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Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand

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Product Highlights
  • Use Umbrella as Bounce or Shoot-Through
  • 8' Lightweight Stand
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount Bracket

The Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand travels well--the 43" (1 m) umbrella collapses to a length of just 14.5" (36.8 cm) and can be used as a bounce umbrella (using the included black cover) or as a shoot-through (by removing the black cover), for two different types of light. The shoe mount fits a wide variety of portable flash units, and the 8' (2.43 m) all-metal light stand is durable but lightweight. A useful companion for the mobile photographer.

43" Collapsible White Umbrella

Opens and closes quickly
With the black cover in place, create a soft silver interior for a bounce source
Remove the black cover and position close to the subject for a shoot-through diffuser
Collapsible for on-location jobs
Top-quality fabrics

Adjustable Shoe Mount Bracket

Adjustable to fit most speedlites
All-metal construction

8' Light Stand

Lightweight, all-metal construction
Diameter Umbrella:
Tip to tip: 40" (101.6 cm)
Arc: 48" (121.9 cm)
Length Light Stand: 8' (2.4 m)
Umbrella closed: 14.5" (36.8 cm)
Kit Dimensions 36 x 6 x 6" (91.4 x 15.24 x 15.24 cm)
Kit Weight 4.4 lbs (2 kg)
Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand
  • 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount Umbrella Bracket
  • WE8LS
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Westcott43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand
     
    4.2

    (based on 119 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (52)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (86)
    • Easy to set up (76)
    • Reliable (42)
    • Consistent (28)
    • Easy to setup (10)

    Cons

    • Unreliable (10)
    • Short lifespan (7)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (88)
    • Photography (63)
    • Artificial lighting (55)
    • Strobe lighting (42)
    • Weddings (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (42), Photo enthusiast (36), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (8), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (101)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good Overall Kit for Beginners

    I am new to studio lighting and this is my first lighting kit. I am using it with an old Canon 420EZ flash, which is the only lighting/strobe in the studio. The...Read complete review

    I am new to studio lighting and this is my first lighting kit. I am using it with an old Canon 420EZ flash, which is the only lighting/strobe in the studio. The setup was easy and mostly self-explanatory for a first-time light kit user. The umbrella provides nice light diffusion as both a shoot-through or reflective, although I tend to prefer the shoot-through. Either way, it is a huge improvement over using the flash without any diffusion. The black umbrella cover is easy enough to remove, but you do have to close down the umbrella to remove/put on the cover. Overall a good product and I would consider buying another one when I get a second strobe. A good value.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Just junk

    On arrival it looked promising, however during the first shoot it was a disaster. Every time you close the umbrellas the cover comes off. There are little tips that hold the cover on...Read complete review

    On arrival it looked promising, however during the first shoot it was a disaster. Every time you close the umbrellas the cover comes off. There are little tips that hold the cover on the spines which just come off. They are time-consuming to put back. The stands are junk. The joints are just not that stable and the whole stand looks like it is bending. The umbrella bracket is junk, It is not angled between the lash shoe and the umbrella mount so that you are aiming the flash well off-center.
    Although the Westcott web site says that the tips of the umbrella shaft allow for use in european speed lights be careful. The shaft itself is too large to fit and when the umbrella is mounted by the shaft tip, the metal retaining the tips is so thin that the tips came loose and fell out.
    Summary:
    Just Junk

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    5.0

    A Good Place to Start

    By DBM

    from Roanoke, VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

      I got this as a first off-camera flash setup. I've been using it with a Yongnuo 560 triggered optically. The set is light weight, easy to set up, and easy to use. It's very handy in a small studio area.

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      4.0

      Good but not great

      By DaZErViN

      from New jersey

      Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

      I bought this flash kit just to get my sb910 off camera... I do family portraits and some other things on the side... It's a good kit to get but definitely has one big flaw... The black cover on the umbrella is very hard to put pack on once you take it off .. Otherwise everything else seems good ... I like the stand ... Seems lightweight and durable ... Def invest in either sandbags or some other way to weighit down if your using it outside ...

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      4.0

      Flexible Soft Light

      By Mark

      from Mystic

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

        Great value. Lots of ways to use it. Easy to set up and carry around.

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        4.0

        Excellent Buy

        By Hatiandskoll

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Short Lifespan

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

        This is an excellent buy for the money. The tripod part is much sturdier than I hoped for. 8<) I am concerned that taking the black cover off the umbrella to switch from reflectance to transmittance illumination will quickly lead to a broken umbrella. But time will tell.

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        5.0

        Great for small office setup

        By lardogen

        from summerfield nc

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

          works very well for office studio setup for head shots

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          5.0

          Does a good job

          By gsp1946

          from Shaker Heights, OH

          Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

          Sets up easily. Does what an umbrella stand should do. It's lightweight, so hanging a bag from it helps.

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          4.0

          Good kit for learning

          By Michael

          from Philadelphia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

            I bought a pair of these kits to get up and running with learning studio flash photography. Considering you get a nice, lightweight but sturdy stand, a convertible umbrella, and a bracket, the price is quite competitive when compared to buying these part individually. The only way they could have provided more value is by including a carry case in the box, but you could always purchase that separately.

