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Impact Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Backing - 32"

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This is an Impact 32" white satin umbrella with removable black backing. 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 softbox.

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.

This size is perfect for a 1 - 2 person head shot, or a 2x3 ft product setup.

Backing may be removed half way, providing a unique combination of light bounced from different surfaces.
Open Diameter 32" (81.3 cm)
Closed Length 23" (58.4 cm)
Impact Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Backing - 32"
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    Impact32" Convertible Umbrella
     
    4.5

    (based on 101 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (67)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (50)
    • Lightweight (42)
    • Good color value (29)
    • Attaches securely (19)
    • Attach securely (19)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (10)
    • Weak (5)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (55)
    • General purpose (46)
    • Portraits (42)
    • Low light (29)
    • Outdoors (22)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (70)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (44), Pro photographer (16), Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good value for the price, but...

    They do everything they advertise. Use them with the blackcover on for reflected light, or remove the cover, turn themaround, and use them as quasi-softboxes.Light, easy to store.
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    They do everything they advertise. Use them with the blackcover on for reflected light, or remove the cover, turn themaround, and use them as quasi-softboxes.Light, easy to store.

    Expertise: Semi pro

    Problems Encountered: I bent 2 stretchers on each of 2 umbrellas when theunextended stands fell over with the umbrella and a NikonSB600 mounted on each. The stretchers seem particularlyweek. (Stretchers are the metal pieces that extend from thecenter to the ribs. Ribs are the metal pieces that the clothfits over.)The good news is an FCO repair is easy. Cut some coat hangerwire a little bit shorter than the stretcher, slide it intothe channel that runs the length of the stretcher on thecloth side (it fits nicely, and gaffer tape it into place. Ireinforced all 8 stretchers in 5-10 minutes. The white tapemakes the fix practically invisible.I'd be upset over it except, at the price, I couldn't expectbullet-proof strength.

    Items I Recommend: coat hangers, gaffer tape.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cheap material, You get what you pay for

    After removing the black backing I became very upset. It seems the black material has bled onto the white interior. There are scuffs all over the white it looks as if it is a...Read complete review

    After removing the black backing I became very upset. It seems the black material has bled onto the white interior. There are scuffs all over the white it looks as if it is a piece of gear I have had for years or that it had a bad run in with some black asphalt. I am very disappointed. I ordered this because of Scott Kelby's blog I am disappointed he recommended such a sub par product. Save yourself some hassle and go with Wescott.

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    5.0

    Excellent Umbrella!

    By Steve The Shooter

    from Las Vegas

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

      This umbrella is very handy. I use it as a shoot through. It does an excellent job.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Does its job

      By Matt C.

      from New England

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good value
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

        Useful for portable speedlight-based portrait set-up. The black cover is easy to take off and put on, but requires a delicate touch to avoid bending the umbrella armatures.

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        • No

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        5.0

        easy to sep up

        By Lisa the Nature Photographer

        from Yorktown, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

          Purchased as part of lighting kit (with two sockets, tripods and slaves.) Umbrellas set up smoothly--no complaints, pretty standard.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Very Nice

          By Jim

          from Fayetteville, AR

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Night Time
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

            Love this product

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            wow, great product

            By txstbobcat

            from new braunfels Tx

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                what a great product. the reversible feature is a 2 in 1 idea that will serve your needs well

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great value for the price paid

                By Victor

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                  Use it to shape lightgreat reliabilityworks the same as higher end competitors

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Pretty Decent Umbrella

                  By Sofia

                  from San Francisco

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                    For it's price, it's great deal. The umbrella itself is made of a good material but the inside support of the umbrella is lacking in quality since you can bend it all very easily. The inner pole itself is quite sturdy though, the umbrella doesn't wiggle and it's quite sturdy. Can take the outer layer off to make a shoot-through umbrella. Very convenient and a great size for using with a speedlight.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great for on location shoots

                    By Jesse

                    from Amarillo Texas

                    Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                    I love the portability of this umbrella! Not too big and not too small. Seems very sturdy and high quality materials!

