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ManfrottoSnap Tilthead with Shoe Mount
 
4.0

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches securely (15)
  • Durable (15)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Long-lasting (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • General purpose (11)
  • Indoors (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Portraits (10)
  • Low light (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Marvelous device - NOT for most stands

While I love this design but will only be keeping it as I was able to modify it. If you notice one thread in these reviews it is that the locking mechanism doesn't close...Read complete review

While I love this design but will only be keeping it as I was able to modify it. If you notice one thread in these reviews it is that the locking mechanism doesn't close all the way, making it somewhat risky.It does not state on the B&H page that this device is only compatible with the Nano Pole Stand MS049A and the Baby Lightweight Stand. When I google the former all the pages that come up are German and neither is available at B&H. Apparently their adapter spigots are smaller, allowing the locking mechanism to actually close, which it won't do on the standard size spigots that come with the Manfrottos B&H sells, including the Manfrotto Nano Stand 5001B, which I purchased.Following the advice of another review I took a file and filed it down until it would close. Unfortunately I filed it just a wee bit too much and it now will turn on the adapter, which I suspect will only be a problem if it's a little breezy.In sum, GREAT design and solid build... just be prepared to get out a file if you want to use it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Idea, But Will Wait for Version #2

I tried two of these (ordered one, returned it, & tried a 2nd one--returned it)...I really wanted to like this new lightweight tool, as it appeared to have...Read complete review

I tried two of these (ordered one, returned it, & tried a 2nd one--returned it)...I really wanted to like this new lightweight tool, as it appeared to have some unique and out-of-the-box thinking that seemed to be an improvement of my existing Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter....But both Snap Tilthead adapters had the same issues....The locking mechanism, which is a unique design, didn't fit any of my Manfrotto light stands...I read through the enclosed instructions, and it said "Compatible stands are: Manfrotto NanoPole Stand and Manfrotto range of baby light stands".....This is the fine print that doesn't appear on any website....:(...Then when i inserted a Canon 580EXII flash into cold shoe and tightened it down by turning the Tilthead's plastic locking collar, it was difficult at best...The rubber weather protector of my speed flash got in the way, but even when i finally got it tightened, the speed flash would wobble...:(...i discovered later from a youtube review, that there is an small allen screw inside the locking collar (beneath the spring) of the cold shoe, that wasn't tight, which appeared to have caused the wobbliness (quality control issue..??)....But seeing this tiny allen screw was also responsible for securing the weight of my speed flash, didn't give me confidence....Also inside the locking mechanism of the cold shoe is a piece of plastic with threads, which is the unit that secures a speed flash when tightened....It seemed this should be metal, rather than plastic....It seems that this threaded piece of plastic could probably snap with too much pressure over time, from the weight of a speed flash....Also, the umbrella hole holds the umbrella horizontal, rather than at an angle...:(....Really liked the springy counterbalance safety mechanism, but the other weaknesses overshadowed this unique design item for me....Very disappointed in quality of this Manfrotto product...Returned two of them, and went back to the old design of the original 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter....I did a youtube review, which you can find if you do a search for Manfrotto Snap Tilthead, and Daniel Andries also did an excellent youtube review of this product....(In my listed Cons, this site wouldn't allow me to delete typo of Plastic Threaded Cold Who...Should say "Shoe")

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5.0

This thing is awesome

By khellendros

from atlanta, ga

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

    I use this to mount my LED's to my light/backdrop stands. Easy to mount and great quick release system. I also like the tilt action, great additional feature.

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    2.0

    Not a universal head - beware

    By TJ

    from Belle Mead, NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

    Well made but not universally adaptable to all stands. The female locking mechanism needs to have stand with a flat side on the post for locking securely. New Manfroto stands have these flats - no one else's does. As a matter of fact my older Manfroto stands don't, my Calumet and Bogen stands (made by Manfroto) don't and my Impact's don't. Someday I'll find a use for this. I threw the packaging away thinking I was fine so I'm stuck with it.

