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Impact32" Convertible Umbrella
 
4.5

(based on 93 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (45)
  • Lightweight (35)
  • Good color value (27)
  • Attach securely (19)
  • Attaches securely (17)

Cons

  • Flimsy (9)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (50)
  • General purpose (42)
  • Portraits (37)
  • Low light (26)
  • Outdoors (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (64)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (42), Pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (10), Casual photographer (6), Semi-professional (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good value for the price, but...

They do everything they advertise. Use them with the blackcover on for reflected light, or remove the cover, turn themaround, and use them as quasi-softboxes.Light, easy to store.
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They do everything they advertise. Use them with the blackcover on for reflected light, or remove the cover, turn themaround, and use them as quasi-softboxes.Light, easy to store.

Expertise: Semi pro

Problems Encountered: I bent 2 stretchers on each of 2 umbrellas when theunextended stands fell over with the umbrella and a NikonSB600 mounted on each. The stretchers seem particularlyweek. (Stretchers are the metal pieces that extend from thecenter to the ribs. Ribs are the metal pieces that the clothfits over.)The good news is an FCO repair is easy. Cut some coat hangerwire a little bit shorter than the stretcher, slide it intothe channel that runs the length of the stretcher on thecloth side (it fits nicely, and gaffer tape it into place. Ireinforced all 8 stretchers in 5-10 minutes. The white tapemakes the fix practically invisible.I'd be upset over it except, at the price, I couldn't expectbullet-proof strength.

Items I Recommend: coat hangers, gaffer tape.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cheap material, You get what you pay for

After removing the black backing I became very upset. It seems the black material has bled onto the white interior. There are scuffs all over the white it looks as if it is a...Read complete review

After removing the black backing I became very upset. It seems the black material has bled onto the white interior. There are scuffs all over the white it looks as if it is a piece of gear I have had for years or that it had a bad run in with some black asphalt. I am very disappointed. I ordered this because of Scott Kelby's blog I am disappointed he recommended such a sub par product. Save yourself some hassle and go with Wescott.

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5.0

Great value

By KNP

from Bozeman, MT

Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

Just used these on a job that we had to fly. Light and easy to pack. Small so they worked well in tight spaces yet worked very well for the larger spaces. Very happy with them. I will buy more when I need more.

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3.0

Good basic lighting umbrella

By Menegaz

from Cranford, NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Color Value

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors

    Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

    I thought that I was buying something a bit larger, but the size worked for what I needed. Good overall value.

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    4.0

    Needed an umbrella and this works great!

    By Unity Films

    from Marquette, MI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Do As They're Supposed To

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors

    Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

    I recieved two of these and they were both a little bent. I'm ok with that because I needed it and didn't have time to get new ones sent. They should last me though as long as I keep in mind to be careful opening and closing them.

    I used them to shoot through and diffuse. I noticed right off the bat that I needed to move my lights closer but it did as it was supposed to do and my subject looked great.

    The black backing is something where the tips look like they could come off but with being careful I think it will last just fine.

    All-in-all I think they are great if you need them and don't have the money to spend on quality ones. They should last me quite ahile and I don't think I will replace them with better built ones until these ones break.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great value

    By nugget451

    from Albany, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

        Perfect all purpose umbrella

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good product but check size U need

        By Arek

        from Queens, New York

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

          This are a little to small but that was my fault, so please check size U need before buy it.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Satin!!

          By Photodom

          from Philly

          Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

          Durable and made of pretty strong material I hope it last long

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          5.0

          Great Product

          By AmWix Arts Inc

          from Ozone Park, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

            I bought this umbrella to use for portraits and it works perfect. Perfect size for my studio.

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            • No

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            5.0

            An excellent convertible umbrella

            By Cassidy

            from Gainesville, Florida

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

              Just the right size for my table top flouresent light setup. I get excellent reflection from the daylight balanced bulbs without lighting the whole room.

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              • No

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              5.0

              excellent umbrella for budget lightin

              By austin p.

              from staten island, ny

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                easy to use and great quality for the money

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                • No

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                4.0

                Simple & Effective

                By BPS

                from Lambertville, NJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Decent Quality For Cost
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Plastic Sleeve

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • On-site
                • Outdoors
                • Portraits
                • Special Events
                • Studio

                Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                These umbrellas are perfect for keeping around the studio or packing up to go on site. The overall quality is fitting of the cost, but they get the job done, and you can afford to keep a few extras around. There are a few sizes available, and they work as either a bounce or a shoot-though. Not bad for the cost. I have not delved into the color-accuracy or shift with these, because simply, they are a down-and-dirty component to your lighting arsenal, not a high-end, fancy piece of equipment. My only gripe is that the plastic sleeve the umbrella comes in is super flimsy and prone to ripping. I am a person that likes to keep things in their place, and the plastic sleeve is not a place to keep things.

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                5.0

                Perfect Size

                By Jeff

                from Murfreesboro, TN

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                I used this product as a shoot through mounted to a monopod with an umbrella swivel and a SB700 Flash. Worked GREAT! Gave a nice soft wrap around light that with the use of TTL actually looked like natural light. This was the perfect size umbrella for this kind of use because it produced a sufficient enough spray of light but when I wanted to shoot with the bare flash, you can just fold up the umbrella without taking it out of the mount.
                If I had this decision to make again, I'd pick this same umbrella. It was EXACTLY what I was needing.

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                5.0

                Impact 32" Convertable Umbrella

                By Don

                from West Bend, WI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durability Remains To Be
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                  A flexab;e small ubmrella, great for small still-lifes and outdoor scenes. Great reflectivity for bounce use, and good transparency for through shooting with the black cover off (lose about 1 stop total light).

                  It took a while to figure out how to remove the black backing as no instructions or clues are provided by the manufacturer. Now thhat I know how to do it, it can be accomplished in a minute or so. Nedd to be carefull not to tear the fabric, or break the mounting threads.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great tool for under $

                  By Arik

                  from NJ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good value
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                    Works well as a shoot-through umbrella and to reflect light when the black cover is on. I use it with wireless off-camera Nikon speedlights for portrait and still photography.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great!

                    By Fotopro

                    from Milan

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                      Great, works well for a decent price

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Good Value, esp if you are low on funds

                      By PhotoKid

                      from Erie, PA

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Low-cost
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                      I purchased this product as a way to expand my range of uses for a flash I purchased a while back, and so far it works great. It was inexpensive, so I expect time will take it's toll on my low cost investment, but it has worked great for my purposes so far.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Very functional

                      By Allan

                      from Tampa Fl

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                        Very functional Umbrella for the money. Excellent value

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Buy!!!!

                        By JoeCarrottaPhotography

                        from New Hyde Park

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                          This was my first set of umbrellas i bought 2 of them. and i have honestly had no problems yet!!! i find myself using the shoot through rather the the reflective side but thats just me. If you just need a good umbrella set and dont want to kill your budget these are awesome even for a professional

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                          4.0

                          Does The Job

                          By Leslie

                          from Accra, Ghana

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                            This umbrella gives good rim light and hair light. Produces good soft light as well.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            So far , so good!

                            By Dre

                            from White Plains

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                              It prevents light from straying/spilling unto unwanted areas. I can take the black off, and use it as a shoot through umbrella.

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                              • No

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                              2.0

                              DOA

                              By snuff

                              from Toronto, Canada

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Cheap
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

                              I have the larger version which works perfectly. I purchased the smaller one as I thought it would be easier to transport to site, however the one I received does not stay open. It appears the locking mechanism has failed. I will be returning for an exchange.

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                              • No

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