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Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion)

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Price: $89.95
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Product Highlights
  • Durable Fiberglass Ribs
  • White Diffusion Material
  • Bounce or Shoot Through
  • Long Throw Capability
  • Reinforced Shaft
  • Carrying Case

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

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. This umbrella has a unique design structurally as well. The shaft is reinforced for strength and instead of bendable metal, the 16 inner ribs are made of durable fiberglass.

The white translucent version of this umbrella yields the softest light. Used in standard bounce mode, some of the light escapes through the material, slightly raising the ambient light level and lowering contrast while most of it is directed towards your subject. If you want a harder light, turn the umbrella around and aim the convex side at your subject and punch your light source through it. In both modes you can vary the light quality and output by changing the light-to-umbrella distance along the shaft.

You can also use this umbrella as a scrim over your subject to diffuse harsh light sources like the sun in situations like fashion catalog work outdoors or at the beach. Any way you use it, with the Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella less is definitely more.

Measures 7' (2.1 m) in diameter
White diffusion material allows you to use the umbrella in standard bounce mode or shoot through it like a large soft box
Constructed using 16 durable fiberglass ribs
Reinforced shaft has a perfect strength-to-weight 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)
Material White diffusion
Weight 2.9 lb (1.3 kg)
Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion)
  • Carrying Case with Strap
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Impact7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion)
     
    4.5

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (5)
    • Good color value (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (5)
      • Portraits (4)
      • General purpose (3)
      • Outdoors (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

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      5.0

      unique 7" transluscnet umbrella

      By Mighty Mike

      from Cleveland Oh

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Light weight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

        You can use this umbrella as shoot through or direct and get great light but the price you pay for lighter weight is that you have to treat it with care.

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        4.0

        Beautiful, soft light

        By D&J

        from Louisiana

        Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

        Appears well built

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        4.0

        Good quality

        By Richard F

        from Greenwich, CT

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors

        Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

        Well made. Comes with a case (a valuable accessory, especially when you don't have it). Even though lightweight, the size creates a lot of weight for the central shaft. Some flexing occurs. Not a deal breaker if you understand that and work with it. matching quality to the Westcott line of umbrellas.

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        5.0

        Awesome size

        By Stephen

        from B.C. Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Color Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors

          Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

          It is an awesome size for a translucent umbrella, but you had better have a strong enough stand to hold it up , or it will pull your lights over. Even at 3 pounds

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          5.0

          great umbrella

          By In the Tin Images LLC

          from Montana

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Get A Good Stand
          • Good Color Value

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

          Great for diffusing outdoor harsh light.
          Buy or make two five pound sand bags.
          huge well made umbrella.

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          4.0

          Fast delivery, great product

          By EUA Photo

          from Boca Raton, FL

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Short lasting
          • Weak

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

          I needed an octabox but they are expensive, so I decided to use this huge umbrella instead and it makes the job so far!

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          • No

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          5.0

          This thing rocks!

          By plasticrobot

          from lisle il

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors

            Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

            I shot a family of 7 with this umbrella. It was a sunny day and it worked perfect to difuse the light.
            FYI- if nobody is there to hold, get sandbags. It is an umbrella...it does not take much wind to start tipping.

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            4.0

            Good price forthe performance

            By Viperx

            from Issaquah, WA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

            I use this for outdoor portraits when shooting with against the sun. It works well!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome

            By APak

            from OBX, NC

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

                  i use this to block/diffuse harsh sunlight. It is awesome. easy to use, portable, and fairly inexpensive

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                  4.0

                  looks solid

                  By mike

                  from Montreal, Canada

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fiberglass Rods
                  • Material quality
                  • price
                  • Size

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Diffusing Harsh Light
                    • Reflecting Light

                    Comments about Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

                    I must say I haven't used it yet but initial impressions are positive. I was debating between this one and Westcott's more expensive alternative. The material is thick enough, not almost translucent like some of my cheap white umbrellas. The fiberglass connecting rods look solid and the umbrella is heavier than I expected. In use, I don't know if the weight will be an issue. It will surely need a very solid support. On windless days I think this umbrella will be very practical in many ways.

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