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LastoliteTriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket
 
4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (10)
  • Reliable (9)
  • Easy to set up (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (10)
  • Photography (9)
  • Artificial lighting (5)
  • Strobe lighting (5)
  • Weddings (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Triple your power

If you want to use flash with light modifiers such as softboxes and umbrellas, one flash alone is often underpowered. By using an adapter that can hold multiple flashes, you can increase the...Read complete review

If you want to use flash with light modifiers such as softboxes and umbrellas, one flash alone is often underpowered. By using an adapter that can hold multiple flashes, you can increase the amount of light generated, and/or reduce the recycle time between shots.
This adapter allows 3 flashes to be used together. There is another product by a company called lightware called FourSquare, which can hold 4 flashes and has some other extra capabilities, but that is much more expensive. The Lastolite is less expensive, well made, and adaptable. A few notes:
a. Lastolite currently make 3 different versions of the TriFlash bracket. This one has adjustable mounts, which as adjust the slightly non-standard sized flash feet (Nikons are well known for this). The cheaper one is not adjustable in this manner (and also seems flimsier to me.) The most expensive version has a built in hot shoe do if you can trigger it (e.g. with a wired or wireless remote) all 3 flashes will fire. I presume this only works in Manual mode. Using this mount and appropriate wireless adapters (I use Pocketwizard TT5s) you can work via TTL.
The unit has an umbrella adapter. Curiously it has a 2nd space that looks like it could also be used for an umbrella, but does not include a thumbscrew. This would be very interesting as it would allow mounting a reflective umbrella in one direction and a shoot through umbrella in the other direction which would create a quick, cheap softbox. I'll be experimenting later to see if I have a thumbscrew that might fit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for Canon Flashes + Shoe Design Flaw

I did quite a bit of research before committing $ dollars for this bracket. Reason: it is the smallest tri-flash design on the market.I liked the quality: it's solidly built. The reason I...Read complete review

I did quite a bit of research before committing $ dollars for this bracket. Reason: it is the smallest tri-flash design on the market.I liked the quality: it's solidly built. The reason I had to return it was: the cold shoes seem to be made for Nikon flash. My Canon 600EX or the 580EX simply can not be fully inserted into the cold shoe. About %20 of the foot is hung outside. I thought no problem, 80% surface should suffice. However no matter how much I tighten it, with a few light jiggles, the flash comes a bit loose. This is not acceptable, as most of the time, my flashes are installed with the umbrella shaft at an angle. The last thing you want is three of your 600EX (totaling $1800) to fall on a hard surface.Another design flaw I found is: most of my cold-shoes I use have an angular design to the sides. So when you tighten it, the flash shoe plate is pressed downwards in addition to being pressed inwards. This bracket's cold-shoes have flat sides, so it press inward only. This certainly contributed to the loosen nature of the lock.For $ this product needs to be much better. I returned the product.

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3.0

Not So Great....

By Bob

from Chicago, IL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • The Aluminum Bracket

Cons

  • Sloppy Workmanship
  • Unreliable
  • Weak Construction

Best Uses

  • Family Photos

Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

I was really excited to get this Lastolite TriFlash Bracket. I have other Lastolite products, and their quality has always been good. When it arrived I noticed that one of the mount tightening screws was crooked, at an angle. When I tried to tighten it with a flash attached, it would not tighten sufficiently to hold the flash in place. I took the screw out, and it was bent at an angle, and the hole into which it screwed was very sloppy in the way it was tapped out. Rather poor manufacturing for what it cost. Fortunately, the folks at B & H have taken it back, and they were very gracious about the problem. It pays to do business with people who you can trust.

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5.0

Works great with my Canon 600 EX Flashes

By Dave

from Cincinnati Ohio

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Pack
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

    I have been using the previous Lastolite tri-flash bracket with my old Canon 580 Ex flashes for years with no problems! It came with 3 spring clips for a very tight fit (of which I removed them and never used--see attached pictures). My new Canon 600 EX flashes (I have 4) come with a metal shoe so there is no problem with having them fit in 80 percent of the metal bracket. Lock the flash in the bracket using the flash locking mechanism (which holds the flash very firmly). The side screw is only designed as an adjustment for different flash shoe widths (and is not meant to lock the flash--see Lastolite instructional video "Using the Tri-flash Sync Bracket with Mark Cleghorn) It has the same screw adjustment and you should adjust it to be snug but not too tight!http://www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com/using-the-triflash-sync-bracketThis new bracket is great! I love Lastolite stuff!!

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    5.0

    Good Quality

    By Bill

    from Pa.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

      Good Quality

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      • No

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      2.0

      Not for Canon Flashes + Shoe Design Flaw

      By drexlian

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Cold shoe design flaw
      • Not for canon flashes

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

        I did quite a bit of research before committing $ dollars for this bracket. Reason: it is the smallest tri-flash design on the market.I liked the quality: it's solidly built. The reason I had to return it was: the cold shoes seem to be made for Nikon flash. My Canon 600EX or the 580EX simply can not be fully inserted into the cold shoe. About %20 of the foot is hung outside. I thought no problem, 80% surface should suffice. However no matter how much I tighten it, with a few light jiggles, the flash comes a bit loose. This is not acceptable, as most of the time, my flashes are installed with the umbrella shaft at an angle. The last thing you want is three of your 600EX (totaling $1800) to fall on a hard surface.Another design flaw I found is: most of my cold-shoes I use have an angular design to the sides. So when you tighten it, the flash shoe plate is pressed downwards in addition to being pressed inwards. This bracket's cold-shoes have flat sides, so it press inward only. This certainly contributed to the loosen nature of the lock.For $ this product needs to be much better. I returned the product.

