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Lowel Umbrella - Tota-Brella - Silver - 27"

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Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27"

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Fits directly onto Tota or Omni and ViP lights without tools. Slightly softens the light output, with some specular highlights.
Heat resistant, woven, soft-silver surface.

This size is perfect for a 1 person head shot, or 3x4 ft product setup.

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LowelTota-Brella - Silver - 27"
 
4.0

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (13)
  • Easy to set up (5)
  • Easy to setup (4)
  • Good color value (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

  • Short lifespan (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (7)
  • Photography (5)
  • Indoors (4)
  • Low light (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Portable Spread

This is a great product to add to the array of Lowell lights. The only drawback is the easy tearing of the material. When used as often as we use them, they get...Read complete review

This is a great product to add to the array of Lowell lights. The only drawback is the easy tearing of the material. When used as often as we use them, they get worn badly around the tips of the rods causing them to eventually tear when opening or sliding into the plastic protective cover. Might could be strengthened at those areas for increased life.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It does what it does

I use both the silver and soft white umbrella. Great for close-ups.
Much like a real umbrella, the frame isn't bulletproof and if not cared for, it will bend easily.

I use both the silver and soft white umbrella. Great for close-ups.
Much like a real umbrella, the frame isn't bulletproof and if not cared for, it will bend easily.

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5.0

Reflector brella

By Ted

from Washington state

Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

Using this Lowel Brella with lowel omni lights creates a moderate soft fill.

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5.0

Good Lighting Umbrella

By videoeditman

from Chicago

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting

    Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

    Good for smaller or multi umbrella shoots

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Nice brella

    By photokid

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

      Its a great umbrella for softer light on portraits. It handles the heat from the lights well and works exactly how it should. It fits for omni and tota lights, and I can use it on strobes as well, so I prefer having these for all my lights. I have used it as a shoot through as well, which softens and cuts the light down about 2 stops.

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      1.0

      poorly made-- and can be fire hazard

      By davidhj

      from Chicago

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

            I have used tota lights for 20 years-- the last 5 years or so the tota-brellas have been imported from China (I believe) by Lowell-- and are of very very poor quality.

            The thin metal ribs bend and break easily. The edges of the umbrella unravel into thin threads which blow around and of course could easily catch on fire if the loose thread gets near the hot bulb

            Bottom line: I used to get years of very regular use out of these umbrellas-- replaced only when the silver got dirty-- NOW-- get a few months and then the ribs bend or break or the umbrella starts to unravel or the weak string ties which hold the umbrella to the ribs break.

            I have talked to Lowell about this repeatedly-- even senior managerson Long Island..suggesting they get a better supplier for these umbrellas-- Basically they have told
            me 'tough'-- live with the poor quality.

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            • No

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            4.0

            It's OK

            By Durph

            from Michigan

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

              I use this umbrella mostly outdoors. It seems fairly sturdy but it is frayed all along the outside edges of the unit. It came that way so the quality control is not that great but it is relatively cheap and does the job so I won't complain too much. I use it for fill light and it works pretty good. I like the compact size so as not to catch the wind as much. Of course you have to use a sand bag on the stand.

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              • No

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By matilda-56

              from nj

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

              EXCELENT

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              5.0

              Great Umbrella for the Price

              By Al

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Night Time
              • Portraits

              Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

              Great little reflector umbrella. Like all umbrellas, it's kind of flimsy but as long as I'm careful I'm sure it'll last.

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              • No

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              4.0

              good for specific use

              By SAT

              from San Antonio, TX

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Color Value

              Cons

              • Harsh light

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Special Events

              Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

              the 27 is good for tight places and is a quality product. Its Lowel so I'm not worried about discoloration or other problems being too close to a hot light. Too small for soft light in most shots.
              Worth the money.

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              • No

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              5.0

              The Tota-Brella is GREAT!

              By Steve C.

              from Camden County, NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attach Securely
              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Good Price
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Night Time
                • Quick Setup Situations

                Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                I just purchased a Tota-Brella (Silver, 27" from Lowell) through B&H online.

                The 'Brella is an economical and effective means to throw strong, soft light for video or even basic stills. I like it as it provides a great option when I don't want or can't use direct lighting.

                It's durable and compact, and great for general use, usually medium and tighter shots. I imagine one could use several on several lights at once to do some quick lighting for a wider shot.

                Overall, if you already own Lowell lights, I recommend the Tota-Brella.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Lowel replacements part

                By rustyinms

                from Tupelo, MS

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Short Lifespan

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                  I got this umbrella as a replacement for one that was lost. I think these cost a little more than they should, but most film equipment does. It's also a bit more frail than I'd like it to be.

                  Umbrella works fine. I got the silver instead of the white, thinking it would through more (and less diffuse) light.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  I use a lot,,great

                  By mark

                  from orlando florida

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Videography

                    Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                    would recommend

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Reflective Umbrella - it reflects

                    By Silas

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Short Lifespan

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                      This umbrella seems to create a nice light for the price. The only downside is that it may not last forever.

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                      4.0

                      GREAT REFLECTION.

                      By ISTRICO

                      from WASHINGTON DC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                        GREAT UMBRELLA, REALLY SOFTENS THE LIGHT AND IS VERSATILE, NICE FINISH.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Came with the tota light kit

                        By nomz

                        from virginia

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Setup
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                          came with the tota light kit, the umbrella is fine but the stand is a very weak product

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                          5.0

                          Tota-Brella - Silver - 27" GOOD!

                          By ARDEN

                          from STUDIO CITY, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                                THE BEST FOR THESE LAMPS.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                4.0

                                What can I say? It's an umbrella!

                                By NewTV

                                from Newton, ma

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Affordable
                                • Easy Setup
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Public Access TV

                                  Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                                  For the price it was worth buying two extras for our light kits.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  3.0

                                  Great product[...]

                                  By CommercialChic

                                  from Fort Wayne, IN

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting

                                    Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                                    Great product,[...]

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                                    3.0

                                    It does what it does

                                    By West Chester Mike

                                    from West Chester, OH

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Short Lifespan

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                                    I use both the silver and soft white umbrella. Great for close-ups.
                                    Much like a real umbrella, the frame isn't bulletproof and if not cared for, it will bend easily.

                                    Share this review

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Great old School Reflector umbrella

                                    By Dave R

                                    from Vernon, New Jersey

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting

                                      Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                                      If you have these lights still it is a great reflector

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                                      4.0

                                      Great Portable Spread

                                      By Philip

                                      from Bowling Green, KY

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Color Value
                                      • Long-Lasting

                                      Cons

                                      • Weak

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light

                                      Comments about Lowel Tota-Brella - Silver - 27":

                                      This is a great product to add to the array of Lowell lights. The only drawback is the easy tearing of the material. When used as often as we use them, they get worn badly around the tips of the rods causing them to eventually tear when opening or sliding into the plastic protective cover. Might could be strengthened at those areas for increased life.

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