Pros: Unit is compact and works well
Cons: Shaft on umbrella flimsy
Best Uses: Portrait and close up work
Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast
Overall the unit is great except for the shaft on the umbrella. When tightened in the holding fixture the shaft starts collapsing with very little pressure. After several uses the brass end piece falls out, the shaft becomes flattened and umbrella becomes loose allowing the umbrella to move. I would suggest a longer, say 2 inch, piece of solid material be placed in the end of the shaft so there is something solid to clamp to. Once I modified mine in this manner it now works great.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Comment by ALZO: We recommend inserting the umbrella shaft a little further into the holding fixture so it sticks out about 1 inch on the other end. If you tighten it too close to the brass end, it wears out faster.