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        • No

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        4.0

        TriFlash Mount works great!

        By Sureality

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

          I needed a way to get all of my speedlights through my umbrella. This was simple to use, sturdy, and fully funtional!

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          2.0

          Poor quality & forget using with FlexTT5

          By BigIronCruiser

          from Aiken, SC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

          Unlike most Lastolite products, this one is a loser.

          1. The tiny springs that help spread the fingers will dislodge very easily, and once that occurs you will not be able to tighten the shoe mount. Good luck with trying to get them re-aligned.

          2. Straight out of the package, the fingers will not tighten enough to hold a FlexTT5. Even if they did, you would not be able to get 3 of them mounted in the bracket at the same time.

          Sorry Lastolite, but this bracket is NOT a keeper.

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          5.0

          superb simple gadget

          By AdiS

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography

            Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

            I needed the triflash bracket for midday summer to fight the super bright background.

            It does the job superbly - very reliable: portable, good design, easy to use, durable.

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            3.0

            Pre-Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 era

            By Shutterbug

            from Wilmington, NC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

                Used for multiple speedlights with umbrella (or other light modifier). You can mount up to three speedlights, but BEWARE. These were NOT designed with PW Flex TT5 in mind! They can, however, be FORCED to work. Two of the three thumbscrews for shoe mounts have to be taken completely out and GROUND down with an emory wheel a full 16th of an inch to allow the Flex TT5 to be mounted. Additionally, the the long thumbscrew for the umbrella has to hack-sawed off about 1/4th of an inch! Works great AFTER that, if you don't damage the hollow screw for the shoe mount by squeezing it too hard in a vise to hold it while grinding!

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                5.0

                Quality!

                By Shane

                from Maryland

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

                  So I was thinking about making one of these myself but Im glad I didnt. This piece is quality. Excellent build and feels solid and professional. I use it with a 60in umbrella and a Westcott softbox. The extra stops of light it provides are invaluable!

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                  4.0

                  Triple your power

                  By David

                  from Austin, Texas

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Flexible - 1-3 flashes
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Pricey
                  • Should have 2nd screwset

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

                  If you want to use flash with light modifiers such as softboxes and umbrellas, one flash alone is often underpowered. By using an adapter that can hold multiple flashes, you can increase the amount of light generated, and/or reduce the recycle time between shots.
                  This adapter allows 3 flashes to be used together. There is another product by a company called lightware called FourSquare, which can hold 4 flashes and has some other extra capabilities, but that is much more expensive. The Lastolite is less expensive, well made, and adaptable. A few notes:
                  a. Lastolite currently make 3 different versions of the TriFlash bracket. This one has adjustable mounts, which as adjust the slightly non-standard sized flash feet (Nikons are well known for this). The cheaper one is not adjustable in this manner (and also seems flimsier to me.) The most expensive version has a built in hot shoe do if you can trigger it (e.g. with a wired or wireless remote) all 3 flashes will fire. I presume this only works in Manual mode. Using this mount and appropriate wireless adapters (I use Pocketwizard TT5s) you can work via TTL.
                  The unit has an umbrella adapter. Curiously it has a 2nd space that looks like it could also be used for an umbrella, but does not include a thumbscrew. This would be very interesting as it would allow mounting a reflective umbrella in one direction and a shoot through umbrella in the other direction which would create a quick, cheap softbox. I'll be experimenting later to see if I have a thumbscrew that might fit.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Works well

                  By Andrew

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Setup
                  • Easy to use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Apollo soft boxes
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

                    I use this with the Apollo soft boxes from wescott and it works very well. Even in the 50" I can get good light out of it. Trying to line up the umbrella pole into the bracket can be tricky by touch sine there is a second hole the same size just below so you need to take a look and not do it by feel.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product

                    By sean chandler

                    from Barbados

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Construction
                    • Easy Setup
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Fastening screws

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

                    I use this on every photo shoot (mainly real estate photography), with 2 sb-26s and a PocketWizard PlusII.

                    For product and portrait shots, I shoot through or bounce off an Impact Umbrella.

                    It holds two flashes and PW very securely - sometimes a little too securely as the fastening screws are small and can be hard to unscrew - but then we all have a 'leatherman' in our gear bag, don't we?

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                    5.0

                    Solid Flash Holder, well built

                    By Dan at VigorOtaku

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy Setup
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Forensic photography
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

                      I use the TriFlash Bracket by Lastolite with my SB-900's daily.

                      With the newer flashes I use 2 or three to prevent one from overheating and for faster recycling. It also allows me to throw more light when I need it.

                      On site for forensic photography it doubles as a ringlight substitute. I put two flashes, one on either side, and hold the base as a handle just below my lens. It works great.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Good Gear

                      By Brian Oz

                      from Australia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

                      Excellent for providing that extra oomph with speed lights. Particularly useful indoors.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      TriFlash Bracket by Lastolite

                      By FatDude

                      from Plano,Tx

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

                        Can be rotated to many possible positions with an easy twist of the wing nut on the bottom.

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                        4.0

                        Add more Light

                        By jherrel

                        from Columbia, SC

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Price

                        Best Uses

                        • Outdoor portraitswedding
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Lastolite TriFlash Shoe Mount Bracket:

                        This bracket can easily hold 3 speedlights when you need more light that a single flash will provide. I use it primarily outside for off camera wedding photos when I have larger groups or when I need more power for high speed sync situations. I have modified it to accept the Radio Popper bracket foot with 1/4" screw/

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