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Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount

You Pay: $39.88
Product Highlights
  • For On-Camera Flash
  • Counterbalance Mechanism Prevents Damage
  • Safety Lock
  • Universal Flash Shoe

The Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount from Manfrotto is a handy way to take your flash off-camera for use with an umbrella or softbox or to use it as a slave in a multi-flash setup. With a trim form factor that packs economically, the Tilthead fits any stand with a 5/8" stud and features an auto-locking knob for angle selection with a counterbalance mechanism to prevent the flash from over-tilting into the stand. Compatible with all major brands, the shoe loosens to accept the flash and tightens to secure it with a single twist of the Tilthead's locking collar.

Receiver 5/8" (16 mm) Stand mount
Compatibility All major brand shoe mount flashes
Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    ManfrottoSnap Tilthead with Shoe Mount
     
    4.3

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (4)
    • Attaches securely (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (3)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Portraits (3)
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      4.0

      Original Design

      By MarkV

      from Greater Denver, CO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Instructions

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

          I want to start by saying that I like this cold shoe mount. IT is nice. Maybe it is too nice. Attaching it to a light stand is a bit confusing because the nifty quick release looks like it should close flush to the mount to lock it to the stand when it really is supposed to stick out. I had to find a video on the web from Manfrotto to confirm this is how it was supposed to work because the diagrams in the manual made it look like it should be flush. I now see that the design was made so that the mount can be removed with one hand. It is also secure. The spring loaded tilt mechanism is unlikely to keep your flash with umbrella from tilting forward, but it will definitely slow it down much like a shock absorber. Ultimately, this is a quality mount that has been designed with features that make it a luxury. I felt the luxury was worth the price premium given that I only needed two of them, but if you just need something to get the job done there are cheaper options.

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          3.0

          Good but far from perfect, part two

          By Bokeh Bill

          from New Haven CT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Securely Holds Flash

          Cons

          • Won't Clamp To Stand Well

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

            In my previous review I said that in spite of the failings I was going to keep the two Manfrotto tiltheads I bought and add thumbscrews so I could use them on my Lowel stands. I did that and the problem was solved. I was also planning to buy two more for my office, a university photo department. Since this would be for a new lightweight kit, I bought two new Manfrotto stands, and the Lastolite extension that another reviewer said the tilthead fit perfectly.Guess what? Not only does one of the tiltheads not fit either of the Manfrotto stands properly, none of the four fits the Lastolite handle at all.The locking lever appears to be a casting, and whereas the distance from the pivot point to the point that contacts the stand must be fairly precise to ensure that it locks down with minimal effort and also can be released with similar minimal effort, the necessary precision is missing.Again, because I like two-thirds of the design of these so much, I am keeping them, but I will have to take a file to the tops of the light stands and the Lastolite handle to get just the right amount of tension in the locking lever to lock on securely but not have it so tight it can't be removed.It is disappointing that a device that works so brilliantly in the middle and at the top end works so poorly when all the bottom end has to do is attach to a light stand securely.I can't recommend these to a friend, because they don't even fit all Manfrotto stands properly without spending some time modifying the stands with a file.

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            3.0

            Good but far from perfect

            By Bokeh Bill

            from New Haven CT

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                Parts of this umbrella clamp are brilliant. It is compact, without knobs and handles that stick out too far. It is made mostly of durable aluminum and looks like it will last. The top end clamps onto the flash's foot securely without parts that will fall off and get lost, rendering it useless. The center tilting joint is spring loaded, so it won't let the flash flop over when the knob is loosened. Unburdened, it snaps back to the upright position. Nice.

                So far, excellent. The bottom end, however, features a clamping mechanism that will not tighten on any of the industry-standard stands in our studio (including Lowel, Calumet, and Talon). The hole fits a standard 5/8 inch (16mm) stand top, but the clamping mechanism has a tab that wants to press on the narrow part below the stand top, and it must be just the right diameter (11mm or a bit less -- I haven't found anything it fits perfectly) or it either won't clamp at all or won't be tight. One review showed it clamped nicely to a Lastolite handle, but that would be the exception, not the rule.

