Excerpt: Overall very good, using this to hang my 24" siftbox over my shooting table at a good anfle. The only change I'd like is to make the bolt that tightens to the spigot easier to grip when you're trying to get at it from an awkard angle.
Excerpt: Pair this with a smith victor 570 flash to stand a dapter and you will aim your flash smack on the center of your umbrella or to the furthest edge if you wish. Yes, I took off the top part that bednds the flash and I got a compatible screw and washer to attach it on to the reversible hardware that comes with the manfrotto adapter. Cost of screw and washer will be less than $ dollars at your local hardware store.
Excerpt: I purchased this product to use with the Joe McNally lastolite 24" softbox w/Canon 600EX flash, and a Techpro stand, so a light duty application. The softboxes are a good product, but do not have a swivel built into the hotshoe: this is an inexpensive and effective way to solve the problem of directional focus for your lighting, using this/similar gear.