Anyone who has shot with me in studio or on location knows I’m a true lover of the Nikon Creative Lighting System’s light controlled wireless flashes. You don’t have to be a Nikonian to appreciate the portability of wireless flash technology, just grab some radio flash triggers and go play anywhere. I also love Manfrotto gear, and I love the idea of the Justin Clamp, but $60 for that just isn’t in my budget. So of course I’ve been on the lookout for quite some time for a suitable alternative.
I found one, tried it, and I’m in love. I was expecting a tiny, flimsy piece of junk that would do the job as long as I babied it. What arrived was hefty, but still light, nearly all-plastic, fairly large and well designed with surprising features that is ALWAYS in my camera bag everywhere I go. The mouth of the clamp opens a full 2.5″, with a V groove to make it attachable to a pole and the flat of the C top along with the clamping screw are covered with a heavy textured rubber to help protect whatever you’re clamping to. Also the threads on the clamping screw are wide and steeply pitched, so it opens and closes very quickly. I attached it to many surfaces at every imaginable angle including a tripod, with the flash attached of course, and had no slippage issues. The clamp adjustment screw also features a ball join to help it attach to surfaces at an angle, and it’s rated to hold over 5 kilos (10.5 pounds).
The universal 1/4″-20 tripod mounting screw’s base also has the same rubber coating. Attached to a double articulated arm, but with a single adjustment screw for both, you can angle the flash a full 360 degrees with complete upper hemisphere coverage, and a large portion of the lower hemisphere, really only being restricted by the C clamp itself. The ball joints on both ends let you easily rotate the flash around without changing the angle to get the wireless sensor eye on your flash facing you. Most importantly, you don’t have to torque the adjustment screw to death, it actually works right, with zero slippage.
The metal tripod legs go from hiding inside the clamp body to extended out to a very wide angle, and lock into place to keep from collapsing and sending your flash falling to the ground. The metal legs also feature smooth plastic ball type feet to not scratch whatever you place this stand on, and the clamp adjustment screw, acting as a third leg, with rubber cushion foot, acts as a height adjustment, perfect for setting up on angled slopes.
It doesn’t come with a shoe to mount the flash, but every flash you can buy already comes with one anyway. I’ll leave my AS-19 speedlight shoe floor and tripod stand attached, I already own it (it came with the flash, why buy another shoe mount?) At a mere half inch wide and 130 grams, it packs up and away tiny. It does the job I bought it for and SO much more. Why stow this away with the studio gear? No, this is going in my camera bag, for last minute location shoots. there’s no telling what I’m going to attach it to next. The only thing it’s missing is an umbrella hole, and I’m seriously considering trying to modify it to take one. It’s brilliantly designed. Add the number of flashes and cameras you own, that’s how many of these you need.
This clamp is perfect for anything with 1/4″-20 threads, including binoculars, point-and-shoot cameras, and EVEN SLRs!!!
I am now happy to offer these for sale. You can send me an email from the contact page of ChrisHaber.com or use any of the social media links below.