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Photoflex Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Backing - 60"

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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 3 person full length shot, or a 4x8 size still-life setup.

Fabrics are color balanced to all Photoflex soft boxes, panels and discs.
Black backing is removeable, for a different lighting technique.
Photoflex Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Backing - 60"
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    PhotoflexConvertible Umbrella-60"
     
    4.7

    (based on 90 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (64)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (61)
    • Reliable (57)
    • Easy to set up (53)
    • Consistent (49)
    • Easy to setup (27)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (70)
      • Photography (61)
      • Strobe lighting (54)
      • Artificial lighting (44)
      • Weddings (24)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (30), Photo enthusiast (13), Professional (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (62)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Cheap and great product

      This is a great umbrella for diffused lighting / strobist type application. Quality is great and detachable black cover. Price is right, it's cheap to replace. Use it for indoor/outdoor portrait session...Read complete review

      This is a great umbrella for diffused lighting / strobist type application. Quality is great and detachable black cover. Price is right, it's cheap to replace. Use it for indoor/outdoor portrait session is perfect. Work well together with shoe mount bracket, lightstand and speedlite.

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      Giant and works well.

      This is a great giant umbrella. Unfortunately it doesn't have a metal cap at the top so you have to be careful when throwing it around with other equipment.

      This is a great giant umbrella. Unfortunately it doesn't have a metal cap at the top so you have to be careful when throwing it around with other equipment.

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      5.0

      Great in calm weather, super soft light

      By Jon

      from Honolulu HI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

        I use the umbrella for portrait photography mostly outside. I may use it indoors in the future but Hawaii so scenic I find myself outside almost all the time.It is well madeeasy to storeeasy to transport (easier then even my 24 Lastolite Soft Box which folds up very small)gives very soft and even lightBut it isn't made for high winds is bulky and a little challenging to point down because it is so largecan be blown over from a gust if you're not carefulYou will like it if you use umbrellas for portraits in calm/controlled areas. Here are a few example images if you would like to see it in action -

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        4.0

        Convertible Umbrella-60" by Photoflex

        By Clay

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

          Lighting room sets.

          Good quality of light

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          5.0

          Versatile, beautiful big light source!

          By Dunfordphoto

          from Mandeville, LA, USA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

            This umbrella paid for itself on the first job. Part of the time with the black backing in place as a reflective bounce, then part of the time with the backing off, but still as a bounce light. The bulk of the flash from my Profoto unit passed through the umbrella and bounced around the room, and just enough bounced back to the faces to allow for shooting at a wide aperture for soft background. Now one of my favorite modifiers, along with the Profoto white beauty dish and my venerable Plume Wafer.

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            4.0

            Strong and big

            By Scott looking for a bigger umbrella

            from NY and San Fran

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable
            • Well Built Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Groups
              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

              Has a strong (for an umbrella) feel to it. Feels well built. Opens wide but not too big. Perfect step up from a 46 or smaller. Great for big groups.

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              5.0

              Decent Umbrella

              By S & R

              from AZ

              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-60":

                Good value for the $. Easy to use. Convertible is a plus.

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                5.0

                An Actual 60" Umbrella!

                By Gene the Machine

                from Conway, SC

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                  I bought this 60" shoot through umbrella to go with a Westcott shoot through 60" that I have had for a while. The Westcott is not 60" across the opening, but measures 60" around the arch of the umbrella.

                  This Photoflex 60" is 60" across the diameter of the opening! A larger umbrella than the Westcott & after seeing it next to the Westcott, I ordered another Photoflex 60" to match! I must say that although the Westcott gives a nice soft light when using it, the Photoflex is larger & gives a little bit more in that department! I use the Westcott as my third setup if needed, or a backup now that I have 2 of these Photoflex 60" Convertible Satin umbrellas!

                  I absolutely love them! … You will too so why not treat yourself to a true 60" umbrella & get more light on your subjects!

                  I haven't found anything wrong with any of my Photoflex lighting modifiers! The softboxes I have are top notch too! … I love their products! …

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                  4.0

                  Much better than the junk Calumet brand.

                  By 8th Street Photo

                  from San Francisco

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                      These umbrellas do the job, much better constructed that the flimsy Calumet umbrellas that break in 1 or 2 sessions if not folded right. The price was right, no weakness so far.

