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Manfrotto026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite)
 
4.8

(based on 367 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (312)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (281)
  • Attach securely (208)
  • Long-lasting (181)
  • Good power output (84)
  • Attaches securely (41)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (206)
  • Indoors (145)
  • Outdoors (128)
  • Outdoor events / games (99)
  • Low light (69)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (134), Photo enthusiast (111), Pro photographer (79), 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

Very solid product!

By David

from Orlando

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Very study and solid. I was afraid that spending so much on an "adapter" would not be worth it. But it is very well machines. I can see this lasting a lifetime.

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By Peter

      from NYC & NJ

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        So far good for frequent photo shoots

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        • No

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        5.0

        Nice product.

        By Henry

        from Calif

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

        All metal-- holds tight.

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        5.0

        Solidly built

        By Luis

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Outdoors

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

          Excellent performer.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Just what I needed

          By Daport

          from Lewistown, MT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits

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

            Just what I needed to attach remote flash to an old tripod I had. Very sturdy. Very versatile.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Buy this adapter

            By Cajun Dave

            from South Louisiana

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This adapter is perfect for my needs. It's solidly made, and locks securely. Very pleased.

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              5.0

              Great

              By genos

              from NC

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

              Great piece of equipment. Works as expected. Worth the price you pay.

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              5.0

              Does what is says

              By JKOgden

              from Maine

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

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

                So far it seems to be very sturdy. It works well with my Westcott umbrella and Manfrotto lightstand.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Solid Construction and great Flexability

                By Roxie2401

                from Western PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This is the second one I've purchased. Great device and with the included spigots you can use this in so many configurations.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  It's good enough for Zack Arias

                  By Ed

                  from Falls Church, VA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

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

                    If it is good enough for Zack Arias, its good enough for me. This product was mentioned in his Photography Q&A book. Thank you Zack for recommending this product !

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                    5.0

                    Solid!

                    By herreraimage

                    from Ontario, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

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

                      Very well made. This bracket will hold no matter the angle!

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                      • No

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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

                        Verified Buyer

                        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

                          Verified Buyer

                          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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                                      • No

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