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Impact32" Convertible Umbrella
 
4.5

(based on 98 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (49)
  • Lightweight (39)
  • Good color value (28)
  • Attach securely (19)
  • Attaches securely (18)

Cons

  • Flimsy (9)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (53)
  • General purpose (45)
  • Portraits (40)
  • Low light (28)
  • Outdoors (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (68)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (44), Pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (10), Casual photographer (7), 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

Very Nice

By Jim

from Fayetteville, AR

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

    Love this product

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    wow, great product

    By txstbobcat

    from new braunfels Tx

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

        what a great product. the reversible feature is a 2 in 1 idea that will serve your needs well

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great value for the price paid

        By Victor

        from Brooklyn, NY

        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
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

          Use it to shape lightgreat reliabilityworks the same as higher end competitors

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          • No

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          4.0

          Pretty Decent Umbrella

          By Sofia

          from San Francisco

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

            For it's price, it's great deal. The umbrella itself is made of a good material but the inside support of the umbrella is lacking in quality since you can bend it all very easily. The inner pole itself is quite sturdy though, the umbrella doesn't wiggle and it's quite sturdy. Can take the outer layer off to make a shoot-through umbrella. Very convenient and a great size for using with a speedlight.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great for on location shoots

            By Jesse

            from Amarillo Texas

            Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

            I love the portability of this umbrella! Not too big and not too small. Seems very sturdy and high quality materials!

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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

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • 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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                          • No

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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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                          Verified Buyer

                          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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