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Nobody else could come up with something like this!!??
on May 21, 2014
Despite the fact that I was disappointed with cold shoe solutions from every vendor, including Stroboframe and Manfrotto, I was hesitant to pull the trigger on the Frio. Why? One, the price. I was willing to give Manfrotto $10 for their version, which is worthless for Nikon speedlights because it doesn't have a hole for the locking pin. Never mind the fact that drilling such a hole is easy. I simply refuse to pay $10 for a $.02 piece of plastic and then have to modify it so it serves its original purpose. Is it too much to ask of Manfrotto to drill a tiny hole in the thing? Are they not familiar with a small company called Nikon and the way they've been designing their flashes for decades? And I won't even get into the $65 Manfrotto spring clamp with micro ball head that has the same pinhole-absent flaw.
But I digress. The other reason I hesitated on the Frio was my perception of the size. For some reason the picture made me think this thing was relatively huge and would be sticking out by inches on all sides of my stands and mounts.
Finally, I actually read the dimensions in the product description and realized, "Hey, this thing's tiny!" So I ordered one and was delighted by it. It's a solid material, whatever it is (plastic, nylon), the metal threading works fine, the included bushing is great, but most importantly, it has a pin for my Nikon speedlights, and the secondary locking mechanism.
With any other of the many mounting options I have, I'm always worried about the flash falling off the shoe. With the Frio, I have no concerns about putting my SB-910 upside down on a boom 15' in the air.