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Bowens45" Umbrella (Silver/White)
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (17)
  • Reliable (17)
  • Easy to set up (12)
  • Durable (9)
  • Easy to setup (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (24)
  • Photography (15)
  • Strobe lighting (12)
  • Artificial lighting (11)
  • General purpose (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28)

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

Would buy again

By toannp

from Dallas, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Portraits

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

    Been using this for a week, quick setup/take down; easy to remove cover. No issue with build quality so far and hoping it will stay that way. Price is very reasonable; allowing for a cost-effective amateur studio setup.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Love the umbrella

    By Whippster

    from Michigan

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I love how sturdy the umbrella is. Plus removing the white reflector is very easy. During my shoot i wanted a little more bounce so i lowered half of the white reflector and it only took a couple of seconds. A great price for a great product.

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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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                  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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                                        • No

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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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