Following on from the success of the popular Multi Boom 16″, Phottix have released the new Multi Boom 28″, providing more functionality, while also mounting larger softboxes, more flashes, and with a more balanced position over the light stand.
The original Multi Boom 16″ released earlier this year provided a fast, simple, and solid solution for tilting the very popular umbrella style softboxes, as well as mounting on or two flashes neatly in the center of the softbox or in regular umbrellas. I helped design the 16″ and 28″ Multi Boom’s with Phottix, and you can see more detail on the 16″ version as well here.
The image below shows a Multi Boom 16″ on the left, and a pre-production Multi Boom 28″ on the right. The production version also comes with a quad flash base instead of the dual base shown.
I was going to say I don’t actually have the final version of the Mutli Boom 28″ myself yet, but its literally just come in the door a few hours ago. And once again I’m absolutely thrilled with the way its turned out. Its very well machined and functions beautifully. And it comes with a good solid canvas pouch, and all nicely packaged.
I have had pre-production versions of the Multi Boom 28″ for quite some time now, and I really love them. They just live on my light stands, because they are like a lightweight grip arm for speedlites and small flashes, allowing the flash to be easily maneuvered into any position.
So although the new Multi Boom 28″ will now mount 4 flashes, and up to 50″ umbrella softboxes as shown bellow, that is really only part of their usefulness. Most of the time I personally only use one or 2 flashes mounted, either with the new single mount (now included with the 28″), or the dual base from the 16″ Multi boom (16″ and 28″ components are interchangeable). The new quad base allows up to 4 flashes though which can be really handy, particularly in larger softboxes like the 50″ –
Improved Balance on the Lightstand –
One of the big improvements with Multi Boom 28″ is the new clamping block, which locates between the Multi Boom column and the umbrella swivel. This allows the column to be raised up and down, as well as tilted and swiveled easily.
The clamp block also offsets the base of the column, allowing the complete bracket to be more balanced over the stand when its tilted. With 2 flashes mounted its close to the balance point in this position shown below with a nice tilt on the softbox already.
Adjustable Height – Larger Softboxes –
The height of the column can now be adjusted through the clamping block. So if using regular umbrellas the flash can be lowered right down to the original height of the umbrella swivel if needed.
The column can also be mounted with the hand grip above the clamping block allowing for larger softboxes up to 50″. Softboxes up to around the size of the 43″ Apollo Orb can be mounted with the hand grip below the clamping block.
Left – 28″ softbox mounted, Right – 50″ softbox mounted –
Tilt and Swivel –
As well as full tilt motion through the umbrella swivel, the new clamping block also allows the column to be easily swiveled a full 360 degrees now as well (shown using the Multi Boom 16″ dual flash base).
Single Mount –
The Multi Boom 28″ also included a great new single mount, allowing a single flash to be mounted right on center with the umbrella shaft. This makes it a very handy lightweight grip arm ideal of small flash use. Also ideal for for hand holding a single flash, as its more balanced with the flash mounted central to the column now.
Compact Bracket –
Another great feature of the Multi Boom 28″ is that the clamp block itself has an umbrella mount built in, and can be used as a compact bracket without the large column.
Using the dual base from the 16″ Multi Boom provides an even more compact dual flash option.
Grip Arm –
The Multi Boom 28″ column can also be reversed to mount a regular umbrella swivel, or other flash mounts, to the stud on the end.
This may be used to achieve a little more tilt angle on a beauty dish as show above, or to boom further over the stand with some counterbalance weight added –
The Multi Boom 28″ column can also mount into a regular grip head as well if desired –
The Phottix Varos BD swivel is ideal to use with the new Multi Boom 28″, as the teeth in the swivel really help to lock it into place easily. And the Varos BG is available as an option with the Multi Boom 28″.
So that’s an overview of the new Multi Boom 28″. Its really a versatile bracket and a joy to use. Mounting larger softboxes and more flashes is really only part of the advantages and functions of the new bracket.
I will update this with more images and details of the final bracket.
Price and Availability –
The Phottix Multi Boom 28″ are now available from $109.95 –
The Phottix Multi Boom 16″ are also available from $69.95 –