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Impact32" Convertible Umbrella
 
4.5

(based on 102 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (50)
  • Lightweight (42)
  • Good color value (29)
  • Attaches securely (19)
  • Attach securely (19)

Cons

  • Flimsy (10)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (55)
  • General purpose (46)
  • Portraits (42)
  • Low light (29)
  • Outdoors (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (71)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (45), Pro photographer (16), Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (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

Simple, Easy, and Great!

By Abe

from Clifton, NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

        Worked Great for taking interviews!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent Umbrella!

        By Steve The Shooter

        from Las Vegas

        About Me 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:

          This umbrella is very handy. I use it as a shoot through. It does an excellent job.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Does its job

          By Matt C.

          from New England

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

            Useful for portable speedlight-based portrait set-up. The black cover is easy to take off and put on, but requires a delicate touch to avoid bending the umbrella armatures.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            easy to sep up

            By Lisa the Nature Photographer

            from Yorktown, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella:

              Purchased as part of lighting kit (with two sockets, tripods and slaves.) Umbrellas set up smoothly--no complaints, pretty standard.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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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

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • 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.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • 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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