Rapid Omega flash suggestions?

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by rexp, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. rexp

    rexp Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    Lincoln, Neb
    Med. Format RF
    I use a Koni Rapid Omega 100. I have been using a Vivitar 283 flash with it, but I would like to find a better solution. In particular, I would like more power and a more solid mounting scheme. I have always felt uneasy with hot-shoe mounting the 283 as it seems like it is about to snap off at the shoe. The all metal hot shoe replacements sort of illustrates that others have broken flash shoes.

    I borrowed a Metz 45 CT-1 to try, but soon discovered a fault with using this flash on this camera. The “some love it, some hate it” hand grip of the Koni makes my arm bonk into the flash mounting bracket when the flash is on the left (while looking thru the camera). Whoa – just flip the bracket around & mount it on the other side! Two screws and… dang, it interferes with the yank&shove film advance. Can’t do it on the right.

    I assume there must be some ol’ dyed-in-the-wool wedding photographers who lugged a Koni all over, with suggestions for an on-camera flash.
  2. rbarker

    rbarker Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Rio Rancho,
    Multi Format
    You missed your chance at Halloween to flip the mounting plate over to mount the flash below the camera. :wink:

    I've never used a Koni Omega, but I've had similar problems with other cameras. So far, I haven't found a perfect solution. I did find a now-discontinued model of a Stroboframe MF flip-flash bracket that comes close, but still not perfect. You might consider making (or having a machinist make) a different, potentially offset base plate that would better fit your Koni Omega, and then mount the little adapter block from the Metz 45 onto that plate.
  3. Konical

    Konical Subscriber

    Jun 1, 2003
    Good Evening, Rexp,

    Koni supplied a custom mounting bracket for the K-O cameras. It's heavy metal and locks securely onto the right-hand side of the camera in front of the focusing knob. A clip-type device was usually included and this made it possible to attach a potato-masher flash unit.

    I used the mounting bracket and some 1/4" strap aluminum for a home-made bracket which holds a 285-type flash well above the lens. I can't flip it for vertical shots, but with the 6 x 7 negative, I've been able to get by with just cropping out a vertical section when printing. I keep thinking that I should replace my bracket with a more elegant arrangement, but inertia has so far prevented that.