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Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White)

B&H # WEIR4872WD Mfr # 1707
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You Pay: $89.90
Product Highlights
  • Folds to 1/3 Open Size

The Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser Panel is compact, lightweight and convenient to carry.

When open, it's a flat, rounded-edge rectangle. No disassembly is required to close the reflector. It effortlessly folds to a small, hand-held circle one third of its original size.

High-carbon steel frame is riveted, to stand up to use.

Shape Rectangular (rounded corners)
Size Open 48" x 72" (122x183cm)
Size Collapsed 1/3 of working size
Front Surface Diffuser
Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White)
  • Fabric Case
  • Lifetime Warranty on Frame
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    WestcottIlluminator 48x72" Diffuser (White)
     
    4.2

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (5)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors (6)
      • General purpose (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (7), Semi-professional (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      great diffuser, but not on a windy day

      We bought this diffuser after replacing a homemade one. We use it for location portraits, mostly bridals. It is, like the description says, lightweight easy to use and folds small enough that...Read complete review

      We bought this diffuser after replacing a homemade one. We use it for location portraits, mostly bridals. It is, like the description says, lightweight easy to use and folds small enough that it carries easily. It works great, however the flexable framing makes it hard to control on a windy day.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      We'll see...

      Haven't used it yet but I'll tell ya it feels a little flimsly out of the box. I bought this one instead of the Lastolite because oner reviewer said that one was flimsy. I...Read complete review

      Haven't used it yet but I'll tell ya it feels a little flimsly out of the box. I bought this one instead of the Lastolite because oner reviewer said that one was flimsy. I thought the frame might be a little stiffer/sturdier. It wobbles a bit when it's open so I can imagine my assistant (if I have one!) willprobably struggle with it. I'm sure it will diffuse the light just fine. Just wish it felt sturdier.

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      5.0

      Awesome Diffuser

      By James

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

        After trying other diffusers of the same size, this one holds its shape the best. Its wire rim is stable, and won't take on the shape of a Pringle's chip.

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        3.0

        We'll see...

        By Kevin J.

        from Buffalo, NY

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Not Durable

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

        Haven't used it yet but I'll tell ya it feels a little flimsly out of the box. I bought this one instead of the Lastolite because oner reviewer said that one was flimsy. I thought the frame might be a little stiffer/sturdier. It wobbles a bit when it's open so I can imagine my assistant (if I have one!) willprobably struggle with it. I'm sure it will diffuse the light just fine. Just wish it felt sturdier.

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        4.0

        Good Buy

        By Tony Baker Photography

        from Little Rock, AR

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

          It is great having such a large diffuser, especially when you have a family on a sunny day. It is big so on a windy day it is very challenging to use but no suprise there. Only change I would make is to make the frame a little more heavy duty.
          Overall great product.

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          5.0

          great product

          By Girl With 3 Dogs

          from Chapel Hill, NC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors

            Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

            I love the size for shading bright sunlight. It was difficult for me to fold up, but found an informational video on YouTube.

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            3.0

            worth the money

            By asams

            from ga

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

                  great for small groups

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                  5.0

                  perfect shade

                  By nate fusion

                  from Louisville, Ky

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

                    Used this again today in full sun with a senior to create shade and it works great. Soft light like my studio. The only drawback would be if you didn't have someone there to hold it for you. And it can take a while to collapse, at least for now.

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                    4.0

                    Great Value. A must have!

                    By Robert

                    from Orange County, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Great price
                    • Performs its purpose

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy
                    • Product not as described

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Spotty situations

                    Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

                    This is a great diffuser and it's a must have for semi-indoor and spotty locations where wind isn't much of a factor. It's build quality is good and is quite compact when folded.

                    Here's the double edged sword: It's most valuable for shooting portraits outdoors, but due to it's size it can be challenging to stabilize the diffuser due to the wind.

                    The product image shows that the edge bevel is white - I received one with a black edge. It wouldn't be so much of an issue, however in the event I need to clone the scrim out, the black edge makes it harder.

                    The other thing is it can be hard to fold back to its compact size. Sometimes I'll have the magic touch and it folds very easily. MOST OF THE TIME I'm struggling to do fold it together.

                    I also own it's companion, the wescott arm, which leaves me desiring something better, but photographers who are interested in the arm & scrim OUTDOORS should know that the scrim is so large that wind can easily destabilize it. Like many others, I wish the arm had a cross section to stabilize both ends. Anyway, I digress.

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                    4.0

                    Excellent larger diffuser

                    By JK

                    from Omaha, NE

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

                      Excellent diffuser panel. Very useful for larger scenes. Somewhat difficult to re-fold, but one you get the trick, no problem.

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                      5.0

                      Good Quality

                      By PhotoMan

                      from Tampa, FL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

                        Nice size, I use it for family beach portraits at sunset time when the there is no cloud on the sky and light is too harsh, it can cover up to 4 people. Good quality, light and collapses to a small size.

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                        4.0

                        excellent diffuser

                        By Digital_Don

                        from Fort Wayne, IN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                        • Difficult to fold
                        • Difficult to handle

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoor flash diffuser
                        • Outdoor sun diffuser

                        Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

                        works very well in outdoor portrait situations to soften direct sunlight. Also useful for indoor portrait to shoot one or two flash units through to provide softbox type soft lighting. On the downside, it is very bulky to handle, and difficult to fold up until you can practice it a lot.

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                        4.0

                        pretty much as described

                        By nyphotog

                        from brooklyn, ny

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

                            its a good compactible diffuser. i thought i'd read that it could stand up on its own (which it cant). it definitely will need someone to hold it or needs to be propped up against a wall (but not on a windy day.)

                            a wee challenge to fold but seems to collapse into its bag with a bit of effort.

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                            4.0

                            Westcott diffuser

                            By lordgrape

                            from Germany

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Diffuses light perfectly

                            Cons

                            • Challenge to fold

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

                            This is a great diffuser, allowing you to shoot at high noon and still get a soft light. It's very portable, but it is a pain to fold back up if you don't know how to do it. Also, the metal band inside can turn when trying to fold it back up and if this happens the diffuser won't open up flat and taut. Other than that, it's really a great product for location shoots. Can also be used as a background if lit properly.

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                            5.0

                            Night and Day......

                            By Mel

                            from Isle of Palms

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Beautiful lighting tool

                            Cons

                            • Need the video to close

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

                              Easy to use and transport....... and made a world of difference in our pictures....

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                              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              great diffuser, but not on a windy day

                              By Mike

                              from Spartanburg, SC

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Large but folds small

                              Cons

                              • Too flexable

                              Best Uses

                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about Westcott Illuminator 48x72" Diffuser (White):

                              We bought this diffuser after replacing a homemade one. We use it for location portraits, mostly bridals. It is, like the description says, lightweight easy to use and folds small enough that it carries easily. It works great, however the flexable framing makes it hard to control on a windy day.

                              Share this review

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