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    5.0

    Good and sturdy

    By Photo Man

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

      Great to use with off the camera flash and umbrella. Some found it unsteady to hold flash, but it held my flash in place very well.

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      5.0

      Very Nice Shoe Mount

      By Kevin

      from Louisiana

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

        This is compact and well made. Highly recommend it!

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        4.0

        Very good

        By Yomofo

        from Ottawa, Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Quick to set up

        Cons

        • Can't Tilt Flash Portrait

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

          Easy to use and quick to set up. The jaw is strong and holds the flash firmly and is easy to use with a large and rapid tightening dial.

          The tilt adjustment is spring loaded to compensate for the weight of an umbrella and works well. I wish there was a 2 way tilt to allow the flash to tilt in portrait orientation.

          The quick release to secure the unit to a stud on a light stand can sometimes be difficult to release but this is a minor issue.

          I read a few users complaining that their mounted flash is "loose" or wobbles and unstable. The fix for this is easy and takes a few seconds: Open the jaws of the flash mount complete. Look down that axis. You will see a spring that runs perpendicular. Deep to the spring is an allen key bolt. You can tighten this bolt without removing the spring by passing an allen key between the coils of the spring. Problem solve - rock solid. No more wobbling!

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          4.0

          A great flash hodler

          By rtphoto

          from Melbourne

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

              Easy, strong, good grip of your flash head. I use with Canon 600 flashes.

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              3.0

              If you do not have a manfrotto light stand...

              By skyonic

              from NY NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                  you are going to need to get Manfrotto 119 Female Spigot for 026 1/4-Inch 20 Female and 3/8-Inch Female 31mm Long Adapter

                  this tilthead requires a light stand end with a flat side for the lock, otherwise it will spin or come off

                  the flash connecter end is wobbly on the light stand end put holds the flash firmly on the flash end

                  i like the way i can easily adjust them with one hand (my camera, or something is usually in the other)

                  3 stars for needing attachment

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                  4.0

                  Works Great

                  By Scuba711

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                    I use a set of these with my Canon Speedlights for different types of shoots, including weddings, and portraits

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                    4.0

                    Marvelous device - NOT for most stands

                    By 3 Neurons

                    from Charleston, SC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                      While I love this design but will only be keeping it as I was able to modify it. If you notice one thread in these reviews it is that the locking mechanism doesn't close all the way, making it somewhat risky.It does not state on the B&H page that this device is only compatible with the Nano Pole Stand MS049A and the Baby Lightweight Stand. When I google the former all the pages that come up are German and neither is available at B&H. Apparently their adapter spigots are smaller, allowing the locking mechanism to actually close, which it won't do on the standard size spigots that come with the Manfrottos B&H sells, including the Manfrotto Nano Stand 5001B, which I purchased.Following the advice of another review I took a file and filed it down until it would close. Unfortunately I filed it just a wee bit too much and it now will turn on the adapter, which I suspect will only be a problem if it's a little breezy.In sum, GREAT design and solid build... just be prepared to get out a file if you want to use it!

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                      5.0

                      Snap tilt head with shoe mount

                      By School photographer

                      from Minnesota

                      Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                      This durable mount is quick to set up and is very secure for attaching a flash unit in a high traffic area like a dance floor for extra illumination.

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                      5.0

                      Simple and quick

                      By John

                      from Rochester, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Quick And Simple

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Outdoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                        This product is the quickest way to attach a speed light to a light stand hands down. Product is well had and the flash attaches securely.

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                        5.0

                        Fits perfectly!

                        By Darko

                        from Switzerland

                        Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                        I have bought this Product in Switzerland and like all of you could not attach it perfectly on any stud. This is my Solution which takes only 10 seconds. Just take a Hand File and start filing one round side of stud but not too much. I think less than 1 millimeter is enough. You can try during the filing a couple of times if it fits. My fits perfectly. Now it is a great Product.

