedlite 577G, Speedlite 533G). I have been searching and searching online to find the right bracket for the Speedlite 480EG, but could not find any used camera dealer that might sell the bracket for the flash. Can you find for me any dealers that might be selling brackets for a Canon Speedlite 480EG?"
Thanks for your question about the Canon Speedlite 480EG. You are definitely the first photographer who has had a question for me about this particular Canon flashgun.
Those flashguns with a "potato masher" type of grip were very popular with wedding photographers back in the 70s when I first started shooting with flash. I used the old faithful Vivitar 285 with a Stroboframe bracket (click the photo above to see it bigger) because of the cost savings back then. That's what you might consider doing, finding a different bracket.
There are several models of Stroboframe brackets (or a similar bracket to use with your 480EG). The HUGE advantage is that you will be able to position your flash gun directly above your lens whether you are shooting vertically or horizontally. Shooting with a flashgun off to the side can give you distracting shadows off to the side of your subject.
It's unusual that you were able to buy the 480EG without the bracket and that makes it very tough to find just a bracket by itself for your 480EG flash. I'm guessing that you didn't see a 480EG listed on ebay that included the bracket. You could try craigslist (nationally) and you could try other dedicated used gear dealers like KEH, but because of its age, it may be tough to find that exact bracket.
The 480EG Specs
You got a nice powerful flash for your Canon DSLR, probably quite cheaply and it will serve you well once you get your bracket situation figured out.
Your bracket/grip-type 48EG flash unit has a high, maximum guide # 158 (ft.) at ISO 100. It also has wide angle and telephoto panels to give you flash coverage as wide as 20mm lens view and narrow enough for a 135 mm lens view.
The TTL 480EG System of the 480EG was designed to meet requirement of professional photographers who want a powerful flash with fast recycling speeds.
Please get back to me when you figure out the direction you're going to choose to go. I am quite curious about this. Good luck and keep shooting your Canon.
BruceCanon SpeedlitesSpeedlite Portraits