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ImpactFA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket
 
4.2

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches securely (22)
  • Durable (21)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Long-lasting (5)
  • Good color value (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • General purpose (19)
  • Portraits (15)
  • Indoors (12)
  • Outdoors (12)
  • Night time (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (10), Photo enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (31)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A very sturdy solution to slow recycling

This little gadget is very solid and well made and allows me to use three SB-800s on location into a 42" umbrella. For years I've been using a funky French adaptor...Read complete review

This little gadget is very solid and well made and allows me to use three SB-800s on location into a 42" umbrella. For years I've been using a funky French adaptor that I had to drill a hole through to insert the umbrella and I am happy to toss it.
This is exactly what I needed to shorten recycle times with my three speedlights at 1/2 or even 1/4 power.
A great problem solver at a great price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Platic base does not support the weight

When I need to shoot three flashes on a light stand, I often need to diffuse the light. Putting on anything other than a tiny umbrella will rip the brass spigot right out of...Read complete review

When I need to shoot three flashes on a light stand, I often need to diffuse the light. Putting on anything other than a tiny umbrella will rip the brass spigot right out of the plastic base.

Luckily for me, I saw the umbrella start to fall so I caught the rig in time otherwise, I'd have three Canon 600EX crash to the ground.

This is barely strong enough to hold three flashes and is definitely not strong enough to hold three flashes AND a diffuser of any decent size. The plastic is simply too soft and just gives way.

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4.0

Decent product

By Jeffrey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

This unit is pretty solid for what it is. I use it when I want more speed lights and a modifier or I want to share the same modifier with a second shooter at events. The cold shoes can be a little tricky to align with the way they are designed though, probably my only annoyance with it. The 1/4-20 hole is surprisingly sturdy, although I would not hang much weight off of something like that.

 
4.0

i would recommend this product to everyone

By Bryanjames

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

why go for another expensive triple flash adapter, when this is everything you need for less. This product is durable and reliable. It really exceeded my expectation.

 
2.0

Cheap Build

By Craig

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

I purchased one of these and on first use I found that where the brass lug screws in, it wouldn't tighten; the female piece in the plastic housing turned, so the whole rig was unsteady and unusable. I obtained a replacement, and that one wasn't any better.

 
4.0

Not as secure as I would like

By Rt66r

from Derby

Verified Buyer

Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

I am using sony speedlights and wanted something to get more power by adding more speedlights. I was using the F58 and F60 both several hundred dollars each. They tighten down alright but had to use adapters to fit adapter. Would have felt fine about using cheaper flashes. The holders are metal but as you know thin plastic on hot shoes so was more concerned with hot shoe than quality or design of adapter.

 
2.0

they do the job

By Rama

from Washington DC

Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

they do they're job, but I am not very impressed.

The flash adapter it will not block in a fix position and the flash will continue to move giving a feeling of not enough resistance.
It not make me fell at easy

 
4.0

Pretty good!

By Anthony

from Bakersfield, Ca

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits
    • Special Events
    • When You Need More Power

    Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

    This adapter works great, but the hole in the center was a little bit too small for some of my umbrellas. I took a drill bit slightly larger than the hole and drilled it out just a little tiny bit and it works great now.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Good Solid Flash Head

    By Travis R.

    from Roswell, GA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

      I am learning off camera flash, this head allows the connection of 3 flashes, very secure connections, and it will mount to a tripod threaded stud.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Scary lack of documentation/photos!!!

      By John C. Pacala

      from Chino Hills, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

        On my adapter the brass insert started to pull out just by testing this with an umbrella. My suggestion is to mount it on the umbrella stem as seen here: (search for "westcott 2223" and in the last Westcott photo*) when you use an umbrella! Use the brass mount for without an umbrella (as you don't have a choice).

        * Look at the more expensive Westcott Triple Threat Speedlite Bracket's (B&H # WEBDTTB) photos to see how they mount it with an umbrella.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Triple Flash Adapter

        By Grumpy

        from Long Island , New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

          I use it for my umbrella ,great when you need a little extra power.
          Well made.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          awesome unit

          By PhotosTM

          from McKinney, TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Night Time
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

            This is great to hold multiple flashes on your tripod. Just note that the photos show the mount but it doesn't come with the unit.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Very good value

            By Stephan Peters

            from Grangeville, ID

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Low Light
              • Night Time
              • Outdoors
              • Special Events

              Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

              I really like this little flash adapter, its price is well below the competition, but it build quality certainly is not. If I use two of these, that allows me to put six speedlites on my 7foot umbrella!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Very good idea with almost perfect solution.

              By Mr.G.

              from New York City

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

              Attaching multiple flashes is always a good idea to reduce the load on your individual flashes, and this adapter was made for that purpose.

              One advice I would give is, to be careful and ALWAYS make sure you fasten your flashes properly into the shoes, in order to avoid having them slipping out of their places.

              Another issue is that the umbrella adapter's handle gets in the way and have to turn it away.

              Other than these issues, I find this adapter to be very good.

               
              4.0

              Does the job!

              By RonniePhotog

              from detroit, mi

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

                  The triple flash adapter does the job. I'm very happy with it. When I use it with a very large umbrella, the centralized shaft connection allows me to use it as a counterweight. I'll explain. I mount the umbrella to a separate umbrella bracket and connect the flashes and adapter on the umbrella shaft on the opposite side as the actual umbrella. I position it all so that it has equilibrium. It puts less stress on the umbrella shaft as well as the angle rachet (of course, it will work the more standard way with smaller modifiers). What could be improved? tightening screws could be thumbscrews that are easier to grab and tighten. Be darn sure your flashes are clamped down tight before you use it. That being said, I'm using it all the time now. Recommended.

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                  5.0

                  Good product

                  By skutsch

                  from West, Tx

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

                    Durable and easy to use.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Works well so far

                    By Jun

                    from NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Night Time
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

                      As with all things that attaches to a flash you have to be sure and have if attached to the flash, other wise no issues.

                       
                      3.0

                      It comes in handy when you need more power

                      By Kenneth CMP

                      from Columbia, SC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Night Time

                        Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

                        Great price for what it is. I will hold 3 flashes. The only draw back is that it uses knobs to tighten and lock in place. I have struggled to get them to lock in the direction I want because of the screw down.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        Very Nice Product

                        By NM

                        from Albuquerque, NM

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Low Light
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

                          I got these flash adapters in a kit from B&H, all very good quality products at a good price.

                          The adapters are sturdy and look like they will be good for years of enthusiast use. If they hadn't come with the kit I don't think I would have gotten them, that said, the seem sturdy. All of the threaded components operate smoothly and the cold shoes hold my Nikon and Metz flashes securely, along with my radio triggers.

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                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Perfect

                          By GreekPhotog

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

                            Does exactly as described

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            4.0

                            Works Great. Wish it would tilt.

                            By Robert

                            from Newark, NJ

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                            • Needs A Tilt Bracket

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

                            Works Great. Wish it would tilt. I use it with a 7ft umbrella and I need to angle it so that I can bounce it downwards. Now I have to buy an adapter. aside from that, it's great.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            All Plastic

                            By SophterLight

                            from Connecticut

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Metal construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Mounting Speedlights

                              Comments about Impact FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket:

                              Great price and great product for my use. Constructed well with metal cold shoe construction and a rigid plastic hub that they are all mounted on. The hole for mounting is reinforced with a mettal barrel for an overall good quality mfg.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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