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Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Durable Fiberglass Ribs
  • Black Backing
  • Double Wall Shaft
  • Carrying Case

Photography discussions are full of desert island scenarios; "if you had to choose a single lens or if you had to choose a single light..." Well if you had to choose a single light shaping tool, you might do well to pick the 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 a beauty dish married a softbox, their child would be a parabolic umbrella.

This umbrella has a unique design structurally as well. The shaft is double walled for strength, but it tapers to 7 mm 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 umbrella's 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. You can also vary the light-to-umbrella distance along the shaft for a harder or softer light or for a longer distance throw. With the Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella less is definitely more.

Measures 7.25' (2.2 m) in diameter
Constructed using 16 durable fiberglass ribs
Double wall shaft is engineered with double the thickness of most umbrellas
7 mm tapered umbrella shaft tip
Carry case with shoulder strap is lightweight and constructed of heavy-duty nylon
Dimensions Open: 7.25' (2.2 m)
Collapsed size: 43.6 x 3" (111 x 8.2 cm) (H x W)
Weight 2.5 lb (1.13 kg)
Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black)
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    Westcott7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 72 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (53)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (46)
    • Good color value (33)
    • Lightweight (26)
    • Good power output (18)
    • Long-lasting (18)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (49)
      • Indoors (46)
      • General purpose (28)
      • Outdoor events / games (19)
      • Low light (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (35), Semi-pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (63)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Light Fantastic!

      I got this large light modifier to help light up larger groups when my speed lights came up a bit short with a 45" umbrella. I was also interested in gaining an...Read complete review

      I got this large light modifier to help light up larger groups when my speed lights came up a bit short with a 45" umbrella. I was also interested in gaining an understanding in how reflected light can be used to heighten the drama in portraiture. Right out of the box, you get the impact of how large this umbrella is. Fit and finish quite good. It is well constructed and in this price range, a high performer. The umbrella is very large in depth and diameter as you would expect for a parabolic. It certainly seems deep enough to gather and then focus light into a directed 'beam'. The first photos reveal that this large reflective source is much softer than with a 35" umbrella. I paired this with a Bowens Gemini 400ws and got very good results in a very informal comparison. I expect that as I learn to focus it, the results will get better. Any doubts about how efficient a light collector and transmitter this umbrella is were immediately set aside when my daughter showed me a picture of myself holding the umbrella next to me. Her cell phone photo revealed natural window light being perfectly reflected into a 'ball of white light' at my feet! Westcott has done a great job. It comes well packed in a heavy weight cardboard tube and carry case. I look forward to working with this for a long time to come.

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      Reviewing only the build

      Well the only beef I have with this umbrella is the middle shaft. Honestly as an old customer of their products I always admired their standard of of well build and well made materials....Read complete review

      Well the only beef I have with this umbrella is the middle shaft. Honestly as an old customer of their products I always admired their standard of of well build and well made materials. I have had smaller umbrellas with 1/3 of the weight of this 7' that the same materials and I've had fall apart. Its feels like its gonna break right in the half from one moment to another. I guess we'll see.

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      5.0

      creates beautiful light

      By DME

      from Spring Valley, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Color Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

        I like this umbrella a lot. It creates beautiful light that is soft, yet still crisp. The umbrella is very well made and durable.

        I use this with the front diffuser from Wescott.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good quality but heavy

        By Probable Photo

        from NJ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Color Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

          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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          4.0

          Good light quality at great price point

          By The pixel peeper.

          from NY, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

            Provides soft, even illumination of a large group. Use it to simulate open sky. Lightweight and easy to transport. Works with most strobe light systems with a standard diameter shaft. Comes with a convenient carry case.

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            4.0

            Great value

            By Valentin

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Special Events

              Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

              I use this umbrella for large groups. Great for sports photography (the group types, not action). It is VERY large so space is a concern. Not recommended outdoors since is too large and can be blown off easily by wind.

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              5.0

              Loving!!

              By Shannon Lynn

              from PA

              Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

              I love this umbrella! I am no longer counting down the days until I can do outdoor shoots anymore. Perfect for newborn and children's portraits!

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              5.0

              High Quality Product

              By DimVlaikos

              from Athens Greece

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                I have used wescott other umbrellas and this one is the most high quality of all. The price is also very good for the size of the umbrella and the quality as well.[@]

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                • No

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                5.0

                A great value!

