RX Camera Accessories now has a lens hood and cable release bracket for Coolpix cameras,
click here for the pictures and details.
The RX attaches to the Coolpix by tightening the padded screw against the bottom
of the camera's lens unit. The part that contacts the top of the lens unit is also
well padded. This padding helps to grip the camera firmly without the worry of
scratching the painted surfaces.
(Note: The black polymer T-handle is a $14.99 option, the RX
Bracket is shipped with a smaller, egg-shaped plastic handle, shown above)
You can easily flip the bracket into the vertical position when using the Coolpix
in portrait orientation. It works as well with the new Coolpix
990 as it does with the 950 or 900s.
Because it mounts on the camera's lens unit, the RX bracket gives you
complete access to both the CompactFlash card and the batteries without the need
to remove it first. You also retain the capability of swiveling the lens to
any angle desired.
Another benefit of the RX is that it allows you to use the WC-E24 wideangle
(or the telephoto) lens with the advantage of flash illumination.
When attached, the RX allows normal operation with either the LCD or the optical
viewfinder - nothing is blocked or inconvenienced. You can even access the diopter
adjustment for the optical viewfinder.
The newly designed tripod mount now supports the weight of the camera, flash
and bracket without putting a strain on the Nikon's swivel joint and allows
you to position the color LCD at any angle desired.
Steve's ConclusionThere are many different flash brackets that can be used with the Coolpix cameras including Nikon's own bracket. The Versatec RX is the only one that does not use the tripod socket and it's the only one that lets you access the CompactFlash card and batteries while still on the camera. It's also the only bracket that can quickly go from landscape to portrait mode by simply flipping it open.
As well as being a highly versatile mount for the Nikon Speedlight, the RX gives you a solid, stable grip to an often awkward camera & flash combination. You must observe caution when attaching a large strobe like the SB28 on the Coolpix 950's lens unit. Be sure to support (hold) both parts of the camera to prevent damage to the swivel joint. If you use it properly I don't see this being a major problem but a word to the wise just the same.
The advantages of using the RX and external flash:
Having used the Nikon flash bracket and a lot of other regular photo flash brackets I can tell you that this is a better way to do it. The other brackets use the tripod mount and if you need to put the camera and the flash on a tripod it becomes very unstable. The results have been excellent with the flash "up and away" from the lens, it significantly reduces redeye problems. Not to mention how quick and easy it is to transition from horizontal to vertical and back again. And you no longer have to unscrew the bracket everytime you want to change the memory card or the batteries.
RX Camera Accessories now has this precision machined flat black hood for Nikon cameras
for $14.99. With an internal O-ring, it slips cleanly over the Coolpix 950, 990 or 995's
lens and stays put. The flat black finish assures that the only light entering the lens
is reflected by your subject
They also have a high quality, precision machined, shutter release cable mount for the Coolpix 950 for $29.99, available soon the 990 too.
Larry Berman's RX Bracket setup
Alan Zenreich's RX Bracket review
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Larry Berman's RX Bracket setup