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Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60"

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Product Highlights
  • Softbox Look, Umbrella Convenience
  • 8mm Removable Shaft

The Photek Softlighter II 60" Umbrella takes light from your strobe head or monolight, reflects it into its white panels, then softens it again with a diffuser on its way out.

This 60" size is perfect for a 1 - 2 person full length portrait, or 4x5 ft product setup. It will illuminate ~20 sq ft.
Note: This size does not include the gold and silver discs.

Unique construction consisting of ten panels instead of the usual eight gives more reflective surface, more perfect circle of light - more flattering catch lights in the subject's eyes.
The removable black nylon cover stops all stray and ricochet, enhancing total light control.
With removal of its black cover and a reversal of direction, the Softlighter II becomes a "softbox" -- a shoot-through diffuser, providing light that can be used either as a main light source or as a flattering fill.
Note: For mounting shoe mount flash units to the Softlighter II a shoe mount light stand/umbrella adapter is necessary. Shoe mount flash units must be set to Manual because the entire flash will be inside the umbrella (unless the flash unit is equipped with a remote sensor).
Note: For strobe use only -- not for use with hot lights, or modeling lights over 250 watts.
Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60"
  • 60" White Umbrella
  • Nylon Diffuser
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    PhotekUmbrella - Softlighter II - 60"
     
    4.6

    (based on 103 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (66)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (58)
    • Easy to setup (43)
    • Reliable (40)
    • Consistent (38)
    • Easy to set up (18)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (5)
    • Not durable (4)
    • Short lifespan (4)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (68)
    • Photography (47)
    • Strobe lighting (45)
    • Artificial lighting (30)
    • Indoors (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (42), Semi-pro photographer (26), Photo enthusiast (11), Professional (9), Semi-professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (47)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Light

    Very nice light. I use this both with my Profoto strobes and my Nikon SB-900 speedlights and it works great. It was actually very easy and quick to setup. I can set...Read complete review

    Very nice light. I use this both with my Profoto strobes and my Nikon SB-900 speedlights and it works great. It was actually very easy and quick to setup. I can set this up in under 2 minutes. It takes a slight bit of fiddling to get the Nikon speed light inside, but no big deal. It's a huge surface are so I would be careful about setting it up outside if there is a wind. You need to use this with some sort of radio trigger, no TTL. If you use TTL or CLS alot then maybe look at the 24" McNally Lastolite softbox. Great price for this piece of gear.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Indispensable but finicky

    Just to get this out of the way: this is one of the most versatile modifiers that you can own. Think of it as three units in one: large reflective and shoot-through umbrellas...Read complete review

    Just to get this out of the way: this is one of the most versatile modifiers that you can own. Think of it as three units in one: large reflective and shoot-through umbrellas as well as a large brolly box. When traveling and kit size is an issue, this gets brought along before my 5' octabox does.

    The removable shaft is brilliant, allowing the unit to get closer to your subject when used with the diffuser.

    That said, there are times when Softlighters drive me crazy. The ribs are very, very fragile, more so than on other umbrellas: they'll overlap and snap when opening the umbrella, they'll bend and snap if falling to the ground even gently. I've replaced each size of Softlighter multiple times.

    The rib tips, that secure the black cover, constantly pop off and require adjustment.

    This thing is several times the weight of other umbrellas of comparable size.

    I don't stop buying them, but I definitely have a love-hate relationship with them.

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    4.0

    Great tool

    By Always learning

    from Sydney Australia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

      This gives a beautiful big soft light with minimal setup time.

      I only have speedlights, no strobes, so the options for soft boxes were relatively limited and mostly much more expensive for smaller sizes than this. I'm very happy with the softlighter for the money - the quality of materials isn't quite as good as my Bowens convertible umbrellas but it certainly does the job.

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      5.0

      Awesome! a must have

      By Marco

      from San Francisco

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

          These Umbrella - Softlighter II by Photek are just plain great. I mow have three of them and use them all the time on location for portraits!

