• a 1.5m x 1.5m non-slip mat, as used for car boots (Amer: trunks), costs about $15. Smaller pieces can also be bought for car dashboards and kitchen drawers
  • double-sided velcro, soft side facing outwards

Home-made speed strap, version 1

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Similar to the Honl Speed Strap and Thomas Schwenger's lighting kit, this uses double-sided velcro to attach it to the camera. Two strips of non-slip mat, placed on either side of the flash head, stop it from moving around.

The velcro comes from a pack of straps ($8 for 8) made by Tesa. Each strap is long enough to go almost twice around the SB-600 flash head.

To make it truly speedy I'd need to glue the mat to the velcro. At the moment it can be fiddly to tighten up the velcro and keep the strips in place at the same time.

See also a post at DIY Photography Lighting.

UPDATE: I now use a different method for making the speedstraps. The end result is that they're not so fiddly to get on.

iamunique127, kaneohe247, IzaD™, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. eloisavh 85 months ago | reply

    Wow! Your invention atracted the attention of more than 1000 viewers!!! : ) Congrats! : )

    About your question: it's in Winterthur. : )

  2. udijw 84 months ago | reply

    This is just great.

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called DIYPhotography, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. ✪ George 84 months ago | reply

    where did you buy the velcro?


  4. victor*f 84 months ago | reply

    I bought the set in Jumbo but I think Coop Bau+Hobby have it as well. Tesa also do a 5 metre bundle.

  5. ✪ George 84 months ago | reply

    thank you. i never thinked about jumbo... i should use all resources.

  6. victor*f 84 months ago | reply

    Unmounted, the bits look like this:

    Speed strap construction

  7. victor*f 73 months ago | reply

    New way of making one:

    Making a speedstrap (1/2)

  8. ✪ George 72 months ago | reply

    great =) this has to be a howto.

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