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Photoflex Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Cover - 30"

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Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30"

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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 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 person head shot, or 3x4 ft product setup.

Fabrics are color balanced to all Photoflex soft boxes, panels and discs.
Removeable black backing provides an additional lighting technique.
UPC: 799245006037
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.0 x 3.0 x 2.0"
Photoflex Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Cover - 30"
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    PhotoflexConvertible Umbrella-30"
     
    4.7

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (29)
    • Reliable (22)
    • Consistent (16)
    • Easy to set up (16)
    • Easy to setup (11)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography (28)
    • Portraits (25)
    • Strobe lighting (21)
    • Artificial lighting (16)
    • Weddings (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (10), Photo enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Economical, effective, and versatile

    I shoot interiors professionally, and use the 30" Photoflex convertible on all of my monolights. The 30" diameter effectively diffuses the strobe's power and greatly reduces shadows but without losing...Read complete review

    I shoot interiors professionally, and use the 30" Photoflex convertible on all of my monolights. The 30" diameter effectively diffuses the strobe's power and greatly reduces shadows but without losing clarity, as larger diameter umbrellas might. The black cover can be used to turn the umbrella from a shoot through to an interior bounce, useful when harder light is needed (and without light blowing back behind the strobe). The backer cloth can also be used as a quick gobo to partially cover the umbrella, thus reducing hotspots on ceilings, for example. It's easy to deploy and packs up small, fitting nicely into a monolight case. The one drawback I have with the umbrella is the tight fit it has on my Speedotron monolights -- either the diameter of the umbrella is too large or my lights are a bit out of plumb, but getting the Photoflex into and out of my lights takes some muscle.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good product but wasn't what I expected

    too small but a good deal for the price.

    too small but a good deal for the price.

    Reviewed by 35 customers

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    4.0

    Great go anywhere umbrella

    By JP

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Portability
    • Quality Materials

    Cons

    • Plastic Cap

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting

    Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

    This umbrella is well made and very portable, great for one person portraits. Slightly pearlized white fabric material produces nice skin tones.

    The only thing I don't like is the plastic screw-in cap that holds the black fabric in place, it looks a bit weak. If it was made out metal I would give this product five stars.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Does What It's Supposed To Do

    By Masuimi Max

    from West Hollywood

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

        Works, does what it's supposed to do.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        So far so good - Does What it Should

        By Bob

        from Eastern Washington

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Lighting Small Area
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

          So far so good. Seems to be well built and serve the purpose that I bought it for - using a speed light to illuminate small areas. I wish they had a metal grommet on the black cover where it attaches to the center post. It seems to be a weak point that could be prone to tearing. Other than that the rest of the product seems to be of good quality.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Kinda Small

          By Eric LBZ

          from Long Beach, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • A Little Too Small

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

          Create a soft light for Flash photography

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          4.0

          Perfect size for strobists / on the go

          By azuree

          from chicago, il

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Good Quality Materials
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

            I love that this umbrella is convertible. I bought it to use mainly as a shoot through umbrella to even out my strobe lighting at weddings (when I need to use strobes for family photos) and I love the versatility it offers. It's the perfect size for medium sized groups of families and seems well constructed.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Just as good as my first one

            By Ark Labs Photo

            from Elkhart Indiana

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Plastic parts

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

            I have owned a Photoflex 30" umbrella for about 2 years now as I learn the ropes of photography. I finally decided to buy a second one to expand my off-camera flash. It's a versitile umbrella, small enough to travel to location but large enough to spread the light. However, unlike my first one the support elements on this one are plastic. The support elements on my first one were all metal. I hope the plastic is just as durable as the metal model which is the only reason I dock a star. The convertible feature is a little bit of a pain to take apart and put back together, but you can't beat the size and simplicity.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Good product but wasn't what I expected

            By Spankee

            from Thomaston, Ga

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photography

              Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

              too small but a good deal for the price.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great product smaller package

              By Anastasiosphoto

              from Toronro Ontario Canada

              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 Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                This is exactly like the 40" umbrella from photoflex. Just in a smaller package. I take this everywhere. While not as short as the westcott collapsible 2in1 this umbrella allows me to close it down while using it in reflctive mode so that it become a sort of softbox. Great construction and light weight.
                I keep one in the car at all times.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great versatile light!

                By OkGo

                from London, UK

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting
                  • Weddings

                  Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                  This little umbrella gives you a semi soft brollie light, a super soft shoot through light as well as a nice little fill - all in the same product! And it fits in your tripod bag!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  soft light

                  By photoman

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                    good quality, nice light from shooting through.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    great small lightwight umbrella

                    By Naftoli

                    from ny

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                          bought it for use with my speedlight for quick on location portraits, works great

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                          4.0

                          Well made, consistent light

                          By wheaton photographer

                          from wheaton, il

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                            nice consistent light

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            great little umbrella

                            By Naftoli

                            from ny

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting
                                • Weddings

                                Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                                use it with a speedlight usually, i find its quite cumbersome to take off and put back the backing to switch it from bounce to shoot through, so i might buy another plain shoot through umbrella

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                                5.0

                                Works Perfect

                                By Ted Vieira

                                from Las Vegas, NV

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Strobe Lighting
                                  • Weddings

                                  Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                                  I ordered two of these and use them with my Canon 580ex II speedlites as modifiers.

                                  Makes for a perfect small portable lighting setup.

                                  Easy to use, easy to remove the black backing to shoot through.

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                                  5.0

                                  Just What I Needed

                                  By Hannah

                                  from Indiana

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography

                                    Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                                    I've used Photoflex equipment before, but this was the first umbrella I've purchased. For what I'm doing, it is the perfect size. It's very easy to remove the outer black cloth, and I appreciate that it came with a plastic sleeve for stroring.

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                                    5.0

                                    excellent product

                                    By Jim in Central NY

                                    from NY

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                                      I wanted one smaller than usual umbrella to use in portrait setups for back light/hair light. This is perfect for that. It is efficient, light weight, easily packed and seems to be very durable and well made as are all of the other PhotoFlex products I use. Very good quality in every aspect.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Umbrella

                                      By Tom

                                      from Canada

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Portraits
                                        • Strobe Lighting
                                        • Weddings

                                        Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                                        A very good umbrella. Easy to use and teriffic construction.

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                                        • No

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                                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Great Value

                                        By Victor

                                        from Saint Clair Shores, Mi

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artificial Lighting
                                          • Photography
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Strobe Lighting

                                          Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                                          What I love most is the spokes are string plastic not metal. I've had umbrellas with metal spokes fall over and bend permanently, thus becoming useless. The plastic spokes on the Photoflex are strong and bend and spring back into place.

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                                          5.0

                                          Nice light

                                          By JD

                                          from Bloomington, IL

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                                            Have used indoor and out, as a reflector and shoot-thru. Good light quality. Does its job well.

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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Great flexibility

                                            By matrixmarc

                                            from evanston

                                            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 Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-30":

                                              I like the multiple options available with this convertible model.

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