Good build quality; does what it's claimed to
April 30, 2013
I bought this to replace a cheaper unit that I bought online, which broke the very first time I used it - the bolt hole that holds the speedlight in place stripped the threads -( The Westcott has higher build quality so it looks like it will stand up to regular use, as it has so far. It clamps the speedlight or radio receiver quite solidly to the light stand.
For the tilt feature, there are 8 click stops every 90 degrees so (if you write them down) you can reliably re-create a particular angle. Or just do it by eye like most of us do :-)
You can see from the picture, or read in the specs, there is a hole for an umbrella reflector, so you can shoot through a translucent umbrella or bounce of an opaque one, giving you two ways to light your subject just by turning the stand around 180 degrees. The only thing I wish is that they'd used a larger screw knob on the umbrella hold-down screw; the one that's there is a bit small (I', a fan of the big black knobs that are used to fasten it onto the light stand and set the tilt - maybe that's a guy thing :-)).
In short, highly recommended for putting a strobe up on a light stand - and having it stay where you put it!
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