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| p.1 #9 · Flash shoe mount umbrella bracket *unsecure* |
Here is an example of what I'm dealing with. I wasn't able to secure the adapter to the flash bracket because one end of the adapter is raised higher than the other end. ...The adapter is positioned really far off center in the photo to make it easier to see what I'm talking about.
Ah, I missed the part about an adapter, and not all adapters will have locking levers.
The raised portion is a "positioning stop," and as you say, it should be just outside the shoe. From your photo, it looks like you have the sliding portion of the shoe screwed all the way in. Is that correct? If so, your adapter may have a very narrow foot, and to get a firm grip you may need to wrap some tape on each side of the foot, or mill away part of the body of the cold shoe so the moving part can be screwed in further.
...I'm looking into the Manfrotto bracket ...but not sure if the stud setup screws into the top of the flash bracket or what. If it does and allows for the 1/4 -20 on top then it should be money.
Yes, the brass fitting, called a spigot, drops into the hole on top of the bracket and is locked in place with the screw with the sliding handle. You can then screw another spigot with the right size threads into that spigot, or just use the threaded spigot in the bracket if a shorter length works. If your adapter then has a female thread, it would screw right onto the male thread of the spigot.
I don't have a Manfrotto bracket to show, but it's similar in concept to the Manfrotto Combi stand's business end:
Canon EOS 7D 121mm f/5.6 1/60s 125 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS 7D 106mm f/5.6 1/60s 125 ISO 0.0 EV