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Westcott 43" Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit with Stand

B&H # WE43UFK Mfr # 2332
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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
     
    4.1

    (based on 109 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (79)
    • Easy to set up (69)
    • Reliable (39)
    • Consistent (27)
    • Easy to setup (10)

    Cons

    • Unreliable (10)
    • Short lifespan (6)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (81)
    • Photography (57)
    • Artificial lighting (51)
    • Strobe lighting (38)
    • Weddings (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (41), Photo enthusiast (32), Pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (94)

    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

    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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      • No

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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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        • No

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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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          • No

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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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          • No

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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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              5.0

              Works great

              By Jim

              from New York

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

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

                Stand is sturdy and does a great job of diffusing light.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great package to start with

                By Ischgl99

                from New Milford, CT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Portraits

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

                  This was my first foray into using an umbrella for flash and I am impressed with this package. It comes complete with everything you need and is easy to setup. I like the way this improves the look of the photos by softening the light and am anxious to bring my flash photography to the next level. I gave it 4 stars since I have not used it very long yet.

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                  2.0

                  A Little more money will buy better

                  By Old Photographer

                  from Danville, California

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Umbrella is difficult to open and close and comes apart on closing.

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                      4.0

                      Good Product for the Money

                      By pgsdeepak

                      from Wisconsin

                      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:

                        This product does not cost you a lot. So dont expect the quality of the high priced ones. for the money you pay, this is good and does the work. I am just starting with Strobes and this is the first item I bought apart from a remote flash trigger. So far so good. the black umbrella coat is a little difficult to remove and put back if you need to do it fast, otherwise this is a good product

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                        5.0

                        The Basics for a Good Price

                        By T

                        from Charlotte, NC

                        Verified Buyer

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

                        I had been looking for something to start working with portrait lighting and this was a great beginner kit.

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                        4.0

                        Good starter set

                        By birdman59

                        from Marietta Ohio

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        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:

                          This is a good starter setup for a non-pro photographer to learn the basics of strobe lighting.
                          The stand is rated at 8', but I got mine to go a little higher than that. You will need sandbags or something to hold down the base, as it can tip over outdoors.
                          The umbrella is a little fragile, so take your time and don't get in a hurry. The black cover will need to be reinstalled every time you take it out. The ribs are not covered and you may see them reflected in the eyes of your subject if you use it as a bounce umbrella. Don't forget that you can use it as a shoot-through, mimicking a soft box.
                          The bracket is metal and very sturdy. Will hold any shoe-mount flash. The bracket is NOT a hot-shoe.

                          I would recommend that you go to B&H YouTube channel and watch the video "Controlling The Light- A Beginners Guide to Off-Camera Lighting and Control" presented by Erik Valind.

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                          4.0

                          Worth the price

                          By mikestand

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Starter Kit

                          Cons

                          • Not A Pro Kit

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Strobe Lighting

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

                          For the price it is a good deal. If you are expecting heavy duty pro gear you'll need to spend a whole light more. But if you want a functional starter kit this is it. Great for indoor use and outside without wind. The stand has plastic fasteners but does the job. The cold shoe/umbrella mount is the highest quality piece in the set. The umbrella is pain to switch from reflective to shoot through, so I decided to leave it set for shoot through. At this price you don't get a carrying case, but the umbrella comes with a nice sleeve. Overall worth every cent I paid for. As I get better I can see adding to this set with better quality materials but for now it gets the job done.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing Results

                          By V. Rosen Photography

                          from Bryan, TX

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Must Weight Stand

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I feel that Westcott is the go-to for light modifiers and I am extremely pleased with the versatility and quality of light this set-up has. This is a must to have in your bag!

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                          4.0

                          My Photos Came to Life

                          By jlondon0

                          from Woodland Park, NJ

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits

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

                            Tripod mechanisms well designed.
                            Umbrella black cover not so easy to snap off.
                            Overall product functionality, very good.

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                            5.0

                            Simple and basic

                            By TB

                            from Kansas

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography

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

                              Just getting started with umbrella lighting. Not sure where it might go, so for my experimental and learning purposes this works great.

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