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Westcott Umbrella - Optical White Satin - 45"

You Pay: $20.50

Provides quick and easy light diffusion. Umbrella can be used as a bounce light source. This size is perfect for a 1-2 person head, or head-to-waist shot, or a 4x6 ft product setup.

Westcott umbrellas are rated safe up to 1000 Watts hot light power.

Optical White Satin umbrellas can be positioned closed to the subject for a shoot-through diffuser.
A 2-in-1 component. First stop on the umbrella shaft acts as an umbrella. Second stop acts as a reflector.

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WestcottUmbrella - Optical White-45"
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (15)
  • Reliable (10)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Easy to set up (7)
  • Easy to setup (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (17)
    • Strobe lighting (13)
    • Photography (11)
    • Artificial lighting (9)
    • Weddings (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good quality umbrella!!

    I bought two types of umbrellas. Bought that zumbrella. That garbage broke on the 2nd use. It really is very translucent but worthless as far as quality goes. Only two uses out of...Read complete review

    I bought two types of umbrellas. Bought that zumbrella. That garbage broke on the 2nd use. It really is very translucent but worthless as far as quality goes. Only two uses out of it. I bought some auction quality umbrellas, those outlasted that BS Zumbrella!!!! Bought this umbrella, is not as translucent but is far more heavy duty! I really like the quality of this umbrella. Highly recommend it to the folks that are looking into buying a high quality white umbrella hands down I rate it 5 stars.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Westcott Optical White Satin Umbrella

    Looks great but very flimsy. Fell over once and totally got bent out of shape

    Looks great but very flimsy. Fell over once and totally got bent out of shape

    Reviewed by 25 customers

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    5.0

    It does the job at a great price

    By 1D Traveller

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • None At This Point

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting

    Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

    Good for portrait. I used it to do a family of 6 portrait and the results were great. Very light, easy to carry.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Nice product.

    By Genos

    from NC

    Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

    Well built and at a fair price. A great light modifier. I will buy this product again as needed.

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    5.0

    Nice product.

    By Genos

    from NC

    Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

    Well built and at a fair price. A great light modifier. I will buy this product again as needed.

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    5.0

    Great umbrella at a good price.

    By tom

    from chicago

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

      Great umbrella. I think the fiberglass ribs will last longer than the metal ones.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Optic White is great light

      By Keith

      from Bartlett, TN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

        I've been using the umbrella for portraits of my grandkids. The light is awesome!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome Upgrade

        By Jason

        from Fargo, ND

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

          I don't know when Westcott changed their design. I had purchased 3 shoot through a few years ago. The metal spines bent pretty easly if they took a whack. However it looks like they switched from metal arms to some sort of solid lightweight plastic. I haven't had one take a solid whack, but it looks like they can take a bit more abuse then the older metal armed umbrellas. I'm very impressed!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Superior Umbrellas from Westcott

          By Michael

          from Owasso,OK

          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 Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

            I needed to replace some cheap Promaster umbrellas that just haven't held up for me. As I had purchased all 3 of the 7 foot line and was impressed with the quality of construction it was a no-brainer to buy the smaller version for use where the wind or space would not allow the use of the larger umbrellas.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Workhorse Umbrella

            By jbratteson

            from Fair Haven, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

              This is the first go to umbrella for soft light. Shoot though allows you to get in close to your subject for nice soft light.

              Seems to be made well and sets up fast and easy.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Good value

              By John

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                Good value and quite useful.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Works Well

                By costa

                from lake charles, la

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                    Great value

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                    5.0

                    Good Results

                    By Ann

                    from W. Columbia, SC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                      This is a replacement. The first suffered wind damage and thankfully took the blow and protected my flash and PW in the fall.

                      The shaft of my prior umbrella (same product) was hollow and broke with the fall. The shaft appears to be solid or thicker with the one I just received. That's an upgrade.

                      The prior umbrella had a soft cap for a point, this one has a metal point. I will have to be more careful with it in positioning it near subjects. That's a drawback.

                      Overall very nice even light difussion and sturdy product.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Westcott Rocks

                      By SheltonPhoto

                      from Salt Lake City, UT

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                          I got this umbrella to use as a type of softbox. I will also use it as a screen to block sunlight outdoors.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Useful tool.

                          By MrFreeman07

                          from Arlington, TX

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                            I use this product in the studio and on location. Works great in both applications, but especially great for location work, because of it's compact size.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Westcott Optical White Satin Umbrella

                            By HBB

                            from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Short Lifespan

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting

                            Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                            Looks great but very flimsy. Fell over once and totally got bent out of shape

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Good Value

                            By Edward

                            from Edgewood

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy Setup
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                              Well made for the money.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Let It Rain!

                              By BZ

                              from Stewartstown, PA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Even Light

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                                Let it rain...or give me a tough shoot to light--I believe this umbrella will handle both situations equally well. For the money, you can't beat it. Plus, it feels a bit more substantial in construction then a couple of its close competitors. Wescott delivers, again.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Good quality umbrella!!

                                By jay

                                from Raleigh NC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy Setup
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                                  I bought two types of umbrellas. Bought that zumbrella. That garbage broke on the 2nd use. It really is very translucent but worthless as far as quality goes. Only two uses out of it. I bought some auction quality umbrellas, those outlasted that BS Zumbrella!!!! Bought this umbrella, is not as translucent but is far more heavy duty! I really like the quality of this umbrella. Highly recommend it to the folks that are looking into buying a high quality white umbrella hands down I rate it 5 stars.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Great for Portraits

                                  By Jeff

                                  from Texas

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting
                                    • Weddings

                                    Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                                    Very soft flattering lighting when I shoot a flash through it. Could be sturdier, but fine for the price.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Product

                                    By thebigtverberg

                                    from SCF, WI

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Good Value
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                                      Very satisfied with this umbrella. Very bright and even light when combined with my 430ex II.

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                                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great product, I will buy more !

                                      By Scott B.

                                      from The Colony, Texas

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent
                                      • Easy Setup
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                      • No Cons I can think of

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella - Optical White-45":

                                      I looked around for a white umbrella & found out most umbrellas can't take more than 500 watts of flash or continuous power ! BUT this Westcott 45"
                                      optical satin white umbrella can take 1000 watts !
                                      So if you have 1000 watt quartz halogens or do a lot of flashes at a photo session, this umbrella will not discolor, it stays satin white. Great product for bounce or shoot thru ! 99% of the time I use it as a shoot thru to get those soft lighting effects. I would buy it again & again !

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