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Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43"

You Pay: $20.50

The Westcott 2002 Collapsible Soft Silver Umbrella provides quick and easy light softening with a slightly harder look than a white umbrella. This umbrella has a unique design that allows it to collapse into a very compact package that fits easily into a location case.

Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43"
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    WestcottUmbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43"
     
    4.4

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (27)
    • Easy to setup (17)
    • Reliable (12)
    • Consistent (9)
    • Easy to set up (6)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (3)
    • Weak (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (20)
    • Strobe lighting (15)
    • Artificial lighting (13)
    • Photography (11)
    • Indoors (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (7), Professional (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good alternative to softboxes

    This is a good portable umbrella to take on location photography. If you are a Strobist, then this is a good item to have in your arsenal.

    The light output has...Read complete review

    This is a good portable umbrella to take on location photography. If you are a Strobist, then this is a good item to have in your arsenal.

    The light output has more contrast than a white diffused umbrella or softbox. Personally, I like the harsher look than a diffused soft light. It is also more efficient than a white umbrella (which loses a few stops) so you don't lose too much light when you use your hot-shoe flash.

    Lastly, it folds nicely to a small & compact umbrella. Small enough to put inside a coat pocket. However, in order to make it portable the design requires more bending joints. You have to be careful when you fold the umbrella or you can permanently bend the metal parts. If I were to complain anything about these umbrellas is that they could have used stronger parts for these.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Beautiful light, fragile design

    The light that these guys put out is really impressive...the soft silver finish ends up producing a look closer to a traditional white umbrella with just a touch more pop, really flattering...Read complete review

    The light that these guys put out is really impressive...the soft silver finish ends up producing a look closer to a traditional white umbrella with just a touch more pop, really flattering and versatile.

    However the design means the support ribs are slimmer than many and bear more tension, making these very, very fragile. Most umbrellas can survive being knocked over lightly at least once, whereas I've lost two of these to the most gentle falls. Even a very light wind will have one of these bobbing around frighteningly, much more so than sturdier umbrellas with heavier construction. At this price they're almost disposable, but I'd still think twice about using them in even the slightest breeze.

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    4.0

    Soft Silver is a win...

    By Eugene W

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

      I purchased this product for mobile shooting with speed lights...
      The umbrella folds into a compact package and provides a good side light source.

      The light produced is harder than the standard white, but still not as harsh as a some silver materials I have seen. It gives just enough punch especially in conjunction with a shoot through as fill...

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      5.0

      Great umbro

      By Marc2895

      from Grand Rapids , mi.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Photography

        Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

        Great umbrella works perfectly for my application. Well built . I use these for video shoots and they have performed just as I wanted.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Product for the Price

        By Swanyx

        from Green Bay, WI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

          Finally the hollow tube where these umbrellas attached to your equipment are now solid preventing collapse. Excellent product for the mobile shooter. Packs small yet performs great. I have captured some fantastic shots with a couple of Pocket Wizards, Speedlites a couple of these umbrellas with collapsible stands.

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          5.0

          Nice portable umbrella

          By MKP

          from Rochester, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Weddings

            Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

            Disperses light very well. I love how compact it gets being that I move around a lot.

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            4.0

            Great Soft Silver Umbrella

            By Communicator21

            from Tampa, FL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

              Ver versatile umbrella that can be used to bright flash and soft light.

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              2.0

              Westcott collapsible Compact is OK

              By Doug

              from Ocala, FL

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Not Durable

              Best Uses

              • Studio

              Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

              I use the umbrella as my small traveling studio when I have very little time on an assignment and use it in conjunction with my SB28's and pocket wizard remotes. The umbrella is very compact, but any gust of wind that could knock down the stand will destroy the umbrella. I only buy it because my employer will not spend the extra money for a better more durable umbrella. A very flimsy umbrella, spend the extra money to get something better.

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              5.0

              Great Compact Umbrella

              By Office MIke

              from Brielle NJ

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                Being in business for over 20 years now I have bought many umbrellas, I ordered these and am greatly impresed. The compact aspect of this is great. Saves alot of space and easy to use. Very impressive.

