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3.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive but not exactly high quality, May 20, 2010
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This review is from: CowboyStudio Flashlight /Hot Shoe/Umbrella Holder with Swivel/Tilt Bracket for Nikon and Canon E430 E580 SB600 SB800 SB900 (Camera)
I'm not sure what the other reviews where talking about when they said 'all metal'. Obviously the shoe mount is metal as are the screws but the main body is all hard plastic. Which isn't all bad if you're worried about weight (but probably not as durable as a metal design). The top mount works as expected (in my case I'm mounting a transceiver and then my 580EX II on top of that). What seems out of whack is the design for the umbrella holder. There is a flat spring in the hole meant to hold the umbrella steady (I can see what they were going for here, my other brackets have a simple flaw, the umbrella always either works itself loose or you put huge gouges in the umbrella shaft from cranking down on the screw to hold it in place). However, the spring just so happens to line up with the side of the spring with the umbrella is in the hole. So instead of holding the umbrella in place, the screw just tightens on the spring. Not real helpful. So in the end I did what I've had to do so many times before with this type of equipment, rig up my own solution. Essentially, to make it work, you need to get a small piece of pvc or copper pipe, (about 1/8" or less in thickness) cut it in half, then cut a portion of that off to fit into gap in the hole for the umbrella. That pushes the umbrella shaft up higher into the spring and allows the screw to engage correctly and tighten everything down. If only the 'engineer' that designed this had tested it before they started shipping it. I guess for $10 that's about what you'd expect.
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Initial post: May 23, 2010 11:38:24 AM PDT
Perhaps the issue you were experiencing was due to your umbrella shaft being too narrow. Maybe the engineers of the device were making the mount for use with their own brand of umbrellas, which may have a larger diameter shaft?

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 1:08:39 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 8, 2012 1:11:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 8, 2012 1:13:42 PM PST
Simply Being says:
Thank you W. Blattman. I, knowing nothing about this type of equipment, thought "what could go wrong as long as all products used in this setup were from Cowboy Studio. I think when you used the term engineer in your review, you should have put it in quotes. This flaw shows no engineering what-so-ever. I kept thinking I was doing something wrong when the umbrella holder set screw hit the side of the metal spring clip instead of the umbrella, when tightened. Cowboy studio is using their own umbrella with a shaft that is too small for their own holder. Once again, when you assume anything, well, you know.... Everything else I ordered (all Cowboy Studio equipment), met most of my expectations.
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