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Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36"

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Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36"

Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36" Without Diffuser Gold Panel Silver Panel

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  • Softbox Look, Umbrella Convenience
  • 8mm Removable Shaft

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The Photek Softlighter II 36" Umbrella takes light from your strobe head or monolight, reflects it into its white, silver, or gold panel, then softens it again with a diffuser on its way out.

This ultra soft umbrella includes one each gold and silver light enhancing discs. These light modifiers can alter the color of your light or give it more sparkle and contrast, as well as increasing light output by a half stop.

This 36" size is perfect for a 1 person head shot, or 2x3 ft product setup. It will illuminate ~7 sq ft.

Unique construction consisting of ten panels instead of the usual eight gives more reflective surface, more perfect circle of light - more flattering catch lights in the subject's eyes.
The removable black nylon cover stops all stray and ricochet, enhancing total light control.
With removal of its black cover and a reversal of direction, the Softlighter II becomes a "softbox" -- a shoot-through diffuser, providing light that can be used either as a main light source or as a flattering fill.
Note: For mounting shoe mount flash units to the Softlighter II a shoe mount light stand/umbrella adapter is necessary. Shoe mount flash units must be set to Manual because the entire flash will be inside the umbrella (unless the flash unit is equipped with a remote sensor).
Note: For strobe use only -- not for use with hot lights, or modeling lights over 250 watts.
Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36"
  • 36" White Umbrella
  • Diffuser
  • Gold Panel Insert
  • Silver Panel Insert
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    PhotekUmbrella - Softlighter II - 36"
     
    4.5

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (18)
    • Durable (12)
    • Good color value (12)
    • Long-lasting (10)
    • Attach securely (7)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (3)
    • Weak (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (21)
    • Portraits (18)
    • General purpose (15)
    • Outdoors (12)
    • Low light (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (23), Semi-pro photographer (6), Professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (30)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Enlightening

    Upon recieving my Photek Softlighter I was egaer to put it to use. So I did, opened it, held it and scrutinized it! Its design was sleak, light weight and easy to...Read complete review

    Upon recieving my Photek Softlighter I was egaer to put it to use. So I did, opened it, held it and scrutinized it! Its design was sleak, light weight and easy to understand. Mounted it on my mono light and fired away, enlightening with the results I quickly shared my results with my colegues.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good modifier; a little overpriced

    I bought this for use with an AlienBees strobe and a shoe flash. The cloth collar is too small to comfortably go around the housing of the AB. With a shoe flash, it's...Read complete review

    I bought this for use with an AlienBees strobe and a shoe flash. The cloth collar is too small to comfortably go around the housing of the AB. With a shoe flash, it's awkward to set up, though it does work. Using an umbrella bracket didn't solve the problem of placing the shoe flash (Canon 580EX II) in the correct position. Instead, I use a metal bracket and studs to place the shoe flash horizontally, so to keep the control panel and the remote sensor visible and accessible.

    The removable light diffuser works well, but I'm not sure how long it will last; it feels as it can break easily.

    I give it 3 stars because of the quality and overpriced tag.

    Reviewed by 38 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent, cost effective tool

    By Virginia

    from Charlottesville

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

      Light, easy to pack, cost effective way to soften light from a speedlite on location. I would not say that it looks particularly durable simply because it is, after all, an umbrella which is inherently fragile.

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      5.0

      Fantastic design

      By Beth

      from Detroit Mi

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

          Great for softening strobe light.
          I use it with out the black.
          Very neat and professional looking.

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          4.0

          good to have

          By candid ho

          from los angeles, ca

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Carry And Setup
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Weak

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

          I've been using and fun of photek softlighter umbrella series for a while now. Owned 6' first, 2 of them, got Medium size then decied to have 36" also. I'm location shooter and some spaces are small that even i prefer setting up 6' but it's sometimes too big. Having 36" option is absolutely great. Easy to set up.. Love the lighting quality.. only 1 problem of any photek softlighter umbrella is that it's a bit fragile on their bones.. we gotta be gentle with them. Otherwise, I love having them all.

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          4.0

          Great Soft Light

          By Sheenon

          from Venice, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cost
          • Ease of use

          Cons

          • Doesn't Feel Durable

          Best Uses

          • Soft Light
          • Studio

          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

          For the price and what you get and especially for easy when traveling on assignment this is a great choice for getting that non-direct soft light.

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          5.0

          Perfect Portable Softbox

          By karinatwork

          from British Columbia, Canada

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

            The 36" version is small enough to keep open in my small studio all the time. The perfect portable softbox for speedlights. I have the larger version too. This is all I need for studio photography on a small scale. Good quality, very versatile, do-it-all product.

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            5.0

            Worth it

            By Buttondown Photography

            from Seattle, WA

            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
              • Night Time
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

              I've heard some say that the Softlighter is overpriced.