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          5.0

          Looks like a great product

          By Shoeboxphotography

          from Adelaide, Australia

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Over Packaged

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

          Does a great job of spreading light. Not easy to control the light spill, but the light is very consistent and wrappy, and great for portraits.I love that there is a shoot thru option as well the reflective option.My only gripe was the cost of postage to Australia where you just can't get this stuff. It was a smaller box packed inside of a larger one... the only reason to do this was to include a catalogue of stuff I won't buy and would certainly research if I was in the market. I feel like I paid $60 instead of $40 shipping to get this just so they could include this stupid catalogue.Someone should import these things to Australia and make a million, because there are plenty of strobists out here.

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          4.0

          Nice

          By nicobel

          from Quebec

          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

          Like the softness of this umbrella

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          5.0

          For the money it's the best

          By adguy31

          from New York, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Short Lifespan

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting
          • Weddings

          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

          This has been called the "poor man's elinchrom indirect modifier." I love this modifier. Great, soft, light. It's incredibly easy to set up and add the diffusion sock if necessary. Sure, it's flimsy but it's an umbrella. Most umbrellas start to break the instant someone says the word "Wind." But, if you take care of this umbrella it will last a long, long time.

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          5.0

          Excellent Purchase

          By TGriscom

          from Nashville, TN

          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 Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

            Love the whole Photek line because it works with every light I own, from speed lights to my strobes. Even survived a pretty nasty spill.

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            5.0

            Beautiful, soft light!

            By VMorretino

            from Indianapolis, IN

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Sometimes Unweildly

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

            I use the umbrella on a heavy duty light stand with a swivel adapter and a Nikon SB700. Due to the size of the umbrella, a sandbagged heavy duty light stand is critical outdoors. I ruined my previous soft lighter by using a lightweight light stand outdoors that wasn't sandbagged enough! Indoor use does not required a heavy duty light stand.

            This umbrella casts gorgeous light, especially when used as a bounce umbrella with an Alienbees ABR800.

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            4.0

            Great Wrapping Light!

            By Food Photographer in Nor Cal

            from Reno, NV

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Food photography
              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting
              • Weddings

              Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

              I got this for food photography to mimic big soft window light and it works great. It's so big I would reccomend using two or more flashes to really get power out of it, but one might work too. I love the light quality. I have a 45 inch one and this one smokes it. I've also got a 30x30 square softbox and between being bigger and also giving nice circular highlights, this thing just rocks. Love it.

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              5.0

              Poor Man's Octabank

              By Mexacutioner

              from Kansas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable
              • Rugged

              Cons

              • Not Capatible W Ab Strob

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

              I've recenlty tested the Paul C. Buff Parabolic soft silver umberella with the diffusion material and the Softlighter II. I have to go with the Softlight because it is way fater to setup and its much more realiable under windy situations outdoors. The first time shooting with the parabolic one of the plastic ribs broke. No problem with the Softlighter because of the rugged materials used.

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              5.0

              Stepping up our Flash photo game!!

              By LunahZon Photography

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact When Not In Use
              • Helps Flash Look Unflashy
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • night shots
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

              While I will say - you think 60" is the perfect size.. it is BIG.. maybe it's just me, but I didn't fully think about how HUGE this thing is - so do keep that in mind if you need instant portability! Having said that, while it can be a bit much to move it around (especially through doors) without take a couple minutes to tear down/put back up (which isn't always a luxury you have in some event/wedding situations) - the size truly is a blessing when it comes to it's main function - giving you BEAUTIFUL light that looks like your subject is standing right by a window! We have already used ours quite a bit (one of those cases of buying the right thing at the right time because quite a few instances have REALLY called for this thing). LOVE IT!!! Absolutely worth the purchase and it has made our flash game jump ahead by light years!

