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Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White)

B&H # PHU45C Mfr # UM-RUT45
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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 1-2 person head, or head-to-waist shot, or a 4x6 ft product setup.

Fabrics are color balanced to all Photoflex soft boxes, panels and discs.
Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White)
  • 3 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Photoflex45" Convertible Umbrella (White)
     
    4.8

    (based on 104 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (83)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (52)
    • Easy to set up (50)
    • Reliable (44)
    • Durable (31)
    • Consistent (27)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (54)
      • Photography (45)
      • Strobe lighting (40)
      • Artificial lighting (30)
      • General purpose (24)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (36), Photo enthusiast (31), Pro photographer (27), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (64)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good fit for a first time umbrella

      I was a little worried at first when I got this since it was not completely white, more of a silver with a white cast, but the light it produced was phenominal! Going...Read complete review

      I was a little worried at first when I got this since it was not completely white, more of a silver with a white cast, but the light it produced was phenominal! Going to purchase another one along with a stand in the next month.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Average solution, better options exist

      Bought as a second umbrella for studio lights and camera flashes.

      Whilst it is technically convertible, instead of a translucent inner and internally silvered black outer that is easily...Read complete review

      Bought as a second umbrella for studio lights and camera flashes.

      Whilst it is technically convertible, instead of a translucent inner and internally silvered black outer that is easily removable, it has a partially reflective white inner and a totally black outer that is not easy to remove, particularly at the tip where it has tone unscrewed and the unfinished material pulled off.

      Sadly not up to the standard of the Bowens version of the same thing that I have.

      Reviewed by 104 customers

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      4.0

      Don't wait for a rainy day!

      By Steve T

      from Oregon

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Inexpensive
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Sturdy

      Cons

      • Screw Cap For Black Cover

      Best Uses

        Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

        These are great umbrellas at a reasonable price. I use umbrellas a lit on-location. They get thrashed, lost, abused, and it's nice to have some good umbrellas that are extremely affordable. The light they produce is very nice and consistent. The only downside is the little screw cap that holds the black cover on. It seems a little unnecessary and is a bit of a pain if you use it. I think I lose more than I keep.

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        • No

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        5.0

        These umbrellas are built like a tank

        By Cabinetmaker

        from Seattle, Washington

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

          I have a cabinets hop and do my own photography of the kitchens that we build. I like to bounce speedlites off umbrellas because it gives me a lot of control of where the light goes. It's almost like aiming a flashlight.

          Sometimes I use the convertible part of the umbrella to subtract light. If I am shooting a dark wood cabinet in a white painted kitchen I can use the black part of the umbrella as a mask to control spill. I can put light right where I want it and keep it from where I don't want any light.

          I prefer the convertible umbrellas by Photoflex because they are built like a tank. I work in tight spaces and the umbrellas need to be able to smash up against things sometimes and still stay together. I have gone through a lot of different brands but none of them seem to be as durable.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent umbrella

          By Keith

          from Eugene,OR

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

            Ideal for use with speed lights. I use it with my Canon 600 EX speed lights and its very effective nice light.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Sent Wrong Umbrella

            By Sailor Sam

            from Vancouver, BC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                  I ordered the convertible but was sent the regular silver one by mistake. I'm giving 5 stars for B&H customer service. I called them and quite quickly received an answer that they were sending me the correct one and I did not have to send back the silver one. Well done B&H!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  The best photo umbrella I've ever owned

                  By Steve

                  from Dallas, TX

                  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 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                    This product is hands down *the* best photographic umbrella I have ever owned. Photoflex products are long lasting, durable, professional-grade tools, and this product is no exception. Its flawless design and superior quality maximize all available light from your light source and delivers a clean, crisp look that's consistent and aesthetically popular. I would highly recommend this item to any photographer using an accessory flash.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good stuff!

                    By JC

                    from Marietta, GA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Open Easy To Clo
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                      Great price, high quality

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Quality

                      By Tyrone

                      from California

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                        Easy set up, great color, and quality materials.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Product!