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                      4.0

                      Nice umbrella

                      By Mikey

                      from Midwest City, OK

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                        Soft, even light spread using a single Sunpak 120J barebulb flash. Only reason for four stars is that the umbrella shaft has a small amount of flex when mounted to a light stand. Nothing bad but there nonetheless.

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                        5.0

                        Great Umbrella

                        By GlennOfStuart

                        from Stuart, FL

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Strobe Lighting
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                          Great build quality and the size is great. The ability to shoot through comes in handy as well.

                          Nice tool.

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                          5.0

                          Well made umbrella

                          By parchmentpro

                          from Hawaii

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography

                            Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                            I use these umbrellas to light large interior spaces & they are great for providing a mellow even light across ceilings and walls. The fiberglass rib construction is excellent & much stronger than the metal rib alternatives. The only downside is they are much too large for small rooms-I use smaller umbrellasfor that purpose.

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                            5.0

                            Nice broad light

                            By MrCameraMan

                            from Near Chicago

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                              It's a great umbrella to cast a broad light your subjects and to use with green screen photography. Very little shadowing appears behind the subject using this umbrella correctly. Excellent quality.

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                              5.0

                              True Professional Quality 60

                              By CanonCameraFan

                              from East Coast, USA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Professional quality
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Bands On Concert Stage

                                Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                                I use this with a 500 Watt Dynalite Power Pack system to light Bands in a small venue. 5-8 people on a 30 foot wide stage, about 15 foot deep. The Size of the umbrella really helped spread the Main much more evenly than my 42" umbrellas could ever dream of. Shooting at ISO 400, I only ran about 125 watt seconds power! The 2 most outstanding qualities of the Photoflex 60" Convertible Umbrella are it's efficiency; and it's durability, due to the fiberglass supports. Quicker setup than a Soft-box of course. The price made it an easy risk to take, and paid off well! The only thing I did not like, was the center post could be thicker and stiffer, but that would probably be over kill really. I highly recommend this product and this brand. I'm buying another!

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                                5.0

                                Great Light

                                By Paul

                                from Lancaster, CA

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                                Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                                This product provides fantastic soft light for portraits. No issues. Works great.

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                                5.0

                                Easty to use

                                By Grumpy

                                from New York

                                About Me Casual Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                                  very good quality, good price,

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                                  5.0

                                  Big Difference from 42"

                                  By SeattleK

                                  from Seattle, Wa

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                                    My first 60" umbrella, so I can't compare with another brand, but the light from this is just wonderful for portraits. I get a correct exposure in only a few quick shots as well due to the wider, very even diffusion. Using this as reflective key light with an SB-910. Seems very well made. Very happy so far.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great umbrella, good light

                                    By BD

                                    from Quebec, Canada

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting

                                      Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                                      Still early days, but my first session using this largish umbrella turned out positive. With a strong bracket (I use a Manfrotto 026 Lite-Tite) and a device holding multiple flashes, it gives me good light in a portable kit.
                                      Don't forget the sandbags if shooting outside!

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                                      4.0

                                      Better than most

                                      By DannyG

                                      from Savannah, GA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Strobe Lighting

                                        Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                                        I have used the same umbrellas (Norman) for 30 years. It was time to replace. I first ordered 2 60" Normans and they were so cheaply made that the cap on one broke in shipping. I sent them back.I then ordered the Photoflex on the recommendation of B&H sales. They feel much stronger and better made. I wish the center rod was a little thicker.

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                                        5.0

                                        Very happy with it

                                        By Hamid

                                        from MA

                                        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-60":

                                          Works great. It produces very nice soft light.

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                                          2.0

                                          Not near what I wanted.

                                          By Onemadthad

                                          from Baltimore, MD

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits
                                            • Strobe Lighting

                                            Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                                            The construction seems very good. The weight compared to others of the same size is great. Unfortunately for me the interior is off white not white and as a shoot through with the black backing removed the fabric is not translucent. I need an umbrella that will broaden and spread light. I will use this umbrella in studio with five or less people as an accent light. About me...I am an unpaid church photographer with a limited budget and I take pictures of 4 to 50 people in groups, so at times I need a lot of light.

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                                            5.0

                                            Nice umbrella, well-built

                                            By Glenn

                                            from Tennent, NJ

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Photography
                                              • Strobe Lighting

                                              Comments about Photoflex Convertible Umbrella-60":

                                              Large umbrella, good for groups of people. 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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