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              5.0

              I like the light more than a softbox

              By paigepea

              from Orange county, ca

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

                I really like this product. I also have softboxes. This si my second Photex softlighter. I like it a lot more than the light I get by using the Alien Bees softboxes

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                4.0

                Photek Softlighter

                By ltphoto

                from Mobile, AL

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Not Durable

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

                Light produced by modifier was awesome, setup was easy. Came with it's own bag which was a nice surprise. You have to baby a bit because it is a bit fragile, the umbrella is so big that the splines are fragile for its size. I would buy another to have on hand just in case. But for the price the light was exceptional. This would be a 5 star if it were not for the lack of ruggedness.

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                4.0

                Great Unbrella!!! Very Good Value!!!!

                By inline6xto

                from Melbourne, Australia

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable
                • Versitile

                Cons

                • Not Durable

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Indoor photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

                I bought this umbrella because the cheaper one I bought on [*] got destroyed on a windy shoot outside. Also the colour of the light was a bit colder than this Photek. The Photek Umbrella has great colour reduction. The construction is a bit flimsy due to the size of the umbrella. Great for studio photography but wouldn't try to use it outdoors. Beautiful light quality even without the white diffusion.

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                5.0

                Great product

                By tremendo

                from San Francisco CA

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

                    this unmbrella is very easy to setup, provides a very even light.

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                    4.0

                    Super Softlight

                    By Love_For_Light

                    from Toronto, ON, Canada

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

                    The light from this is really beautiful! However, the whole thing is kind of huge and awkward. Once I put this on an alienbee and a c-stand + boom combo, it is hard to maneuver. I will buy one more though.

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                    5.0

                    great light

                    By Albert

                    from Philadelphia, PA

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

                      Setup takes some getting used to, but once you try it a few times, it's quite easy. Comes in it's own sleeve so it'll fit nicely into your stand bag without snagging on anything.

                      The diffuser goes on very easily and the light is wonderfully soft. I've only used it as an umbrella box so I can't comment on the shoot through / reflective properties.

                      If you're using a boom, make sure to get a proper one otherwise your strobe/head + 60" may be too heavy. It's a big load.

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                      4.0

                      Amazingly soft light!

                      By Matt

                      from Australia

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Not Durable

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

                      The build quality is something to be desired but the output is amazing!

                      Very soft light, easy to get close to your subject with the right arms and stands.

                      Fantastic price but it comes with the downside of being pretty fragile.

                      Highly recommended!

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                      5.0

                      Great light, easy to transport

                      By Furinkan

                      from Sydney, Australia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

                        Used with studio strobes.

                        Produces a very nice, soft light. Can be a bit unwieldy to setup due to its size, though not difficult, just takes some time.

                        Easy to carry, packs into a long drawstring slipcase for transport, with the diffuser tucked into a side pocket.

                        Studio strobes are a little too big for the central "sock", meaning a visible dark spot in the catch lights.

                        Its sheer size means it can easily catch the wind, making it suitable for indoors use, or with very heavy lightstands.

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                        4.0

                        Love the light from this, not durable

                        By treje

                        from Baltimore, MD

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

                            This photek is unique in that the light gets bounced into an umbrella before getting diffused and hitting your subject. This is probably my number one used light modifier and makes a really soft light. I do wish that it was more durable, or that a company like Chimera which makes really durable products, would make this, as I'd buy it in a heartbeat! I already need to replace mine after a year, but it seems to be the only light modifier of this design with a flat front. I would recommend it, but you will definitely be replacing it if you use it, as it will wear out quickly with regular use.

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                            4.0

                            Great Light

                            By Mike T

                            from Calgary, Alberta

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Beautiful Light
                            • Easy to transport
                            • Great Value

                            Cons

                            • Not TTL friendly
                            • Not windproof

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Singles portraits
                            • Soft lighting

                            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 60":

                            Very nice light. I use this both with my Profoto strobes and my Nikon SB-900 speedlights and it works great. It was actually very easy and quick to setup. I can set this up in under 2 minutes. It takes a slight bit of fiddling to get the Nikon speed light inside, but no big deal. It's a huge surface are so I would be careful about setting it up outside if there is a wind. You need to use this with some sort of radio trigger, no TTL. If you use TTL or CLS alot then maybe look at the 24" McNally Lastolite softbox. Great price for this piece of gear.

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