Due to some requests I have posted more info on my macro flash bracket. It was built in an afternoon with spare photographic parts and aluminum from the garage and works better than I had hoped. it was built due to the need for variable lighting effects close to the subject and needed to fulfill the following requirements:
– adjustment with one hand
– not only be sturdy but add stability to the whole assembly
– work in both landscape and portrait orientations
– allow for key/fill light effects from above as well fill light effects from below.
– easy dismantling and portability
It fulfills all the requirements that I had for it and has provided me with a great deal of enjoyment. Above is an image of the bracket with my old kit: the Nikon D70, 105 Micro Nikkor and Nikon SB-600 Speedlite.