There's nothing more frustrating that those ****** $15 umbrella brackets that a) don't stay on tightly on the light stand, b) are difficult to adjust when you need to angle the flash, and c) are difficult to see if the flash is even on tightly... meaning that the flash falls off. This is a well built, beautiful piece of equipment that is a must for ANY photographer that needs a coldshoe on a lightstand, ie: off camera flash work. It's 100% always in my bag and it never leaves my lightstand. Love this so so so much. The v2 is a much improved version of the v1 because it can support more weight - like the 42" magmag magbox.