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Best flash shoe adapter for 580EX II?

 
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Feb 17, 2010 20:28 |  #1

Hey guys,

I am looking at purchasing the Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter but will obviously need a flash shoe to screw onto it.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ails&Q=&sku=546​375&is=REG (external link)

Does anyone know where to buy one that takes a 580EX II and allows you to use the locking mechanism on the flash? I have a cheap one at the moment but it doesn't allow me to lock the flash in place, only use a screw on the side to "secure" it which is a bit dodgy.

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Feb 17, 2010 21:00 |  #2

Check flashzebra.


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Feb 17, 2010 21:01 |  #3

A second for FlashZebra. I have two of Lon's and they work just fantastic.


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Feb 17, 2010 21:52 |  #4

Here's more shoes:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …C_Locking_Shoe_​Mount.html (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Shoe_General_Pu​rpose.html (external link)




  
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Feb 18, 2010 01:12 |  #5

use the foot/stand that came with the flash...
as you can see here. I have the manfrotto bracket
and i used the stand that came with the flash...

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Feb 18, 2010 03:09 as a reply to  @ Rey.dos's post |  #6

Thanks for the replies everyone. I searched around for a bit but I think Rey.dos has the best idea.

Rey.dos I was just wondering with that setup, can you just unscrew that silver piece and swivel the flash independent of the umbrella?

Only reason I ask is that I use my 7D to trigger the 580EX II and if I could point the sensor at the camera and the flash at the umbrella that would be useful outdoors.

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Feb 18, 2010 08:21 |  #7

I thought you were asking for a flash shoe with locking mechanicsm?


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Feb 18, 2010 08:41 |  #8

I'm also using the 580 EX II stand:

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You can turn it by doing as you described (at least with my brackets).

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Feb 18, 2010 09:05 |  #9

Does this adapter have locking teeth? Somehow the first two adapters I have when I started out setting up a studio have locking teeth. I find it really helpful.



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Feb 19, 2010 12:49 |  #10

I am getting third party shoes as I feel the Canon feet will break if I am rough with the equipment during transport. Doing a lot of threading and unthreading can eventually weaken the plastic threads on the feet. If it remains assembled in studio, then nothing should happen.




  
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Feb 19, 2010 13:29 |  #11

I use these (external link) with the FlashZebra cold shoe on the Manfrotto umbrella adapter. It permits optimizing the flash body for reading STE2 signals from camera position and still getting the flash aimed at the subject, even with a shoot through umbrella.

BTW, the umbrella adapter (external link) with coldshoe kit that FlashZebra sells works fine as well.


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Feb 19, 2010 13:36 as a reply to  @ Savas K's post |  #12

I worried that the stock plastic foot would crack when tightened down so I went aluminum.

I've had good luck with the Stroboframe 300-405 for ~$10. Plenty of clearance for the flash's pins, and both the flash and shoe can be cranked down tightly to their respective mounts. _DO_NOT_ buy the more expensive (~$15) Strobo 300-SHO which has a locating pin which may interfere with the umbrella adapter (at least the 300-405 will sit flush with the top of a Manfrotto adapter when the stock stud is used).

http://www.amazon.com …ics&qid=1266607​759&sr=8-1 (external link)

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