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Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe

B&H # MA175F Mfr # 175F-1
You Pay: $61.29

This is a Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp which clamps onto pipes up to 1.6" in diameter, or stands or arms that have a 5/8 in top, or 3/8 in thread. The 0.7 lb clamp also features a cold flash swivel shoe for attaching a shoe-mount flash.

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Manfrotto175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe
 
4.8

(based on 239 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (188)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (190)
  • Durable (170)
  • Reliable (134)
  • Lightweight (107)
  • Portable (32)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (18)
  • Price (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (129)
  • Travel (100)
  • Studio (92)
  • Everyday (69)
  • Macro photography (57)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (61), Enthusiast (60), Professional (45), Experienced (25), Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (118)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Economical & Portable for Speedlite Work

This is the third Justin Spring Clamp that I've bought, because it's a great tool for shooting with off-camera flash on location. The unusual nature of my flash subjects requires that my gear be...Read complete review

This is the third Justin Spring Clamp that I've bought, because it's a great tool for shooting with off-camera flash on location. The unusual nature of my flash subjects requires that my gear be highly portable, which the Justins are. In a sense, one Justin clamp can substitute for a lightstand, a micro ballhead, and a cold shoe, since you can attach a number of them to one light stand if you're short on stands (provided that you weight the stand sufficiently with sand bags or something similar).

One of my favorite pieces of gear for working with PocketWizard Flexes and Speedlites is the Manfrotto Micro Ballhead, which you can place on top of a lightstand and then position your flash in any direction or way that you want. The Justin clamps go them one better, if you're shooting say, with five or more Speedlites, as I often do. You can attach any number of Justin clamps to one light stand (provided you weight the stand), and then combine the power of however many flash units by turning them in the same direction, or turn them in different directions for more coverage and varied intensities of light. The cold shoes are well-designed to hold your Flex or Speedlite securely, and the clamp is strong enough to attach securely to a light stand or tripod or any number of other types of objects, while not being so "strong" that you would have trouble opening their jaws.

As is usual with Manfrotto, the build and design of the product is first-rate.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Build Quality is Disappointing

I have two of these clamps.

Both have the same problems: the cold shoe is NOT secured to the burled metal adjustment rod, and will not stay on the clamp....Read complete review

I have two of these clamps.

Both have the same problems: the cold shoe is NOT secured to the burled metal adjustment rod, and will not stay on the clamp. The cold shoe has separated and dropped my flashes too many times to continue using them.

The other issue is the spring/knob assembly that secures the clamp to a light stand. It also constantly works itself loose, letting the spring get away and the pin is on the ground.

The idea of these clamps is great and useful. The execution and assembly of the clamps is very unsatisfactory and I would not recommend these to anyone.

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5.0

The perfect speedlite clamp

By Dave

from Geilenkirchen Germany

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

  • Price

Best Uses

  • Events
  • General Use
  • Indoors
  • On Location
  • Outdoors

Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

By far the best and most versatile clamp I have used for mounting speedlites on location and it works just about anywhere!! After borrowing one from a friend for a shoot I bought two that will stay in my bag at all times and plan on picking up two more in the near future. This clamp won't replace the need for light stands but will allow you to place multiple speedlites at various heights and angles on the same stand. Additionally, you can attach a speedlite to any object strong enough to hold it. For example a door, chair, table edge or even a tree branch becomes a light stand with this clamp. The cold shoe is fully adjustable so you don't have to fight with tweaking the clamp once you attach it trying to change the angle of the light. I wish I had some of these sooner!

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4.0

Flash shoe not securely attached

By Naples_vidiot

from Naples, Florida

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Lightweight
  • Pov Camera Mount

Cons

  • Plastic Attached To Metal
  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Pov Cam Mount

Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

Flash shoe came off when tightening. Seems like there are too many things to tighten on mount shaft. Gorilla glued so should be ok but be aware if you hang upside down. Tried to remove shoe mount from clamp and was stripped from factory. Why you ask? Wanted to add another swivel mount other than what was on there. Still giving it 4 stars though. Use this for POV cameras at weddings and events. These attach securely to poles, tree limbs, track lighting, etc., etc.. Just be aware the shoe is not attached that securely. Glue on if you like what's attached to it. Or am
I being obtuse?

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5.0

Great product

By David

from Santa Monica

Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

A must have for any speedliter. Perfect for those who are working in the field but certainly comes in handy within the comforts and luxuries of a studio. Man grotto has priced this simple metal product too high, in my opinion. Nevertheless, I have purchased two. I prefer to stick with the pros and accept no imitations. Ball head works wonderfully.be sure to buy 175f-1 newer issue than 175F....different ballheads

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5.0

Simple and works

By DP

from Boston, MA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

      Made well, simple to use and does the trick.

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      5.0

      Ah lahk it, ah laht.

