PHOTTIX HS SPEED MOUNT II – Strap On Speedlite Softbox Bracket

Phottix have raised the bar again, releasing the first horizontal strap on speedlite to softbox adapter with the new HS Speed Mount II !

The HS Speed Mount uses a Bowen’s compatible adapter to mount regular softboxes and modifiers using the popular Bowen’s style mount. Speedlites can now be simply strapped in place on the bracket, which removes any stress from the flash foot. Traditional hotshoe style mounting is also still possible as well with the clamping cold shoe provided.

I’m actually already pretty familiar with (and possibly a little excited about) the new HS Speed Mount II, as I helped Phottix with designing the new bracket –

Phottix HS Speed Mount II

 

The HS Speed Mount II attaches via a regular 5/8″ brass stud to the very solid Phottix Varos BG umbrella swivel, or most regular umbrella swivels which accept the standard 5/8″ stud.

The brass stud is attached securely to the base of  the bracket, there’s nothing to swivel around, come loose and fall apart on this bracket. 

Phottix HS Speed Mount II

 

As well as the horizontal strap on mounting, the HS Speed Mount II features a reversible L bracket, which also allows traditional upright coldshoe style mounting of the flash. And the clamping coldshoe is also included. There is a lot of adjustment available, so radio triggers can also me mounted on the flash foot in the upright flash mounting position.

Phottix HS Speed Mount II

 

Where the HS Speed Mount II really gets interesting though is in the horizontal strap on flash mounting.

Mounting the flash this way means there is no stress placed on the flash foot at all. Or no stress on shoe mounted radio triggers, which often end up with broken feet, or just loose connection and reliability due to stress and movement in the flash on top. So mounting like this can make quite a difference in reliability with some shoe mount triggers.

Phottix HS Speed Mount II

 

Also as there is no rigid fixing to the flash at all, should the unfortunate happen and a light stand go over, you have a better chance of walking away without a broken flash or flash foot, as the strap holding the flash down allows some movement and cushioning effect.

The flash is strapped to an alloy base pad and secured with an elastic Velcro strap. The base pad has a number of 1/4″ threaded holes underneath, allowing it attach to the bracket by one simple thumbscrew. 

Phottix HS Speed Mount II

 

The base pad has a rubber surface which the flash head rests on, and as nicely finished as this is, I would have preferred a more non slip rubber material to grip the flash easier. But if you make sure to pull the elastic strap down well, the flash is not going anywhere.

Phottix were fast running out of stock of the previous HS Speed Mounts, and in order to make this one available quickly the machinist/manufacturer had to take some of their own artistic license to the bracket. So admittedly its not all completely as I would have done it myself, but nevertheless its still a great little bracket.

 

Phottix HS Speed Mount II - Base Pad

 

The base pad attaches to the L bracket with one simple thumbscrew. And the flash can then slide in and out of the Bowens mounting ring as needed. This makes it easy to attach the flash with the Velcro strap while its outside the ring, and then simply slide them into position.

The L bracket is reversible, so either the the short or the long side can be used at the top for more or less adjustment or travel. Using the short side just folds up more quickly for transport.

Phottix HS Speed Mount II

 

Another great thing about the horizontal pad base, is that it can also be used on its own to mount a flash directly to an umbrella swivel (or anywhere else). And aimed much closer to the center of the umbrella than regular upright flash mounting.

 

Phottix HS Speed Mount II - Base Pad

 

To mount a flash this way simply screw a 5/8″ brass stud (which comes with most umbrella swivels which accept 5/8″ brass studs) to the bottom of the base pad. And then mount the stud and base pad into the top of the umbrella swivel.

Phottix HS Speed Mount II - Base Pad

 

When using a flash mounted with the base pad alone like this, the rest of the bracket can then still be used with the regular coldshoe mounting. So provide you have 2 umbrella swivels available, you can actually mount 2 separate flashes with the one HS Speed Mount II bracket set.

Phottix HS Speed Mount II - Base Pad

 

The HS Speed Mount II connected to a 70cm Phottix Luna folding beauty dish / softbox –

Phottix HS Speed Mount II - and Phottix Luna 70cm

 

And lastly, I haven’t taken pictures of the bracket folded, or carry pouch yet. But the bracket folds up quite compact, and pretty quickly.

