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Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter

You Pay: $22.49

This Photek SMA1000 Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter fits onto almost any light stand. It has a swivel, an umbrella socket with a tightening screw, and a shoe mount for almost any shoe mount flash. Use it to aim your shoe mount flash. Add your umbrella and create a softer, more pleasant portrait light.

Fits most standard light stand tops
Cold shoe holds most shoe-mount flashes (except Minolta/Sony).
Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter
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    PhotekShoe Mount Umbrella Adapter
     
    4.6

    (based on 99 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (65)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (62)
    • Reliable (58)
    • Lightweight (48)
    • Consistent (31)
    • Durable (15)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (56)
      • Portraits (56)
      • Strobe lighting (51)
      • Artificial lighting (40)
      • Weddings (29)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (47), Photo enthusiast (25), Pro photographer (24)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Best Umbrella Adapter for Most Users

      This is a fantastic little umbrella adapter. Not only is it about the same price as the common square plastic umbrella adapters such as the Impact 3117, Photoflex AC-BSWCP, etc, but it's also...Read complete review

      This is a fantastic little umbrella adapter. Not only is it about the same price as the common square plastic umbrella adapters such as the Impact 3117, Photoflex AC-BSWCP, etc, but it's also more secure, compact, and durable. And even though it's almost entirely constructed of metal, it's surprisingly light (137g), which is even lighter than the square plastic adapters because it doesn't have the extra bulk of those designs (237g).

      The plastic adapters are fairly insecure but this adapter also happens to be even more secure than the more expensive Bogen / Manfrotto Swivel Umbrella Adapter 026 (aka 2905), due to the locking teeth in the main swivel section which the Bogen doesn't have. And because of the locking teeth, it doesn't need nearly as much torque as other designs. It's also way lighter and more compact than the Bogen.

      Another plus with this unit is that the hot shoe mount is securely bolted to it. On umbrella adapters with two female studs you need to make sure the screw holding the male spigot is extremely tight and the male spigot is screwed into the hot shoe mount extremely tight for it to be secure. The only drawback to having the hot shoe mount bolted in is you lose the ability to use your own custom hot shoe mount or orient it in a direction other than towards the umbrella.

      The only real downside I find with this adapter is that the particular hot shoe mounted on this unit doesn't have a locking mechanism, which can be an issue for some users. If you are mounting a flash with a screw tightening mechanism directly to it then it works great. But if you need to mount something in between this this hot shoe mount and your flash it can be unsecure. For example I have older Canon flashes without PC syncs and I have to use a hot shoe to 1/8" adapter to trigger the flash via pocket wizard. Since neither adapter has a locking mechanism on the hot shoe they are a loose fit and I have to tape them together. The Calumet Umbrella Adapter With Swivel (MF6829) is an identical umbrella adapter but with a different hot shoe mounted on it that has a locking mechanism. If you aren't attaching a flash directly to the adapter I would recommend getting that one instead. I am not sure if the newer Nikon speedlights with the quick release lever will lock into this hot shoe mount or not.

      One other observance is that while this umbrella adapter has a larger hole for attaching oversized umbrella shafts, the hole is not at an angle and so the umbrella stays perpendicular to the hot shoe mount. This doesn't bother me but it might bother some users.

      Overall, I think this is the best umbrella hot shoe adapter available despite the fact that it's one of the cheapest! I think it would be practically perfect if the hot shoe mount had a locking knob.

      Oh and don't forget to put a bit of tape on the top of the hot shoe mount so the contacts on your flash don't short. It won't cause permanent damage but your flash won't fire while the contacts are shorted.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Solid, with flaws, inconsistent design.

      I received two of these Photek umbrella adapters, and am overall impressed. They are entirely metal, and built really sturdy. However, they have a few drawbacks

      1) Metal cold...Read complete review

      I received two of these Photek umbrella adapters, and am overall impressed. They are entirely metal, and built really sturdy. However, they have a few drawbacks

      1) Metal cold shoe. This is all too common, but still a problem Put electrical tape over it, and keep your flash from having power issues or shorting out.

      2) Tension teeth a little too much tension. It takes alot of unscrewing to get these easily maneuverable with umbrellas, but hold on really tight when latched down.

      3) The design is inconsistent. One of my adapters had a screw hole for other adding other attachments through the coldshoe, the other did not. This is forcing me to return both items.

      Overall, it serves its purpose well, and is very compact, if you can get them with the screw holes you'd be perfectly happy.

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      4.0

      Sturdy enough and good to pack

      By eusti

      from New York, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Off camera flash

        Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

        Not terribly much to say about this one: It's an shoe mount umbrella adapter... I like that the shoe mount is firmly attached, I don't see the point in having a movable part there... As well, I like that it doesn't have a big lever that traditional umbrella adapters tend to have... In this case only strobes are used not big studio flashes... And it allows for a more compact design... One thing though: The little spring to hold some tension in the cold shoe part usually falls out pretty quickly... But that doesn't make the adapter any less useful...

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        4.0

        Pretty good!

        By Tony Baker photography

        from Little Rock, AR

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Strobe Lighting
          • Weddings

          Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

          So far the adapter is holding up pretty well. Almost didn't buy because the price seemed to good but glad I did!

