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Old December 31st, 2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Shoe to light stand adapters?

I believe in Doug Jensen's LED LIGHTS DVD he shows a Litepanels Croma attached to a light stand.
While the Sola ENG comes with a Shoe to light stand (TVMP) adaptor, the Croma and Luma do not, that I know of.

I do see Litepanels selling it separately.
I do see these options though.


Dot Line Mount for Speedlights
Dot Line Umbrella Mount for Speedlights DL-0315 B&H Photo Video


Samigon CSA438
Samigon CSA438 Pro Umbrella Holder (Black) CSA438 B&H Photo


Hakuba HCS25
Hakuba HCS25 Ball Socket Shoe HCS-25 B&H Photo Video

I'm wondering how are others handling using a Croma or Luma or equivalent show (camera) based light to a light stand.
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Old December 31st, 2012, 02:17 PM   #2
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

I believe the Croma and Luma have 1/4"x20 threads so you could just use this:

Manfrotto 014-14 Rapid Adapter - 5/8" Stud to 014-14 B&H
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Old December 31st, 2012, 02:32 PM   #3
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

Thanks Garrett.
I was thinking the ball joint on the Dot Line would allow me better positioning. That's why I was thinking shoe vs threading directly into the base of the light.
For example if I raise it up above the talent's head and tilt down.
Or am I overthinking the usefulness of a ball joint or otherwise movable adaptor?
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Old December 31st, 2012, 02:41 PM   #4
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

This is nominally for Zylight but this looks like another idea since it tilts. Goes directly into the light rather than using the shoe.
Zylight Tilting Stand Adapter for Z50 and Z90 19-02002 B&H Photo
One BH reviewer notes it's the same as Lowel's but I don't see Lowel's equivalent on the BH site.

And now a "duh" moment... seems the Litepanels ENG adaptor is sold separately. I couldn't find it before. Since the shoe is standard of course it should work with Luma/Croma, etc.
Litepanels Sola ENG Stand Adapter 900-6105 B&H Photo Video

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Old December 31st, 2012, 04:15 PM   #5
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

The ability to aim the light is definitely good. I'm use to using C-stands with grip heads so I can generally position the light as needed. Also, most lights have some kind of yoke or ability to tilt so a ball joint might be a necessity. Also, you might check to see if the Light Panels shoe attachment already has a 1/4" x 20 hole at the bottom. A lot of the shoe attachments do so that you can screw it onto a tripod if needed.
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Old December 31st, 2012, 04:37 PM   #6
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

True, C-stands with grip head would work.

The linked to Litepanels adaptor is specifically for shoe as I have one already for my Sola ENG. No 1/4"x20 on that.

Basically I'm looking at repurposing "on camera" type lights (Croma/Luma, etc) because I have to shoot in some very small offices and it was either get multiple Sola ENG (which I may do eventually) or look for adaptors in the meantime (or use C-stands with grip head as you mention).
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Old January 8th, 2013, 09:00 AM   #7
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

Craig,

I have about a half dozen of them, mostly all different brands. That is because most of them don't work. Especially the ball heads. I now try to buy name brands like Lowell or Manfroto for small adapters. On cheap ones the balls won't stay in position even with a small light. I also have a box of broken clamps and adapters because the plastic locking nobs break off in your hands.

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Old January 8th, 2013, 10:49 AM   #8
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

Thanks. I suspect a safe one to get would be the Litepanels adaptor since I'm already using it with the Sola ENG and it seems reliable.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 01:26 PM   #9
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

I'm a big fan of the 7" and 11" articulating arms. They can be used on almost any lightstand either with a 1/4 20 stud or on the post via clamp. Great for monitors and audio recorders as well.
11" Articulating Magic Friction Monitor Arm Super Clamp for DSLR Rig LED Light | eBay

(example link above, but shop around for best deal)

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Old January 8th, 2013, 03:02 PM   #10
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Some variations on articulating arms at B&H. Some need add on clamps.
Articulating Arms| B&H Photo Video
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 06:08 PM   #11
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

If a light has a 1/4 20 threaded tap, what I do is screw the 1/4 20 male end of a Double Ended Spigot, like this:
Impact Double Ended Spigot with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"

into the threaded hole then stick the spigot into an umbrella adapter, like this:

Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite) 026 B&H Photo

Then put the whole thing on a stand. The umbrella adapter gives you the ability to tilt the light. I use these quit frequently and they work fine. I would go to eBay to buy the spigot and umbrella adapter though, the prices are much lower.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 07:18 AM   #12
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

I'been using Manfrotto 026 for many years. Recently, I discovered this Norman Adapter at B&H.

Norman 812409 3/8 Inch Friction-Float Stand Adapter 812409 B&H


This seem to be a good light weight alternative for mounting Speedlights etc.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 11:34 AM   #13
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Re: Shoe to light stand adapters?

Here is another one I use a lot on my custom made LED on-camera lights.
There is another same one without the umbrella hole mount too.

Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom CS-BH2UM
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