TMR Design wrote in post #11399037
Since I shoot with Elinchrom's and use my own custom bracket for Speedlight's I don't have a need for the sock to be offset but I see how it's a problem for strobes that do not have the centrally located umbrella mount or for hot shoe flashes.
It appears that Photek decided not to try and have a universal front diffuser with sock for strobes and hot shoe flashes. Instead they have one version for strobes and one for hot shoe flashes. The sock on the flash version is offset but it appears to be too far offset to use with strobes.
You can buy the replacement diffuser for whichever version you don't have but that does force you to spend extra money to have both.
Ahhh, I didn't know they offered two versions. Several years ago that wasn't the way they did it. These things are so cheap they're almost disposable to me, on a hotel job they can be broken down and set up as much as ten times in a day. If they get damaged it's no biggy, assistants and even me have been in a rush and managed to scorch more socks than I want to think about over the years.
On these latest ones another annoying thing is the posts aren't interchangeable. They only screw into the one they came with, different threads. Otherwise they're identical, I always buy them in pairs. Strange but true.