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LastoliteBrolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella
 
3.7

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Easy to set up (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy (4)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Indoors (4)
  • Low light (4)
  • Outdoors (4)
  • Night time (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice, but odd grip if you ask me

I saw someone use this at an event, and immediately wanted one. They had an assistant hold it using an off-camera speelight as they went from table to table getting couples shots. The...Read complete review

I saw someone use this at an event, and immediately wanted one. They had an assistant hold it using an off-camera speelight as they went from table to table getting couples shots. The grip for thsi thing is at an angle where the bottom of it points toward the inside of the umbrella, and to me that is backwards. Apparently it is assumed the photographer is holding it in one hand and the camera in the other, and for that reason it is shaped that way so it can be held a little further away from the subject. I'm guessing. Or it could just be that way to distribute the weight of the flash more evenly. I haven't actually used it yet. I wasn't planning on holding it myself, rather I expected an assistant to do that. So I wish the grip was either turned the other way or better yet, had the ability to reverse direction.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Ideal but.. lacks a few features

Great ideal but lacks a few features..

The only adjustment to be had on it is the rotation for the flash unit so you can rotate it for the...Read complete review

Great ideal but lacks a few features..

The only adjustment to be had on it is the rotation for the flash unit so you can rotate it for the "Photo Eye" to be towards the camera..

There is no adjustment for the angle of the umbrellas and No Screws to hold the umbrellas in place..

I am still in the testing phase of it.. and trying to rig to a light stand so I can "tilt" it to the right angle..

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4.0

Great portable umbrella

By JBoss64

from Long Island NY

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No Tripod Mount

Best Uses

  • Photography
  • Portraits

Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

While this umbrella is small it is great for flash fill in and outdoors. Nice handle for on the fly shooting

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  • No

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5.0

The Ultimate in Portability!

By tkay4401

from Twin Cities area, MN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

      I'm new to off-camera lighting, so I may not have the perspective that working pros do, but for what it's worth, this long-time hobbyist LOVES this brolly grip! I needed something light and portable, and this fits the bill perfectly! I look forward to using it more, but here's a pic taken with it. Without the brolly grip, this couple would have been very dark.

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      5.0

      Small but good

      By Steve

      from Indiana

      Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

      It's small but does the trick. Great for facial full light

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      2.0

      Great Ideal but.. lacks a few features

      By David

      from TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

      Great ideal but lacks a few features..

      The only adjustment to be had on it is the rotation for the flash unit so you can rotate it for the "Photo Eye" to be towards the camera..

      There is no adjustment for the angle of the umbrellas and No Screws to hold the umbrellas in place..

      I am still in the testing phase of it.. and trying to rig to a light stand so I can "tilt" it to the right angle..

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      • No

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      4.0

      I would buy this again

      By Tracy

      from Waxahachie, Texas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Control Of Light

      Cons

      • Design Issues

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

      I really like the light from this modifier but it could use some changes. I had to turn the handle backwards to use with my off camera flash control because the controller was too long and it did not fit. Not a big deal but the handle is now backwards. It definitely needs something to hold the umbrella in place as the brolly grip tends to swing around the shaft of the umbrella. Overall I love it. You just have to figure out how to solve some of the issues. Once you do that it is great.

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      1.0

      right size wrong umbrella

      By Still Shooter

      from scranton Pa

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Night Time
      • Outdoors

      Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

      fabric needs to be attached to umbrella constantly comes undone

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      • No

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      5.0

      This thing is Awsome

      By Rod's Photography

      from Springfield MO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

        I love using this it makes the photos look realy great if you are away from your studio. It also works well for fill flash outdoors. I liked it so much I got 2.

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        5.0

        Great On Location

        By scbubba

        from greenville sc

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Low Light
          • Outdoors
          • Special Events

          Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

          I purchased this to use in the field. The grip can be used with any umbrella or small softbox mounted to a stand or when using a voice activated light stand.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Nice, but odd grip if you ask me

          By tobinz

          from Southern California

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Special Events

            Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

            I saw someone use this at an event, and immediately wanted one. They had an assistant hold it using an off-camera speelight as they went from table to table getting couples shots. The grip for thsi thing is at an angle where the bottom of it points toward the inside of the umbrella, and to me that is backwards. Apparently it is assumed the photographer is holding it in one hand and the camera in the other, and for that reason it is shaped that way so it can be held a little further away from the subject. I'm guessing. Or it could just be that way to distribute the weight of the flash more evenly. I haven't actually used it yet. I wasn't planning on holding it myself, rather I expected an assistant to do that. So I wish the grip was either turned the other way or better yet, had the ability to reverse direction.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Compact, quick solution

            By Kiwiruss

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to transport
            • Light

            Cons

            • Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors

            Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

            Ideal for lone photographer who wants to move their flash away from the camera. Don't use in strong wind as almost inevitable the umbrella will break up/invert. However, great for indoor use.

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            5.0

            Big help in a small package !!!

            By VernBartleyImageCreator

            from Bend, Oregon

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attach Securely
            • Durable
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful
            • Really compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Magazine and kid photogra
              • Night Time
              • Outdoors
              • Special Events

              Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

              Great product. Light weight easy to set up and works like a dream........worth the wait.

              VB

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              2.0

              Needs some improvements

              By Skibby

              from Thousand Oaks, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

              • Off camera flash
              • Special Events

              Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

              I use this product for off camera flash held by an assistant. On one hand I like the potential functionality of this product; on the other hand I am disappointed with the design and quality. Specifically, the grip is undersized for my hand and can be slippery making it difficult to hold onto. A larger grip with a rubberized coating would make it better. More importantly, the flash shoe does not grip my SB900 tight enough and it can slip out if you move the grip suddenly in the wrong direction. I have also had the included umbrella slip out of the grip. Because of its close proximity to my SB900 flash head, the framework for the umbrella gets hung up on my flash head when opening or closing.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Lastolite fell short on this product.

              By Cruising

              from Chicago Area

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Flimsy
                • Weak

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella:

                  I am a huge Lastolite fan - and on this product (the ONLY one I have found), they fell short. The SB900 barely fits and the umbrella is going to fall apart quickly. It also seems like wear will keep it from staying attached.

                  Just not the quality I have experienced and come to expect from all their other products (and I have quite a few).

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