            I have noticed a few of the issues mentioned by previous reviewers, such as the difficulty of fitting the umbrellas into the included slip covers, not to mention how difficult it is to fold up the umbrella with the black cover on. The umbrellas themselves feel a bit wobbly in their construction when collapsed, but one can't really expect pro quality at this price. Again, I bought them for learning purposes, and I'd expect that I'd want better equipment if I ever became something more than an advanced amateur. At the moment, they're staying indoors and being cared for, and they're holding up fine. The stands and brackets feel built to last, and I have no complaints about them at all.

            If you're just getting your feet wet with flash/strobe photography like I am, this set is a good value.

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            4.0

            Good quality for the price

            By Tiny

            from Portland Maine

            Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

            Easy to set up, have to use it portable can't leave it set up. I like it.

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            5.0

            Light, Portable and Well Built Umbrella

            By ButOfCourse

            from Orange County, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Portable
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

              This is a great umbrella that offers two ways to diffuse light. I use it with my Canon Speedlite and it works perfectly on the road or in the studio. It sets-up quickly and is very light and compact. This is a great kit.

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              5.0

              Excelente artículo

              By elckyn775

              from Quito - Ecuador

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                Un combo realmente bueno, es super ligero, fácil de utilizar y proporciona el rebote de luz correcto. Yo lo recomendaría.

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                5.0

                Great starter kit!

                By Penny

                from Blythewood, SC

                Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                I'm just starting out with my first studio, so it was easy to buy components that were sold together to take the guess work out of what parts to buy to support specific pieces. I've already had this set up in my studio and had it out on location. Quick to set up, dismantle, and transport. Quality construction. Absolutely a great bargain for the price.

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                4.0

                only one problem

                By photo2013

                from Michigan

                Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                The kit work great, except when it comes to putting it away. Its impossible to fit the umbrella and the cover together in the tiny bag they provide, and when its collapsed the pins on the end of the cover slip off really easily. Otherwise, works great.

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                4.0

                Good kit - flexible and economical

                By Paul C

                from Boston

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • flexible
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                  Decent stand and the umbrella is good as a reflector or a shoot-through. Compact and lightweight.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Value

                  By Marc Jacobs

                  from New York, New York

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                    I love the feature of the black/white umbrella switchStand and light for $ bucks? I'll take it any day!

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                    4.0

                    Very nice!

                    By Walt S

                    from Syracuse, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                      The best part of this kit is that it can be used in so many ways: as a shoot through, as a half-light or as a soft bounce. Here's some advice on removing the black outer-layer: the center knob unscrews. When reattaching it, connect the nubs on the opened umbrella first. The only downside is the semi-cheap construction of the stand. This same stand is sold by a number of companies, some brand it as their own, others just leave the "China" sticker on it. Be gentle with it, as it's not very hardy.

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                      2.0

                      Mixed Review

                      By Rob

                      from Vermont

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                      I found this product to be problematic. Maybe should have rated it 2.5. The stand is very nice and the adaptor was OK as well. My problem with the product was the umbrella which I found particularly unfriendlly. After I rehooked the black fabric to the white umbrella, many hooks would fall off while collapsing the umbrella. I don't want to struggle over putting on or taking off the black fabric over the white umbrella, ie not user friendly.

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                      4.0

                      Affordable, does the job

                      By Ptolemy

                      from Blacksburg, VA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Affordable
                      • Consistent
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • No carrying case
                      • Not Sturdy

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                      Brief Summary: Affordable, good enough, but is not sturdy

                      This kit is affordable and more than enough for an amateur. It gets the job done, however the setup requires attention. Placing a $400 flash on an unstable light stand is not something you'd want to do. You have to be particular about weighing it down. The stand doesn't have a low center of gravity and if you are in say an open park with an umbrella, it can be knocked down by the wind.

                      Stand: The height of 7' is good enough. Having three segments is useful; it makes adjusting the height convenient.

                      Umbrella bracket: It swivels in one direction alone. You have to loosen and turn the base to change the direction of the umbrella, or you could just lift and move the whole stand.

                      Umbrella: The Umbrella is great. The spine is strong and won't crunch when you screw it in. Removing the black cover so that you may use the umbrella as a shoot through is straight forward.

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                      5.0

                      Great for small space

                      By Michelle b

                      from Tinley park

                      Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                      Great for indoor studio that is a small space and to travel with to others homes! Love it!

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                      5.0

                      Extraordinary kit!

                      By david

                      from Boston, Mass

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                        I use this kit on location and studio, easy to transport and simple to set up. I definitely would get another one, I wish it had come with a bag though.

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                        4.0

                        This product is all about value

                        By jimerb

                        from long island, ny

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Portraits
                          • Strobe Lighting

                          Comments about Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand:

                          Good value.

                          Did the job fine. The hotshoe for the flash could be a little more sturdy but overall there were no problems.

                          I am not a pro using this a lot. A pro would probably want to go with a higher quality but for an enthusiast or infrequent use it is a great value.

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