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Westcott Umbrella - Collapsible, Optical White Satin - 43"

You Pay: $20.50

The Westcott 2001 Collapsible Optical White Umbrella provides quick and easy light diffusion. This umbrella has a unique design that allows it to collapse into a very compact package that fits easily into a location case.

Optical White Satin umbrellas can be positioned close to the subject, and used as a shoot-through diffuser.
Westcott Umbrella - Collapsible, Optical White Satin - 43"
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    WestcottCollapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43"
     
    4.5

    (based on 121 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (76)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (85)
    • Reliable (49)
    • Easy to set up (41)
    • Easy to setup (33)
    • Consistent (32)

    Cons

    • Short lifespan (10)
    • Unreliable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (71)
    • Photography (62)
    • Strobe lighting (55)
    • Artificial lighting (47)
    • Weddings (32)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (36), Photo enthusiast (29), Pro photographer (29), Enthusiast (8), Professional (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (58)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Big Umbrella, great quality small price!

    Collapsible is the way to go. The umbrellas fits in my photo bag (think tank airport front pocket). Two seconds is open and shoot! They are cheap but not cheaply made. Buy...Read complete review

    Collapsible is the way to go. The umbrellas fits in my photo bag (think tank airport front pocket). Two seconds is open and shoot! They are cheap but not cheaply made. Buy yours now because I believe that those prices will go up once everybody discover those great umbrellas!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    My first strobist setup

    This is a great umbrella. It's pretty large, yet it folds up very compactly (a little longer than a foot) when you collapse it.

    I've never tried any other shoot...Read complete review

    This is a great umbrella. It's pretty large, yet it folds up very compactly (a little longer than a foot) when you collapse it.

    I've never tried any other shoot through umbrella before because it's my first strobist gear, but I feel like the construction is a bit flimsy. It's completely my fault for not weighing down the lightstand while shooting outdoors, but it blew over and it bent the metal connectors really bad. The metals used to construct this umbrella are very flimsy and even when I'm clamping it into my lightstand, it leaves an indentation on the rod.

    Other than that, the shoot through umbrella is great. It spreads the light onto your subjects and evenly lights them.

    Just be careful with how you handle this umbrella... It's very fragile.

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    5.0

    Just what I need!

    By Shalese Danielle

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

        I bought this to use at weddings with my off-camera lighting set up. So far, it's been amazing. No rips, no tears, easy to open & close.

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        • No

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        5.0

        The one light modifier you must have!

        By rennisk

        from Los Gatos, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

          This is light-weight, very compact when collapsed and gives off smooth, even light. Can use as a shoot through or reflector. Great for portraits.

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          4.0

          Good umbrella for the price

          By Speaker Guy

          from Eminence, KY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

            I've used this umbrella for product photography and it works as described. Nice soft light, decent construction. No issues so far.

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            • No

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            1.0

            What good is an umbrella that does not s

            By Harold

            from Burnsville MN,

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Short Lifespan
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

            After opening 4 time the umbrella will not stay open.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Wonderful soft light

            By BZ

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

              Very good size umbrella producing excellent soft light with my 600ex-rt.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Nice STU

              By Full Frame Foto

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Provides A Very Nice Ligh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits
                • Strobe Lighting
                • Weddings

                Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                These a nice shoot thru umbrellas. Construction seems good and they provide a very nice soft light.
                I have used them for architectural and wedding portraits and they have proven very versatile. I especially like the fact the shaft collapses. It makes for easier transporting.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Amazing Bang for the Buck

                By Kurt

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                  I had a cheapo small Impact umbrella and I wanted one with more size for softer light with my Canon 600EX. I bought this as a cheap replacement and I'm very impressed. The thing is of decent size, is constructed of way better materials, opens very quickly, and throws beautiful light. Can't beat it for the price. If I had one nitpick, it is somewhat difficult to close down as the tabs to press in aren't the easiest things to work with. VERY minor, though.

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                  5.0

                  Well built and portable

                  By JDN

                  from Illinois

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Interiors
                    • Photography

                    Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                    This is well built for such a portable umbrella. I have another type that I don't like as much. The clasp is a little harder on my fingers. This is sturdier and smoother to use. Provides nice fill and softens a room when you shoot a speedlite through it. Is easy to pack up too.

