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Dot Line “DLC” DL-0316 Flash Bracket Review

By Anthony Thurston on April 16th 2013

I needed to pick up some new lightstands and flash brackets, so I took a trip to my local camera shop (best shop in state that I’ve been to) and took a look at their selection. I had a pretty tight budget, but I wanted to get the best quality possible within that budget. After looking at a few different brackets I settled on the Dot Line “dlc” DL-0316 Flash Bracket, best part was they were only $25.

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The DL-0316 is an Umbrella flash bracket, meaning it has a slot for you to place an umbrella. This was a key feature for me because I wanted to be able to use these with my umbrella softboxes. In addition to being within my price range these unit looked to be very well built. Once I got them home and was able to get a better look at them I was happy to be correct. They are built with very heavy duty plastic, and come with metal connectors.

Last night I was able to test them out on a simple shoot for the local high school. I was very impressed with these brackets. They are strong and durable, the swivel is very secure (something that cheaper brackets usually have problems with) and I was able to easily adjust my lights without having to fiddle with the bracket. Overall I am very happy with these brackets, if you think you might like to try them out for yourself checkout your local camera shop or they are also  available on Amazon.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Herm Tjioe

    I happen to have this, perfect for on-the-go mobile shooting, which also is lighter weight than all metal.

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  2. David Schöppe

    25 $ for a plastic Flash-Umbrella-Bracket?!

    Phottix Varos BG costs arrount 20 € here in Germany and it is made from full metal and holds even the heaviest wieghts..

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Its heavy duty plastic, and comes with metal connectors for the lightstand and a metal cold shoe. Sure, all metal is nice, but these are not your average plastic junk.

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    • David Schöppe

      Why would someone buy plastic if he can have full-metal for the same price?

      Take a look at this: http://media.meinfoto.com/img/artikel400/710214_2.jpg

      its the best Flash-Bracket I know, even the link is perfect.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Well in my case because the full metal one was not available at the store where I was, and I needed the bracket that night. If I could have waiting for metal brackets I would have. That said, the point of this post was not to say that this plastic bracket is better than an all metal one, it was to let people know my experience with this bracket.

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