I have been trying to add to my collection of tools and resources for my fledgling video skills and videography. I have lights and microphones, but needed different ways to mount them to my tripods and cameras, so picked up this hotshoe to help out.
This one is small and simple in design, and even easier to use. It is a little heavy, though, which suprised me considering its size. If you are out and about, this will add a lot of extra weight to your bag and camera set up. But if you are doing stationary work, this works great.
It has a wingnut that tightens the entire mechanism down and locks it all in place. The major flaw I see with the design is that the entire camera or light has to be spun around to get it to screw on to the peg. There is no way to rotate the base and have it tighten things in to place. And spinning your camera can be a bit nervewracking because you don't want to drop it before it is firmly in place on the screw. And it doesn't rotate to allow you to move the camera to a different angle or view. You have to either unclamp the hotshoe or loose the camera on the mount, which means you have to hold it steady yourself instead of relying on the hotshoe to hold it for you.
But if you are doing filming in a place or manner that doesn't require you to move things, it works great. It locks it down firmly in place and there is no wiggle or movement. It is a fairly low cost means to accomplishing what you want to. I am using it for my light panels, so am not overly upset at the functionality. I am able to turn on my lights and have them work just fine without having to worry about the direction, angle, or stability.
I am pleased with my purchase, despite the design flaws. I think it will work perfectly for my needs.