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          5.0

          Well-made adapter

          By Earl

          from Central Texas

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

            This one seems to be a solidly constructed unit with durable parts that should last a long time. I especially like the removable, reversible adapter on the bottom for 1/4" or 3/8' screws.

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            4.0

            easy umbrella adapter for speedlights

            By David

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • All Metal Cold Shoe
            • Not Very Flexible

            Best Uses

            • All Events
            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting
            • Weddings

            Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

            I use this product to attach shoe-mount speedlights to a painter pole securely to extend pole and hold the speedlight as high as 9 feet away from an assistant or the photographer. It holds the speedlight securely although I also use some gaffer's tape just in case. The cold shoe is metalic so some speedlights might allow contacts to short out, but I have put gaffer's tape across the bottom of the cold shoe to prevent problems.

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            5.0

            Perfect Shoe Mount Stand Adapter

            By MRomine

            from Normal, IL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Solid

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Strobe Lighting
              • Weddings

              Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

              Well made all metel except for the plastic knobs.

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              3.0

              works as it should and feels sturdy

              By doug

              from new york, ny

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Strobe Lighting

                Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                works as it should and feels sturdy

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                4.0

                Very handy.

                By JRealist

                from Newport Beach, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                    Comes with a reversible adapter to use with different light stands.

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                    5.0

                    Great shoe mount umbrealla Adapter!

                    By Trevor the photog

                    from Des Moines, IA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                      I bought this as a replacement for a cheap one that lasted 9 months and broke.

                      This one is rock solid and I expect it to last many years. It came with the piece that will screw on to two different sized screw heads, whether it is a tripod with a larger screw size or a light stand with a smaller screw size. The cheap one did have that part so it never sat on a light stand properly.

                      I highly suggest this item even though it is more expensive that the cheaper one but worth every penny.

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                      5.0

                      This product works.

                      By Bellhead

                      from Queens, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Videography

                        Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                        I used two of the mounts during an interview for a documentary. I had my Lowell light kit to set-up three point lighting. It turned out that the temperature was 88 degrees and no air conditioning. The subject was a 90 yr old actress and I couldn't take the heat so I knew she would have a problem sitting under the lights. I switched to three on camera lEDS and mounted them on stands, problem solved, everybody was happy.

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                        5.0

                        Perfect for 430EXIIs

                        By Dustin

                        from Frederick, MD

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Strobe Lighting
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                          I have three of these that I use with my Speedlite 430EXII's. They work perfectly!

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                          5.0

                          Love this

                          By Wizardz01

                          from Georgetown, Ontario, Canada

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                            Perfect little gagdet to keep in the camera bag along with a gorillapod for the off camera flash anywhere. Very sturdy and solid.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome little thing

                            By Canon bass

                            from OKC, oklahoma

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                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                                  This thing is great for my 335LED lights and great for my off camera flash. Very well design and durable!

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                                  5.0

                                  Well-made...very sturdy.

                                  By Taranran

                                  from Long Island

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting
                                    • Weddings

                                    Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                                    These are easy to get on and light enough to travel with but are also very strong and durable.

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                                    4.0

                                    good enough for me

                                    By Nick the Namer

                                    from Toronto, ON

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                      Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                                      Sturdy and reliable, so far it seems like a good buy. The umbrella hole is angled so that a flash unit would be aimed more or less to the centre point, which is great for me.

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                                      5.0

                                      Does the Job

                                      By Russ

                                      from Nashville, TN

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Artificial Lighting
                                        • Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Strobe Lighting

                                        Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                                        I have several various aged speedlights which I wanted to use for product and portrait photography. I purchased this shoe mount to use with the Impact light stands I bought at the same time. This seems to be a good combination to use with my speedlights.

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                                        5.0

                                        Wow,..I'm very happy

                                        By Walking man

                                        from Bloomington, CA

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artificial Lighting
                                          • Photography
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Strobe Lighting
                                          • Weddings

                                          Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                                          I got two to replace the cold shoe mount umbrella kit

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                                          5.0

                                          Great piece to pick up

                                          By Falloom72

                                          from Rochester, MN

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Photography
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                                            I purchased this for a portfolio shoot with a friend and I was short on cash at the time, so I was looking for something inexpensive and functional. This shoe mount did everything I was told it was suppose to do and it did it in an outstanding fashion.

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                                            5.0

                                            excellent value

                                            By Paul nazbrass

                                            from berkshires MA

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Pros

                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                                                I gave it 5 stars not because it's perfect but for the value it's pretty tough to beat.

                                                I use them with smaller shoot-thru umbrellas when I'm not using heavier studio equipment and they work out great.

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                                                5.0

                                                Works perfect.

                                                By MrStyles

                                                from Troy, MI

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Set Up
                                                • Reliable

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Portraits
                                                  • Strobe Lighting

                                                  Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                                                  Just needed a bracket to mount my flash and an umbrella. This does it perfectly.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Practical and Efficient

                                                  By Kdee

                                                  from Detroit, Michigan

                                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Reliable

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Photography
                                                    • Portraits

                                                    Comments about Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter:

                                                    I am using this product for '2 light' portraits utilizing additional ambient light when available. It does just what it should and the price is right.

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