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ManfrottoSnap Tilthead with Shoe Mount
 
4.1

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches securely (16)
  • Durable (16)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Long-lasting (6)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • General purpose (12)
  • Indoors (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Portraits (10)
  • Low light (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Marvelous device - NOT for most stands

While I love this design but will only be keeping it as I was able to modify it. If you notice one thread in these reviews it is that the locking mechanism doesn't close...Read complete review

While I love this design but will only be keeping it as I was able to modify it. If you notice one thread in these reviews it is that the locking mechanism doesn't close all the way, making it somewhat risky.It does not state on the B&H page that this device is only compatible with the Nano Pole Stand MS049A and the Baby Lightweight Stand. When I google the former all the pages that come up are German and neither is available at B&H. Apparently their adapter spigots are smaller, allowing the locking mechanism to actually close, which it won't do on the standard size spigots that come with the Manfrottos B&H sells, including the Manfrotto Nano Stand 5001B, which I purchased.Following the advice of another review I took a file and filed it down until it would close. Unfortunately I filed it just a wee bit too much and it now will turn on the adapter, which I suspect will only be a problem if it's a little breezy.In sum, GREAT design and solid build... just be prepared to get out a file if you want to use it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Idea, But Will Wait for Version #2

I tried two of these (ordered one, returned it, & tried a 2nd one--returned it)...I really wanted to like this new lightweight tool, as it appeared to have...Read complete review

I tried two of these (ordered one, returned it, & tried a 2nd one--returned it)...I really wanted to like this new lightweight tool, as it appeared to have some unique and out-of-the-box thinking that seemed to be an improvement of my existing Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter....But both Snap Tilthead adapters had the same issues....The locking mechanism, which is a unique design, didn't fit any of my Manfrotto light stands...I read through the enclosed instructions, and it said "Compatible stands are: Manfrotto NanoPole Stand and Manfrotto range of baby light stands".....This is the fine print that doesn't appear on any website....:(...Then when i inserted a Canon 580EXII flash into cold shoe and tightened it down by turning the Tilthead's plastic locking collar, it was difficult at best...The rubber weather protector of my speed flash got in the way, but even when i finally got it tightened, the speed flash would wobble...:(...i discovered later from a youtube review, that there is an small allen screw inside the locking collar (beneath the spring) of the cold shoe, that wasn't tight, which appeared to have caused the wobbliness (quality control issue..??)....But seeing this tiny allen screw was also responsible for securing the weight of my speed flash, didn't give me confidence....Also inside the locking mechanism of the cold shoe is a piece of plastic with threads, which is the unit that secures a speed flash when tightened....It seemed this should be metal, rather than plastic....It seems that this threaded piece of plastic could probably snap with too much pressure over time, from the weight of a speed flash....Also, the umbrella hole holds the umbrella horizontal, rather than at an angle...:(....Really liked the springy counterbalance safety mechanism, but the other weaknesses overshadowed this unique design item for me....Very disappointed in quality of this Manfrotto product...Returned two of them, and went back to the old design of the original 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter....I did a youtube review, which you can find if you do a search for Manfrotto Snap Tilthead, and Daniel Andries also did an excellent youtube review of this product....(In my listed Cons, this site wouldn't allow me to delete typo of Plastic Threaded Cold Who...Should say "Shoe")

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5.0

Easy setup mount for OFF Camera Flashes

By Thanh T. Tran

from Garden Grove, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

Easy and quick setup for Off Camera Flash shooters.

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5.0

Perfect

By KimballV

from CANADA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

    This is the best shoe mount I've tried!! Locks on solid and even holds my Godox 360's which are more than twice the size of a Canon 600 flash!

    Locks, tilts and is sturdy!

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    5.0

    This thing is awesome

    By khellendros

    from atlanta, ga

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

      I use this to mount my LED's to my light/backdrop stands. Easy to mount and great quick release system. I also like the tilt action, great additional feature.

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      2.0

      Not a universal head - beware

      By TJ

      from Belle Mead, NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

      Well made but not universally adaptable to all stands. The female locking mechanism needs to have stand with a flat side on the post for locking securely. New Manfroto stands have these flats - no one else's does. As a matter of fact my older Manfroto stands don't, my Calumet and Bogen stands (made by Manfroto) don't and my Impact's don't. Someday I'll find a use for this. I threw the packaging away thinking I was fine so I'm stuck with it.

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      5.0

      Good and sturdy

      By Photo Man

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

        Great to use with off the camera flash and umbrella. Some found it unsteady to hold flash, but it held my flash in place very well.

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        5.0

        Very Nice Shoe Mount

        By Kevin

        from Louisiana

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

          This is compact and well made. Highly recommend it!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Very good

          By Yomofo

          from Ottawa, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Quick to set up

          Cons

          • Can't Tilt Flash Portrait

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

            Easy to use and quick to set up. The jaw is strong and holds the flash firmly and is easy to use with a large and rapid tightening dial.

            The tilt adjustment is spring loaded to compensate for the weight of an umbrella and works well. I wish there was a 2 way tilt to allow the flash to tilt in portrait orientation.

            The quick release to secure the unit to a stud on a light stand can sometimes be difficult to release but this is a minor issue.

            I read a few users complaining that their mounted flash is "loose" or wobbles and unstable. The fix for this is easy and takes a few seconds: Open the jaws of the flash mount complete. Look down that axis. You will see a spring that runs perpendicular. Deep to the spring is an allen key bolt. You can tighten this bolt without removing the spring by passing an allen key between the coils of the spring. Problem solve - rock solid. No more wobbling!