                What the bottom end does is snap onto the stand, leaving the clamping lever open. The thing won't come off unless you open the lever all the way, but it won't tighten either. The clamp is free to rotate because it won't tighten. That may not be a big problem but I would rather have the option to tighten it. Perhaps it fits Manfrotto stands perfectly, but that should be specified in the description.

                I like the rest of this item so much that I will keep the two I bought and either buy Manfrotto stands or drill and tap a hole so I can add a little screw with a knob head so I can actually tighten it onto the stand without having to rely on the clamping mechanism that does not work on my stands.

                Manfrotto, please make version 2 of this tilthead with a conventional knob instead of your clamping mechanism, so it will fit all 5/8 stands, and while you are at it, please also put the umbrella hole at an angle, not straight, so the flash will be aimed at the center of the umbrella, not at a point as far from the umbrella shaft as the flash head is.

                I'm really surprised that engineers that designed this so brilliantly got parts of it so wrong. I can't recommend it, since I don't expect most people to be willing to modify it as I intend to, or to buy a specific stand when every similar item on the market fits any 5/8 stand.

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                5.0

                A Must Have!!

                By OldSkoolShooter

                from Tampa, FL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                  Any strobist who values their equipment must have one of these for each flash you own. When shooting off camera, DO NOT trust your SB910 or any high-priced flash with anything else!! Fits securely..very well built..I tested it on a Manfrotto boom stand with the stud in the horizontal position. Impressive stability, even with the boom arm exended 4ft out. Well worth the price. For the tightest fit, purchase a 16mm male adaptor..

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                  4.0

                  Sleek and slim

                  By Colgate41

                  from Long Island, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                  • Price

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                  This is an awesome, if pricy must have for anyone working with flashes as their off camera lighting. It's small and well made out of metal with some soft rubber touch points.

                  I wanted something slim and easy to use when i need to set up some off camera lighting. I did not want an accessory with 2-3 different levers or tightening nuts, so i found this little gem. Its super well made and locks securely into place. The flash mounts to the top just like it would to your camera. You simply twist the top to tighten the flash on it. I've learned that you do not even need to tighten it when using the Canon 600's, as their locking clip holds onto the mount just fine. If you are running a battery pack to your flash, there is no real spot to mount it with this mount, but you can get creative. Has a spot for an umbrella.

                  One thing of note would be comparability with stands. This mount needs at 16mm male adaptor for it to really "click" in. This is the slightly smaller adaptor that is not found on a lot of light stands etc.

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                  5.0

                  Strong!

                  By petercriddell

                  from Gilbert, AZ

                  Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                  This is really a well made bit of kit. It's on a 1051BAC light-stand with a PocketWizard hot-shoe sync adapter clamped into it. When I put my speedlight on this rig it becomes one solid piece...no wiggle or shake in the speedlite whatsoever. You don't really have to tighten it that much--just get it a bit snug.

                  I really like the snap feature that prevents whatever is clamped into it from falling over and getting damaged. If you want to keep your gear nice and be confident that it won't move around on you or slam against your stand, this is the way to go.

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                  5.0

                  new design for an old tool

                  By MusicMan5

                  from Norm

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Time
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                    We've all used umbrella adapters. Some are good some are not.

                    A while back I picked up a Lastolite Telescopic Extension Handle from B&H Photo to use on the occasions when I am working solo (most of the time).

                    I really like it but it has an odd head that the umbrella adapter attaches too. None of my adapters would work to my satisfaction. They either tilted to the side or were loose enough to worry me.

                    Then I got a newletter from the fine folks at Manfrotto about a new product, the Manfrotto MLS1HS Snap Tilthead. I love the way this thing works!

                    It's easy to tilt, the flash fastens very securely and it connect to my Lastolite handle PERFECTLY STRAIGHT and solid. Not a bad price for this handy piece of gear. Very outstanding!

                    I was delighted that B&H had this new product in stock and available so quickly.

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                    5.0

                    Protect your flash

                    By peterinaz

                    from Gilbert, AZ

                    Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                    This is a really nice piece of kit. It's very well made, and your flash will not fall over when you loosen the locking knob!

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