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Manfrotto026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite)
 
4.8

(based on 356 reviews)

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    (301)

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    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (4)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (272)
  • Attach securely (208)
  • Long-lasting (175)
  • Good power output (81)
  • Easy to set up (40)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (199)
  • Indoors (139)
  • Outdoors (125)
  • Outdoor events / games (97)
  • Low light (66)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (132), Photo enthusiast (106), Pro photographer (77), Casual photographer (12), Experienced (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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

Solid Adapter

By S & R

from AZ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Easy to use, set up. Very versatile.

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    4.0

    Well built

    By Geo S.

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Portraits
    • Special Events

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

    Its a little on the heavy side but that is not a factor for me. Its sturdy and gets the job done.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent!!

    By LardEater

    from Fresno, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

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

      This is the 2nd 026 swivel umbrella adapter that I own. They are extremely well built. I use them to attach to my Impact - Air-Cushioned Heavy Duty light stands and then attach my flash on top of that, I don't leave home without them.

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      5.0

      I love it

      By DB

      from Temecula, CA

      Verified Buyer

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

      It mounts durably as well as can hold my light in any position without wobbling or loosening. Worth every penny

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      5.0

      Best in class

      By dave

      from santa monica, ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This swivel adapter by manfrotto is best in class. This design is classic, but the specific brand/model is the best one I have encountered yet. This tool is great to slap on the end of your stand and create tilt/swivel capability for your light and its modifier.

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        5.0

        These do not break.

        By none

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

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

          This aluminum swivel bracket seems to have been around forever. There is a good reason that it is still made and available. It lasts. I have gone the cheap route a couple of times through the years only to realize once again that cost should never be confused with price.

          The initial price of the "Lite- Tite" is about 30% higher than it's plastic competitors but it's value in the long run is much greater.

          It is versatile, strong, dependable and well machined.

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          5.0

          Heavy Duty

          By "T"

          from Michigan

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

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

            Will hold large umbrella and speed light easily. Maybe overkill. Better safe than sorry.

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            • No

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            5.0

            A necessary item for artificial light

            By Steve

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use

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

              Having used plastic swivel adapters in the past, I know first hand that they can snap and break, especially after years of use. Like all things Manfrotto, this swivel adapter is built to last. Its sturdy design and solid parts are meant to last a lifetime. A must for any photographer attaching artificial lighting to a lightstand.

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              4.0

              A welcomed upgrade...

              By El Reto

              from Trinidad, W.I.

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Solid

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I purchased an Impact LiteTrek Monolight kit and a 7ft parabolic umbrella to add to my portable lighting system.

                  They worked well together (the reflector should be removed to adequately fill the umbrella) but my cheap light stands were a different story as they tend to bend under their weight when there is a light wind.

                  I later invested in an Avenger C-Stand A2030D Kit and decided to purchase a durable Umbrella adapter as well.

                  I was pleased when I first held the Manfrotto adapter in my hand...it was very well made and felt solid. It immediately gave me added confidence in the complete light stand.

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                  5.0

                  Can't Miss with Manfrotto.

                  By Livefish

                  from Bologna, Italy

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Studio Photography

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

                    These are not cheap or light but if you need a durable, no-nonsense bracket to mount one or multiple flash guns, umbrella, softbox or just about anything else you'd put on a light stand, you can't beat this metal Manfrotto unit. I use several of them and love the crank lever that can be rotated out of the way after it's tight.

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                    5.0

                    great swivel

                    By esanchez21

                    from Brownsville TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      All metal construction made by Manfrotto what else is there to say

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                      4.0

                      Sturdy jack-of-all trades

                      By Steve

                      from Peoria, AZ

                      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):

                        I have LCD monitors and LED lights that use 1/4" thread that I wanted to mount on standard 5/8" light stands. I wanted to be able to tilt them, too. Plus, I'm tired of cheap plastic adapters that break after a few uses.

                        This adapter solves the problem perfectly.

                        It's very sturdy - mostly aluminum, with plastic only in the handle parts. The included studs give me the flexibility to connect to things that have either 1/4" or 3/8" male/female connections. Plus, I can add an umbrella if I need to later on.

                        It's a little pricey, but it's never a bad idea to spend a little extra to get something that's built to last.

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                        5.0

                        EASY TO USE

                        By Sofia's dad

                        from L.A.

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

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                          Cons

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

                              Easy to use and everything locks down tight.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Just buy it

                              By eddit

                              from Midlothian, VA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors

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

                                It simply does everything right, which isn't much to ask out of an umbrella adapter. It's definitely worth the few extra bucks compared to cheaper options, which always end up feeling flimsy. One of those tools that feels like you paid a bit more and are glad you did.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent build quality and versatility

                                By André

                                from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    Does exactly what it is promoted to do (and lives up to the great reputation among photographers). Definitely worth purchasing a quality product that will last a long time vs. a cheaper and inferior product.

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                                    5.0

                                    Heavy Duty and Works Well

                                    By Nikonman

                                    from North Carolina

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        Made of metal and very useful. Those who complained that it would have been nice if the angle adjustment allowed them to adjust an umbrella are evidently mounting the adapter upside down on their light stand.
                                        Angle adjuster handle is spring loaded and can be indexed 360 degrees about its spindle to get it out of the way if needed.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great recommendation from Syl Arena

                                        By Eric LBZ

                                        from Long Beach, Ca

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Durable
                                        • Long-Lasting
                                        • Powerful

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

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

                                          Used with my Westcott stand and Impact 60" Umbrella

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                                          5.0

                                          Manfrotto Rocksq

                                          By capnTom

                                          from wa

                                          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):

                                                I bought a very nice and very reasonably priced softbox/stand package that I'm very happy with, but the adapter was... obviously lacking. So I spent another $30+ for a REAL one.
                                                Yes. It's the real deal. Life is so much better now.
                                                (The original one hasn't broken... yet... but I'll probably never use it again, so... maybe it will never break!)

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                                                5.0

                                                Excellent

                                                By Noel

                                                from Napa, CA

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

                                                It's an umbrella adapter. It's made of metal which seems durable enough to last a lifetime. I have no complaints. It does it's job very well.

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                                                5.0

                                                Great sturdy piece of equipment!

                                                By asheltonphoto

                                                from Gadsden, AL

                                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                Pros

                                                • Attaches Securely
                                                • Durable
                                                • Long-Lasting

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • General Use
                                                  • Outdoors
                                                  • Portraits

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

                                                  This is a very sturdy piece of equipment! It's near all metal construction means that it is built to last! I've used some of the cheaper options, and I always come back to this adapter. The only minor nitpick I could come up with is that I wish the knob that locks it to the stand was shaped a little more ergonomically.

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