From this position all you need to do is remove the bottom thumbscrew (actually a thumb-nut), and reverse the L bracket so that the pad base is pointing back into the Bowen’s mounting ring. So its quite compact, and still one complete unit like that.

The pad base and L bracket can easily be removed as well if you need it to pack more compact still.

Phottix HS Speed Mount II

 

Price and Availability –

 

The HS Speed Mount II is available now from around $59.95 –

Amazon, UK, Adorama, Ebay

Phottix Store.

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32 Comments
  1. Gareth 4 years ago

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to support the heavy part of the flash like the cheetah one does?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Gareth,

      I don’t think there is any issue with the flash not being supported. The capacitors are in the head or pivot point of most speedlites, so they are fairly evenly balanced using the head or body. There’s plenty of support strapping to the head, or close to the pivot point.

      Having said that though, I did want to use thicker foam so it could then mold to the irregular shape of flash bodies as well if needed. But the manufacturer decided to go this way due to material available etc.

      The main issue with strapping to the body section of the flash is that it often interferes with the interface, LCD, and sync and battery ports etc. So given the choice of one or the other, towards the head is generally preferable.

      You can still strap to the body if you want to though, the long side of the L bracket is long enough to reach to the end of the flash if you want it to.

      • Buddy Love 4 years ago

        have you looked at the photos before writing that?
        what are you talking about there’s nothing covering “interface, LCD, and sync and battery ports etc.”
        the strap is on the head not on the controls part. and if you flip over that flash you’ll be able to read what’s on screen.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 4 years ago

          Hi Buddy Love,

          I was referring to if the flash was to be strapped on by the body instead of by the head.

          As mentioned you can still strap the flash by the body if desired, the bracket was intentionaly designed to still allow for that. But the strap can be in an awkward position then.

          Yes I looked a the photos though, because I took the photos 🙂 (and designed the bracket). Thanks.

  2. Evan 4 years ago

    If speedlights accessories want to be competitive to portable studio strobe solutions (those with remote power control and lithium batteries that can take all type of modifiers) they need to think of multiple flash solutions. Modifiers for just one speedlight are not enough. I think that they can only be used only for close, quarter portraits and therefore they became expensive for such limited usages.

    For me, the best solution up to now, is a multiple flash bracket with umbrella type softboxes.

    Also, Kasey and Lumopro (LP739) have bracket adapters for 2 speedlights. Are not these better value for many options?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Evan,

      Phottix actually have the Multi Boom 16″ for umbrella softboxes (which I designed with them as well), and they have just released a bigger 28″ version which mounts even more flashes and larger softboxes.

      Sure multiple flash brackets are desirable, that’s actually what I have been making for a number of years now as well. But there is also a big demand for simple single speedlight mounts, and the Bowen’s adapter. Only one speedlight will fit through the Bowen’s adapter, so there is not much you can do there, other than mount the flashes inside the softbox or using a different mount.

      Phottix may well do some multiple flash versions at some stage though, I really don’t know at about that at the moment. This bracket is just a refined version of the single flash Bowen’s mount for now. It may not be for everyone, but as mentioned there is still a high demand for these. And I think the addition of the strap on mount is a great development.

      If you would like to see a multi flash version though, its probably a good ideal to let Phottix know directly yourself as well (as the the squeaky wheel generally gets the most oil). Thanks.

      • Evan 4 years ago

        Nice rig you have designed there.. I am wondering about the cost of these multiple flash brackets you have designed.

        Now about the “only one speedlight will fit through the Bowen’s adapter”. This is questionable, as it depends on how you think of the speedlight flash adapter.

        If you think of an adapter that mounts from the inside of the actual Bowens modifier (starts from the inside of the modifier, goes out of the modifier hole and then mounts) and that adapter to have mounts for multiple flashes inside the actual modifier, then how many will they fit? You will also need that to have 2 sides mount. One for the internal speedlight rig and one for the light stand.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 4 years ago

          Hi Evan,

          What you describe there is actually what I was referring to in regards to mounting the flashes inside the softbox. It could be done with an extension to the above bracket.

          You could easily mount 4 flashes inside a softbox, but it would depend on the softbox size and shape. And one issue there is that its always going to be quite off balance, with all the weight on one side of the stand or pivot point. That’s pretty much the only only option for multiple flashes through a small Bowen’s mount though.

