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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 4
  • Usefulness: 5
Lots of unexpected uses – 360' Swivel Flash Stand Bracket Umbrella Holder (C type) Reviews

posted by Theuns on 04/15/2013 Certified Owner

Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:more than 1 month

Pros:
What you can't see from the photo is that the bottom unscrews to become a tripod-mount (or small thread) to large tripod thread converter, with the resulting hole allowing mounting of this item on a large tripod thread. On the other end, the top two rings unscrew, allowing you to use the black flash holder on a tripod, or use the exposed thread to mount a compact camera. In effect, this allows you to turn a lightstand into a very tall tripod suitable for use with a compact camera - ideal for getting a video camera up high.
Cons:
You'll want more than one - I've got two and will probably order a few more. For the intended use, the main problem is that the whole thing isn't terribly sturdy (although metal construction), and that the flash is mounted well above the central axis of any umbrella.
Other:
Very useful, pretty cheap, and flexible enough to turn your other toys into novel uses. Another handy use is to chuck on top of a gorillapod-style tripod as a simple ball head - allowing you to separate attachment and directing the camera.
Bottomline:
Worth getting if you want to mount flash or compact cameras with more control, plus there's always the umbrella thing.

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