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Advise Needed for Umbrella Adapter

 
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May 08, 2012 21:12 |  #1

I'm a little bit scared. I want to mount a couple of speedlites on some light stands and this would require a couple of umbrella adapters. What bothers me is that I have read somewhere that allowing the contacts in the foot of the flash to touch metal when the flash fires could damage a Canon EX flash. I have also read that the cheap plastic ones are weak, could break and the expensive speedlites could easily take a fatal tumble. I really want to move forward on this but am more than a little apprehensive.

Anybody out there to give me a little advise? Is it true about the contacts? What adapter do you use/recommend?


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May 08, 2012 21:46 |  #2

I have a bunch of these (external link). No problems with flash contacts touching and causing a problem.

I use them with Canon, Nissin and YN flash units.

Just make sure the flash hotfoot is well seated and that the tightening screw has the clamp tight on the hotshoe. If you do that they work great. If you get careless, well...


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May 09, 2012 10:16 as a reply to  @ dmward's post |  #3

I watched my brand new 580exII fall from about four feet onto a concrete floor and then bounce to a stop about ten feet away. It still works perfectly fine. I wouldn't recomend dropping them...I'm just saying, this Canon stuff is tough.


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May 09, 2012 10:18 |  #4

I've got the plastic ones from www.flashzebra.com (external link) and they are solidly built. But they have metal coldshoes designed to keep the contracts away from anything that would short them.




  
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May 09, 2012 10:49 |  #5

dmward wrote in post #14402154 (external link)
I have a bunch of these (external link). No problems with flash contacts touching and causing a problem.

I use them with Canon, Nissin and YN flash units.

Just make sure the flash hotfoot is well seated and that the tightening screw has the clamp tight on the hotshoe. If you do that they work great. If you get careless, well...

I have some that are almost exactly like what he posted (Mine are westcotte) and I haven't had any issues. If you do run into any problems you could always put tape on the contacts. I'd be more worried about finding sandbags = ) Amazon has some good deals on some by the way


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May 09, 2012 13:10 |  #6

Thanks everyone. So, perhaps I am afraid of an issue which does not really exist?


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May 09, 2012 13:47 |  #7

Augphoto wrote in post #14405417 (external link)
Thanks everyone. So, perhaps I am afraid of an issue which does not really exist?

Probably. Perhaps there are a few poorly make adapters that would cause such a problem, I just never encountered one.




  
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May 09, 2012 16:56 |  #8

Nor I.


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May 09, 2012 17:55 |  #9

I think the metal ones that are worth their salt are built to suspend the contacts away from the base. IOW, the flash slides in and the contacts underneath float above any sort of contact. But yes, grip tape on the base if in doubt isn't a bad thing.

contact Lon at Flash Zebra.


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May 10, 2012 18:09 |  #10

calumet sells an umbrella adaptor with a metal cold shoe and metal swivel bracket, but the cold shoe is painted black so its not bare metal.

http://www.calumetphot​o.com …ith_hot_shoe_mo​unt/mf6829 (external link)

these are heavy duty. love them. i dont like the ones that has the cold shoe separate from the swivel. like these

http://www.calumetphot​o.com …l_umbrella_adap​ter/mf6830 (external link)

for me, theres just too many things to tighten, and eventually itll wear down.




  
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