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Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • Durable Fiberglass Ribs
  • Silver Interior
  • Long Throw Capability
  • Black Backing
  • Carrying Case
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Price: $89.95

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If you had to choose a single light shaping tool, you might do well to pick the Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver).

First of all it's a really huge, 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 reinforced for strength and instead of bendable metal, and the 16 inner ribs are made of durable fiberglass. The fixed black backing ensures that all of the light output is on your subject instead of through the umbrella. The silver interior provides a more specular and contrasty look than a white umbrella. 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 Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella less is definitely more.

Constructed using 16 durable fiberglass ribs
Reinforced shaft has a perfect weight-to-strength ratio
Carry case with shoulder strap is lightweight and durable
Dimensions Open diameter: 7' (2.1 m)
Collapsed size: 44 x 3.0" (112 x 7.6 cm) (H x W)
Surface Exterior: black
Interior: reflective silver
Shaft Diameter 8 mm
Weight 2.9 lb (1.3 kg)
Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)
  • Carrying Case
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Impact7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)
     
    4.7

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (11)
    • Durable (8)
    • Good color value (6)
    • Attaches securely (5)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (14)
      • Indoors (11)
      • General purpose (6)
      • Low light (4)
      • Night time (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (15)

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      4.0

      Not quite 7'

      By Gobidharma

      from Milwaukee, WI

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Freakin Big

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits
        • Shooting Groups

        Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        First of all this is huge. It is also heavy. I found that a cheap plastic umbrella bracket won't support the weight of this umbrella. I opted to use the triple cold shoe bracket from Interfit Strobies, which has a threaded handle to tighten it down, and that holds this weight just fine. I was glad to see that they shortened the stem (in relation to the length of the arms of this umbrella), as it would probably stick into the shot if I had the light close to the subject. This is also definitely an indoor-only umbrella, I wouldn't hazard this out in the wind, it's just not that durable. For studio use, however, it will work just fine. I did a quick measurement when it was open, and came up with about 74" diameter. That's only a little over 6'.

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        5.0

        love it

        By bill

        from waltham ma

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Studio work

        Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        am now useing this umbrella to modify my main light in all my studio work and am getting such great light

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent value for the money

        By Ram

        from San Jose,CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

          Great for producing light for group portrait
          Best used with studio strobe (I use Elinichrom strobes)
          You can also use flash but using with tri-flash may help.

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          5.0

          Nice product

          By Mphoto

          from Dallas

          Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

          Definitely inline with good standards. Compares side by side very well with Weatcott. No complaints

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          5.0

          want a big light source?

          By NicoR

          from Canada

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors

            Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

            I use it for group photography and portrait....

            Give you a big soft source of light, specialy if you use it with a diffuser...I buy the Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella at the same time and together they are a winning team !

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            • No

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            4.0

            Amazing Light Source

            By Daryl_S

            from New Jersey

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Large Groups
              • Light A Wide Area
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

              I use 2 low w/s strobes, yet I needed a light modifier that would scatter my light over a wide area for a very large group shot. This equipment did the trick! It was not as sturdy as I wished, but this umbrella is NOT at all flimsy. It well exceeded my expectations for the price I paid. I have absolutely no regrets!

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Big and Beautiful

              By wfphotography

              from Salt Lake City, UT

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Universal Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                I bought this because I needed a HUGE universal style soft box and this delivered. I use this with a Westcott diffusor and it performed as desired. Better yet the client loved the quality of light, which gives this product and A+ in my book.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good umbrella

                By winnie

                from atlanta, ga

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                    good for taking family and portrait pictures

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great & Many uses!

                    By RDP Photo

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                      Its a great light source. I use many light shaping tools. But this one can be used in many ways. Lately I'm using it right behind me to get that ring-flash look. Its a broad source and it really reflects a good amount of light back at the subject with the silver liner. I did have a problem with this umbrella as the arm was slightly bent when I received it and it got stuck open. B&H was quick to replace it.

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                      5.0

                      Great value...

                      By db

                      from Fayetteville GA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Lighting Tool

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                        We use the 7' umbrella to give our studio portraits the pop that are clients are looking for. So far we have used it on a corporate shoot for a major movie studio, high school senior portraits and children portraits. Our customer comments have all been very positive. We even used it on a macro assignment and to our surprise the customer was delighted in how the light wrapped around the miniature figures. We have spent tens of thousands at B&H and have never been disappointed. The 7' silver umbrella purchase is only our second review and by far the best value yet.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Well Made!

                        By udeupa

                        from Fontana, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                          The built quality of thie umbrella is very good, much better than the cheaper umbrella that I have previously. The silver material is able to reflect my 600EX-RT speedlite very well and very evenly, I was surprised that I don't even need a studio light, strobe, monolight for this huge umbrella. I am very happy with my purchase.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Useful tool in the lighting kit

                          By Pinholemaster

                          from Westminster, MD

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Color Value
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                            Well made, lightweight. Very useful tool in the lighting kit complementing all the other various light modifiers one needs to own.

                            Creates a very nice cast shadow to give the subject a 3-dimensional look while still wrapping the subject in soft light. The silver lining makes skin pop with contrast.

                            Works very well with a quad head holding 4 small speed lights if you don't want to use an AC powered strobe system.

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                            5.0

                            Review for Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella

                            By Roundy

                            from Berkeley, CA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Portable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Night Time
                              • Outdoors
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                              Used it with a Nikon speedlight. Very nice soft light was achieved with this umbrella. Although huge in size when fully opened, it was really portable when folded. The quality of this product was decent.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver) by Impact

                              By angel conesa

                              from NEW YORK

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Good Color Value
                              • Lightweight
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Night Time
                                • Outdoors
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                                i have a Photoflex 8' octadome but this parabolic is amazing and is portable in comparative with the dome. the perfect match is with the Chimera - Single Axis Stand Adapter and Impact - Air-Cushioned Heavy Duty Light Stand - Black, 9.5' (2.9m). at interiors no need sandbag

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                                4.0

                                Super Umbrella

                                By photosLRdesign

                                from Florida, USA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                                  A little difficult because of its size, but good results, good lighting refraction

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                                  5.0

                                  Performed as expected

                                  By Sam

                                  from Mid Michigan

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                                      The umbrella was used as a main light in two protrait sittings. It give fantastic results. If it is durable, the umbrella will be a great buy.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Addition

                                      By Diane

                                      from Arizona

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Good Color Value

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Low Light
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                                        I am using this umbrella with my continuous lighting system, it give a great soft box look. It is big and takes up a great deal of space, but works great.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Parabolic!!!!!!

                                        By Clecio

                                        from New Youk City

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                                            Very happy with the result
                                            Easy to carry and storage

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                                            • No

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