After Bulletin 159 was published, many folks wrote asking about the umbrella clamp set-up that I used so much when it rained so much in San Diego. The combination of the Bogen Super clamp (without stud) and the Avenger Add-a-Head is relatively heavy at 2 1/4 lbs. I had tried many methods of attaching an umbrella to my Wimberley head and had no success at all until a Gitzo rep provided the elegant solution. The Add-a-Head will accept a great variety of umbrella shaft diameters and the rig is designed so that it is possible to place the umbrella (not included) in a variety of positions and at a variety of angles. With a medium or large umbrella it is easy to use a flash under the Umbrella Clamp Rig so long as you do not need to point your lens too far upwards. While it is obvious that one should not use the rig during thunder and lightening storms or in high winds, we ask you to exercise common sense when using the Umbrella Rig. By doing so you will assure that you will not be fried by lightning and that your 500mm IS lens and Mark II will not wind up flying up, up, and away like a kite!
Order today to ensure that you get one soon. That way, when it rains, you can smile as you head out to photograph birds knowing all the while that your valuable photographic equipment will be safe and dry.
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