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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

You Pay: $72.00

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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
     
    4.1

    (based on 128 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (50)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (56)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (90)
    • Easy to set up (79)
    • Reliable (44)
    • Consistent (29)
    • Easy to setup (10)

    Cons

    • Unreliable (11)
    • Short lifespan (8)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (91)
    • Photography (66)
    • Artificial lighting (56)
    • Strobe lighting (46)
    • Weddings (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (43), Photo enthusiast (39), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (8), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (105)

    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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    4.0

    Nice Product!

    By Nathan

    from Long Island

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

    I like this product that helps you get started for speedlite photography. The build quality overall is decent and I'm really scared that the umbrella may brake pretty soon, however with care and proper use indoors it should be good. Thanks to B&H for the great shipping and assistance in purchasing this product.

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    5.0

    GOOD FOR THE MONEY

    By El marron

    from NYC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

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

      I used the product at my house and on the go. Is easy to setup and use.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Value, Versatility, & Build

      By Javy

      from Wilmington, Delaware

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

      I studied photography in college and know how to use strobes but when I started doing onsite portraiture (as opposed to studio work) I wanted s simple one light setup I could use with my Canon 600 EX-RT speedlite. This kit did just the trick. It's really flexible as I can use it as a true umbrella but also shoot through it to get a more direct softbox quality of direct light. Also, I can flag the umbrella to change the quality/dispersion of the light. The build of the light stand, umbrella, and flash mount are good to great - light and compact.

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      4.0

      Good kit

      By Jacob

      from California

      Verified Buyer

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

      This is a good starter kit for someone who wants to experiment with off camera flash. The light stand and umbrella are of decent quality. The only gripe is that the hole for the umbrella is not angled, so the flash is a bit off-center when mounted normally. However, the umbrella still works well for softening the light, and the greater control of light has allowed me to improve my photography.

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      4.0

      Great umbrell for the pice

      By Photowantabe

      from Schaumburg, IL

      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 was looking for a starter umbrella kit and this one works just fine.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good job

        By J

        from Arizona

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

        This works for everything I needed it for!

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        3.0

        First light stand

        By Ken

        from Des Moines

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Strobe Lighting

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

            I'm using this stand for a Phottix Mitros strobe, and it seems well suited for that weight. I thought the double sided umbrella would make sense as this is my first go with off camera lighting. While the double sided umbrella does work, over the long haul it would be more time efficient to have single tasked umbrellas.

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            • No

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            4.0

            works well

            By drzr

            from los angeles

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

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

              great umbrella for the price

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              2.0

              Here Today, Gone Today

              By Brad

              from Boston

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Short Lifespan
              • Very Fragile Construction

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting

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

              Admittedly, I bought this knowing it was an inexpensive (read: cheap) umbrella. The first time I used it was outdoors. I had the stand well secured with a sandbag. The umbrella performed flawlessly in the outdoor setting. However, during breakdown, my helper removed the sandbag and wind blew it over the stand with the umbrella still attached. That was the end of it. The umbrella spines and the base rod were bent beyond repair. There you go.

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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

                Verified Buyer

                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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                  • No

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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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                    • No

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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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                          • No

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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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