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            4.0

            A great flash hodler

            By rtphoto

            from Melbourne

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                Easy, strong, good grip of your flash head. I use with Canon 600 flashes.

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                3.0

                If you do not have a manfrotto light stand...

                By skyonic

                from NY NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                    you are going to need to get Manfrotto 119 Female Spigot for 026 1/4-Inch 20 Female and 3/8-Inch Female 31mm Long Adapter

                    this tilthead requires a light stand end with a flat side for the lock, otherwise it will spin or come off

                    the flash connecter end is wobbly on the light stand end put holds the flash firmly on the flash end

                    i like the way i can easily adjust them with one hand (my camera, or something is usually in the other)

                    3 stars for needing attachment

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Works Great

                    By Scuba711

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                      I use a set of these with my Canon Speedlights for different types of shoots, including weddings, and portraits

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                      4.0

                      Marvelous device - NOT for most stands

                      By 3 Neurons

                      from Charleston, SC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                        While I love this design but will only be keeping it as I was able to modify it. If you notice one thread in these reviews it is that the locking mechanism doesn't close all the way, making it somewhat risky.It does not state on the B&H page that this device is only compatible with the Nano Pole Stand MS049A and the Baby Lightweight Stand. When I google the former all the pages that come up are German and neither is available at B&H. Apparently their adapter spigots are smaller, allowing the locking mechanism to actually close, which it won't do on the standard size spigots that come with the Manfrottos B&H sells, including the Manfrotto Nano Stand 5001B, which I purchased.Following the advice of another review I took a file and filed it down until it would close. Unfortunately I filed it just a wee bit too much and it now will turn on the adapter, which I suspect will only be a problem if it's a little breezy.In sum, GREAT design and solid build... just be prepared to get out a file if you want to use it!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Snap tilt head with shoe mount

                        By School photographer

                        from Minnesota

                        Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                        This durable mount is quick to set up and is very secure for attaching a flash unit in a high traffic area like a dance floor for extra illumination.

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                        5.0

                        Simple and quick

                        By John

                        from Rochester, NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Quick And Simple

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                          This product is the quickest way to attach a speed light to a light stand hands down. Product is well had and the flash attaches securely.

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                          5.0

                          Fits perfectly!

                          By Darko

                          from Switzerland

                          Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                          I have bought this Product in Switzerland and like all of you could not attach it perfectly on any stud. This is my Solution which takes only 10 seconds. Just take a Hand File and start filing one round side of stud but not too much. I think less than 1 millimeter is enough. You can try during the filing a couple of times if it fits. My fits perfectly. Now it is a great Product.

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                          5.0

                          Flash Tilt head

                          By photomommie

                          from Port Orange, FL

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                            I bought this mount to use inside my parabolic light diffuser. Its fabulous!!! Very simple to use. Snaps on my basic light stand, diffuser rod slips in, flash mounts on the shoe, and i am ready to go! Small but very sturdy!

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                            4.0

                            great but limited

                            By Steve

                            from Jupiter, FL

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                              This compact and sturdy product works great for holding a shoe-mounted flash and I love how well it fits into my bag. But it isn't as flexible as some of my other tilt heads because you can only use it with a shoe-mounted flash and only with light stands that are the exactly right size (due to the lever mechanism which attaches the tilt head to the stand).

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                              2.0

                              Not bad but needs work.

                              By Modified Photo

                              from Centennial, CO

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Durable

                              Cons

                              • Unsecure Attachment

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                                My largest gripe was the fact that the clamp attachment does not lock onto my Avenger brand stands as the stud on the stands is too large to even begin to clamp down, thus leaving the tilt head entirely loose. I was able to get it to partly lock onto some older, off brand stands with a smaller mounting stud but even that wasn't a solid clamp. While it does fit all of the stands I tried it with, the "snap" locking mechanism needs to be retooled to function better with all light stands more securely.While some had issues with the tilt control, I felt that it was able to clamp tight enough and allowed enough freedom of movement for my uses. I can see how using a heavier flash and umbrella combo might lend to problems however. Ease of use was top notch, with the exception of the hot shoe clamp which I felt still needed some work.I gave it two stars but would say 2.5 stars if that was an option. Mostly because I simply could not use it with my stands and had to return it for a refund. Waiting for an updated version before I purchase one again.

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                                2.0

                                great inovation but needs work

                                By Naftoli

                                from NY

                                Verified Buyer

                                Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                                was very excited at the prospect of being able to quicly pop these on stand without having to tighten anything down, so i bit the bullet and plunked down [$]$ for 2. when i first received it in the mail it felt solid. when putting iton my manfrotto 1004 bac stands the clasp didnt quite close all the way but it was a tight enouhg fit that it could not become unstuck without lifting the leverthe main reson for returning is the cold shoe ontop is unnecessarily dificult to use as well as the tilt mechanism while seemingly very inovative with its springy air cushhouning could not hold a 60 nch umbrella even when tightened al the way. I plan to return these to b&h, when Manfrotto fixes the issues with this product I will gladly buy again

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                                4.0

                                Easy to use

                                By Hudson River

                                from Rhinebeck

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                                    Very easy to use and fast.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great for Weddings

                                    By Khawk

                                    from Louisiana

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Special Events

                                        Comments about Manfrotto Snap Tilthead with Shoe Mount:

                                        I love this mount for light stands at weddings! It is lightweight, compact, and well made. Everyone should have one of these!

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