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Frio V2 Universal Locking Cold Shoe Mount
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The only coldshoe you can trust! If you ever need to mount your flash or hotshoe gear, the frio is the Best. Coldshoe. Ever. And it just got better now featuring DualThrea and DualLoc. The frio connects anything with a hotshoe to anything with a 1/4″-20 AND 3/8″ screw, like your tripods, lightstands, HDSLR rigs and more. The world’s only universal cold shoe adapter with the unique patented DualLoc system and DualThrea, so your shoot will never fall apart.
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An adapter like this must meet two criteria. There cannot be any metal connections on it (Cold Shoe), and it must be able to hold the speed light securely at any angle without the possibility for it to slide off. This Frio adapter does both perfectly. To release the speed light all you have to do is to depress the latch and it slides right off. It is made of durable polymer that promises a long service life.
I looked into other products similar to this one, but none of them seem to meet the requirements. The price is right. I will buy a few more of them. Highly recommended.
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.
1 - They LOCK. This feature already narrows down the competition significantly. The lock is secure and is easy to manipulate once you get used to it.
2 - One single piece. No thumb screws to lose. The threads are a separate molded-in piece of metal, but it's not coming out. The only thing you might possibly lose is the indcluded 3/8" to 1/4" adapter. Hopefully you don't mix light stands or umblrella adapters of different thread sizes. As long as you stick with one size, you won't have to worry about this.
3 - Plastic doesn't conduct electricity. Simple, no shorting the terminals on your flash and no need for tape. Other locking cold shoes are metal and could potentially short your terminals. Shorting won't cause damage but it will cause your flashes to not work correctly.
4 - Saved my SB-900 from a broken foot. This ties in with the previous point about it's plastic constrution. I had an expensive flash on a stand with an umbrella outdoors. Despite the use of a sand bag on the stand, a strong gust of wind sent the light stand to the ground. The Frio shoe broke around the metal foot of my flash in the fall. Granted, I could no longer use the shoe (I had a spare) but I'd rather replace a cheap cold shoe than an expensive flash. Other clamping style cold shoes may have broken or otherwise damaged my flash.
Other reviews say this can't fit the top Canon flash so, be aware of that prior to purchase. My SB-900 uses a slightly larger foot than other Nikon flashes but it still fits the Frio just fine.
The only thing on my wishlist is that they make a multi-flash version. A centrally positioned thread with a Frio on each side, horizontally opposed, would be great for umbrellas. Enlight, if you're listening, I promise I'll buy one!
I still say it's a good product, but I don't think I'll be putting any of my nicer gear on it.