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Could be designed better
on 8 December 2011
This cold-shoe umbrella mount could be designed slightly better, the screws used to tighten up the umbrella holder and cold-shoe are perfectly circular heads, so they're very difficult to grip and get enough friction and tighten securely - which leads to the umbrella slipping.
A way to get around this is by using a screwdriver, as the heads all have a screwdriver fitting, however I can't understand why they wouldn't just put nicer heads on the tightening screws.
As for the rest of the device; it looks strong and well made, it's metal and is robust so can take a few knocks. The cold shoe of my canon 480EXII fits well and seems very secure when tightened into place. The hole for the umbrella arm is large which allows for a good range of thicknesses.
If you don't mind carrying a screwdriver with you, or just shoot in a studio; I would recommend this product. I travel with my gear a lot and extra tools are a hassle as it's one more thing to lose.