Umbrella swivel types and stand reviews...

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fagopher
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Umbrella swivel types and stand reviews...
Apr 7, 2013

I  looked at the Strobist website ( I am new to flash photography). They suggest to get a the light stand and a swivel.

I am looking in e-bay and for the swivel I found there are different types B, C, D, E and not sure what else. I found an explanation saying that C is more compact and lightweight than B and have less screws.. so it sounds much better. But then what about the other types?Which one should I buy. I found many in ebay like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Flash-Shoe-Umbrella-Holder-Swivel-Light-Stand-Bracket-C-Type-New-US-Shipping-/350591393733?pt=Camera_Flash_Accessories&hash=item51a0e01fc5 at around $7.

Also for the stand. I found this one but not sure if this is good quality or not: http://www.ebay.com/itm/140758130084?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

Pros:

- compact

- light

My concern is : "Max Weight = 3Kg" is this acceptable?

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Denton Taylor
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In reply to fagopher, Apr 7, 2013

You really should try an go a little bit better. I've seen that flash bracket and it's not very strong. Manfrotto makes a very good one, number 026

http://www.adorama.com/BG2905.html

You'll need a 'cold shoe' for your flash. Look up Frio or this Stroboframe item:

http://www.adorama.com/SB300405.html

If you're looking for a smaller lightstand, try the Manfrotto Nano:

http://www.adorama.com/BG3373.html

If that's too small, Manfrotto makes bigger ones. The Adorama and B&H house brands (Flashpoint and Impact) are not bad either.

You get what you pay for.

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In reply to fagopher, Apr 8, 2013

fagopher wrote:

I  looked at the Strobist website ( I am new to flash photography). They suggest to get a the light stand and a swivel.

I am looking in e-bay and for the swivel I found there are different types B, C, D, E and not sure what else. I found an explanation saying that C is more compact and lightweight than B and have less screws.. so it sounds much better. But then what about the other types?Which one should I buy. I found many in ebay like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Flash-Shoe-Umbrella-Holder-Swivel-Light-Stand-Bracket-C-Type-New-US-Shipping-/350591393733?pt=Camera_Flash_Accessories&hash=item51a0e01fc5 at around $7.

No, don't get it.  Here is a much better umbrella bracket.

Impact Umbrella Bracket with Adjustable Shoe 9101880 B&H Photo

Also for the stand. I found this one but not sure if this is good quality or not: http://www.ebay.com/itm/140758130084?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

Pros:

- compact

- light

My concern is : "Max Weight = 3Kg" is this acceptable?

No, not acceptable.  Your hot-shoe flash, umbrella adapter, and a small umbrella will add up to less than 3 Kg but you want stability and this stand simply looks flimsy.  Just think about what you need if you use a 60" umbrella, which is a great umbrella for you to have.  You should also look into buying some sand bags for extra stability.

You should spend the extra to buy the new LumoPro Compact 7.5ft Stand w/Carrying Strap that David recently recommended.  It is worth the added cost.

Midwest Photo Exchange - LumoPro Compact 7.5ft Stand w/Carrying Strap

Impact Convertible 60" Umbrella UBBW60 B&H Photo Video

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In reply to fagopher, Apr 8, 2013

Hi,

As above, don't buy that umbrella adaptor! Do a proper search within the Strobist Flickr site. DH reminds you - but you may have missed - that the hole for the umbrella shaft should not be at right angles to the upper half of the adaptor. This detail makes it much easier to orientate the Speedlite head accurately towards the centre of the umbrella.

Do you want to be able to swivel the cold shoe (Stroboframe style or Frio) independently of the upper half of the adaptor? (If you propose using Nikon's CLS or Canon Wireless Light/IR type - the answer is, yes!)

If you propose to use a Softbox, will it be a 'front-heavy' design - if so, the adaptor must be strong and you may not get away with a 'Nano' wt. stand (though Nanos are good for the lightest weight requirements). Good luck!

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In reply to ScratchDisk, Apr 13, 2013

Thanks All, I ended up buying the same ones recommended in the strobist website

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