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Manfrotto026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite)
 
4.8

(based on 393 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (333)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (298)
  • Attach securely (208)
  • Long-lasting (193)
  • Good power output (85)
  • Attaches securely (57)

Cons

  • Heavy (8)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (218)
  • Indoors (154)
  • Outdoors (133)
  • Outdoor events / games (101)
  • Low light (72)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (141), Photo enthusiast (116), Pro photographer (88), Casual photographer (12), Experienced (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (246)

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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4.0

Solid adapter

By Photoguy

from Rocklin, CA

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

Strong metal construction and completely adjustable.

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5.0

Nice bracket

By Tim

from NW Arkansas

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors

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

    I like this all metal bracket, it is sturdy and really holds well. I have added several of these to my collection over the years, replacing the cheaper ones I had purchased earlier, but just didn't securely support my larger modifiers. I like that the handle on the center swivel point can be ratcheted so that it doesn't interfere with other equipment.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Good, solid adapter

    By 3B Photography

    from San Antonio

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

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

      I use these adapters for all kinds of things from holding an umbrella and flash to holding an iPad (with an iPad holder) Very durable! I always have one on hand as a spare.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great product

      By Capturedbykaryn

      from Maine

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

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

        Product worked as needed. Great customer service also!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Mandrotto Swivel Umbrella Adaptor

        By Gman

        from New York

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

        I have tried many and this is honestly the best made product.

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        5.0

        Works Well Heavier

        By Jim

        from NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Heaver but is much better than the cheaper plastic ones

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            • No

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            3.0

            Heavy

            By RB

            from Detroit, MI

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

              Quality if fantastic, but the adapter is too heavy for my liking. I felt like my flash setup is already top heavy enough and adding these adapters for pivoting purposes just made things that much worse. Returning for lighter (plastic) adapters.

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              • No

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              5.0

              The only one to buy

              By Niken

              from Seneca SC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Outdoors

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

                Own six,great umbrella and light holders.

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                • No

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                5.0

                SOLID!

                By seaspoke

                from Astoria, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

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

                  I don't think they get any better made than this!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Not just for Umbrellas

                  By Tom

                  from North Olmsted, OH

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors

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

                    I used this with a Matthews Gaffer Grip to put lights in tight spots. Also used it to mount a camera overhead with the clamp.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Easy to use

                    By Shannon

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light

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

                      This umbrella adapter is very simple to use and secure.

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                      • No

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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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                        • No

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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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                          • No

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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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                              • No

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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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                                  • No

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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

                                  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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                                  • No

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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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                                    • No

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