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Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite)

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Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite)

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The Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite) is a versatile aluminum bracket that will fit on almost any light stand. It includes two removable, reversible studs with 1/4"-20 threads, to adapt to light stands with top studs smaller than the standard 5/8". It requires an optional shoe for use of shoe-mount flash.

Bracket tilts and swivels to make aiming the light or flash easy.
Has a locking umbrella socket that will accept umbrella shafts up to 3/8" diameter.
UPC: 719821288022
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.01 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.8 x 4.9 x 1.2"
Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite)
  • Reversible Male Stud (1/4"-20 & 3/8" screw thread)
  • Reversible Female Stud (1/4"-20 & 3/8" female thread)
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Manfrotto026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite)
     
    4.8

    (based on 382 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (324)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (48)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (290)
    • Attach securely (208)
    • Long-lasting (188)
    • Good power output (84)
    • Attaches securely (49)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)
    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (214)
    • Indoors (149)
    • Outdoors (130)
    • Outdoor events / games (100)
    • Low light (71)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (139), Photo enthusiast (114), Pro photographer (83), Casual photographer (12), Experienced (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (237)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great umbrella mount - Metal & Sturdy!

    I would highly recommend this umbrella mount - spend the extra $10 or so and get yourself a professional metal umbrella mount. If you're putting an expensive hot-shoe flash on your stand, don't...Read complete review

    I would highly recommend this umbrella mount - spend the extra $10 or so and get yourself a professional metal umbrella mount. If you're putting an expensive hot-shoe flash on your stand, don't skimp! It's metal and holds your umbrella positions very well. Just remember that you will need a cold shoe mount for this umbrella mount - check my recommended items below for my suggestions for a complete umbrella kit.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not the Best - Especially for Strobists

    This is a solidly built umbrella adapter. A little heavier but much more solid, reliable and better designed than those cheap square plastic ones (Impact 3117, Photoflex AC-BSWCP, etc.).Read complete review

    This is a solidly built umbrella adapter. A little heavier but much more solid, reliable and better designed than those cheap square plastic ones (Impact 3117, Photoflex AC-BSWCP, etc.).

    If you need an umbrella adapter with two female studs, such as for using with a studio light, than this, or the Photoflex AC-BALGS (which is less prone to slipping) are your best options. However, if you are going to mount a shoe mount flash (all you Strobists) on your adapter there is a potentially better (and cheaper) option available, the Photek SMA-1000.

    While the center swivel on this adapter is more secure than the plastic umbrella adapters, one problem with this adapter is the center swivel hinges are flat metal and do not lock, which can be an issue if you have a heavy light or a big umbrella. The Photoflex doesn't lock either, but has a larger surface area to prevent slippage. The Photek has locking teeth which eliminates any chance of it slipping.

    Another problem is that if you're going to mount a shoe mount flash you have to add a male stud plus a shoe mount (like the one that came with your flash, or the terrible ones like the Smith-Victor 701955 that come with the square umbrella adapters). This makes the whole unit more complicated than it needs to be and adds potential weak points by having to make sure the knob on the male spigot is tight, the shoe mount is securely fastened to the spigot, and the flash itself is securely attached to the shoe mount. The Photek eliminates two of those three weak points by having the shoe mount bolted directly on the adapter. It is much more secure, but if you have special requirements such as the ability to use your own custom shoe mount, or to reposition the show mount away from the umbrella than you'll have to stick with this adapter.

    The Photek SMA-1000 (or very similar Calumet MF6929) is more compact, lighter (137g), just as solid, and has superior design such as locking teeth on the swivel. It also happens to be a lot cheaper, even if you already have a separate shoe mount to use with this adapter. Unless you need the shoe mount facing away from the umbrella I recommend it over this unit.

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    5.0

    Very Well Built Adapter

    By Chiken

    from Harlingen, Texas

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

      Very solid and durable adapter. I think only piece of plastic on it is the umbrella rod screw handle but I'm not even sure if it's plastic. It feels solid but not as solid as all other parts. Other than that it should last a lifetime.

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      5.0

      Sturdy, Maneuverable, well built.

      By Indio

      from San Antonio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

        You can feel confident moving your flash, with umbrella attachment on a lightstand without losing the flash orientation. You can use it to block light without flash, like a flag.

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        5.0

        So sturdy!

        By Real estate photographer

        from San Marcos, Tx

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Umbrella Support

        Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

        I love the construction and sturdiness of this device! I have a cheaper one from another manufacturer and I hate using it now. The Manfrotto swivel holds snugly and feels so solid. The large lever that allows umbrella angle adjustment has a clever design that allows the level angle to be manipulated independently of the tilt angle. This feature makes storing the device much easier. That said, the part is on the bulky side and is awkward to store in my case. Overall, I am very satisfied with this product and look forward to using it every time I pull it out!

