Mount three flashes in an umbrella with iDC Triple Threat

Got a large parabolic umbrella but find that a single speedlight doesn’t quite have the oomph to fill it? Short of a full-blown studio flash, you’ll probably be after a multi-flash bracket to gang up several speedlights. There are already a range of different options available, from big names such as the Lastolite TriFlash by Joe McNally down to the cheap and cheerful generic models tested by us in the past.

Using a three-flash bracket will provide an output one and half stops more powerful than a single flashgun, allowing you to produce dramatic results like this:

Christmas Eve

iDC, a firm from Arizona, have brought out a pair of flash brackets allowing you to fire up to six hotshoe flashes into an umbrella or brolly box. They are called the Triple Threat series. There is one version designed for speedlights secured by a thumb wheel on the foot and another for newer models with locking pins.

iDC Triple Threat Traditional

The Triple Threat series differ from other brackets as they are expressly designed to mount on the shaft of an umbrella rather than attach to a swivel adapter. Thus, you can slide the bracket up and down the umbrella shaft without changing the position of your umbrella relative to the light stand. This comes in handy for reflective parabolic umbrellas, where the position of your light source can be crucial to “focus” the beam correctly.

Two Triple Threats holding six speedlights inside a parabolic umbrella

If you mount two Triple Threats to the same shaft, you can have six flashguns firing at once. Make sure you have a sturdy light stand though, because the weight of all those speedlights soon adds up!

As well as large umbrellas, the Triple Threat bracket is equally suitable for folding softboxes such as the Westcott Apollo and Phottix Easy-Up Softbox.

You can buy a Triple Threat adapter for $59 from the iDC web store.

  • expensive

    • Used high power manual flashes $20 a piece
      x5 $100 Thats cheap high power much cheaper then a studio flash
      Lots of batteries though

  • Maura Dutra

    Compact, tough, and lightweight, the iDC Triple Threat features Mil-Spec billet Aluminum CNC construction with an anodized finish. Proudly made in the USA!

  • The adapter itself looks good and the shaft-mount concept is an improvement over competitors. But as Fresko briefly points out, if you use the 6-up configuration you could have $2000 worth of flash units mounted on your umbrella stem. At that point, wouldn’t it make more sense to use a studio flash unit and a battery pack?

  • Particularly as six flashes only gets you about two and a half stops of extra power over one flash.

  • Alan B

    The speedlights will let you sync at high shutter speeds, which can’t do w/ studio flashes. Not always needed, but it can also let you use flash with more wide open apertures during daylight.

    • David A. Selby

      You can actually sync studio flashes at higher shutter speeds. Check our most recent articles here and here to find out more.

  • Distanted

    $2000 assumes the person is buying top-of-the-line Nikon/Canon flashes…you could get six Chinese flashes for around $300 if you don’t need the high speed sync.

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