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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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|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 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!
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.
* 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
Don't bother with cheap brackets. I went through several plastic iterations before getting the Manfrotto and the difference is night and day. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Eyetone
As with most Manfrotto products, this mount is very well constructed with high quality material. I have used this for 5 years now with a Westcott umbrella and have no complaints. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Manh Nguyen
The Hercules of umbrella swivels... in all candor I needed a second one of these as my wife and I kept fighting over who would use the first one on photo shoots. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard
Awesome little investment for my DSLR video setup. Now I can mount my camera directly on top of my subject with no problems. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob Lee
Very nice Quality - But there may be an issue with warranty service.
I am uncertain is Amazon (or the other sellers on here) are authorized Manfrotto Vendors. Read more
I am very satisfied with this item. I used it with a seven foot umbrella, Wescott Triple Threat and three speedlghts and had no problem with the swivel failing to keep in position.Published 1 month ago by Craig Wann