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Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver) with 8.0' Stand Promo Kit

B&H # WEUP7SB Mfr # 4633P
You Pay: $149.90
Product Highlights
  • Durable Fiberglass Ribs
  • Silver Interior
  • Long Throw Capability
  • Black Backing
  • Double Wall Shaft
  • Carrying Case
  • 8' Light Stand

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 silver Westcott Silver 7' Parabolic Umbrella Promo Kit with 8' Stand.

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 7 mm to fit Elinchrom and other European flash heads. 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' (2.2 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 diameter: 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) with 8.0' Stand Promo Kit
  • 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)
  • Black 8' Light Stand
  • Carrying Case
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    Westcott7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver) with 8.0' Stand Promo Kit
     
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    5.0

    Great product

    By Kurt

    from Montreal, Qc

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver) with 8.0' Stand Promo Kit:

      For the price you can't go wrong. I bought all three and I'm glad I did. The silver gives a more directional focused effect with harsh shadows. The white one really is impressive at filling a room with soft light. The white translucent goes even softer and can be used either bounce, shoot through or by itself as a diffuser outdoors. The 7' really is ideal for full length body shots, however, I suggest using something other than a camera speedlite. I find even a 580EX is way too underpowered to truly get the benefits from an umbrella this size. The umbrella can be mounted onto an Elinchrom BX500 Ri head using the umbrella bracket on the tensioning handle; Problem is that this is a heavy umbrella and you will have to choke up halfway on the shaft and really tighten to prevent it from falling or sagging.
      Build quality for the moment looks great, however, time will tell just how well it truly does holds up over the years. The umbrella bag it comes with is pretty flimsy and doesn't look as though it will last long but does the job; and by no means should discourage you from buying this great product.

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      4.0

      Huge Umbrella!

      By Scott

      from Northridge CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors

      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver) with 8.0' Stand Promo Kit:

      This thing is huge! Easy to set up and use but I'm a little cautious of the rods and support beams. The main rod is metal but bends with the weight of the umbrella.. The rods inside the umbrella are made of plastic so I'm not sure how long they will last. I definitely treat this item like glass when working with it because of the fear of something breaking but then again, for the price, you really can't beat it!

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