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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 87 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (77)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (49)
    • Easy to set up (38)
    • Reliable (27)
    • Consistent (24)
    • Durable (23)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (57)
      • Photography (35)
      • Strobe lighting (28)
      • Indoors (27)
      • Artificial lighting (19)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (38), Semi-pro photographer (26), Photo enthusiast (11)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (68), 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

      New Favorite Modifier

      By GreenPotato Media

      from Baton Rouge, La

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • HUGE
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Huge Get A Good Stand

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

      I have many different types of softboxes and modifiers, but this one is top dog now.

      Once you break it out of the box it's as easy as opening an umbrella.

      The quality of the light that you get with this 7' beast is unbelievable. I also have a 70" octabox that was my favorite piece of gear, but once I set this modifier up there was no looking back.

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      • No

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      5.0

      works great

      By Photographic Manoeuvres

      from Vancouver BC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        I use it in my studio and with a studio strobe or even a speedlight it gives me the light to do full length shots. Nice soft even wrap around light.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Parabolic umbrella silver

        By Kwugtt

        from Texas

        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        This umbrella is fantastic, light weight and easily assessable. The size can be a problem in small areas, I'd suggest something smaller. Thus far on point.

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        5.0

        Very large!

        By Phil

        from Texas

        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        This is very large and you will need plenty of room. Other than that it's awesome!

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        5.0

        Big Umbrella, Big Light

        By Eugene W

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Efficient
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

          This is one Big Light Modifier, you can get even coverage over one person or a small group with no problem.

          This is one Efficient Light Modifier, a little light will go a long way.

          This is one beautiful light source (especially with the 7' diffuser). I have been able to achieve some great wrapping effects and produce some remarkably soft light for a silver reflected.

          The cost is ridiculous fair when you think about what you get.
          The construction is surprisingly better than I thought.

          The 7' Parabolic is a great buy all around.
          Get one. Or two...
          I am trying to figure out how to fit two more in my space...

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Quality

          By BigG

          from Lacey, WA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

            This is used indoors as well as outdoors.

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            • No

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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 .

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              • 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).

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                • 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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                  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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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                              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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                                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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