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                    5.0

                    Sturdy umbrella

                    By Unix guy

                    from Philadelphia

                    Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                    The umbrella is nice and sturdy and diffuses the light quite nicely.

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                    3.0

                    A bit cheap

                    By David Loja

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Short Lifespan

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                    This umbrella works great at softening the light, but even after being extremely careful with it and never having hit it or brought it into contact with anything after only 2 shoots one edge of the fabric has already torn away from one of the metal prongs. It's still usable for now but if another one tears away (especially one adjacent) I'll have to replace it. It's priced relatively low for equipment in the photography business, but this shouldn't be such a frequently recurring expense as I do expect my equipment to last...

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                    5.0

                    exactly what i needed

                    By Tall Tom

                    from Philadelphia, PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                      this is a simple shoot through umbrella that is quite big and collapses very small which is great for saving space

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Exactly what you expect.

                      By Michael Brochstein

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                          lightweight, compact when folded, easy to use...

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Cheap and easy ;)

                          By Tør

                          from Michigan

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                            Cheap, easy setup, seems pretty sturdy.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Compact, sturdy, and cheap

                            By Tør

                            from Michigan

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Main Shaft Seems Pliable

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                            Portrait work with speed lights. Easy setup and surprisingly compact.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Durable and as advertised

                            By Payton

                            from Illinois

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                              This umbrella was exactly as advertised. Collapsible white and even has a smooth texture that is easy to brush dirt off of.

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                              5.0

                              The best shoot through Umbrella!

                              By michael k

                              from Pittsburgh PA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Shoot through

                                Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                                After buying a bunch of umbrellas that did not work well this one is perfect! Best shoot through umbrella by far. Highly recommended and is built very well.

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                                5.0

                                Compact, easy, and affordable!

                                By Gracenote Photography

                                from Lawrence, KS

                                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 Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                                  These things rock! I was surprised at both the quality and the size. It worried me when they showed up so tiny, but opened up they're perfect size! I bought two to use strictly for wedding formals (one on each side of me, with Canon 430 EXII speed lights as shoot throughs). I needed something that was small, check, affordable, check, good quality, check, and diffused like a boss! Check! I'd definitely buy again if they broke (unlikely with the right care), or even if we lost them!

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Diffuser Umbrella

                                  By derpouch

                                  from Bakersfield, CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • Potential Lifespan

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artificial Lighting
                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                                  I use this umbrella for diffusing my OCF. It is very good for this purpose and I'm very happy that I bought it. It's very nice that it can fold down to smaller than most any umbrellas I've ever owned which makes it easy to put in my camera bag for easy transportation. One thing that does worry me about it is the fact that the limbs are made of metal. It seems to me that without some care, the limbs will eventually bend or give out in some way. But if you take care of your equipment, this won't be an issue. For the price, you can just easily buy another one, so it's not really a big deal.

                                  Overall great umbrella and I'm very happy with my purchase.

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice Results

                                  By Ryan S.

                                  from Central Maine

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                                      This is my first umbrella and I have been very happy with the results from it. If I were to do it over I might get the one with the black backing for more versatility with bouncing flash.

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                                      3.0

                                      Mixed emotions

                                      By Jeff

                                      from Memphis

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Feels Flimsy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                      Comments about Westcott Collapsible Umbrella - Optical White - 43":

                                      I love this umbrella because of the compact design. It folds down to a small little stump of an umbrella making it easy to carry. However, unlike the non-collapsable type of umbrellas, this one feels like it's going to fall apart if I give it a good push to open it. There is definitely a need to give it a caressing touch when opening or closing. If not, its flimsy feeling may warrant a necessary replacement due to bent metal.

                                      I can never argue with Westcotts white satin material. It produces wonderful bounce light and it is great for shoot through. I just wish this thing would survive a bout with a gorrilla for an assistant. Without a delicate touch, this may not last long.

                                      I only recommend based on the price tag... if it were any more expensive, I would pass.

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