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Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends

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  • Stand or Swivel Mount Adapter

The Smith Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends is a 3" long, 2-part adapter consisting of a 5/8" (16 mm) diameter 1/4"-20 - 3/8" male stud and a 5/8" (16 mm) diameter 1/4"-20 - 3/8" female stud which are ideal for use in swivel mounts or to adapt light stands..

Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends
  • Male 3/8" to Male 1/4"- 20 Stud
  • Female 3/8" to Female 1/4"- 20 Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Smith-Victor580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends
     
    4.2

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (8)
    • Long-lasting (5)
    • Reliable (5)
    • Highly compatible (4)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Strobe lighting (8)
      • Artificial lighting (6)
      • General purpose (5)
      • Photography (5)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (16)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Perfect for the minimalist strobist

      If your like me, and love to use off camera flash, these things are a life saver. I connect the female one to a 5" L bracket, and then the male...Read complete review

      If your like me, and love to use off camera flash, these things are a life saver. I connect the female one to a 5" L bracket, and then the male end into one of my flash bases. Hook both into my umbrella holder, and I'm good to go. Being that I like to move my lights a lot, I bought a few sets of these.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not the same anymore

      The one I bought 2 years ago looks identical to the picture shown, but the one I just received is totally different. Not only the new one has chrome finish, the whole male...Read complete review

      The one I bought 2 years ago looks identical to the picture shown, but the one I just received is totally different. Not only the new one has chrome finish, the whole male section is 1/4" too long (1.5" instead of 1.25"). It is practically useless.

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      5.0

      Do what they need to, cheap

      By DCMP

      from Spokane Wa

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cost efficient
      • Durable
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

        This combo set was the half the price of buying the pieces individually. Yay for that.

        Used in a variety of situation, they are usually placed in hot shoe adaptions somewhere.

        Only downside... I know I'll loose them again someday soon. Really need a kit of adapters like this.

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        5.0

        Does the job

        By Jeremy W.

        from Glenwood Springs, CO

        About Me Film Student

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          Cons

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              Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

              It does the job- pretty hard to mess up a steel adapter.

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              5.0

              Simple & Functional

              By Ununpentium

              from Auburn, MA

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                I use these for anything i can think of. Fastening radio slaves, cold shoe adapters, umbrella brackets, etc. These are simple and do the trick. Prefer aluminum ones though because brass is softer.

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                4.0

                Very decent

                By matty

                from durham, NC

                About Me Gaffer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Highly Compatible
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Camera Rigging Kit

                  Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                  If you need an adapter/coupler this is helpful.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  To mount a monolight on a tripod or mono

                  By Peter

                  from Illinois

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                      This piece is harder to find than it should be, but it's one of the most valuable pieces I own. I use it to mount my profoto acutes on a monopod when I have an assistant. Easy location lighting solution.

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                      5.0

                      Strong, sturdy

                      By Tim Carlson

                      from Ann Arbor, MI

                      About Me Hobbyist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                          Works as advertised and is strong and reliable. I purchase this unit to attach a softbox bracket with speed ring to a monopod and it works great!

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                          5.0

                          Sturdy - Does What It's Meant To Do

                          By Bob

                          from USA

                          About Me professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Highly Compatible

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                            There is not much I can say about this item. It's a simple metal stud that converts 1/4" to 3/8" in both male and female. You can unscrew the two studs apart and use it as an adapter or screw them together and use it as an extension.

                            You may want to use a small lock washer between the studs to keep the items from seperating though.

                            The only issue is the items I got shipped to me were not brass, they were silver in color (not sure what metal). This of course was not a problem because I don't care what color they are. In fact I noticed that compared to the brass versions sent to me in the past, these screw together more easily.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent

                            By El

                            from Toronto, Ontario

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                I like the flexibility of being able to use either the 1/4" end or the 3/8".

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                                5.0

                                Exactly what I needed

                                By Lauren J.

                                from Charleston, SC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Long-Lasting

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                  This product was exactly what I needed to attach my manfrotto monopod to my lastolite ezybox for off camera flash lighting.

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                                  5.0

                                  Dual-purpose Stud

                                  By David K

                                  from Lancaster PA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                      It's definitely handy to have a couple of these lying around, as they can be used with lots of different photo accessories. I often use it to mount a small object to a stand.

