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Manfrotto026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite)
 
4.8

(based on 413 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (353)

  • 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

One of the best adapters

By Michael

from Undisclosed

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

Solid mostly metal build. Unlikely to break uring normal or heavy use.

The adapter is adjustable in terms movement by the user and what can be attached to both ends of the adapter (stands, flashes, etc).

The racket on the black handle allows you to move the handle out of the way after it is tightened.

A tear drop shaped umbrella slot (as opposed to round) reduces the risk of the umbrella spinning or the arm being bent when the knob is tightened.

The umbrella slot is angled so the flash or strobe faces towards the centre of any umbrella for good light diffusion.

It does not come with a cold shoe. The only improvement I can think of. So buy a Stroboframe cold shoe.

The Manfrotto 026 and the Phottix Varos Pro S Multi-Function Flash Shoe are the best adapters going, without you breaking the bank.

 
5.0

Highly Recommended

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is the best all-purposed, adjustable umbrella adapter that I have found on the market for mounting lighting instruments and field displays and for rigging RedRock cages (e.g. GoPro cameras).

 
5.0

Like the Manfrotto)

By Alan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Works just like my favorite Manfrotto brackets. What's not to like?

 
5.0

Must have for lighting

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Pretty straight forward, it's a tilt adapter. Gotta have em and I like Manfrotto, it's always well built stuff.

 
5.0

Worth the extra $$$

By Stanley

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I substituted this for the plastic adapters than came with my light stands. Easy to install and adjust. Excellent build quality which is important when using with expensive strobes. Definitely recommend

 
5.0

Would buy again

By Bob

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great bracket for umbrella and eye lighter.

 
5.0

Forever

By Richard

from NY Capital Region

Verified Buyer

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

Everything I have purchased from Manfrotto seems to be made to last .. forever. This piece as well. Works as advertised, I expect to put it in my will. It would be cool if Manfrotto had a lightweight, cast aluminum edition of some of their best.

 
5.0

Nothing wrong with this.

By Anthony

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Solid piece of equipment.

 
5.0

It's worth it...

By Rachelle

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Manfrotto got this one right! Great quality and it works great!

 
5.0

Good product

By Sabitha

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good product

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid and heavy as a rock!

By Felipe

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very sturdy, built like a tank... but heavy as a tank also

 
5.0

Great mount

By Dimitri

from Undisclosed

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

Real heavy duty

 
5.0

Really good and well made product

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I had a couple of LED light that I wished to use an umbrella with. Got this adapter and was very happy with my purchase. It's solidly well made and works perfectly. Would highly recommend.

 
5.0

Will live in grip bag for a long, long time.

By Dan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Sturdy, great swivel.
Only negative is that the tightening screws are loose. They tighten well but can easily vibrate themselves loose in the back of your vehicle. Nitpicking, but this has happened more than once with loose screws.
Umbrellas are so much easier to pop out on the run than to build a soft box.
This replaces the cheap one that came with a dracast light bundle.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

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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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