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Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36"

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Umbrellas soften, broaden, and diminish the light output of any tungsten or flash light source. Umbrellas with a white interior will soften and weaken light more than an umbrella with a silver lining. A white umbrella without a black backing may also be used as a makeshift softbox, although the use of the light will not be as efficient as with a lightbox.

Choosing umbrella size is determined by the size of the subject, and the strength of the light supply being used. Choosing an umbrella surface is as subjective as choosing a paint and brush.

Triple-use umbrella is translucent white, with removeable silver backing.
Use the translucent white as a sunlight diffuser, or with a strobe as a makeshift softbox.
Use the silver backing to add a slight specular highlight when bouncing the light output of a strobe, or small tungsten-halogen light head.

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BowensUmbrella - Silver and White, 36"
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (15)
  • Reliable (11)
  • Easy to set up (9)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Easy to setup (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (16)
    • Strobe lighting (13)
    • Photography (12)
    • Artificial lighting (8)
    • Weddings (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Bowens 36

    How I use this product -
    I purchased two of the 36" umbrellas for tabletop work. I will be testing them for lighting interiors to determine if I require a larger...Read complete review

    How I use this product -
    I purchased two of the 36" umbrellas for tabletop work. I will be testing them for lighting interiors to determine if I require a larger umbrella.

    What's great about them -
    - They are very well made with all components appearing of high quality.
    - They are dual-purpose featuring a white interior surface backed by a removable silver fabric with a black backing. The bounced light is very efficient.
    - The silver/black backing is easily removed. You can either use bounce light or shoot through them.
    - The umbrella come supplied with a nylon storage bag.
    - The silver/black backing is very easy to put back on.

    Whats not so great about them -
    I cannot make any negative comments about these umbrellas. They are a very good value for the money.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A bit smaller than I realized

    Interchangeable surfaces. It's a bit smaller than I imagined and would've liked bigger.

    Interchangeable surfaces. It's a bit smaller than I imagined and would've liked bigger.

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    5.0

    Great product, I'll buy more

    By Gear Lover

    from Riverside, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Well-made

    Cons

    • A Bit Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Location Work - All Kinds
    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting
    • Studio

    Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

    Bowens is one of the few companies still making these multi-use umbrellas. I use it with the black cover outdoors for location flash, and shoot-through without the cover indoors for interiors. I use bounce into the bare umbrella less frequently, but glad to know it's there if needed. A little pricey, but then, with a good product, it's not unexpected.

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    5.0

    Bowens 36" Umbrella - Great

    By Monic

    from Danville, IN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Convenient Size
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Neutral Color Cast
    • Reliable
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • None at this time

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting

    Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

    I purchased two Bowens umbrellas for use with Canon electronic flashes. These umbrellas are sturdy (the center support post and ribs as well as the umbrella fabric). The fabric is backed with a silver coated cover which allows more light to be reflected.

    The size (36") may seem small to some people, but it was perfect for my application.

    I am confident that these umbrellas will outlast umbrellas that I have owned in the past.

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    4.0

    perfect size

    By JK

    from Jackson, WY

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

      I have a 60" and a 30" in addition to this 36" Bowen yet the Bowen is the go to umbrella all the time. I use it in the studio as well as on location for both portrait and real estate.

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      4.0

      priced is right

      By V. Barnes

      from Michigan

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

        Bought this for future classes.

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        5.0

        nice item

        By phogrrl

        from Ohio

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

              Seems to be a solid, quality item. I'm using this with a speedlight on a tilt head shoe lock on a stand for some location portrait lighting.

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              4.0

              Small and Versatile

              By JohnW63

              from Southern California

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Small lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Outdoors

                Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                This one small umbrella works as a reflector, and a shoot through umbrella. It folds up small for storage. The low cost makes it a great starter reflector

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                5.0

                Well built, works

                By Furinkan

                from Sydney, Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Durable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors

                  Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                  Used with studio strobes.

                  Compact umbrella produces a decent light for smaller subjects.