  3. Martin 4 years ago

    I quite like the design. Leaves the lower part free to rotate for convenience sake. Plus if the lower part were fastened with the velcro strap, it’d block the controls and lcd screen.

  4. Ben Fenech 4 years ago

    Will a Godox Wiltstro 180 fit on this mount?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Ben,

      Unfortunately not really. In the upright mounting position the flash head doesn’t really go far enough into the Bowen’s mounting ring to be ideal.

      And because of the weight of the AD180 and 360 they really need to be attached via the flash foot or base.

      I did originally make a simple L bracket addition to mount them properly, but then I realized using the exact same L bracket as already used on the bracket is just about ideal – like this.

      But I don’t know if Phottix would be interested in providing the extra bracket, and if they did it would be extra cost on an already $70 (Edit – now from $59) bracket. So you’re likely better off with the traditional horizontal Speed Pro style bracket for the 180/360. If you did happen to have 2 HS Speed Mount II though, you could certainly mount it as I did above. Thanks.

      • Ian Cheung 4 years ago

        Thanks! I was the one who asked a similar question on Lighting Rumours. Looks really good but I doubt Phottix will provide the extra L bracket separately…

        One further question, does the mount hold the flash securely with the flash head in a vertical position? I haven’t seen any photos in that orientation and it’s one of the advantages of the T style Bowens adaptor, like the v1 adaptor, versus the L style. This maybe slightly beneficial when using rectangular softboxes as the flash head is long where the softbox is long and short where the softbox is short so in theory resulting in a more even coverage.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 4 years ago

          Hi Ian,

          This is probably one of the main reasons i would have liked a thicker more sticky foam, to mold more to irregular shapes like the side of the flash. But yes you can mount on the side of the flash head where its fairly flat, it just means the flash head won’t go so far into the ring. And a piece of non slip foam makes a big difference there to hold the flash securely when mounted on its side.

          So you can do it, but I wouldn’t want to promote it as a feature with the current rubber pad the way that it is. The rubber is just stuck on though, so if anyone wants to add some of their own DIY it wouldn’t be hard to stick a piece of thicker foam on instead. That way you could strap down at the end of the flash body, and push the head right into the ring adapter. I’m sure some people will be modding them to their own like anyway without me having said that.

          • James 4 years ago

            I am sure a lot of folks would prefer to mount it on the side since that would give them access to the buttons and the LCD. On the other hand it’s obviously more stable from design point of view to use the wider point of contact.

            In HS III, just put the base vertically at 3 o’clock or 9 o’clock of the ring. That way the Phottix people can stick to the thin rubber they like and we can all have our access to the LCD and the controls.

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 4 years ago

            Hi James,

            Thanks, you can generally still swivel the flash body onto its side, while the flash head is mounted in landscape.

            I even swivel the flash body 180 degrees so that the LCD is at the bottom and can be seem from underneath when up high.

  5. gacchan 4 years ago

    nice try, but it could have been nice and secure if the flash head had specific slit for the velcro strap to be threaded through.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Thanks for that. If you pull the elastic strap tight though its very secure.

      As mentioned in the post I would really have preferred a more non slip rubber/foam surface. If you just sit a piece of non slip mat used for under table cloths etc under the flash like this, you can see how rock solid that sticky rubber is.

      But its still fine the way it is, as long as you pull it down tight the flash won’t be going anywhere. Thanks.

  6. gacchan 4 years ago

    thanks and it really works, i know.
    i bought almost the same rubber sheet (except color is black) in $1 shop in tokyo and using it for multiple purposes.
    glad coincidence 🙂

  7. Todd 4 years ago

    Terrific…..but I just ordered the “old” style HS mount with bowen from Adorama, but its on back order!

    I wish this mount was available now or I would have purchased it instead………

    Do we know when Adorama will carry this version?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Todd,

      The previous HS Speed bracket appears to be listed as discontinued on Adorama now.

      I don’t know if they could possibly have another order of the MK 1 coming, otherwise Phottix will only have the MK II available now. So you might want to check with Adorama on what will happen with that one.

      I don’t know how long it will be until Adorama has stock of the MK II otherwise, but I would imagine they would be on there way there pretty soon.