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        5.0

        The Best

        By CaseMan

        from Fargo, ND

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

            We've tried several different companies for umbrella adaptors and found Manfrotto to be the best. You've heard it said before but it is very true and can stand to be repeated - it doesn't make sense to use an inexpensive piece of plastic to support $$$$$ lighting equipment. This piece is easy to use, well made, and strong. All the tightening mechanisms are strong and where they should be. It is versatile. You can use it on a lightstand or a monopod. It is easy to angle and easy to position. It gets my vote for being the best.

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            5.0

            Perfect!

            By Joe

            from San Diego

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                This thing will prolly last longer than I will. Very well built.

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                4.0

                Fine part

                By Beth

                from Ny

                Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                Does the trick

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                5.0

                Umbrella adapter

                By Rbn300

                from Alabama

                Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                Easy to attach and remove. Holds even large umbrellas securely. Appears well made.

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                4.0

                Inexpensive, Solid & Useful

                By Raildig

                from Long Island, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                      Overall very good, using this to hang my 24" siftbox over my shooting table at a good anfle. The only change I'd like is to make the bolt that tightens to the spigot easier to grip when you're trying to get at it from an awkard angle.

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                      5.0

                      Just what I was looking for.

                      By Ticolando

                      from Metairie,LA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Night Time
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                        Attach the adapter to light stand and fits perfectly to place an umbrella. Just great.

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                        5.0

                        Grear investment

                        By malaika

                        from kansas

                        Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                        Pair this with a smith victor 570 flash to stand a dapter and you will aim your flash smack on the center of your umbrella or to the furthest edge if you wish. Yes, I took off the top part that bednds the flash and I got a compatible screw and washer to attach it on to the reversible hardware that comes with the manfrotto adapter. Cost of screw and washer will be less than $ dollars at your local hardware store. But it yields a match made in heaven for those that mount a flash on top of a transceiver and find that the flash aims off center. This combo totally solves that problem. And the build quality is top notch. This thing is not only built to last from metal but it also looks very good.

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                        5.0

                        Very Solid and Sturdy

                        By Shawn R H

                        from Shawn R H

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                          To me, this is a well constructed heavy piece of equipment that will last. So far, so good and no complaints at all.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent product

                          By Darrin

                          from Houston, TX

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                            Good solid swivel to be used with softbox or umbrella.

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                            5.0

                            Performs as Promised

                            By Fotofan

                            from Fraser Valley, Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                              I purchased this product to use with the Joe McNally lastolite 24" softbox w/Canon 600EX flash, and a Techpro stand, so a light duty application. The softboxes are a good product, but do not have a swivel built into the hotshoe: this is an inexpensive and effective way to solve the problem of directional focus for your lighting, using this/similar gear. I am not a pro, so cannot comment on its durability if in constant use w/heavier gear, but as an enthusiastic amateur, it's a very sturdy, easy to use product.

                              I highly recommend it.

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                              4.0

                              Nice adapter

                              By Drowning

                              from State College, PA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                                A bit heavy and pricey. But Manfrotto means good quality. Really sturdy.

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                                5.0

                                Manfrotto has the best quality adapter.

                                By wncullerphoto

                                from Knoxville, TN

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Aluminum Construction
                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Long-Lasting

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Product photos

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                                  I use the swivel adapter on my Manfrotto light stand for head shots and food photography. Adjusts easily and quickly to get the best lighting.

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                                  5.0

                                  Very solid product!

                                  By David

                                  from Orlando

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                                      Very study and solid. I was afraid that spending so much on an "adapter" would not be worth it. But it is very well machines. I can see this lasting a lifetime.

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                                      5.0

                                      I would buy this product again and again

                                      By Peter

                                      from NYC & NJ

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Good Color Value
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                                        So far good for frequent photo shoots

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                                        5.0

                                        Nice product.

                                        By Henry

                                        from Calif

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                                        All metal-- holds tight.

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                                        5.0

                                        Solidly built

                                        By Luis

                                        from Pennsylvania

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Durable
                                        • Good Color Value
                                        • Long-Lasting

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Indoors
                                          • Outdoors

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                                          Excellent performer.

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                                          5.0

                                          Just what I needed

                                          By Daport

                                          from Lewistown, MT

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Securely
                                          • Durable
                                          • Long-Lasting

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use
                                            • Indoors
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                                            Just what I needed to attach remote flash to an old tripod I had. Very sturdy. Very versatile.

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