                By Iceman

                from Oklahoma City, Okla

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                  A good and large parabolic umbrella. Great for those large group shots!

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Reviewing only the build

                  By Georgie

                  from St. Louis. Mo

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                    Well the only beef I have with this umbrella is the middle shaft. Honestly as an old customer of their products I always admired their standard of of well build and well made materials. I have had smaller umbrellas with 1/3 of the weight of this 7' that the same materials and I've had fall apart. Its feels like its gonna break right in the half from one moment to another. I guess we'll see.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Gives awesome light!

                    By Jock

                    from Perth, Western Australia

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                      Things that are great about this?
                      The size of it gives outstanding light on your subjects. It's just a shame that my studio space isn't larger though :)

                      Only down point is that it's quite heavy when mounted on the light stand. But it seems durable enough so far.

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                      5.0

                      great, super-soft light modifier

                      By ikonik-images photo/graphics

                      from wildwood, MO

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Multi-purpose

                      Cons

                      • Torques Umbrella Holder

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Single-source Effect
                      • Table-top

                      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                      I bought to shoot tabletop product for a very particular client. They specifically wanted one shadow on the knobs of their stringed musical instruments. this delivered the best, super-soft shadows with very nice graduations & fall-off. It will work as well for portraits and small groups. I like the single source effect as we are programmed to enjoy the naturalness due to our sun being the ultimate source in our collective consciousness. This makes a nice substitute for the solar effect, in a controlled, studio environment... buy it.

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                      5.0

                      That's one big light modifier...

                      By Robert

                      from Las Vegas, NV

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Outdoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                        This umbrella makes a great soft light that is big and can be used for one or two people portraits. Used three speedlights on a triple head and the light was fantastic. Very even and no glaring hot spots. Excellent modifier for the price. The only thing you don't realize when you order it is just how big it is. Does take some time to set up in smaller studios just because it is so large. You have to be careful not to crash into everything else. You have to remember back to your days in geometry...the perimeter of the umbrella is 263+ inches around the circumference. Didn't use it outdoors yet but will definitly have to be really careful of wind. This thing will probably take off in almost anything above a really light breeze.

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                        5.0

                        I love this umbrella

                        By malc75

                        from Baker, Louisiana

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                          I love my new parabolic umbrella. I was amazed at the size of it. I love that it comes in it's own carrying case. The price is well worth it.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Absolutely loe it.

                          By Phil

                          from Middletown, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                            I am so happy with this umbrella. It is durable, easy to set up, and big. If there is one thing i would change, it would be that the white reflector be included. Love this umbrella.

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                            5.0

                            Great product when you are on a budget

                            By Kenji Solano

                            from Bristol

                            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                            Durable and good fabric

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                            5.0

                            Casasus

                            By Narno

                            from Monterrey, Mexico

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                              one of my best buys, excellent item for study, the lighting is amazing.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Well built

                              By n/a

                              from Huntsville, Alabama

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Good Color Value
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                                I have put this through a shoot and am very pleased with this product. Very sturdy in build. Light in weight, and massive is size. Just as I wanted. Will purchase the shoot-through in the future.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Amazing umbrella

                                By MMongui

                                from New York, NY

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Long-Lasting

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                                  It makes a very soft light. For outdoors you need a very sturdy light stand with sand bags because the wind can tip it over.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great umbrella

                                  By Pabs

                                  from Tustin California

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                                    I really enjoy using this umbrella but I almost only use it indoors, outdoors is not such a great idea because it will almost always tip over and break. I sand it to my C-stand with 30Lb and since it is such a huge umbrella, it will still not be safe. If it is a windy day, forget about using this outdoors, at least that was my experience and my assistant had to close the umbrella every time he had to step away from the light stand . I still think it is a great umbrella in the right conditions.

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                                    5.0

                                    Huge

                                    By Marcio Silva

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Good Color Value
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long-Lasting
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light
                                      • Night Time
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                                      This huge umbrella makes any light reflected from it super soft. I ought it for group shots. I do not want any fancy lighting in my group shots. I just want everybody lighted with a super soft and wrapping light and that is exactly what one gets from this umbrella. I recommend.

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                                      5.0

                                      Huge

                                      By Steve

                                      from Houston, TX

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                                        You definitely need a high ceiling to use this umbrella properly. Otherwise, great product, well made.

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