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Too Rickety / Unsafe to Use
on August 7, 2016
Even though the investment for this flash bracket is minimal, I'm requesting a refund/return since it just doesn't work. No matter how hard I tighten the flash bracket, the flash sometimes falls off. Fortunately, it has only fallen inside my umbrella/softbox and hasn't hit the floor yet... In addition, the umbrella pole can't be cinched tightly enough into the hole for the umbrella, and the umbrella also slips off of the bracket. My smallest diameter umbrella shaft is sort of okay, but still wobbly. The larger diameter umbrella shaft can only be inserted partially due to the metal flange that is inside the umbrella receptacle, and tightening the screw doesn't help at all. Since I needed to use this bracket for a photo shoot right away, I simply removed the metal flange from the umbrella receptacle so that I can tighten the screw to get a better grip on the umbrella. The whole set-up is just too rickety and subject to failure, which would be embarrassing if it happened in front of a client, so I'm searching for a better system. Investing in a cheap bracket is not a good idea, since your expensive flash unit and radio trigger and softbox or umbrella is at risk...
The picture below shows the umbrella opening with the metal flange that is probably supposed to help secure the umbrella shaft into the hole, but it doesn't work. If you remove that flange, you can insert the umbrella and tighten the screw.