Manfrotto Lite-Tite Swivel Umbrella Adapter

Manfrotto Lite-Tite Swivel Umbrella Adapter

Manfrotto Lite-Tite Swivel Umbrella Adapter

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  • 5/8" Stud w/ Male 3/8" & 1/4" Threads
  • 5/8" Stud w/ Female 3/8" & 1/4" Threads
  • Umbrella Receptacle
  • Fits any 5/8" Stud or Threaded Mount
  • Aluminum Construction
  • Full Rotation via Swiveling Head
  • Ergonomic Locking Handles
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The Manfrotto Lite-Tite Swivel Umbrella Adapter is a versatile aluminum bracket that will fit on almost any light stand. It includes two removable, reversible studs with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 male threads on one and 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 female threads on the other for light stands with 5/8" threaded or unthreaded top studs. The male threaded stud is useful for mounting lights, shoe mounts, and more. The adapter has an umbrella receptacle and tilts and locks via a large ratcheting handle.

UPC: 719821288022
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Manfrotto Lite-Tite Swivel Umbrella Adapter
  • Reversible Male Stud (1/4"-20 & 3/8" screw thread)
  • Reversible Female Stud (1/4"-20 & 3/8" female thread)
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Manfrotto 026 Specs

    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Finish Black
    Attachments Bottom: 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 female threaded 5/8" (16 mm) removable stud with 5/8" (16 mm) receiver
    Top: 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 male threaded 5/8" (16 mm) removable stud with 5/8" (16 mm) receiver
    Weight 13.4 oz (380 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.01 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.8 x 4.9 x 1.2"

    Manfrotto 026 Reviews

    Lite-Tite Swivel Umbrella Adapter is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 431.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I recently purchased this Manfrotto product in order to enable the mounting of a camera to my Avenger Mini-Boom (it has a permanent mount for attaching a light to it). It has worked great thus far and has never failed me! I have also seen this product used to mount a Quantum Q-Flash to a light stand, and it worked superbly then as well. This Swivel Umbrella Adapter is a high-quality, heavy duty product that is built to last. It is extremely versatile and can serve a plethora of purposes. The only downside may be the overall weight and size of the product, but this is a necessity for it to be able to serve so many purposes.
    Date published: 2010-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-09-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.). 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.
    Date published: 2008-12-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A welcomed upgrade... 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 was very well made and felt solid. It immediately gave me added confidence in the complete light stand.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What you are buying is confidence. What you are really buying is confidence. This swivel is so well made and sturdy that you know your flashes will be safe and steady. When I first started shooting with speedlites I heard that it is not necessary to buy the top of the line equipment at the very start of your photo journey. So I did buy a cheapo swivel and umbrella adapter, but you know what, I never trusted them at all. This product can tight up the umbrella without so much pressure. Swivel 026 by Manfrotto has given me the confidence to shoot more and do try more risky setups and angles which has resulted in a improvement of the quality of my work recently.
    Date published: 2012-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grear investment Pair this with a smith victor 570 flash to stand a dapter and you will aim your flash smack on the center of your umbrella or to the furthest edge if you wish. Yes, I took off the top part that bednds the flash and I got a compatible screw and washer to attach it on to the reversible hardware that comes with the manfrotto adapter. Cost of screw and washer will be less than $ dollars at your local hardware store. But it yields a match made in heaven for those that mount a flash on top of a transceiver and find that the flash aims off center. This combo totally solves that problem. And the build quality is top notch. This thing is not only built to last from metal but it also looks very good.
    Date published: 2015-02-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have item for every photographer I have bought 3 of these on separate occasions. If you use external flash speedlites and umbrellas, these are a valuable accessory for your light stands. They are very versatile and the reversible studs allows many combinations of connections. Most importantly, it's solidly constructed and won't feel like it's going to crack in the shaft and drop your valuable equipment. Do yourself a favor, forget saving $5-$10 on lower quality products. This is probably the only umbrella adapter you'll need for a long time.
    Date published: 2008-06-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great umbrella adapter Very well constructed umbrella adapter. It's a little bit heavy especially compared to the lightweight stand I have it mounted to but the construction seems solid. The only other downside is that it does not have a built-in shoe mount for a flash but that's easily remedied for a small price (which is the only reason I'm giving it a 4 star rather than a 5 star). I'm using it to hold an umbrella and off camera flash and it's been working great so far. I wish there was a way to tilt the flash a bit (especially since it stands a little tall when mounted on a wireless remote trigger) but it doesn't seem to be causing an problem.
    Date published: 2012-07-17
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    Will this hold a 8mm rod?
    Asked by: Sean T.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Can this adapter be used to hold an Alienbee and 7' parabolic umbrella?
    Asked by: Kimberley S.
    Yes this adapter can be used to hold an Alien Bees monolight and a 7 ft Parabolic Umbrella.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    What sort of accessory do I need to mount my speed light on this thing? I'm a bit confused as to which cold shoe adaptor/mount will attach to this. Any suggestions are appreciated.
    Asked by: august h.
    If you are using a Nikon speedlight, you can use their little stand and screw the thing into the male stud.
    Answered by: Wess
    Date published: 2019-03-13


    How would I attach an Elinchrom light? The black barrel is too wide and the brass fitting too narrow. Thank you.
    Asked by: Jo W.
    Sorry I can't help,I do not use those lights.I use AB/Paul Buff.
    Answered by: Kenneth F.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will this work with a Photek Softlighter II?
    Asked by: KEN P.
    This will work with any standard umbrella. I don't have any experience with the Photek, but unless it is larger than standard, it should fit fine. It is extremely well built and handy.
    Answered by: Lucas A.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    How much weight load can carry in 45 degree position?
    Asked by: Nizar Q.
    Your light stand will tip over before the swivel will slip. I'd say it would take 10-15 lbs or more, depending on how severely you wanted to tighten the handle. These are plenty tough for use with portable strobes.
    Answered by: Brandon T.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is this the sort of mount I would use to hold a profoto a1? Newbie here. Thanks.
    Asked by: Jordyn W.
    I have a few of these that I use with Nikon Speed Lights with Pocketwizards and they work well. They lock in place well and I've even had them handle a bit of wind without shifting. I don't know how much heavier the Profoto lights are though...
    Answered by: Glen M.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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