                  Removable backing is a convenient way to use this as a shoot-through umbrella if desired.

                  Material is nice and taut, and packs away neatly.

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                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By Morticia Addams

                  from Baltimore, MD

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                      Well made. Does the job.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Versatile Umbrella

                      By Lonzo

                      from Temecula, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comes with cover
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                        Used in home studio. Good size for my needs and like the silver lined black cover. Very versatile product.

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                        5.0

                        Quality

                        By Markatect

                        from Charlotte, NC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                            Paid a little more for this brand, but the quality is evident.

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                            5.0

                            PERFECT!!!

                            By CC

                            from Illesheim, Germany

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comes with Travel Bag
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting
                              • Studio Lighting
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                              I already had just shoot through white umbrellas, but needed some bounce umbrellas. These are absolutely perfect! These are now in my travel studio bag because they can be used for bounce or you can remove the black/silver outer cover, and have shoot through white umbrellas. Very nice! And they come with a nylon travel bag to protect the umbrella, which is even nicer!

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                              5.0

                              Bowens 36" Umbrella

                              By Bob

                              from New Hampshire

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting
                                • Weddings

                                Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                                This umbrella is versatile, portable and a great value for the price. It's well made and in a strobist set-up, provides good quality of light with both the back in place or removed for shoot through diffusion.

                                I can also see a use for these for fills and accents in the studio.

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                                5.0

                                Very Impressed!

                                By dmarshallphoto

                                from Conover, NC

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artificial Lighting
                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Strobe Lighting

                                  Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                                  Heavy duty construction, purchased for location shooting, came with a nice protective sleeve. Very surprised at the quality for the price!

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great umbrella!

                                  By Zigomar

                                  from Rouyn-Noranda, Québec

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting
                                    • Weddings

                                    Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                                    I am using this umbrella for hair lighting. It performs very well.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Versatile Umbrella

                                    By [@]

                                    from Az.

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Etc
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting
                                    • Weddings

                                    Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                                    We use Bowens Umbrellas for our photography, we utilize both the 36" and 46" umbrellas daily they are very versatile. We love having the ability to fine tune our lighting by either using the umbrellas as reflective or shoot through and they are reasonably priced.

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                                    4.0

                                    Sturdy and seemingly durable

                                    By Lurg

                                    from Missoula, MT

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                                        I haven't used this product enough yet, but it seems to be much more durable, sturdy and long lasting that the dynalite umbrella that came with the lighting kit we use.

                                        It is a nice simple umbrella for a really great price.

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Great portable location umbrella!

                                        By Brenson

                                        from Springfield, IL

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent
                                        • Easy Setup
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artificial Lighting
                                          • Photography
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Strobe Lighting
                                          • Weddings

                                          Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                                          Great location umbrella for portraits or weddings. Use it with a camera top strobe and slave on a light stand. Easy to set up, easy to move!

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                                          5.0

                                          Simply good

                                          By Benoit Lutz

                                          from Pouembout, New-Caledonia, South Pacific

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Easy Setup
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artificial Lighting
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                                            I bought this small umbrella to use it with a flash cobra, in the " strobist's " spirit.
                                            It is what I needed: the light is of quality, building materials are solid. I notice with this umbrella the continuity of the quality of Bowens's products.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great portable umbrella - Versatile!

                                            By Alexis Stein Photography

                                            from Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent
                                            • Easy Setup
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Artificial Lighting
                                              • Photography
                                              • Portraits
                                              • Strobe Lighting
                                              • Weddings

                                              Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                                              this is a great umbrella to have in studio or on location - flexible, versatile, reasonably priced!

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                                              5.0

                                              AWESOME!

                                              By smonson

                                              from Benton, WI

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Consistent
                                              • Easy Setup
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Photography
                                                • Portraits
                                                • Strobe Lighting
                                                • Weddings

                                                Comments about Bowens Umbrella - Silver and White, 36":

                                                Easy to Use!

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