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Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle

You Pay: $29.99
Product Highlights
  • Handheld Shoot-through Solution
  • Holds Optional Umbrella

The Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle is an effective diffusion solution for what Lastolite would call the "solo strobist." For the dexterous that means that you can handle your autofocus DSLR with one hand while effectively using your arm as a light stand for your umbrella. Lastolite makes it easy with the Brolly Grip Handle which alternatively mounts on a 5/8 (16 mm) stand stud and holds optional umbrellas up to 20".

Flashgun close to umbrella shaft
Hand held or used on a stand
Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    LastoliteBrolly Grip Handle
     
    3.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    64%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (6)
    • Easy to set up (4)

    Cons

    • Unreliable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It does the job...mostly.

    When using a single Speedlite with an umbrella or soft box, the flash head is often far enough off-center to cause some unevenness in the light pattern. The Lastolite Brolly Grip handily solves the...Read complete review

    When using a single Speedlite with an umbrella or soft box, the flash head is often far enough off-center to cause some unevenness in the light pattern. The Lastolite Brolly Grip handily solves the problem by holding the flash horizontally along the modifier's shaft.

    The molded grip from which the product gets its name is handy when using a small umbrella, allowing one to hand-hold the whole ensemble comfortably and securely. It can also be mounted directly on a standard light stand, or -- as I do -- on a swivel adapter that's on a light stand for the most flexibility in tilt angle.

    The only gripe I have is that there are no screw-down or locking devices to hold the umbrella shaft; there are two different-sized shaft tubes that have rubber o-rings to prevent slipping, and they work reasonably well, but if there's much of a breeze, if I'm using a large umbrella, or if I have a large tilt angle I find myself reaching for the gaffer's tape to keep everything from slipping, sliding, or twirling.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cool concept

    I want to use this handle with a couple of umbrellas. Works great for holding the umbrella, a speedlight and even a pocket wizard TT5 with the speedlight on top. So if you...Read complete review

    I want to use this handle with a couple of umbrellas. Works great for holding the umbrella, a speedlight and even a pocket wizard TT5 with the speedlight on top. So if you have an assistant to hold it, it works perfectly.

    If you want to mount the grip onto a light stand using the bottom socket and screw, the screw on this one does not function, so we could not attach it!
    I did not have time to exchange it before a trip.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    It does the job...mostly.

    By Brian O

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Portraits
      • Weddings

      Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

      When using a single Speedlite with an umbrella or soft box, the flash head is often far enough off-center to cause some unevenness in the light pattern. The Lastolite Brolly Grip handily solves the problem by holding the flash horizontally along the modifier's shaft.

      The molded grip from which the product gets its name is handy when using a small umbrella, allowing one to hand-hold the whole ensemble comfortably and securely. It can also be mounted directly on a standard light stand, or -- as I do -- on a swivel adapter that's on a light stand for the most flexibility in tilt angle.

      The only gripe I have is that there are no screw-down or locking devices to hold the umbrella shaft; there are two different-sized shaft tubes that have rubber o-rings to prevent slipping, and they work reasonably well, but if there's much of a breeze, if I'm using a large umbrella, or if I have a large tilt angle I find myself reaching for the gaffer's tape to keep everything from slipping, sliding, or twirling.

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      5.0

      Good Grip!!

      By CG Lawrence

      from Malvern, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

        Great little grip that allows for hand holding of the Lastolite umbrella. Makes off camera flash fun!

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        4.0

        Practical light modifier

        By teom

        from Weston, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • Carry-on

        Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

        It is OK for its purpose. I carry on my small camera bag and help with fill light on parks, etc.
        Weak construction and the umbrella is always loose (not tight fit).
        I've read reports of the flash coming loose and falling. This is not the case on the unit I got. Actually the flash is very secure.

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        2.0

        Umbrella Shaft Not Secure

        By JimP4

        from Boise Idaho

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

        The Brolly Grip Handle uses a rubber o-ring to secure the umbrella shaft. The umbrella shaft will rotate and slide when shooting hand held photos. Some type of thumb screw retainer is needed to make the Brolly Grip Handle user friendly.

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        2.0

        Great idea, but doesn't work that well.

        By regan

        from Las Vegas

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

            Hard to get my Canon 600 flash on and umbrella slips around too much. When attached to a light stand it only points down and that make umbrella problem worse. Good idea, but I should have read the other reviews before purchasing.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Needs a redesign

            By robinstarfish

            from Eagle, ID

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

            A good idea that needs some fundamental rework to be useful. The plastic handle itself seems well made, but I'll be surprised if the flimsy cold shoe lasts very long. The bottom knob (to attach to a light stand spigot) will not screw in or out; apparently the threads are stripped. The real problem is the straight-on mount, adding weight to the already weakest stress point, the cold shoe. Where a regular light stand allows for the flash body to remain upright while turning the flash head to a 90 degree angle to relieve pressure on a cold shoe, the Brolly Handle only works horizontally. The umbrella slots (2 sizes) are another weak point. An inner o-ring is supposed to provide enough friction to prevent an umbrella from falling out. But without a simple tightening knob, the umbrella still flops around. Honestly, I think a standard umbrella swivel adapter works better for handheld work, even though it's less ergonomic. I'm disappointed; it looked great on paper.

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            5.0

            Lastolite Brolly Grip

            By 2niner7

            from Mid MO

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Low Light
              • Outdoors
              • Special Events

              Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

              I have not used it yet on a wedding shot, but just playing and practicing with it I feel like it will be much easier for my wife/assistant to handle rather than using a monopod!

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              5.0

              Great idea

              By phastdoc

              from Scottsdale, AZ

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

                  Great little tool to make using an umbrella on location easy.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Kinda Flimsy

                  By Thomas Voelkl Photography

                  from Rochester, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy
                    • Weak

                    Best Uses

                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

                    This grip is a great idea; not well executed. The first time I used it, my speed light ended up on the floor - fortunately it was carpeted and there was no damage. The light and the umbrella flop around and it requires two hands to keep everything secure. Never mind being dexterous, let an assistant hold it.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    It's just what I needed

                    By Ben

                    from Oregon

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

                      I've recently started doing outdoor portraits and used reflectors. I wanted to have something to soften fill flash. This with a small umbrella is perfect for my speedlite. My flash and remote switch fit perfectly. The bottom of the handle will fit a light stand but the handle grip makes it easy to hold off camera. It is small and fits in my backpack with a small umbrella.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Cool concept

                      By ArtPhotoTeacher

                      from Southern California

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Handle:

                            I want to use this handle with a couple of umbrellas. Works great for holding the umbrella, a speedlight and even a pocket wizard TT5 with the speedlight on top. So if you have an assistant to hold it, it works perfectly.

                            If you want to mount the grip onto a light stand using the bottom socket and screw, the screw on this one does not function, so we could not attach it!
                            I did not have time to exchange it before a trip.

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                            • No

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