  8. Ricardo Gomez 4 years ago

    Interesting. Yes, I agree with you. A stickier foam that would form better to curved shapes would’ve been better. I still wonder if you carried the lightstand with the modifier around, would the flash slip off.. And to keep it tight, I feel uncomfortable with applying too much pressure onto the speedlite head. And I only use quality gear…

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Ricardo,

      No the flash won’t slip off, because the elastic velcro naturally pulls itself towards the narrowest part of the flash head near the pivot point. It won’t put stress on your flash either as the elastic is not that stiff. I guess you have to try it in person to see what its like. But the flash is not going anywhere.

      If you had any doubts though all you would need to do is sit a piece of non slip foam under the flash. That foam is really sticky (not tacky like tape though) and with just a little pressure down on the flash head there is no way your going to pull the flash out without lifting it off the foam. Any homeware or hardware store should have that foam, even is small placemat sizes for a couple of dollars. I think you would find that you wouldn’t need to use it though.

  9. Tim 4 years ago

    Will this work with cheetah lights? The cheetah mount is not available in Europe and I am still looking for an adequate solution

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Tim,

      Not really as they come standard unfortunately. This is an earlier reply from a similar question further above –

      Unfortunately not really. In the upright mounting position the flash head doesn’t really go far enough into the Bowen’s mounting ring to be ideal.

      And because of the weight of the AD180 and 360 they really need to be attached via the flash foot or base.

      I did originally make a simple L bracket addition to mount them properly, but then I realized using the exact same L bracket as already used on the bracket is just about ideal – like this.

      But I don’t know if Phottix would be interested in providing the extra bracket, and if they did it would be extra cost on an already $70 (Edit – now from $59) bracket. So you’re likely better off with the traditional horizontal Speed Pro style bracket for the 180/360. If you did happen to have 2 HS Speed Mount II though, you could certainly mount it as I did above. Thanks.

  10. Craig 3 years ago

    Great job designing this! I especially love that you can use the base pad by itself for horizontally mounting in an umbrella bracket. Too bad Phottix doesn’t sell the base pads by themselves. I would love to buy one and haven’t been able to find any similar products anywhere.

  11. Radu 3 years ago

    Hi Craig, about sold separately, flash base pad, talking to sales@phottix.com answered me:

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Dear Radu,
    We may consider to add this part as a separate product in the future and the price of it is $15 US
    at this moment (Shipping & Handling included).
    Best Regards,
    Team Phottix
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Thanks for the quick response.
    Now I can take you to order two base pad, if so, how to order ?
    Or need to wait until it appears in the store ?
    Radu
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Dear Radu,
    I would rather ask you to pay this amount directly through paypal
    account (sales@hksupplies.com) and make a note for what product. So that we
    can send you what you want.
    Best Regards,
    Team Phottix
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    then I transferred from PayPal to the account sales@hksupplies.com of 15$ and after a few days confirm the shipment of goods with track number.

    I hope that you will find this information useful

  12. schabu 3 years ago

    anybody knows if there is somekind of this bracket but for two lamps?
    thanks

  13. Rob 3 years ago

    Has anyone used one of these with a beauty dish, like a Mola Demi 22″? Just wondering if it will still be able to tilt down ok, or if it’ll be too close to the mount and stand.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Rob,

      I don’t have a Mola dish to try, though you likely will run into some issue there with tilt angles.

      A small extension bar between the flash bracket and swivel would help, if you don’t want to use something like a grip arm.

      That Kupo “Hex” grip arm linked to above basically has a stud on the end so you can attach the umbrella swivel to that. Otherwise you can get slightly cheaper grip arms, but they basically need a second grip head to attach the speedlite bracket.

      • Rob 3 years ago

        Thanks. I’ll try it out and see what happens then. I looked at the official Mola Lumi One bracket, and it doesn’t look like it gets anymore clearance than the HS II, so we’ll see!

  14. Laurie 3 years ago

    I am wondering if there is anyway to use the 28″ multi boom with a non-umbrella style softbox? I am actually interested in purchasing the 2 in 1 Phottix strip box but not sure if I can use the 28″ multi boom with it. Would you happen to know the answer? Thanks!!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Laurie,

      Not really. For a dual sofftbox bracket for use with regular speedring softboxes you would need something like the Profoto RFI bracket, or possibly the Lumopro bracket.

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