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Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm)

You Pay: $35.95

The Photoflex 2-1/2" Grip Swivel is designed for larger, heavier softboxes. It has cast aluminum construction and a 2-1/2" diameter gripping surface that make it strong and dependable.

Cast aluminum construction will support heavy weight and hold up against tough working conditions
Adjustable locking handle with heavy duty clutch holds at precise angle
Umbrella insert adds versatility to your umbrellas
Weight 1 lb (454 g)
Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm)
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    PhotoflexHeavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm)
     
    4.4

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (7)
    • Good power output (5)
    • Attaches securely (4)
    • Long-lasting (4)
    • Attach securely (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
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      5.0

      Certainly worth the money!

      By Chief

      from North Carolina

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm):

        Portable flashes with umbrellas is my primary use for this product.

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        5.0

        Strong and sturdy grip.

        By Chick who clicks

        from Bay Area, California

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm):

          We put expensive gear on umbrella stands, and to have the umbrella holder fail is just...sad. I wish I had started out with this one because it is rock solid.
          The swivel has a thick rubber pad which provides a solid grip. I highly recommend this item.

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          3.0

          definitely works as described

          By sloejelley

          from montpelier, vt

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Attaches Securely

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm):

            I use it as a flash/umbrella bracket and swivel for a stand mounted scrim. It does seem to have more grip than a regular swivel bracket and I appreciate the lever release, but it tends to stick sometimes whn released. It's new, so maybe that will change. Also, the friction surfaces between the two compression plates that are forced together when the swivel is tightened down (if that makes sense)are two rubberized gaskets. Not sure if this will be better or worse in the long run, as metal can strip and rubber can wear or harden, but it's good to know about.

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            5.0

            Better than Manfrotto for heavy loads

            By Larry R.

            from Connecticut

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm):

                Yes, aesthetically this is not a match for the Manfrotto Lite-Tite, but I bought it because the Manfrotto was not really up to holding securely in place a softbox with two PocketWizard Flexes and Canon 580EXs (especially if tilting the softbox sharply forward). The grip was not tight and reliable enough to suit me. But the Photoflex Swivel is. For lighter loads, yes, the Manfrotto has a more pleasurable feel and is considerably lighter in your gear bag. But if you want to use a medium or larger softbox with two triggers and flash units, buy the Photoflex.

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                5.0

                Heavy Duty!

                By Laszlo

                from Chicago

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Durable
                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Heavy duty use

                Comments about Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm):

                I'm using the grip with an XL softbox with a Speedo Force 10, the grip functions beautifully! Solid!!!

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                4.0

                Tough and well-designed

                By Tokyo Shashinka

                from Tokyo, Japan

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm):

                  Seems very tough and durable, locks very tight. I'm knocking one star off, because it has a certain 'roughness' in the way it's made; it doesn't feel as 'beautifully made' as a product from Manfrotto, for example. But it seems to do what it's designed to do just fine, and seems to be made of solid, strong materials, so I'm quite happy with the purchase. And of course, if it were made by Manfrotto, the price would be much higher.

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                  3.0

                  Photoxflex vs. Manfrotto

                  By Jeff

                  from New Hampshire

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Comments about Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm):

                        I recently purchased two of these swivels. Here is a comparison to the Manfrotto 026 swivel...

                        1) The Manfrotto is made in Italy and uses much thicker metal castings. The Photoflex is made in China and uses relatively thin castings. The powder coat finish is nicer on the Manfrotto.

                        2) The openings on both ends of the Photoflex are too small for a 5/8" (15.9mm) diameter male adapter. If your adapters are slightly undersize (which many of them are), then they will just barely fit into the holes without binding. The Manfrotto has oversized holes (17.5mm) on both ends to accept a wider range of diameters. For example, the lightstand stud on my Illuminata II softbox is oversized and will not fit in the Photoflex swivel. However, it fits fine in the Manfrotto.

                        3) The main adjustment handle (and other hardware) on the Manfrotto is higher quality and operates much more smoothly.

                        Bottom line: The Photoflex swivel does what it's supposed to do, but the quality lags behind the Manfrotto. The undersized holes make it useless for some applications.

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                        5.0

                        The only competition to Manfrotto

                        By RDKirk

                        from Illinois, USA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Attach Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm):

                            The Manfrotto umbrella swivel is the industry standard for bulletproof, quick, solid operation. This swivel may be a bit better. That large grip area does seem to work better for me holding a large softbox than does the Manfrotto.

                            If for some reason you don't want the Manfrotto, get this one.

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                            5.0

                            Dont worry about this one just buy it!

                            By Jonathan

                            from New Haven, CT

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Photoflex Heavy Duty Grip Swivel - 2.5" (6.4cm):

                              I purchased this swivel grip to attach to my 7 foot Photoflex Octodome to be able to adjust the dome up and down. The grip secured easily to my stand and the Octodome with no wobbling. I can now roll my huge Octo around the studio with ease. I also purchased the Avenger A420 - Baby Roller Double Riser 9' 10" Light Stand to go with this set up and it works great. In fact I though that I would have to weight it down but this stand it so durable I did not have to.

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