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Impact60" Convertible Umbrella
 
4.6

(based on 161 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (70)
  • Lightweight (59)
  • Good color value (34)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Attach securely (19)

Cons

  • Flimsy (14)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Weak (4)
  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (81)
  • Portraits (75)
  • General purpose (57)
  • Outdoor events / games (32)
  • Outdoors (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (46), Semi-pro photographer (46), Photo enthusiast (22), Professional (11), Semi-professional (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (98)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It just works. Couldn't be happier!

I wanted to buy a larger umbrella to experiment with different types of lighting modifiers and found that the Impact 60" black/white umbrella is a gem. Sure you can spend more on...Read complete review

I wanted to buy a larger umbrella to experiment with different types of lighting modifiers and found that the Impact 60" black/white umbrella is a gem. Sure you can spend more on other brands and for the most part they will be better built but in function and type of light the impact 60" umbrella will do the same job for less.

I use it for group shots with a monolight reflecting from the inside of the umbrella as well as close ups with the black cover off and shooting thru with a speedlight or monolight. It really is a very versatile light modifier, just as Zack Arias pointed out.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Modifier & Inexpensive, But Cheap

I've used this umbrella on a handful of shoots, all outdoor. Of course using a weight or sandbag is recommended to prevent the umbrella from flying away. I was using it without securing...Read complete review

I've used this umbrella on a handful of shoots, all outdoor. Of course using a weight or sandbag is recommended to prevent the umbrella from flying away. I was using it without securing it and it tipped over on grass. I was surprised that the rods had bent so easily, since I was only using it with a 580EXII & PW. I figured I could bend them back until I picked it up and half the umbrella had collapsed. The rods are held to the center column ring with a wire. Apparently the wire snapped with a little pressure. By the time I got home all the rods had come loose.

I was able to repair it by using guitar string and threading the rods and securing to the center column. I'm hoping that guitar string that is designed to be used under tension will hold up better than the wire provided. This product would get 5 stars if it used stronger materials. It's a great modifier and I love the way it softens light, if I didn't like it so much I would have bought the Wescott version. For now, I've save some money and extended the life of this umbrella.

I would not recommend this. However if you are a current owner and you experience the same situation, you can repair it and save yourself some money. Fix requires patience.

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5.0

A decent size umbrella and quality

By Yoni

from Nashville, TN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

I like this umbrella a lot. its very versatile in use. I can use it as a shot through or as a reflective umbrella. All in all a good quality umbrella for the price.

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5.0

Excellent product

By Rob

from Charlottesville, VA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Color Value
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Portraits
    • Special Events

    Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

    I am a professional wedding photographer and these umbrellas are my go-to sources for family and large group portraits. Great price for what you get as well.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Photo Studio Umbrella

    By Skip

    from Omaha, Nebraska

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

      Love the fact you can take the black backing off if you want just a little more light reflecting from the walls and put the black back on if you don't. Perfect for my type of shooting.

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      • No

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      5.0

      I love this umbrella

      By cabbottphotography

      from Florida or wherever our RV is parked

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Portraits

        Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

        I can see so many photos in my collection that could have been improved or even made possible with this umbrella and stand.

        It's huge, feels very well made.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Extra soft light

        By up and coming

        from Northern, NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

          Brought this umbrella, for group photo sessions and couldn't be happier. I used this umbrella with photo flex 400 and bang. Soft evenly distributed light.for the money, This umbrella is sturdy and pretty well made.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Nice umbrella

          By Rob

          from NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

            Well made, produces nice soft light.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good Light Modifier

            By Steve M

            from Stockton, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

              Perfect to use as a shoot through umbrella with Canon's 600EX-RT Speedlites.

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              • No

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again

              By A

              from Jersey City, NJ

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                I tried this umbrella on my Elinchrom and Profoto lights, and I'm loving it. It does a nice job when shooting in studio or on location. It's easy to carry, light. It's slightly longer than my tripod bag, but that's ok. So between this 60" umbrella and a smaller version of it, I'm good to go. So far, so good.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Perfect, For A Lot Less

                By donrisi

                from Oklahoma City

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                  I use these in the studio all the time. This is my second set, and they work great. 100% reliable.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Works great!

                  By Hector

                  from Pflugerville, TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                    Large umbrella produces a very soft light. The material seems to be of good quality. Excellent price.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Bigger Is Better

                    By The Digital Photo Guy

                    from AZ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                      I needed a bigger umbrella for glamour photography. This fits the bill and is inexpensive to boot. It provides a beautiful, wrap-around effect on models. I especially appreciate the solid steel center rod.

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                      5.0

                      Umbrella

                      By Softbrella

                      from Miami

                      Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                      The umbrella is a great source of light for photography not to mention that the convertible usage gives you a different types of soft light and the size is just about right.. The only thing I didn't love is that it took a while to get (apparently because they weren't in stock), but other than that, GREAT product.

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                      5.0

                      Size matters! Beautiful soft light.

                      By YHE

                      from NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                      Excellent for the price. However, outdoors these will catch allot of wind and supports will bend if falls over.

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                      5.0

                      good quality

                      By miko

                      from Jacksonville, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                      very good light

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good product

                      By Ryan

                      from Nc

                      Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                      Good product, I like it's quick and easy setup too.

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                      5.0

                      Great Modifier

                      By Kevin C

                      from New Jersey

                      Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                      The large size of this umbrella opens up the ability to light more of the scene and do full body portraits with great quality lighting. Sturdy and well built.

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                      4.0

                      As advertised

                      By Mag

                      from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Large Diffusion Area

                      Cons

                      • Shaft Was Bent
                      • Underpowered Center Shaft

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                      Useful for off camera lighting setup; a bit large to handle.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Nice!

                      By Boston Mike

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                        This umbrella gives me excellent light, and that's what matters. It is more robust than the 33 inch Impact umbrellas. Having the black backing piece allows it to be a proper bounce umbrella as well as a shoot through. I wish it had a nice case instead of the plastic wrapper it comes in.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great value!

                        By George

                        from Dover, NH

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Night Time
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                          Used for portrait photography. It's lightweight and relatively durable for the price.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Big modifier for not a lot of cash.

                          By Traveling Matt

                          from St Louis, Missouri, USA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good value

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                            It's a large light modifier for not a lot of cash. Good value.

                            Construction is just fine, but not necessarily built for war - basically, it feels like a golf umbrella. It probably won't last forever, but I can't fault it for the price.

                            Make sure you've got a good quality swivel bracket for mounting this thing on a stand, and plenty of sandbags for said stand if you plan on using it outdoors.

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                            • No

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