Easily attaches an umbrella to your light stand. Tilting feature adds adjustability to light and umbrella.
This is a very high quality pro umbrella/modifier bracket. I bought two of them after one of my Impact bracket's handle's broke off in my hand while tightening with my Westcott 2348 50-Inch Recessed Mega JS Apollo (Black) and 2 Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras speed lights mounted on it. Luckily, I was holding onto the rod of the modifier so nothing plummeted to the earth(carpet LOL).I was thinking, at the time, what would happen if I was on a shoot? So I replaced both of the Impacts. These brackets are all metal, except for two knobs and come with the brass spigots. I love how solid they feel when mounted to the light stands. Easy to turn all the adjusters. These things are so sturdy, I think NASA used them to hold the Shuttle to the launch tower. :)
This Manfrotto swivel umbrella adapter connects your light stand to your accessories such as an umbrella, radio remote or directly to your speedlite flash. It is a heavy-duty, long-lasting addition to your bag.
This is the mother of all umbrella adaptors! While there are cheaper knock-offs, you get what you pay for. First, the Manfrotto is built to withstand abuse. Short of stripping the screws, I doubt I will be able to break this thing. Second, each of the screws has a different shape knob. This comes in handy when a strobe is mounted to this adaptor inside of a umbrella-style soft box - you can identify the handle or knob for the umbrella shaft or the swivel adjustment by feel. Finally, the biggest thing for me is the fact that one can tighten the swivel so it will not slip. I have found this to be a huge issue on cheaper umbrella adaptors - the swivel screw knob or handle is so small that you can torque the handle down, and the the swivel slips. This doesn't happen with the Mafrotto! Is the Manfrotto more expensive than many? Yes. But worth every penny!
I needed another umbrella bracket and so the Manfrotto 026 landed in my mailbox. The official name is "Manfrotto 026 Swivel Lite-Tite Umbrella Adapter." With an awkward moniker like that I figured it had to be good! I mounted it on a Manfrotto 1052BAC and it held my Westcott 43-inch umbrella and Yongnuo LED YN300 like a champ. The adjustable tilt locked tight and didn't drift. The umbrella mount hole is slanted 25 degrees, making it easier to center the light in the umbrella than horizontal holes. Each axis lock has a different shape so controls can be distinguished by feel or sight. It also makes a great elbow or swivel for an extension arm, flag, etc.
I've had a few of these type of things, they are usually plastic, usually break - I've even broken some of the metal ones!
Currently the product description states that it is New, Black & Aluminum. I will attempt the difficult task of being more helpful than this.
It's heavy. That was my first impression. That means it's solid and will probably be reliable. However the way the spigots attach is not very smooth, and if you're using a brolly with it the brolly is massively off centre to the speedlite. I very much dislike the top bolt which is tightened by a bar. It reminds me of the method used to tighten the jaws in a bench vice in metal work at school. Is there really such a need to tighten so much that you need a lever? Also the lever is not the easiest thing to use anyway.
Sometimes it is true in that you get what you pay for. I needed a stand and flash holder for the portraits I was going to do. I didn't want to invest too much for something that I may use infrequently. I wanted to get something strong and that was going to last. After some research I went for this Manfrotto Adaptor. Is it worth the extra over a cheaper device?
For me please are without dance the best value swivel head around. They will moving to almost any position that you need and are well built throughout. They are not ridiculously heavy and that portable enough to fit into most camera bags.
There are many umbrella/speedlight adapors on the market. Although more expensive than most I opted to buy one of these adaptors to try out as the look of the model and previous reviews indicated this was a good choice. They weren't wrong. I have now got three of these for use with my light stands and speedlights. They are very well made and will last a lifetime. The two brass connectors have both 3/8 and 1/4 treads which make it very versatile. I would say the design is excellent and for me it ticks all the boxes. I would highly recommend these adaptors. There are other cheaper options out there but how long will they last and how secure will your equipment be? You can have confidence that this adaptor will hold the umbrella/softbox, trigger and light with no issues. Highly recommend.
The adapter arrived this morning and meets all expectations. I have a Canon Speedlite (430EXII) and this is my first foray into using an umbrella. I wanted something that would mount an umbrella onto my tripod and allow me to experiment before investing in lighting stands (although some stands are cheaper than this adapter). This adapter fits the requirement perfectly. Canon Speedlites come with a tripod mounting plate which fits onto this piece of kit nicely. The adapter also connects to the tripod with no problem (after the tripod head is removed).
The Manfrotto Lighting adapter is ideal for a strobist like myself. It comes fully equipped with the correct studs and quality of the product is beyond reproach as befits Manfrotto.
Quite why they have light weight in the ratings I don’t know, I bought it for the metal robustness and expected it to be a little heavy. It’s a great solid and tested unit that i trust with the expensive speed lights on it.
Haven't had another one before, but durability looks very promising, as it appears to be very very solidly constructed. It can keep a significant amount of weight in place, without moving or collapsing forwards and downwards.
If you shoot with off camera flash, at some point you'll probably need the following items:
Good unit, but bad threads. Unfortunately I only started using this several months after purchase and after ruining the threads on some of my gear I looked more closely at the spigot head which were bad. Have had to pay €15 out for another spigot off a spare parts website.
FOR: Its cast white metal/steel and the handles all work tightly with no slippage. Easy to use, It will last a lifetime. Buy the right thing once !
I purchased this after suggestions made from the online flash photography course I'm currently following. It's very strong / sturdy and I have not only used it holding the Neewer diffusion umbrellas (bought from Amazon UK), along with my Canon 430 EX II flashgun, but also holding (with ease) the Aurora 'Firefly' 65cm 'beauty box' (bought from Amazon.de). Excellent quality product from Manfrotto !
I bought a pair of these 026 adaptors with the matching flash gun cold shoe adaptors to fit on top of existing lightstands. I have used them with the Nikon CLS trigger system outside to illuminate a group shot. They now extend my off camera flash capability when the heavy studio light system is unlikely to be needed.