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ImpactUmbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe
 
4.6

(based on 303 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (217)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (240)
  • Reliable (202)
  • Lightweight (166)
  • Consistent (100)
  • Easy to setup (14)

Cons

  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Photography (195)
  • Portraits (191)
  • Artificial lighting (165)
  • Strobe lighting (158)
  • Weddings (89)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (114), Pro photographer (76), Photo enthusiast (69), Casual photographer (19), Photography student (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (275), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

New to soft boxes and set ups

I decided it was time to put my SB-800 flash to better, more effective use when doing outdoor shooting, so I bought an Impact soft box (24" square) and needed an...Read complete review

I decided it was time to put my SB-800 flash to better, more effective use when doing outdoor shooting, so I bought an Impact soft box (24" square) and needed an attachment that would be strong, reliable and easy to use. This umbrella bracket was just right for my needs. I already had a hot shoe attachment (since I don't own a triggering system yet) for the bracket and it worked great. I'm so pleased that it was easy to assemble and the adjustable nature of the brass fittings was a big help. I would definitely recommend this.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, but not ideal.

I use this on my 8' light stand with radio triggers, flash and a 30" softbox/umbrella. I like the fact that it can be used for both umbrella or softbox by...Read complete review

I use this on my 8' light stand with radio triggers, flash and a 30" softbox/umbrella. I like the fact that it can be used for both umbrella or softbox by putting in or removing the stud/cold-shoe on top. This has worked fine with the softbox so far, but it feels like it's being slightly overextended as far as the weight load goes, and this is just with a camera flash. I always make doubly sure that the tilt adjustment screw is as tight as possible because it feels like it could slip.

This is not as big of an issue with the much lighter umbrella; however, the way I have my flash set up (radio trigger slots into the cold-shoe on top of the bracket, and then my flash slots on top of the trigger) means that the flash head points nowhere near the center of the umbrella; at best, it points halfway between the center and the outer rim of the umbrella, even when the flash itself is set to the -7 degree tilt angle. This may just be a result of my particular setup, but it would be nice to have some control over the angle of the umbrella independently of the angle of the bracket itself.

This will work fine for now, and may be ideal for other setups, but I am looking into a stockier, beefier bracket with some form of independent umbrella angle adjustment. I think these factors would outweigh the convenience of this bracket's adaptability as far as connectivity are concerned.

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5.0

Excellent Bracket for the Price

By Dan

from Dallas Texas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artificial Lighting
    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Weddings

    Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

    I have been using this for a few shoots now, mainly for still life, and the bracket works great with my Nikon speed light.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Fantastic brackets

    By Dave *SonicOrbStudios"

    from NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting
      • Video lighting

      Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

      These sturdy brackets are made of metal and very strong. I rely on them to hang LED lights overhead and they do a fantastic job at that. the lockoffs hold well and the joint has a ridged system which helps it stay in place without having to really tension it down too much.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great for price

      By CBD

      from Chester CT

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Photography

        Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

        This is great for the price. it holds the umbrella and flash securely.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good Bracket

        By Corey P

        from Seattle, Wa

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

          I bought this to hold my speedlight on a lightstand. The umbrella bracket has done well so far. My only concern is the shoe mount that attaches to the stud comes loose very easily. Since the threaded screw that attachs the stud to the shoe mount is very short I would recommend checking to ensure it's tight especially if you move around your lightstand frequently. I had seen other comments about the cold shoe not holding the speedlights very well. I use a Canon 580EX II and have had no issues with the shoe mount gripping the speedlight. This bracket is very versatile, works well, and is very well priced.

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          4.0

          New to soft boxes and set ups

          By andrea of the hazel eyes

          from Arroyo Grande, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable
          • Solid
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting
            • Used With Soft Box

            Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

            I decided it was time to put my SB-800 flash to better, more effective use when doing outdoor shooting, so I bought an Impact soft box (24" square) and needed an attachment that would be strong, reliable and easy to use. This umbrella bracket was just right for my needs. I already had a hot shoe attachment (since I don't own a triggering system yet) for the bracket and it worked great. I'm so pleased that it was easy to assemble and the adjustable nature of the brass fittings was a big help. I would definitely recommend this.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Easy To Use

            By Papa

            from Highlands Ranch, CO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

              Very durable, simple design, works perfectly

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              • No

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              5.0

              good product, great price

              By The Big Kahuna

              from Flat Rock, MI

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits
                • Weddings

                Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                Used with my Impact umbrella stands

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                • No

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                5.0

                Works well for light-weight items

                By AR photographer

                from Arkansas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Inexpensive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                    Affordable and light weight, this umbrella bracket is just what I wanted to support a small LED lamp. It is easy to operate, and with both the adjustable shoe and umbrella slot, serves several purposes. I'd recommend this item for use in supporting light-weight gear. Make sure to secure knobs or it will get wobbly.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good umbrella Bracket

                    By Central PA Photographer

                    from Lewistown, PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                      This is a pretty good umbrella bracket that has a really good price. It feel a little cheaper than other brackets including the Westcott Umbrella bracket but I really like the feature that allows you to place it horizontally on a light stand adding additional functionality to it. Would buy again.

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                      4.0

                      Awesome bracket

                      By Felix the Cat

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                          fits my elinchrom umbrellas perfectly

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Product!

                          By Afotography

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                            Use it for speedlites and shoot through umbrellas. Works great!!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            really good

                            By safety first kids

                            from Del rey, Ca.

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                              its great and dose the job great.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              It Works

                              By GlennOfStuart

                              from Stuart, FL

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting
                                • Weddings

                                Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                                This gizmo works well for putting your flash on a light stand. Construction is generally good although I'm not a big fan of the screw used to secure that flash to the bracket. It hold it fine today but it LOOKS like it's not going to go the distance. Time will tell. But it does what you think it does.

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                                • No

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                                2.0

                                Umbrella Bracket

                                By JC

                                from Vincennes, Indiana

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Unreliable

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                                    The bracket was fine except for mounting my SB600 to the shoe mount. It didn't fit tight. I think if I tried to move the light stand with the bracket, flash, and umbrella it would fall off. I'm a professional photographer and a retired studio owner. So I found a shoe unit that would screw on the bracket, replacing the new one. I works great. The new mount would not tighten even using the SB600 leaver on the 600. Now with the one I had from the studio it works.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Awesome and versatile

                                    By tyler

                                    from greensboro, nc

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                      Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                                      great

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Sturdy and does the job

                                      By Coach

                                      from Westerly, RI

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Very Well Built

                                      Cons

                                      • No cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photography
                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                      Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                                      This bracket is a fine piece of equipment and extremely well built. It is easy to use and does the job that it was designed for.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Simple and Perfect

                                      By SDF

                                      from San Diego, CA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Artificial Lighting
                                        • Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Strobe Lighting
                                        • Weddings

                                        Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                                        Works better than advertised and fits most configurations.

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                                        • No

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                                        1.0

                                        Does not hold the flash very well

                                        By JK

                                        from Omaha

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up

                                        Cons

                                        • Unreliable

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                                          The movements and adjustability were good, but I could not get the device to hold the flash tightly. There was a constant battle to find the proper way of mounting the flash so it did not slide out onto the floor when adjusting the angle..

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                                          5.0

                                          I would buy this product again and again

                                          By MbzPro

                                          from NYC

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artificial Lighting
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Strobe Lighting

                                            Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                                            great product, entire thing made from metal, solid and sturdy.

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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Very well made

                                            By DME

                                            from Spring Valley, NY

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe:

                                                This product is very sturdy and a good value.

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