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gilead
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p.1 #1 · Speedlight Umbrella brackets


Can someone steer me to some good quality brackets for speedlight's and umbrella's ?
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Jul 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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p.1 #2 · Speedlight Umbrella brackets


I have Manfrotto, Lastolite, and Westcott brackets, as well as lots of cheaper ones that I don't like as well. It may seem overkill to pay $30 or more far a swivel adapter, but the good ones are really worth it in the long run.

Some rely only on friction to hold the set angle, but the Westcott ones have ratchet "teeth" that firmly lock with just a little pressure.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/501169-REG/Westcott_5015_Shoe_Mount_for_Mini.html

Lastolite has a similar ratcheting adaqpter:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/683926-REG/Lastolite_LL_LA2422_Tilthead_Shoe_Lock.html

I bought a Lastolite Brolly Grip, and while I like the way it keeps the Speedlite close to the lens axis, it lacks a locking screw for the umbrella shaft and so the umbrella rotates and can even slide out of the mount.

Unless you don't mind using gaffer's tape or extra clamps of some kind I can't really recommend that one.

One of my favorites is the Manfrotto: it holds securely, comes with reversible spigots for a variety of uses, and is made of rugged metal. There are a lot of copies of this one, some good and some bad, but the true Manfrotto one is great.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/546375-REG/Manfrotto_026_026_Swivel_Umbrella_Adapter.html

I also have a specialized one that holds two Speedlites at once, as well as flash brackets for my beauty dish and so on, but these are the basics.





Jul 27, 2013 at 03:15 AM
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p.1 #3 · Speedlight Umbrella brackets


Manfrotto litetite, best there is in my opinion.

http://m.bhphotovideo.com/mobile/detail?R=546375_REG&



Jul 28, 2013 at 02:47 PM
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p.1 #4 · Speedlight Umbrella brackets


Thanks for the links , I'd prefer spending a bit more to get better quality. Had a few of the cheaper ones and they are like toilet paper...use once and throw away.


Jul 28, 2013 at 02:52 PM
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p.1 #5 · Speedlight Umbrella brackets


RJKphoto wrote:
Manfrotto litetite, best there is in my opinion.

http://m.bhphotovideo.com/mobile/detail?R=546375_REG&

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p.1 #6 · Speedlight Umbrella brackets


I just bought one of these. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=863722&is=REG&Q=&A=details

I have not used it much since I just got it. It is sturdy and based on my first test, I am going to buy a few more.



Jul 31, 2013 at 02:13 AM
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p.1 #7 · Speedlight Umbrella brackets


Thanks Jim, those Kupo ones look faily well made.


Jul 31, 2013 at 02:18 AM
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p.1 #8 · Speedlight Umbrella brackets


The Manfrotto 026, which several users have mentioned, is all metal, and very well made. I own three of them, and know they will last forever. I have mine set up with a quality flash foot adapter on top attached to the 1/4 inch threaded adapter. I also have modified them to remove the top tee handle and replace it with a metric set screw, because I always use them with a flash foot adapter, but of course they work great with the original tee handle.

The Manfrotto 026 clamps at the tilting joint very well, so there is no need of the larger friction area that the Kupo unit provides. Since the price is about the same, I would recommend the 026 over the Kupo.



Jul 31, 2013 at 02:05 PM
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p.1 #9 · Speedlight Umbrella brackets


Another vote for the manfrotto 026, it's a pro tool and built like one.


Aug 01, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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p.1 #10 · Speedlight Umbrella brackets


I also own the manfrotto and I love it, no issues at all with it.




Aug 11, 2013 at 01:31 AM





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