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Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)

B&H # WEUP7S Mfr # 4633
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You Pay: $99.90
Product Highlights
  • Durable Fiberglass Ribs
  • Silver Interior
  • Long Throw Capability
  • Black Backing
  • Double Wall Shaft
  • Carrying Case

If you had to choose a single light shaping tool, you might do well to pick the silver Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella. First of all it's a really big, broad light source that wraps light around your subject yielding clean highlights and rich open shadows. But due to the special shape of the umbrella there's a unique mix of soft enveloping light with the kind of crisp detail you only get from reflectors. Put another way, if you combined a beauty dish with a softbox, you'd have a parabolic umbrella.

This umbrella has a unique design structurally as well. The shaft is double walled for strength, but it tapers to 7mm to fit Elinchrom and other European flash heads. Insert the shaft into the tilter bracket below the Elinchrom head. Older models or other brands may require separate purchase of an inexpensive umbrella mount. Instead of bendable metal, the 16 inner ribs are made of durable fiberglass and the fixed black backing ensures that all of the light output is on your subject instead of through the umbrella. The silver interior is slightly cooler in color temperature than a white umbrella and tends to focus the light into a soft but narrower field. You can also vary the light-to-umbrella distance along the shaft for a harder or softer light. This silver version is ideal for throwing the light over a long distance. Two of them, for instance could light an entire auditorium or a large graduating class. With the Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella less is definitely more.

Measures 7.25' (2.2m) in diameter
Constructed using 16 durable fiberglass ribs
Double wall shaft is engineered with double the thickness of most umbrellas
7mm tapered umbrella shaft tip
Carry case with shoulder strap is lightweight and constructed of heavy-duty nylon
Dimensions Open diameter measured across arc: 7.25' (2.2 m)
Collapsed size: 43.6 x 3" (111 x 8.2 cm) (H x W)
Surface Exterior: black
Interior: reflective silver
Weight 2.5 lb (1.13 kg)
Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Westcott7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)
     
    4.9

    (based on 81 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (71)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (46)
    • Easy to set up (34)
    • Consistent (23)
    • Durable (23)
    • Reliable (23)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (53)
      • Photography (31)
      • Indoors (27)
      • Strobe lighting (24)
      • Artificial lighting (18)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (36), Semi-pro photographer (25), Photo enthusiast (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (64), Yes (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Modifier for the Price

      I used the Westcott Parabolic Silver Umbrella with Diffuser panel for beauty work. I wanted to test it out before I decided to add it to my arsenal as an alternative to the 7...Read complete review

      I used the Westcott Parabolic Silver Umbrella with Diffuser panel for beauty work. I wanted to test it out before I decided to add it to my arsenal as an alternative to the 7 foot octobox.

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      Great light, poor construction

      If you want a lot of light this is great. It is huge! The fiberglass rods are strong and flex well. The rod that extends from the center is advertised as being double...Read complete review

      If you want a lot of light this is great. It is huge! The fiberglass rods are strong and flex well. The rod that extends from the center is advertised as being double walled for strength. This is only half true. It is only double walled from about the center to the end. The top half is hallow and can bend easily. Westcott does not stand behind this product and responded with "we had to find a way to cut costs" statement. One fall and this item is done. Used it once in a warehouse with sandbags and it was knocked over by accident. Cost is $50 to repair from Westcott.

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      5.0

      Great solution for economy studio light

      By Serg

      from Nj Pittstown

      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

      I read about this umbrella a lot of articles , and I wonted to try it , it is not expensive and it is worth it every penny , amazing results , will recomend to everyone who needs it .

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      5.0

      Great Umbrella

      By Pawel

      from Schaumburg IL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        I needed it for a photo shoot using white background . Works great with Alien Bees . Recommend it to anyone working with strobes .

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Coverage!

        By July castle

        from Las vega

        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        I recently did a group portrait of 7 and everyone was evenly lit. The ease of transport is incredible. The quality of light is awesome.

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        5.0

        amazing

        By Bulbo

        from Montreal, Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

          Take photos with parabolic umbrellas is amazing, the light produced is soft and smooth, and it allows to models move freely without adjusting exposure levels. However, you need power in yours flash units (350 w/s or more).

