Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter

Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter

Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter

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Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter

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This Photek SMA1000 Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter fits onto almost any light stand. It has a swivel, an umbrella socket with a tightening screw, and a shoe mount for almost any shoe mount flash. Use it to aim your shoe mount flash. Add your umbrella and create a softer, more pleasant portrait light.

Fits most standard light stand tops
Cold shoe holds most shoe-mount flashes (except Minolta/Sony).
UPC: 811761010753
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Photek Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter
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    Photek SMA-1000 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.75 x 4.5 x 1.1"

    Photek SMA-1000 reviews

    Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 121.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Umbrella Adapter for Most Users This is a fantastic little umbrella adapter. Not only is it about the same price as the common square plastic umbrella adapters such as the Impact 3117, Photoflex AC-BSWCP, etc, but it's also more secure, compact, and durable. And even though it's almost entirely constructed of metal, it's surprisingly light (137g), which is even lighter than the square plastic adapters because it doesn't have the extra bulk of those designs (237g). The plastic adapters are fairly insecure but this adapter also happens to be even more secure than the more expensive Bogen / Manfrotto Swivel Umbrella Adapter 026 (aka 2905), due to the locking teeth in the main swivel section which the Bogen doesn't have. And because of the locking teeth, it doesn't need nearly as much torque as other designs. It's also way lighter and more compact than the Bogen. Another plus with this unit is that the hot shoe mount is securely bolted to it. On umbrella adapters with two female studs you need to make sure the screw holding the male spigot is extremely tight and the male spigot is screwed into the hot shoe mount extremely tight for it to be secure. The only drawback to having the hot shoe mount bolted in is you lose the ability to use your own custom hot shoe mount or orient it in a direction other than towards the umbrella. The only real downside I find with this adapter is that the particular hot shoe mounted on this unit doesn't have a locking mechanism, which can be an issue for some users. If you are mounting a flash with a screw tightening mechanism directly to it then it works great. But if you need to mount something in between this this hot shoe mount and your flash it can be unsecure. For example I have older Canon flashes without PC syncs and I have to use a hot shoe to 1/8 adapter to trigger the flash via pocket wizard. Since neither adapter has a locking mechanism on the hot shoe they are a loose fit and I have to tape them together. The Calumet Umbrella Adapter With Swivel (MF6829) is an identical umbrella adapter but with a different hot shoe mounted on it that has a locking mechanism. If you aren't attaching a flash directly to the adapter I would recommend getting that one instead. I am not sure if the newer Nikon speedlights with the quick release lever will lock into this hot shoe mount or not. One other observance is that while this umbrella adapter has a larger hole for attaching oversized umbrella shafts, the hole is not at an angle and so the umbrella stays perpendicular to the hot shoe mount. This doesn't bother me but it might bother some users. Overall, I think this is the best umbrella hot shoe adapter available despite the fact that it's one of the cheapest! I think it would be practically perfect if the hot shoe mount had a locking knob. Oh and don't forget to put a bit of tape on the top of the hot shoe mount so the contacts on your flash don't short. It won't cause permanent damage but your flash won't fire while the contacts are shorted.
    Date published: 2008-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best design I've seen So far I love using the Photek SMA1000 Shoe Mount Umbrella Adapter. It's small and made out of some type of metal, so it's very sturdy. I dropped it the other day while mishandling it onto a concrete floor, but nothing happened to it. I use this mount with my Canon 580EX II Speedlite and a 40 umbrella, and have not noticed any issues with the mount giving out due to the weight of the speedlight and umbrella. The teeth of the mount is also made of metal so when adjusting the angle, the metal teeth help to secure the position/angle. Lastly, there is a 1/4 and 5/8 female end to place on a light stand. I'm definitely buying another one once I'm ready to buy another speedlite.
    Date published: 2011-09-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not good for the 580 EX II The 580 EX II is not a good match for this adapter. I'm still giving it a good rating because it is well constructed and will fit very well with the regular screw type speedlights. But, the new foot on the 580EXII is too tight on here and I'm afraid to use it -- I don't want to loosen the foot on the flash. Great item -- for older speedlights.
    Date published: 2009-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Adapter, Tough built quality I bought this umbrella adapter to go with my 60 westcott umbrella. I wanted something tough and built the right way. This one called my attention over the plastic ones that are at a lower price. The set up on the lightstand is very easy by just the turn of a knob. Even though is built tough is really lightweight, comes with a cold shoe so you don't have to buy an additional one and also a brass monkey to attach to your stand. I use this with my strobe and is just looks so great. Very happy to have made this purchase. Will buy additional ones when I get more stands.
    Date published: 2012-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy umbrella adapter for speedlights I use this product to attach shoe-mount speedlights to a painter pole securely to extend pole and hold the speedlight as high as 9 feet away from an assistant or the photographer. It holds the speedlight securely although I also use some gaffer's tape just in case. The cold shoe is metalic so some speedlights might allow contacts to short out, but I have put gaffer's tape across the bottom of the cold shoe to prevent problems.
    Date published: 2013-09-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sturdy enough and good to pack Not terribly much to say about this one: It's an shoe mount umbrella adapter... I like that the shoe mount is firmly attached, I don't see the point in having a movable part there... As well, I like that it doesn't have a big lever that traditional umbrella adapters tend to have... In this case only strobes are used not big studio flashes... And it allows for a more compact design... One thing though: The little spring to hold some tension in the cold shoe part usually falls out pretty quickly... But that doesn't make the adapter any less useful...
    Date published: 2014-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bang for the Buck!! It works! What more can you say? I saw other umbrella mount adapters that were about $10 or more but did the same thing. I really like this version. It's extremely sturdy and works well. I also looked at the Manfrotto before purchasing this but what I like about this is it's overall dimensions. If you're carrying this in a bag it packs away comfortably. No crazy joints sticking everywhere. B&H does it again!
    Date published: 2010-12-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile, quality flash mount Good functional piece of equipment at a reasonable price. Solid all-metal body construction. Screw knobs are plastic but seem of a quality that will last. Removable / reversible threaded insert allows for easy mounting on light stands or tripods with either 1/4 or 3/8 threads. Metal flash clamp allows space to prevent contact flash unit's electrical contacts.
    Date published: 2010-12-05
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