      By DJK

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Cons

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            Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

            I'll like it even better when I figure out what the screw in the side is for and once I've replaced the cold shoe with a stroboframe shoe.

            But the thingamajig on the back doubles as an umbrella holder, and by unscrewing the cold shoe I can screw the ball head directly into the top of a stand and clamp reflectors etc with the clamp...it's a pretty swell multifunctional thing. Though, whether or not it's better than the Impact knockoff, shrug?

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            5.0

            You can never have too many of these!

            By GrizzlyAK

            from Eagle River, AK

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

              This is my third. Very handy piece of gear.

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              5.0

              A++++++++++++++

              By Jeff

              from Tn

              Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

              Great product

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              5.0

              Put these suckers just about anywhere

              By Bonedome

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                I love these things! I use several with my Canon 600EX-RT's to provide a little low-power fill for a band I regularly shoot…I can stick them on rafters, mic-stands, drum hardware, speaker handles. Really, really handy.

                Pay attention to the various adjustment/tightening rings, or you might find your speedlite running off-axis from what you need/intend.

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                5.0

                So great, I ordered two!

                By Dave B.

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                  I can comfortably attach an sb-910 to one of these and know that where ever I clamp it, it will stay. I can rig this thing to shelves, poles, doors, stands, you name it. Very convenient when you don't have an extra light stand or there isn't enough from for one.

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                  5.0

                  Justin's mom would be proud

                  By David

                  from Charlotte, NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                    This is a fine multi-purpose clamp inveneted by a mechanical genious for a well-known pro-photgrapher. It attaches readily to light stands, or to almost anything that is not fragile. It will crush fragile items in its powerful jaws.

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                    5.0

                    Just Bought My 2nd Justin Clamp!

                    By Franksfotos

                    from Killingworth CT

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                      I have 2 of these clamps, and I use them to shoot interiors...I put them onto light stands, and then mount my 2 Speedlights on the cold shoe..and have the perfect lighting system. I have also attached them to book shelves if a stand was too big to fit into a room.....very versatile....

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                      5.0

                      Solid versatile clamp

                      By Triple-G

                      from Durham, NH

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                      • Pricey

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                      Very rugged and secure clamp. Useful when I don't have an assistant to hold a speedlight.

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                      5.0

                      Handy Accessory

                      By Star Gazer

                      from Central PA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                        I first used the 175F Manfrotto spring clamp to hold a Nikon flash. Worked great. Able to adjust to all desired angles. Also used the clamp to hold a Sony LED video light. Video light heavier than flash, but clamp was able to hold in position. Highly recommend this clamp!

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                        5.0

                        Extremely strong & durable.

                        By Larryd

                        from Montrose, CO

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                        I first learned about this product from a book written by Joe McNally. Apparently he uses them frequently & in quantity. I can see why. I can envision multiple uses for this. As with all Manfrotto products, it is extremely durable and will probably last longer than I will.

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                        4.0

                        Handful support

                        By vadinho

                        from Barcelona

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                          Small, light and flexible

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                          5.0

                          Strong Clamp

                          By Strobist

                          from Providence, RI

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                            I was worried about whether I would trust expensive strobe lights on this but the clamp was very sturdy and powerful. They make great additions to a lighting kit where you need something more discreet than a light stand, or to mount where a light stand simply isn't feasible. They are great in a pinch (pun intended).

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                            5.0

                            Pricey but worth it!

                            By LWink

                            from McMurray, PA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Long-Lasting

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Outdoors
                              • Portraits
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                              I know what a Manfrotto spring clamp costs and I know what the Mini Ball with cold shoe costs but for some reason I was stingy and put off buying one. I regret not buying one sooner and will be getting at least one more. I have adopted the faster, more portable style of lighting for portraits and other similar people photography that generally involves 1-3 Speedlights. I used to set up power packs and strobes to do shots like that in the past. I have clamped this thing everywhere from light stands to furniture, table tops and tree branches. Very handy! As I said, I'm getting more. I used to use the umbrella style brackets to mount Speedlights, but find this is faster with the Mini Ball head.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect tool to secure a remote flash

                              By Apollo13

                              from PA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                                Securing a remote flash to a stand or clamp it to whatever is available to hold the flash. Very convenient tool at a great price.

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                                5.0

                                Great product.

                                By tom

                                from Chicago, IL

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                                  Easy to use and saves a lot of space.

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                                  4.0

                                  Versatile clamp

                                  By Kevin Z

                                  from Chicago, IL

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Reliable
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Challenging Scenarios
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe:

                                    Allows you to easily place a speed light anywhere. It sports a very strong clamp so there is no fear of your gear falling. The ball head is sturdy; however, the cold shoe seems a bit cheap and might lose its tension overtime. A must for photographers who need adaptable grip options.

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