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Large, nice light from this umbrella

          By ajdfoto

          from Cherry Hill, NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Large
          • Large Good Coverage
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Large Needs Space
          • Not For A Windy Day

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors Not Windy
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting
          • Studio

          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

          It's large and really produces a nice light. Tried it with both a studio strobe and a speedlight, and had great results. I would be a bit worried about taking this thing outside on a windy day, but in the studio (or a calm day) this should get a lot of use.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great light modifier for the money

          By GoldenBright

          from NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

            The umbrella is a great large source light modifier. I bought it initially for individual as a single light source, but it was also delighted for groups too.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Durable

            By DME

            from Spring Valley, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                Durable, well made but the silver created too much contrast. I like the Wescott Parabolic umbrella with the white interior.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Money well spent

                By Picture Guy

                from Morehead, KY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                  Wonderful light mod. Would purchase again with the diffusion sock. Amazing soft light at a great price. Durability so far seems good.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great light modifier ... great price

                  By zanypoet

                  from Richmond, VA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                    For me, these are great for taking pictures of a large group in a large indoor space like a church or atrium. I deploy two of these and they work great as the silver backing gives it a nice diffuse specular highlight. They come packaged with a carrying sleeve inside a sturdy tube. Definitely invest in heavy duty stands and umbrella adapters as well.

                    Fantastic light modifier at a great price.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good Umbrella

                    By Probable Photo

                    from NJ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                      It is a good umbrella, very big (which is the point), and well made. It is a bit heavy so make sure you use a solid stand and clamp. You may also need weights on the stand for counterbalance, especially outdoors.

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                      5.0

                      beautiful even light

                      By Georgia from Philly

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                        Since I couldn't afford the $4k and up version of this light modifier I wanted to try one of the cheap umbrella versions that are on the market. I tested it with my Profoto D1 Air and liked the even light I got. I compared some of the same sizes by different brands in the store and found the Westcott slightly better constructed but the differences were very small.

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                        • No

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                        2.0

                        Great light, poor construction

                        By Michael

                        from Jacksonville, FL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                        • False Advertising
                        • Short Lifespan

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                        If you want a lot of light this is great. It is huge! The fiberglass rods are strong and flex well. The rod that extends from the center is advertised as being double walled for strength. This is only half true. It is only double walled from about the center to the end. The top half is hallow and can bend easily. Westcott does not stand behind this product and responded with "we had to find a way to cut costs" statement. One fall and this item is done. Used it once in a warehouse with sandbags and it was knocked over by accident. Cost is $50 to repair from Westcott.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        hugde!

                        By homestudio

                        from philly

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography

                          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                          This is better than what you expect for the price, but still a bit heavy for its construction. I'm thinking probably a few months of heavy use will put it to ground, but it's pure speculation so I'm not knocking off stars. You better measure 7' in your space before you buy this!

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Economical and versatile lighting

                          By Jb sunset beach

                          from Haleiwa, Hawaii

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Contrasty But Broad
                          • Durable
                          • Price

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fashion
                            • General Use
                            • Groups
                            • Indoors
                            • Large sets
                            • Portraits
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                            A broad light source thats specular is pretty hard to find. And it is impossible to beat at this price! A no-brainer. Contrasty, but with great wrap around, the umbrella is well made too. Buy yourself a nice solid stand with the money you save on this versatile piece of equipment. Highly recommended.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Un must !

                            By Sylvergarden

                            from montreal quebec canada

                            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                            must have this umbrella!

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                            5.0

                            Un must !

                            By Sylvergarden

                            from montreal quebec canada

                            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                            il faut avoir ce parapluie !

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                            5.0

                            Huge light source

                            By Dee

                            from Florida

                            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                            After receiving my 7 ft silver parabolic umbrella from B&H in my Florida location. I was amazed by the quality of light and the excellent construction. Highly recommend

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                            5.0

                            Great Modifier for the Price

                            By Dallas J. Logan

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                              I used the Westcott Parabolic Silver Umbrella with Diffuser panel for beauty work. I wanted to test it out before I decided to add it to my arsenal as an alternative to the 7 foot octobox.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Valuable light modifier.

                              By AD

                              from Havana, FL

                              Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                              The umbrella is a great large source light modifier. I bought it initially for a single light source for groups but was also delighted to see how well it works for individuals too. Best of all, I bought the umbrella while it was on special. Had I known how good it was, I would have bought it the regular price long ago and still felt that I was getting a bargain. Thanks Westcott and B& H!

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                              5.0

                              Must have

                              By Vision 1.

                              from Philadelphia

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                                Ben wanting one of them and finaly got one. It will allow me more versatility when shooting. Was able to get it for about half it's normal price. Could not pass that up. Thanks B&H.

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