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again

                By Robin

                from Ct

                About Me 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 Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                  Nice silver umbrella, i use it with my Wescott kits that i have bought

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                  5.0

                  This was a great purchase .

                  By Cinj

                  from Rogers,Ohio

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                    Purchased to use on light stand,with wireless flash and pocket wizards.
                    Very happy with this item.

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                    3.0

                    Nice light, poor construction

                    By Ryuji (Silvergrain)

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Easy to break
                      • Weak

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Low Light
                      • Outdoors
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                      This umbrella makes beautiful light, softer than silver but more crisp look than white umbrella. The shaft is cranky, but workable. The thing is that the umbrella is really easy to break after a few shoots. The cap that holds the umbrella fabric is really easy to break, and so is the latch.

                      The real strength of this umbrella is being collapsible, but if you are carrying at least one light stand, that advantage is almost immediately gone. I would recommend Creative Light umbrella, as it is a bit better built than any of the Westcott umbrella.

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                      5.0

                      Best Buy in its Class!!

                      By Dr SCSI

                      from Mannheim, Germany

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portable lighting
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                        Unique double folding umbrella for the ultimate in portability. I use these umbrellas as part of a mobile lighting kit with Nikon Speedlights for the ultimate in portability.

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                        5.0

                        Compact, Lightweight, Smooth Light

                        By Gage

                        from Arizona

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy Setup
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Strobe Lighting

                          Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                          As far as portability goes this series of umbrellas can't be beat. Very lightweight, easy to expand and collapse. Smooths the light out nicely.

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                          2.0

                          Meh.

                          By Mark W

                          from Brooklyn, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy Setup
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                              This is a "soft silver" umbrella, but near as I can tell "soft silver" is synonymous with "barely reflective." The interior is a dull gray and the flash loses several stops of light vs. shoot through or a more reflective silver umbrella. It's a shame really, I like the compactness of the Westcott "Collapsible" umbrellas and was hoping for a nice reflective umbrella to compliment my shoot-through umbrellas.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect

                              By Nic

                              from Washington, DC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy Setup
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                                Cheap, good quality, small and light. The only con I can think of is that it would be good to get it with the reinforced tip that some of Westcott's umbrellas are now shipping with.

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                                3.0

                                Good umbrella, poor shaft design

                                By Scrivyscriv

                                from Southwest TN, USA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy Setup
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Hollow shaft

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting
                                • Weddings

                                Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                                Performs well and holds up to wind. No complaints about output.
                                I give 3 out of 5 stars because the shaft is hollow and the umbrella is difficult to fit into the storage sleeve.
                                I will by more, as the quality and size of the umbrella are hard to find in any other brand. I would like to see a solid metal shaft in future versions though.

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                                4.0

                                Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Comp

                                By Vicky

                                from Greensboro, nc

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy Setup
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                                    This is great in terms of ease of use

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                                    5.0

                                    "Compact and fabulous"

                                    By Mstee4eva

                                    from Raleigh, NC.

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Consistent
                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Daily Functions
                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Strobe Lighting
                                      • Weddings

                                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                                      I use this for quality Portraiture, it's light weight, compact and easy to use.

                                      Haven't had a problem with it, it rates an A+ in my book.

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                                      4.0

                                      Unique but could be better

                                      By Alan

                                      from Vancouver, BC

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Sharp ribs
                                      • Weak hollow pole

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                                      This umbrella has a special place due to its compactness and great match with Manfrotto Nano stand for travel. However, there are 2 major cons which Westcott should address. The metal tips are sharp and the pole is hollow and weak. To address the problems, the tips were filed smooth and a 7mm hex key was hammered inside the pole.

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                                      4.0

                                      First Umbrella

                                      By Boo Boo

                                      from Vancouver BC

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy Setup
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                                          This is my first umbrella and I wasn't sure how big I would need. The size seems to be big enough to light up potraits with about 6 people from the waist up. I have not tried full body length shots yet, but I believe it will be big enough.

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                                          4.0

                                          Very nice small package

                                          By DT

                                          from Anchorage, Alaska

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy Setup
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits
                                            • Strobe Lighting

                                            Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Soft Silver, Collapsible Compact - 43":

                                            Wanted something lite and compact. These sould fit the bill just fine.

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