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Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe

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Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe

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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
 
4.7

(based on 246 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (193)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (190)
  • Durable (175)
  • Reliable (134)
  • Lightweight (109)
  • Portable (32)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (18)
  • Price (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (133)
  • Travel (101)
  • Studio (92)
  • Everyday (69)
  • Macro photography (57)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (61), Enthusiast (60), Professional (47), Experienced (25), Photo enthusiast (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (123)

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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1.0

Cheap quality - buy another brand

By GothamPhotography

from New York

About Me Professional

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Durable

    Best Uses

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

      I purchased this Manfrotto justin clamp about a year and a half ago. Note that the clamp itself is made of fairly solid metal construction. The problem is with the cold flash swivel shoe. The cold shoe is made of cheap plastic material. Like other reviewers noted, I also had issues with flashes slipping out of the cold shoe due to the fact that it relies on the locking mechanism on the flash and is not sturdy. After light use over 6 months, the plastic lip that holds the flash in place actually cracked and broke off and now the clamp is useless. I am surprised that Manfrotto used such cheap construction on the cold shoe, as I've had great experience with build quality on other Manfrotto products. I replaced it with, and recommend, the justin clamp made by Impact. The cold shoe is made of metal material and has a locking spring clamp like most accessories designed to secure flash units.

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      5.0

      Solid as a rock

      By John N

      from Wilsonville, Oregon

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Traveling

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

        Just as expected!

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        • No

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        4.0

        A useful accessory

        By stevieb

        from New York City

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Good size clamp for use in places where a lightstand is not available. Unlike some other reviewers I did not find the clamp too strong. It is strong enough to be secure but not crush things it is clamped on to. My quibble is that it is somewhat expensive for what it is.

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          5.0

          My First Justin Clamp

          By CameraGirl

          from New England

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              This is my first Justin Clamp. I've found it convenient for using a remote SB-900 speedlight secured to a lightstand, tripod or clipped to shelf or anywhere where you need to introduce light. I like the fact that my SB-900 external battery pack can be secured within the jaws when using the clamp on a lightstand. I will definitely buy 2 more in the future.

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              5.0

              Awesome Clamp

              By Jim

              from Bel Air, Maryland

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

              Bought it to be able to mount a remote flash on a background stand for use as a hair light. Provides great flexibility as I can mount it anywhere on the stand and adjust the focus point with ease. Same also applies to using it on a standard flash stand.

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              5.0

              LOVE IT!!!!!

              By Jason

              from South Texas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • A little heavy

              Best Uses

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

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

              I love this clamp! Trees, tables, cars, even people!!!!! I used this during a maternity shoot and attached it to the silk sheet the client had wrapped around her and it provided a halo of light around her sides at her belly. It gave the photo an added element that I have never seen before that the client LOVED! She ended up buying a 11x16 canvas print of it and asked me to sign it.

              It clamps to anything and also has attachments for light poles.

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              5.0

              Just what the doctor ordered

              By riptides

              from New York NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              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:

                I do a lot of portraits on the streets and these clamps a awesome for getting a flash off the camera and attach it almost anywhere.

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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

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          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

                          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:

                            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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                                Verified Buyer

                                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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