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                    5.0

                    Great value

                    By KNP

                    from Bozeman, MT

                    Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                    Just used these on a job that we had to fly. Light and easy to pack. Small so they worked well in tight spaces yet worked very well for the larger spaces. Very happy with them. I will buy more when I need more.

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                    3.0

                    Good basic lighting umbrella

                    By Menegaz

                    from Cranford, NJ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                      I thought that I was buying something a bit larger, but the size worked for what I needed. Good overall value.

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                      4.0

                      Needed an umbrella and this works great!

                      By Unity Films

                      from Marquette, MI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Do As They're Supposed To

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                      I recieved two of these and they were both a little bent. I'm ok with that because I needed it and didn't have time to get new ones sent. They should last me though as long as I keep in mind to be careful opening and closing them.

                      I used them to shoot through and diffuse. I noticed right off the bat that I needed to move my lights closer but it did as it was supposed to do and my subject looked great.

                      The black backing is something where the tips look like they could come off but with being careful I think it will last just fine.

                      All-in-all I think they are great if you need them and don't have the money to spend on quality ones. They should last me quite ahile and I don't think I will replace them with better built ones until these ones break.

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                      5.0

                      Great value

                      By nugget451

                      from Albany, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                          Perfect all purpose umbrella

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good product but check size U need

                          By Arek

                          from Queens, New York

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                            This are a little to small but that was my fault, so please check size U need before buy it.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Satin!!

                            By Photodom

                            from Philly

                            Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                            Durable and made of pretty strong material I hope it last long

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                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By AmWix Arts Inc

                            from Ozone Park, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                              I bought this umbrella to use for portraits and it works perfect. Perfect size for my studio.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              An excellent convertible umbrella

                              By Cassidy

                              from Gainesville, Florida

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                                Just the right size for my table top flouresent light setup. I get excellent reflection from the daylight balanced bulbs without lighting the whole room.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                excellent umbrella for budget lightin

                                By austin p.

                                from staten island, ny

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                                  easy to use and great quality for the money

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Simple & Effective

                                  By BPS

                                  from Lambertville, NJ

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Decent Quality For Cost
                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Plastic Sleeve

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Low Light
                                  • On-site
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Special Events
                                  • Studio

                                  Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                                  These umbrellas are perfect for keeping around the studio or packing up to go on site. The overall quality is fitting of the cost, but they get the job done, and you can afford to keep a few extras around. There are a few sizes available, and they work as either a bounce or a shoot-though. Not bad for the cost. I have not delved into the color-accuracy or shift with these, because simply, they are a down-and-dirty component to your lighting arsenal, not a high-end, fancy piece of equipment. My only gripe is that the plastic sleeve the umbrella comes in is super flimsy and prone to ripping. I am a person that likes to keep things in their place, and the plastic sleeve is not a place to keep things.

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect Size

                                  By Jeff

                                  from Murfreesboro, TN

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                                  I used this product as a shoot through mounted to a monopod with an umbrella swivel and a SB700 Flash. Worked GREAT! Gave a nice soft wrap around light that with the use of TTL actually looked like natural light. This was the perfect size umbrella for this kind of use because it produced a sufficient enough spray of light but when I wanted to shoot with the bare flash, you can just fold up the umbrella without taking it out of the mount.
                                  If I had this decision to make again, I'd pick this same umbrella. It was EXACTLY what I was needing.

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                                  5.0

                                  Impact 32" Convertable Umbrella

                                  By Don

                                  from West Bend, WI

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durability Remains To Be
                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Night Time
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                                    A flexab;e small ubmrella, great for small still-lifes and outdoor scenes. Great reflectivity for bounce use, and good transparency for through shooting with the black cover off (lose about 1 stop total light).

                                    It took a while to figure out how to remove the black backing as no instructions or clues are provided by the manufacturer. Now thhat I know how to do it, it can be accomplished in a minute or so. Nedd to be carefull not to tear the fabric, or break the mounting threads.

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