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on 24 January 2010
I got this hot shoe/umbrella holder to go with the light stand and umbrella I also purchased.
The unit has a fitting on the bottom that can be used to fit to a light stand or if that is removed to a normal camera fitting on a tripod. Attaches to the light stand quite firmly and gives you confidence that it will stay there. Above that is the ball head which has a hole through which an umbrella can be attached and above that is the "hot" shoe in which the flash can be mounted.
The ball joint is not the smothest and it feels as though it would break if you over tighten the screw. It does stay in place with an umbrella attached and the flash in place. The hot shoe should accept most flash guns that have a standard mount. The hot shoe can be adjusted to face the direction you want and then tightend with a knurled ring. Adjusting the hot shoe was probably the hardest part to get where you want it.
This is a pretty cheap unit and I don't have any expectations about how long it lasts. If I have a need for the kit to be more robust then I will invest in some pro quality kit but for the project that I have got this for it should be adequate. Recommended as it does what it is supposed to but don't expect a lifetime of use from it.