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Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible

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Product Highlights
  • Collapsible to 14.5"

This Westcott 43" White Satin Umbrella has a removable black backing, so that it may be used as a "shoot-through", makeshift softbox. It has a collapsible shaft, which makes it very compact for packing away in your location case.

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 lightbox.

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 umbrella's suggested use is for 1 or 2 person mid-length portraits.

This umbrella has an 8 mm standard shaft which will fit virtually all heads except Elinchrom which requires a 7 mm shaft. Elinchrom owners should mount this umbrella to their head's tilter, rather than the umbrella receptacle.

Maximum Wattage 750W
Dimensions 43" (1.09 m)
Closed length: 14.5" (0.36 m)
Weight 1 lb (0.45 kg)
Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible
  • PVC Case
  • Nylon Case
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Westcott43" White Umbrella, Collapsible
     
    4.2

    (based on 152 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (63)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (64)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (58)
    • Durable (44)
    • Attach securely (28)
    • Good color value (28)
    • Easy to use (21)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (12)
    • Weak (7)
    • Not durable (6)
    • Poor design (4)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (62)
    • General purpose (58)
    • Portraits (49)
    • Outdoors (31)
    • Low light (26)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (65), Yes (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (32), Photo enthusiast (29), Pro photographer (23), Enthusiast (19), Semi-professional (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Strobist Umbrella

    This is ideal for traveling. Lightweight, small and versatile. Contrary to some people say, the black cover isn't hard to take off or put on. Don't fully extend the umbrella when taking...Read complete review

    This is ideal for traveling. Lightweight, small and versatile. Contrary to some people say, the black cover isn't hard to take off or put on. Don't fully extend the umbrella when taking off the black cover and when putting it back on, the umbrella should be fully opened and make sure the screw on top is slighty loose when attaching the pins. It is however a little combersome to fold the umbrella with the back cover on as it easily comes off. The solution is just to store the back cover separately. As for the hollow shaft, put a small piece of pencil into it for durability-a tip by the Strobist himself. I hope this helps.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Portable but difficult to use

    I got these umbrellas while trying to create a light, portable lighting setup. This paired with some lightweight 5 section collapsible stands seemed like the perfect pair.

    From a weight and size...Read complete review

    I got these umbrellas while trying to create a light, portable lighting setup. This paired with some lightweight 5 section collapsible stands seemed like the perfect pair.

    From a weight and size perspective, these fit the bill perfectly. From a functional standpoint, they could certainly be better. The black cover is very difficult to keep attached to all of the points on the edge of the umbrella when it's collapsed, and it's nearly impossible to re-fold correctly while attached to the umbrella to fit the whole thing back in the protective black sleeves.

    The black covers are attached to the center of the umbrella by a silver plastic screw. While trying to detach the cover from one of the umbrellas, this screw snapped right off. A metal screw or snap would have been a much better way to go.

    I ended up just removing the black covers from the umbrella and leaving it off. I mostly use umbrellas as shoot-throughs anyway, and the covers are too frustrating to use on a regular basis.

    For a portable setup, I would get these umbrellas only if you plan on using the covers sparingly and carefully. They will not take much abuse.

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    4.0

    Great travel size!

    By jeff

    from Fort Mill, SC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

      Great umbrella with the exception of the small nylon jacket! I'm sure they could have made it a bit larger...

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Works well but a bit disappointed

      By NeonMoon

      from Omaha. NE

      Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

      This is a convertible umbrella where the outer black cover is removable. Unfortunately this cover doesn't stay on very well when umbrella is collapsed. Every time I open it, I have to reattach the cover.

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      5.0

      Small and fits in the bag

      By kneelz

      from jamaica, ny

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      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 Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

        This collapsible umbrella is so versatile. It is small for travel and can easily fit in the bag. It has dual use like reflective and shoot through for diffusion.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great quality

        By Die Flugende

        from New York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors

          Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

          Excelent solution, great quality

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Quick, Easy, Flexible

          By Tyler

          from Huntsville, AL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Night Time
            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

            Great affordable lighting modifier. Use with small flashes or mono blocs. These collapsible umbrellas take up very little room in the camera bag and are great for softening light on-location or in the studio.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            White SATIN Umbrella

            By AAshley

            from New York, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

              Do you want a white umbrella? This is a white SATIN umbrella. It's got a kind of sheen to it, and from my experience probably takes an additional 1/3 to 1/2 a stop of light out when shooting through, but when shooting into it! Wow! Beautiful light!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Product

              By James

              from New Jersey

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                I used the product for my recent shoot as a fill light and it works perfectly , i love the design and it works very well and doesn't produce ay harsh light.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Good umbrella

                By rhoaje10

                from Philadelphia, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                  I like the umbrella but I find that when I am putting it away the hooks for the black cover tend to unhook making me need to hook it back up after I put it away. not the worst thing but its a little annoying.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great quality and versatility

                  By RScottGuitar

                  from Freeland, MI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                      I would buy this again - but it won't wear out!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Decent

                      By Dan Pomykalski

                      from Madison, Wi

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Poor design

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                      This umbrella seems decent. I've only had it for a few weeks, but it's gotten the job done. I hate how the cover comes off, not that I use it all that much, but it requires some unscrewing. Seems like a good value overall, though.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Geat Quality for Low Price

                      By Livefish

                      from Bologna, Italy

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Good value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Location photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe photography

                        Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                        Well-made convertible umbrella for use as a reflector or diffuser. Telescoping shaft seems solid enough and is great for packing.

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Let me shed a some light on the subject

                        By Jfreeman

                        from Hamilton, AL

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Small When Collapsed

                        Cons

                        • Hard to fold

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                        I wanted an umbrella just for on location shoots. If that is what you are looking for then this is NOT what you are looking for. My main problem with it is that it does not fold and slide into its protective sleeve easily. Also the removable black cover is not made to be removed and put back on repeatedly. However I will use this umbrella in my studio, mostly as a shoot through umbrella. It is a

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                        5.0

                        Perfect portable umbrella

                        By Stryker fan

                        from Indiana

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                          It appears to have sturdy hardware and is compact.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Super transportable

                          By Youa Photography

                          from Missoula, MT

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                            I used these umbrella for a portrait shoot that I was going to do during my travels. It was the perfect transportable umbrella to create that soft light I needed. Love how small it can become after it collapse into its minimum size!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great light modifier

                            By Rob

                            from Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                              Excellent and versatile light modifier. Packs up tiny for portability and with the black cover off, it produces a beautiful, even and moderately sized light source. As an added bonus it seems to be sturdy and well made. Extremely lightweight.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Creat product

                              By Janmig

                              from Plainsboro, NJ

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                This umbrella is very convenient to use, it is just the right size for a quick formal group photos. Just used it on a recent wedding and worked great.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                it's a westcott...

                                By Matthew

                                from Perth, Western Australia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Long-Lasting

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors

                                  Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                  easy to use. easy to fold and compact..

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                                  5.0

                                  Great modifier

                                  By James

                                  from San Mateo, Ca

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Flimsy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                  It's a great tool if you need to even out your light. I use it for portraits.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  No more shadows

                                  By Road Runner

                                  from Chesapeake, VA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                    easy to use.

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                                    • No

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                                    3.0

                                    Here we go again

                                    By Risto Aristov

                                    from Orange County, CA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Could Be Stronger Imo

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                    I shoot outdoors 90% of the time, so I am hard on my gear. This the third replacement for me. Sudden gust of wind first time, and just a messy location soiled the fabric of my last one. But for the price and what I am able to get away with these umbrellas keep me coming back. Would like to see them strengthened but that's about it, they fold down really compact.

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