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Manfrotto 026 Swivel Lite-Tite Umbrella Adapter
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- Easily attaches an umbrella to your light stand.
- Tilting feature adds adjustability to light and umbrella.
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|Package Height||1.18 x 4.33 x 9.84 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.84 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
|No place to mount an umbrella on your light stand? |
That is no problem with this Manfrotto Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite). This adapter attaches between the light head and stand, giving a receptacle for mounting an umbrella.
The adapter also tilts allowing multiple positioning of the light head and umbrella.
Includes the Swivel Umbrella Adapter, a 118 adapter (double male 5/8" stud) and a 119 adapter (double female 5/8" stud).
Recommended Accessory: The 143S or 143S-1 will allow you to attach a standard cold shoe mount to the Swivel Umbrella Adapter so that you can easily attach your shoe mount flash.
| ||Attaches by||17.5mm female|
|Weight ||0.38 kg • 0.84 lb |
|Load Capacity ||2.5 kg • 5.5 lb |
|Material ||Aluminum |
Top Customer Reviews
One little extra feature I really like is that the pivot handle can be adjusted to any rotational position after tightening the position, by pulling out on the spring loaded handle, turning it out of the way and then back in.
(BTW, the photo shows the adapter upside down to the position one would most likely have mounted to a stand.)
There are 2 things to consider before taking the plunge though:
- This isn't lightweight, weighing almost a pound with both its studs
- A cold shoe is required for flashes - an additional outlay
So if all you want is a lightweight, simple attach-flash-to-stand adapter, you might consider other cheaper options. But if you want an adaptable, solid, last forever (hey, just got it, but I'm optimistic) swivel, this is the one.
I highly recommend you buy the Stroboframe hot shoe adapter to mount your flash on top of this (if you get the Strobframe with the pin on the bottom to prevent flash rotation, You'll have to drill a hole/notch in this Manfrotto; the Strobframe with flat bottom and separate bolt works fine w/o drilling).
Edit, after using a few years:
This had seemed like it was built much stronger than needed, when I first got this with my 40 inch shoot-through umbrella. But since getting a 60 inch umbrella with removable black back, this swivel no longer seems over-built, rather it is just sufficient. For the much heavier umbrella, I have to use a great deal of strength to tighten the leaver that sets the angle, else the umbrella slips down. I have two of these, and I feel they will last a life time.
If you only use a small umbrella, you could buy a cheaper plastic swivel; but if you use a large umbrella or other heavy light modifiers, you will need something sturdy like this Manfrotto Swivel.
I hardly write reviews however I had to give credit where credits due. Ill be saving up and replacing all my other umbrella adapters. One more thing on this item; this one has like the name implies a tilt that better positions your flash to the center of the umbrella. Unlike all the other umbrella adapters. A big plus for a better even light distribution.
Another one of the 'inexpensive' umbrella hotshoes I have , the tightning thread and screw gave out after a few shoots. Lucky I was practicing and not actual on location paid shoot. I just placed an order for another one of these bad boys. Excellent item and excellent service from amazon!
* All heavy-duty, strong and solid material used in construction
* The main adjustment handle is on an external socket that permits you to re-adjust it so the handle always faces a certain direction, e.g., down for deploying or up for storage
* Double-male and double-female brass spigots (aka studs) included (1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threads on both)
* Fits virtually all umbrellas or with the included spigots, can adapt to 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 units
* With the addition of a second male spigot, can function short-term as a tripod camera mount (not meant for this, but it can support a few pounds this way for non-critical work)
* The handle, though configurable, cannot be easily removed for more compact storage
* The top and bottom screws will dig into your brass spigots, marring them, and if you're overzealous about it, they will collapse hollow umbrella tubes (workaround: fit dowels into your umbrella tube ends, or buy solid-stick umbrellas)
Despite the cons, it's a great way to connect up your lighting components. Some improvements would include a cupped, captive, center-swiveling end to the tightening screws (top and bottom); this would keep the screw from digging into your accessories and marring them (or collapsing hollow umbrella tubes). For a while, until I got used to the directionality of the umbrella socket, I marked the normal "in" side so I wouldn't inadvertently feed in the umbrella backwards. Either way works, but you should be aware of your intended use and direction for aiming your flash, so you choose the best way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best adapter I've found for mounting a speedlight (or 2) to a light stand for use with a reflecting or shoot-through umbrella. Read morePublished 5 days ago by John K. Moore
All the fittings on this item work smoothly. It holds my 43" umbrella very stable and allows for easy adjustment. It's a high quality item.Published 13 days ago by Stan57
I love everything about this clamp. Sturdy, very solid feel, very easy to adjust.
The only problem is that the upper brass piece doesn't go far enough in to the top... Read more
My wife and I have been shooting for years now and Manfrotto is pretty much the gold standard for lighting stands and tripods. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan Brown
These are very universal and I suggest having a few in your lighting kit. Currently I have been using these with IceLights and are perfect.Published 1 month ago by Peter
When handling this device you get the sense it is forged from pig iron rather than "crafted." There is a certain "looseness" about it that's just hard to explain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John
Very solidly built. The only issue I have is the screws that are practically on top of each other. The round one and the one that slides back and forth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NathanW
Yes, they work great- this is my third one i've bought- just wish the silver part was a little smaller- think it's a bit of overkill, when i'm using this on a stand i want it to be... Read morePublished 2 months ago by wasuck