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Manfrotto026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite)
 
4.8

(based on 399 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (339)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (300)
  • Attach securely (208)
  • Long-lasting (195)
  • Good power output (85)
  • Attaches securely (59)

Cons

  • Heavy (9)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (219)
  • Indoors (154)
  • Outdoors (133)
  • Outdoor events / games (101)
  • Low light (72)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (141), Photo enthusiast (116), Pro photographer (90), Casual photographer (12), Experienced (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (248)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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.).Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Great for umbrellas and softbox

By Viking

from Doha, Qatar

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

I had bought one and decided to buy a second one just because it works wonders holding my speedlite and allowing to move the angle of my light modifiers (umbrella or softbox) with minimum effort. Just remember to buy the coldshoe adaptor for your flash.

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5.0

Extremly heavy duity, well worth the price

By R. Photography

from Fargo ND

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

I have to say, I'm very impressed with the build quality. Extremly heavy duity well built adapters. I wanted something that would hold up well in the field and these are no slouches. Very well though out design, enable you to tighten down the swivels quickly and very effectivly.

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5.0

Great Product

By Steve

from Clarkesville, GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

Ordered this to replace a very cheap off brand. The 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter works great with solid metal fittings. Engages the umbrella and stand very well. I use it with the Stroboframe shoe and remove the mounting screw for holding the flash unit. Like the tight secure fittings. Good product.

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5.0

Must have product if using flashes

By Thanh T Tran

from Garden Grove,CA

Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

Excellent thought and design. Heavy and strong units so they can hold all the heavy strobes.
You cannot go wrong with Manfrotto products.
I love it and would recommend to all who use off camera flashes.

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5.0

Excellent. Sturdy. Very reliable

By Pablo

from Philadelphia

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting
  • Sturdy Excellent Build

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

    The very best there is. No questions.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Only one in my bag

    By tmizener

    from Quad Cities

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

      I have 5 of these and when it came time to buy my staff some for their new light kits I spared no expense. The Manfrotto elbows are built to last. I bought another to save a few bucks a few years ago and I'll never do it again.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Solid adapter

      By Photoguy

      from Rocklin, CA

      Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

      Strong metal construction and completely adjustable.

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      5.0

      Nice bracket

      By Tim

      from NW Arkansas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Outdoors

        Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

        I like this all metal bracket, it is sturdy and really holds well. I have added several of these to my collection over the years, replacing the cheaper ones I had purchased earlier, but just didn't securely support my larger modifiers. I like that the handle on the center swivel point can be ratcheted so that it doesn't interfere with other equipment.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good, solid adapter

        By 3B Photography

        from San Antonio

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

          I use these adapters for all kinds of things from holding an umbrella and flash to holding an iPad (with an iPad holder) Very durable! I always have one on hand as a spare.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great product

          By Capturedbykaryn

          from Maine

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

            Product worked as needed. Great customer service also!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Mandrotto Swivel Umbrella Adaptor

            By Gman

            from New York

            Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

            I have tried many and this is honestly the best made product.

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            5.0

            Works Well Heavier

            By Jim

            from NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                Heaver but is much better than the cheaper plastic ones

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                • No

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                3.0

                Heavy

                By RB

                from Detroit, MI

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                  Quality if fantastic, but the adapter is too heavy for my liking. I felt like my flash setup is already top heavy enough and adding these adapters for pivoting purposes just made things that much worse. Returning for lighter (plastic) adapters.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  The only one to buy

                  By Niken

                  from Seneca SC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                    Own six,great umbrella and light holders.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    SOLID!

                    By seaspoke

                    from Astoria, NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                      I don't think they get any better made than this!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Not just for Umbrellas

                      By Tom

                      from North Olmsted, OH

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                        I used this with a Matthews Gaffer Grip to put lights in tight spots. Also used it to mount a camera overhead with the clamp.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Easy to use

                        By Shannon

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light

                          Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                          This umbrella adapter is very simple to use and secure.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very Well Built Adapter

                          By Chiken

                          from Harlingen, Texas

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                            Very solid and durable adapter. I think only piece of plastic on it is the umbrella rod screw handle but I'm not even sure if it's plastic. It feels solid but not as solid as all other parts. Other than that it should last a lifetime.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Sturdy, Maneuverable, well built.

                            By Indio

                            from San Antonio

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                              You can feel confident moving your flash, with umbrella attachment on a lightstand without losing the flash orientation. You can use it to block light without flash, like a flag.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              So sturdy!

                              By Real estate photographer

                              from San Marcos, Tx

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Umbrella Support

                              Comments about Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite):

                              I love the construction and sturdiness of this device! I have a cheaper one from another manufacturer and I hate using it now. The Manfrotto swivel holds snugly and feels so solid. The large lever that allows umbrella angle adjustment has a clever design that allows the level angle to be manipulated independently of the tilt angle. This feature makes storing the device much easier. That said, the part is on the bulky side and is awkward to store in my case. Overall, I am very satisfied with this product and look forward to using it every time I pull it out!

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                              • No

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