                        By Nicho

                        from Columbia, SC

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                          This umbrella provides the softness I have been looking for in my portraits. The quality of the product and warranty makes it very hard to pass on this umbrella. I would highly recommend this item to anyone looking to improve their portraits.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          My go to utility umbrella

                          By Danrusso

                          from NYC

                          Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                          Photoglex umbrellas are solid. You WILL BE HAPPY with this purchase. That's why I purchased 2.

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                          4.0

                          Love the umbrella

                          By slamers

                          from Appleton, WI

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                            This has become my favorite and relatively inexpensive light modifier!

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            High Quality - Easy to use

                            By Polka Dot Productions Photography

                            from Georgia

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                              with black cover for bounce or without for diffused works great! Perfect size

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great Umbrella

                              By Kathy

                              from Fort Myers, FL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                I use it as a light modifier with my Canon flashes.
                                Easy to use.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Nice umbrellas

                                By Mark

                                from NJ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                    I just got two of these, but the quality seems very high. I expect them to last a long time.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great for reflection or shoot-through

                                    By Glenn

                                    from Tennent, NJ

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photography
                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                      Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                      Nice umbrella, good for traditional reflection or shoot-through light modification. Black backing comes off easily upon opening of the umbrella. Lift the metal connectors off the end of each rib, then remove the black cap from the end of the umbrella. Reverse process to replace the black backing. Umbrella ribs show in eye catchlight but that's the nature of umbrellas. Five stars.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Excellent

                                      By Gus

                                      from New York, NY

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                      Great umbrella. I prefered the results from the white shoot through, so I eventually traded this one for the 45" white shoot through Photoflex umbrella which is fantastic, and I don't have to worry about removing the black cover. Regarding whether to purchase a 45" vs 60", I have used them both, and the 45" for me was just as good as the 60" for a full view of a group of 3 people on a couch. I could not tell any significant difference in the photos. However, the 60" is really huge for indoors and it's heavy and makes your light stand less stable even if you have a great light stand. I highly recommend Photoflex 45" umbrellas.

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                                      4.0

                                      Nice umbrella for the price

                                      By Bergenfield Alfred

                                      from Bergenfield, NJ

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Photography
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                        I used this umbrella for small areas and it works well, puts out a nice soft reflective light.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Photoflex is aways the best choice

                                        By Torrey

                                        from Flat Rock, PA

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                        • None

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Strobe Lighting

                                        Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                        It's an umbrella that works, looks good, and lasts a longtime. I have bought umbrellas for over 30 years and I still like the Photoflex products the best. Even though its just an "umbrella" this one just seams to be the best overall.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        finally: sturdy and inexpensive

                                        By j shu images

                                        from langley, WA

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artificial Lighting
                                          • Photography
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Strobe Lighting

                                          Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                          i had the westcott dual-fold umbrellas and knew from the beginning that they were one gust with inadequate-sand-bagging from disaster. never occured to me that i would break both with similar indoor tip-overs.

                                          i'm already carrying gear this shape and size (tripod, for one) so who needs dual fold? these are sturdy, with a good solid feel. not at all like the "i'm on borrowed time" feel of the dual-folds. the ribs do not announce themselves in catchlights. the shafts are solid and strong.

                                          i use them primarily as shoot-through, so the covers mostly live in a bag. as with others, the covers are a bit fussy, but it's not difficult. the center nut is plastic with plastic threads, so i'm grateful that i don't take them on and off a lot.

                                          save yourself grief. skip the "savings" and "convenience" of the dual folds. they offer neither in the long run.

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                                          • No

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                                          2.0

                                          Average solution, better options exist

                                          By Jmag

                                          from sydney

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                            • Poor construction
                                            • Poor design

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Strobe Lighting

                                            Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                            Bought as a second umbrella for studio lights and camera flashes.

                                            Whilst it is technically convertible, instead of a translucent inner and internally silvered black outer that is easily removable, it has a partially reflective white inner and a totally black outer that is not easy to remove, particularly at the tip where it has tone unscrewed and the unfinished material pulled off.

                                            Sadly not up to the standard of the Bowens version of the same thing that I have.

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Perfection

                                            By Kinchi

                                            from Seattle, Wa

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Artificial Lighting
                                              • Portraits
                                              • Strobe Lighting

                                              Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                              I've only used this for bounce (no shoot-through), but love the light from this umbrella and it is so well made. Joy to use and the results are top shelf.

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