Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month
At first sight this is a very good unit, size (125mm tall) made from a solid looking hard black plastic with metal parts where they are needed. The lower mount, is an aluminum insert that fits up into the stand and is secured by a thumb screw. Locks and fits well and easily removed. The centre is hinged and locked at any angle with a large knob, very positive acting, and easy to operate. Moving parts here are made from steel and are strong. Umbrella mounts into a 9mm hole through a plastic block and is secured with a small thumb screw. Locks the umbrella in place very well, maybe too well, as the shaft on some umbrellas is rather soft and could be dented is excessively tightened. A screw thread protrudes from the top of the bracket for mounting of cameras, and the usual lock nut for tightening is provided. (could be longer) A well designed aluminum flash mount is provided to attach onto the camera mounting nut. Its strong and grips the flash shoe very well. Will work with the common type of flash (not Sony) and hot-shoe contacts won’t short out.
The thumb screw that holds the umbrella is a ‘self tapping thread’ screwing through a plastic block, Although a good fit, I feel self tappers in plastic have a limited life span. The threaded hole in the base of the flash shoe holder seems to have some free play before taking hold. I got two units and one is only holding on with 1/4 turn of thread, The screw onto which it mounts should have been made longer.
Solid materials have been used, a reasonable buy, but make sure the flash screws on far enough.
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