              Sure, I'd like it to bea cheaper, but do I feel that I haven't gotten my monies worth? Absolutely not! Everything seems very well constructed and though I've only had this modifier for a short few weeks it has served me very well. I've used it in multiple conditions and lighting. It packs a large soft punch for its relatively small size, and packs up small enough that I can throw the whole thing in a bag.

              I'm certain that I will continue to be impressed by this guy, and find new ways to use it.

              Do it. Get it. You'll love it!

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              5.0

              Good Value and Works like it should.

              By mikey

              from Folsom,CA/Reno,NV

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                Works great for portraits. Perfect light.

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                5.0

                Love it

                By E

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                    I love all 3 of the photek softlighters. The 60" is still my favorite, but sometimes you need something smaller.

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                    4.0

                    Great product

                    By Terry

                    from Toronto, Canada

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                          Perfect Umbrella for me, much easier and faster to set up than my softbox, I can use it as a shoot through or a reflective umbrella as well. I like the 36" for being more portable than the 48 or 60". As a photographer who works primarily on location I couldn't ask for a better umbrella, except the ribs in the umbrella are still a little fragile for me, I would gladly pay more for something a little more rugged.

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                          5.0

                          great softlighter!!

                          By matt

                          from NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

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                            Cons

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                                Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                i use with ellincrom.
                                very soft, very beautiful shadow!!
                                i will buy more big size!!
                                I am satisfied with this purchase.

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                                4.0

                                Useful and inexpensive

                                By Donk

                                from Sydney AUS

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                  Price = GreatQuality of Light = GreatBuild = Not badPortability = GreatAssembly = Easy

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice Umbrella

                                  By CDJones

                                  from New Jersey, USA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Long-Lasting

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                    My go-to umbrella for most lighting situations. Love the diffusion cover for portraits.

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                                    3.0

                                    Good modifier; a little overpriced

                                    By Manuel

                                    from San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Flimsy
                                    • Weak

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                    I bought this for use with an AlienBees strobe and a shoe flash. The cloth collar is too small to comfortably go around the housing of the AB. With a shoe flash, it's awkward to set up, though it does work. Using an umbrella bracket didn't solve the problem of placing the shoe flash (Canon 580EX II) in the correct position. Instead, I use a metal bracket and studs to place the shoe flash horizontally, so to keep the control panel and the remote sensor visible and accessible.

                                    The removable light diffuser works well, but I'm not sure how long it will last; it feels as it can break easily.

                                    I give it 3 stars because of the quality and overpriced tag.

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                                    5.0

                                    Enlightening

                                    By JA

                                    from Reseda, CA

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Slightly Overpriced

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                    Upon recieving my Photek Softlighter I was egaer to put it to use. So I did, opened it, held it and scrutinized it! Its design was sleak, light weight and easy to understand. Mounted it on my mono light and fired away, enlightening with the results I quickly shared my results with my colegues.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Photek Softlighter Umbrella 36"

                                    By Sherlock

                                    from Paris, France

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Delicate

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                    This umbrella is very affordable and gives a pleasing, flattering quality of light that is suitable for fashion or portraits. Its quick and simple to set up and breaks down in a few moments. Its light weight and small to transport. Annie Leibovitz has used them to good effect for years and she has access to any type of light modifier going, so that is a very good endorsement in my estimation. My only criticism is they are maybe a little delicate, so they are not designed for the heavy handed or very windy days outside.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great product

                                    By Rob

                                    from Salisbury, MD

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                        This is a great product. I prefer the larger big brother but no one ever seems to have them in stock. I picked these up in the meantime and did the job. Can't go wrong.

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                                        5.0

                                        Beautiful Light and Durably Made

                                        By CDJones

                                        from Montclair, NJ

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                          This small umbrella has become my go-to light modifier for location portraits. It sets up easy and provides a nice directional soft light with Dynalite fan-cooled heads. Highly recommended.

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                                          3.0

                                          likes it

                                          By Miche

                                          from Sydney

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Outdoors
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Special Events

                                            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                            great for location
                                            compact
                                            light

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                                            4.0

                                            Very soft light

                                            By Matt

                                            from Australia

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attaches Securely
                                            • Good Color Value
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Quality of light

                                            Cons

                                            • Construction

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                            Very soft light. Easy to get close.

                                            Not the strongest construction but price and quality of light easily makes up for that!

                                            This version unscrews so you don't have a poll poking out your subject's eye!

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                                            5.0

                                            Good enough for Leibovitz, Good enough f

                                            By KB Goodtimes

                                            from Melbourne, FL

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attach Securely
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • General Use
                                              • Indoors

                                              Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                              I use this as a key light for all my head shots and I even own a beauty dish.
                                              I love this for location/editorial work it is small enough to get into tight areas and the fact you can pivot it from the front makes it very versatile. You can get away with just a stand where you'd need a boom for a BD or octo/softbox.

                                              And hey, this is Annie Leibovitz chosen modifier. Got to have something going on. Also have seen Arny Freytag using the larger ones on Playboy shoots.

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