I have looked at a good few similar products on Amazon but this is the only one I have found that didn't look flimsy or get negative feedback about the build quality. I'm glad I bought it - it's fairly tough moulded plastic with suitably firm knobs (chuckle).
The umbrella slot is tear drop shaped and it looks like it will accept umbrellas with a diameter of 5mm up to 10mm. A spigot is supplied which is topped with a standard thread, and also a screw-on cold shoe adaptor. This is slightly too small for a Canon Speedlite 580EX II and to secure mine safely I basically didn't quite push the Speedlite foot all the way in to the cold shoe before locking it off. One slight grumble is that the cold shoe does not feel secure screwed onto the top of the spigot and it can easily be loosened by adjusting the flash controls... but then there are other solutions on the market for that!
All in all I am quite satisfied and will probably be ordering a couple more. I'd obviously rather have the shiny Manfrotto version of this essential accessory, but for the photographer on a budget this product is actually much better quality than most of the cheap alternatives we usually end up buying.
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