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                        5.0

                        Flash Tilt head

                        By photomommie

                        from Port Orange, FL

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                          I bought this mount to use inside my parabolic light diffuser. Its fabulous!!! Very simple to use. Snaps on my basic light stand, diffuser rod slips in, flash mounts on the shoe, and i am ready to go! Small but very sturdy!

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                          4.0

                          great but limited

                          By Steve

                          from Jupiter, FL

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                            This compact and sturdy product works great for holding a shoe-mounted flash and I love how well it fits into my bag. But it isn't as flexible as some of my other tilt heads because you can only use it with a shoe-mounted flash and only with light stands that are the exactly right size (due to the lever mechanism which attaches the tilt head to the stand).

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                            2.0

                            Not bad but needs work.

                            By Modified Photo

                            from Centennial, CO

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Durable

                            Cons

                            • Unsecure Attachment

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                              My largest gripe was the fact that the clamp attachment does not lock onto my Avenger brand stands as the stud on the stands is too large to even begin to clamp down, thus leaving the tilt head entirely loose. I was able to get it to partly lock onto some older, off brand stands with a smaller mounting stud but even that wasn't a solid clamp. While it does fit all of the stands I tried it with, the "snap" locking mechanism needs to be retooled to function better with all light stands more securely.While some had issues with the tilt control, I felt that it was able to clamp tight enough and allowed enough freedom of movement for my uses. I can see how using a heavier flash and umbrella combo might lend to problems however. Ease of use was top notch, with the exception of the hot shoe clamp which I felt still needed some work.I gave it two stars but would say 2.5 stars if that was an option. Mostly because I simply could not use it with my stands and had to return it for a refund. Waiting for an updated version before I purchase one again.

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                              2.0

                              great inovation but needs work

                              By Naftoli

                              from NY

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                              was very excited at the prospect of being able to quicly pop these on stand without having to tighten anything down, so i bit the bullet and plunked down [$]$ for 2. when i first received it in the mail it felt solid. when putting iton my manfrotto 1004 bac stands the clasp didnt quite close all the way but it was a tight enouhg fit that it could not become unstuck without lifting the leverthe main reson for returning is the cold shoe ontop is unnecessarily dificult to use as well as the tilt mechanism while seemingly very inovative with its springy air cushhouning could not hold a 60 nch umbrella even when tightened al the way. I plan to return these to b&h, when Manfrotto fixes the issues with this product I will gladly buy again

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                              4.0

                              Easy to use

                              By Hudson River

                              from Rhinebeck

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                                  Very easy to use and fast.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great for Weddings

                                  By Khawk

                                  from Louisiana

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                                      I love this mount for light stands at weddings! It is lightweight, compact, and well made. Everyone should have one of these!

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                                      5.0

                                      A solid piece to hold a flash and umbral

                                      By AtomicPunk

                                      from Pittsburgh, PA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Long-Lasting

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                                        Well constructed and solid. This will last a long time. Easy to use and position in place. Once in place it doesn't budge.

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                                        4.0

                                        Original Design

                                        By MarkV

                                        from Greater Denver, CO

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                          • Poor Instructions

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                                            I want to start by saying that I like this cold shoe mount. IT is nice. Maybe it is too nice. Attaching it to a light stand is a bit confusing because the nifty quick release looks like it should close flush to the mount to lock it to the stand when it really is supposed to stick out. I had to find a video on the web from Manfrotto to confirm this is how it was supposed to work because the diagrams in the manual made it look like it should be flush. I now see that the design was made so that the mount can be removed with one hand. It is also secure. The spring loaded tilt mechanism is unlikely to keep your flash with umbrella from tilting forward, but it will definitely slow it down much like a shock absorber. Ultimately, this is a quality mount that has been designed with features that make it a luxury. I felt the luxury was worth the price premium given that I only needed two of them, but if you just need something to get the job done there are cheaper options.

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