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                                      • No

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                                      3.0

                                      Hard to get excited about a bolt

                                      By Mat at Flowstate

                                      from Hobart, Tasmania

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Long-Lasting

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                        These adapters work, which is about all that can (should) be expected. They were well (appropriately) priced, unlike some others with a frightening price tag.

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                                        4.0

                                        Male / Female Steel Adapter

                                        By Dave

                                        from Washington, DC

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Long-Lasting

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use

                                          Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                          good quality product, better then original in set

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Not much you can say!

                                          By Timeless Expressions

                                          from Adrian MI

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attach Securely
                                          • Durable
                                          • Long-Lasting

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use

                                            Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                            It does what its suppose to.

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                                            • No

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                                            3.0

                                            Good, but check length first!

                                            By Dan-who-figures-it-out-the-hard-way

                                            from Sterling Hts, MI

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Reviewer

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                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                                  I bought this to replace one of the two male adapters I lost off my Smith-Victor 2-umbrella kit. Unfortunately, the shoulder-to-shoulder measurement of the new adapter is 1.25" instead of the original 1.00", rendering it useless in the vertical holders of my light mounts without modification (horizontal is fine). The stud hits the bottom inside of the light mount before the adapter is fully inserted; perhaps this is a unique problem with my now-5-year-old S-V light mounts (a design with an internal clearance hole would have solved the problem). Luckily I didn't need the 3/8" stud side of the male adapter, so I cut it off with my Dremel tool - problem solved!

                                                  --Other comments: My adapters do not have the thread problems others reported. As to the material and color; even though the package says brass, only the female adapter is non-magnetic, leading me to believe it is brass as advertised. The male is magnetic, so it is probably steel. Both are silver in color. I would have given them 5 stars had I not had to cut off the stud.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  A little lifesaver

                                                  By JTTrey3

                                                  from Knoxville, TN

                                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Easy to lose - buy two

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Artificial Lighting
                                                  • Outdoor fill light
                                                  • Photography
                                                  • Portraits
                                                  • Strobe Lighting
                                                  • Weddings

                                                  Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                                  I purchased these to add flexibility to our Apollo Speedlight Softbox. Now, not only can I set the softbox on a light stand, but by using these adapters, I can stick it on a standard monopod and move it as my model moves. This is a MUST HAVE in every photographer's bag.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Perfect for the minimalist strobist

                                                  By JamieHansenDotNet

                                                  from Wilmington, NC

                                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                                    • Strobe Lighting

                                                    Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                                    If your like me, and love to use off camera flash, these things are a life saver. I connect the female one to a 5" L bracket, and then the male end into one of my flash bases. Hook both into my umbrella holder, and I'm good to go. Being that I like to move my lights a lot, I bought a few sets of these.

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                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Nice for the price

                                                    By doowrah

                                                    from Traverse City, Michigan

                                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Reliable

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Photography
                                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                                      Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                                      Solid & work well for their use. Very pleased with my purchase.

                                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                                      • Yes

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Wonderful, I will buy again

                                                      By Chris

                                                      from Ann Arbor, MI

                                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Consistent
                                                      • Easy Setup
                                                      • Reliable

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Artificial Lighting
                                                        • Photography
                                                        • Portraits
                                                        • Strobe Lighting

                                                        Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                                        I use these adapters in order to mount studio strobes / lighting accessories to c-stands. The adapters that I received do look different from the picture (silver instead of gold, which I think is a plus), and they function exactly the same. I've read other reviews on these adapters that talk about poor machining quality on the metal, but the ones that I received were perfect.

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Works great, solves problems

                                                        By Mike

                                                        from Menlo Park, CA

                                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Consistent
                                                        • Lightweight
                                                        • Reliable

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Artificial Lighting
                                                          • Strobe Lighting

                                                          Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                                          I am using for a reflector arm. Good price, well made

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Gets the job done

                                                          By Portraits By Lowell

                                                          from Kissimmee Fl

                                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Reliable

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Strobe Lighting

                                                            Comments about Smith-Victor 580 Steel Adapter with 1/4" and 3/8" Ends:

                                                            Works better than I had anticipated, and the price was right

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