|Nikon's R1 wireless macro flash has been a popular item since it was introduced. The only issue with the R1 has to do with the mounting ring - it is quite large and places the flash heads too far from the lens for buccal and occlusal mirror shots and posterior views.
Canon's MT-24EX Dual Point Flash is limited by the mounting that Canon includes in the package - it positions the flash heads very close to the lens without an option to move them away.
The R2 Dual Point Flash Bracket solves both of the issues by allowing you to position the flash heads on either side of the lens for intraoral views or separate them by as much as 22 inches for anterior esthetic views and lab communication.
The R2 Bracket is available in three different flash mounts: Nikon (R2-N), Sony (R2-S) and Universal (R2-U).
The Nikon version features a flash mount that is specifically for the Nikon SB-R200. This Nikon flash can be purchased individually and it is also part of the Nikon R1 and R1C1 packages.
The Nikon version is also used for the Meike MK-MT24 macro flashes. The Meike system uses the same flash mount as the Nikon SB-R200. Meike has released Nikon, Canon and Sony versions of the MK-MT24 and all of them use the same flash mount and will need the R2-N bracket.
The Universal version (R2-U) has a standard flash mount that accepts all flashes that have a standard hot shoe mount (see images above).
The Sony version (R2-S) accepts flashes that use the Sony MIS (Multi Interface Shoe) (see image below). The Sony HVL-F32M is currently the smallest wireless flash that Sony offers. Please see note below for more information about the R2-S bracket compatibilty with Sony cameras.
|If your flash foot looks like this, You have a Sony MIS mount flash and you need the
R2 Bracket for Sony (R2-S).
|Sony camera compatibility with the R2-S Bracket
Sony has multiple types of cameras that offer wireless flash capability: Mirrorless and standard SLR. The R2-S bracket is compatible with all Sony SLR cameras.
The Mirrorless cameras are also broken into two separate lines: SLR and Rangefinder. The R2-S will work on the Mirrorless SLR cameras (image 1 at left), but not the Rangefinder models (image 2 at left).
The Rangefinders are small and the macro lens extends down below the bottom of the camera. This prevents the bracket from properly mounting to the camera body.
|There are three versions of the R2 Dual Point Flash Bracket available:|
The original R2 Bracket - Each arm of the bracket has two sections with tension hinges in between and at both ends. Separate the flashes up to 22 inches apart or bring the flashes in close to the lens.
The R2 - Wide Bracket - Each arm of the bracket has three sections with tension hinges in between each arm and at both ends. Separate the flashes up to 29 inches apart or bring the flashes in close to the lens.
The R2 - Ballhead Bracket - Each arm of the bracket has two sections with tension hinges in between and at both ends. The flash heads sit on ball heads which add vertical flash positioning (see animated image below). Separate the flashes up to 24 inches apart or bring the flashes in close to the lens.
The photo below shows the difference between the flash mounts - Original and Wide on the left - Ballhead on the right.
This video (courtesy of our Japanese distributor, AG Pac Inc.) illustrates the flexibility of the R2 Brackets. Thanks to Junji Toyoshima from AG Pac Inc. for this video.
|Recommended flashes for use with the PhotoMed R2 Dual Point Flash Bracket|
The Nikon SB-R200 wireless flash was designed as a macro flash. It was originally introduced as part of the R1 and R1C1 macro flash packages. It is also available individually for use with the R2 bracket.
The SB-R200 works with the D810, D800/D800E, D780, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D300/D300s, D200, D90, D80 and D70/D70s cameras which have a built-in wireless flash transmitter and can control the macro flash heads wirelessly. All other Nikon digital cameras need the R1C1 with Nikon's SU-800 Wireless Controller.
The Canon EL-100 flash is a compact flash that can be controlled wirelessly by a Canon flash transmitter. The Canon Rebel T3i, T4i, T5i, T6i, T6s, T7i, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 90D, 7D and 7D Mark II can control wireless flashes without additional equipment. All other Canon models need a Canon EL-100 flash to work as the transmitter on the camera's hot shoe.
The Nissin i40 is the latest small, wireless flash that can be used on the R2 bracket. It is available in Canon and Nikon versions and can be used with cameras that have wireless flash capability (either built-in or with external transmitters).
The Nissin i40 costs a little bit more than the Canon EL-100 and Nikon SB-R200 flashes but the i40 beats them both in terms of power and flexibility:
- the Nissin i40 is nearly twice as powerful as the Canon EL-100 and 4 times as powerful than the Nikon SB-R200.
- the Nissin i40 uses 4 AA batteries vs. 2 AA in the Canon and a CR123 battery in the Nikon. Faster recycling and longer battery life.
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|Risers for R2 Bracket and Lumiquest Pocket Bouncers|
|The new R2 Risers are designed to raise the R2 bracket up so that when you set it down, the Pocket Bouncers do not
come in contact with the table surface. The Riser set includes a threaded riser that screws into the bracket tripod screw and two risers that attach to the hinge screws.
The bottom photo shows a complete camera system with the Pocket Bouncers attached to the flashes and the Riser set in place.
|PhotoMed R2 Dual Point Flash Bracket (choose Original, Wide or Ballhead version)|
|PhotoMed R2 Dual Point Flash Bracket (original)||$279.00|
|PhotoMed R2 - Wide Dual Point Flash Bracket||$319.00|
|PhotoMed R2 - Ballhead Dual Point Flash Bracket||$319.00|
|R2 Riser Set||$29.00|
|R2 Bracket and Wireless Flash packages (includes two flashes and bracket)|
|Canon EL-100 flash system with R2-U Bracket|
|Nikon SB-R200 flash system with R2-N Bracket|
|Nissin i40 flash system with R2-U Bracket|
|Nikon SU-800 transmitter (for Nikon cameras that do not have built-in wireless flash capability)||
|Canon EL-100 flash/transmitter (for Canon cameras that do not have built-in wireless flash capability)||
|LumiQuest Pocket Bouncer and UltraStrap|
LumiQuest Pocket Bouncers are popular accessories for the dual point flash systems on R2 brackets. The Pocket Bouncer redirects light at a 90° angle from the flash to soften the quality of the light by enlarging the light roughly 6-8 times over the size of the flash head itself.
|LumiQuest Pocket Bouncer/UltraStrap Set - includes 2 Pocket Bouncers and 2 UltraStraps||
|LumiQuest Mini Softbox and UltraStrap|
LumiQuest Mini Softboxes are popular accessories for the dual point flash systems on R2 brackets. The LumiQuest Mini SoftBox diffuses light with the flash in the direct flash position. It enlarges the light source 4-5 times the flash head itself.
|LumiQuest Mini Softbox/UltraStrap Set - includes 2 Mini Softboxes and 2 UltraStraps||