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Bowens45" Umbrella (Silver/White)
 
4.7

(based on 32 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (17)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Easy to set up (10)
  • Durable (9)
  • Easy to setup (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (23)
    • Photography (14)
    • Strobe lighting (12)
    • Artificial lighting (11)
    • General purpose (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great price for great quality.

    I use this umbrella primarily in its shoot-through configuration, but the reflective silver lining on the shell makes it great for bounce, as well. The shell is easy to remove and replace, keeping...Read complete review

    I use this umbrella primarily in its shoot-through configuration, but the reflective silver lining on the shell makes it great for bounce, as well. The shell is easy to remove and replace, keeping in mind that only a few points need to be fastened for it to function perfectly well as a bounce umbrella. This is a nice, large light source good for portraits of 1-3 people. As a shoot-through umbrella, the light is soft and even. I use it with an SB-900 and am very happy with its performance so far.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Economical, versatile, minor flaws

    Good beginner umbrella, versatile - can use as reflector, shoot thru, or can fold back the black outer cover to use as a partial shot thru to control the lite.
    The little...Read complete review

    Good beginner umbrella, versatile - can use as reflector, shoot thru, or can fold back the black outer cover to use as a partial shot thru to control the lite.
    The little crip on metal piece for the center hole has already broken, replacing it with something from the hardware store.

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    5.0

    45" Umbrella (Silver/White) by Bowens

    By Fmoze45

    from Tampa, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • None so far

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

    I like to use this for portraiture as a main light to add specular highlights. The removable cover is a nice feature. Works great with the Bogen/Bowens 4000 flash units I have.

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    5.0

    Umbrella

    By Dirt Frog

    from Southeast Virginia

    About Me Semi-Professional

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

      I am very happy with this Bowens 45"(Silver/White) umbrella.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nice Umbrella

      By durph

      from Michigan

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

        This umbrella seems pretty well built. It produces a nice soft light. I use it for Canon speedlights and so far so good, no issues.

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        5.0

        My second purchase of this item

        By Bro Dave

        from Louisville KY

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

          Good reflectivity for bounce lighting or remove the outer layer and you can shoot through the translucent layer making it versatile for multiple lighting techniques.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Economical, versatile, minor flaws

          By PhotoJim

          from Fort Collins, CO

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Not Durable

          Best Uses

          • Home casual user

          Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

          Good beginner umbrella, versatile - can use as reflector, shoot thru, or can fold back the black outer cover to use as a partial shot thru to control the lite.
          The little crip on metal piece for the center hole has already broken, replacing it with something from the hardware store.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great price for great quality.

          By Camden Bennett

          from Waldorf, MD

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Convertible
          • Durable
          • Good Price Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Too long for a backpack

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

          I use this umbrella primarily in its shoot-through configuration, but the reflective silver lining on the shell makes it great for bounce, as well. The shell is easy to remove and replace, keeping in mind that only a few points need to be fastened for it to function perfectly well as a bounce umbrella. This is a nice, large light source good for portraits of 1-3 people. As a shoot-through umbrella, the light is soft and even. I use it with an SB-900 and am very happy with its performance so far.

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          5.0

          Better then I thought.

          By Philvecc

          from Fresno, Ca

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

            Other then takes a moment to put the black back back on, it works great.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Pure Quality

            By miralli

            from long island

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Low Light
              • Special Events

              Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

              Compared to other umbrellas I have used in the past this umbrella was manufactured with better materials and construction opposed to the cheaper $20 ones. I am very pleased with this item and I am glad I spent the extra for the better one.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Just What I Needed

              By Dan Milham

              from Slidell, LA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Color Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Outdoors

                Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                I needed a bigger umbrella for an interior shoot. This one does the trick as a very soft reflector and has the black cover with the silver lining when I need a little sharper light.

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                4.0

                Seems to be made sturdy

                By Cheryl

                from Reading, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                  Nicely made umbrella provides great diffusion of light for a beginner.

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                  5.0

                  Great Product

                  By Lsurulz

                  from Baton Rouge, LA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Powerful
                  • Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                    Great umbrella. It is very sturdy and well made. Easily removable cover, but it does take a second. I wouldn't consider that a con though.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent umbrella

                    By Aussie Greg

                    from Melbourne, Australia

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                      Use mainly as a shoot through for indoor location work instead of carting softboxes. Used on my Bowen Gemini 500 Pro units. You may need to watch it closely if used outside as it will catch the wind. Very happy with the build quality and it feels like it will last a long time. Would not hesitate to buy another one if needed.

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                      5.0

                      Quality

                      By Markatect

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                          Paid a little more for this brand, but the quality is evident.

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                          5.0

                          Does a mighty fine job.

                          By Fox Finder

                          from Las Vegas

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                            I am have only been doing commercial photography for a year. I have had some pretty awful equipment.

                            I used this as a bounce back and as a shoot through on two different occasions for head shots for real estate agents. It worked better as a shoot through.

                            It was durable and easy to use. Dollar for dollar this is the best umbrella I have ever had.

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                            5.0

                            Best Umbrella I have used to date.

                            By Mike A

                            from Austin, TX

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Reliable
                            • Solid construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                              If your looking to but an umbrella that will last this is it. Better than many other big brands I have owned. Very sturdy construction and works great with a 46" Softlighter diffuser.

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                              4.0

                              Solid choice

                              By PhotographerOne

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                                This umbrella is a solid choice for off-camera flash photography. It's very sturdy and opens and closes with ease. It does a great job at producing soft light either when bouncing the flash off the reflective surface or shooting through the white surface. It's not super quick to remove the backing but also not as hard as I expected. Basically, you need to pop off little metal tubes that go over the end of the umbrella spikes. The shaft of my umbrella came slightly bent and there is also a small discolored spot on the white fabric, but neither of these are a hindrance to its use.

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                                5.0

                                Great umbrella!

                                By CRS Photography

                                from San Diego, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                                    Well build, well packaged, easy to use and gives great results. Also a great price, so I think this is the best umbrella of it;s size on the market.

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                                    5.0

                                    Very good

                                    By B

                                    from Australia

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                      Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                                      Very handy and well made.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      This did the trick

                                      By MJBPhoto

                                      from Naples, FL

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • On Location
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                                        Works like it's supposed to. Bowens is high quality. [...]

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        umbrella

                                        By Smackin Jack

                                        from Redford, Michigan

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artificial Lighting

                                            Comments about Bowens 45" Umbrella (Silver/White):

                                            Works great, has good light quality.

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                                            • No

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