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Impact60" Convertible Umbrella
 
4.6

(based on 125 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (83)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (54)
  • Lightweight (42)
  • Good color value (27)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Attach securely (19)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Indoors (63)
  • Portraits (54)
  • General purpose (46)
  • Outdoor events / games (28)
  • Outdoors (27)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (72)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (40), Pro photographer (32), Photo enthusiast (15), Professional (11), Semi-professional (11)

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.

VS

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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4.0

Nice price

By cpharm86

from California, USA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

    Does the job. Price is good. It is a little fragile therefore the 4 star. I use it periodically so it works for me. Should you want something for everyday use perhaps you should spend a little more and get something sturdier.

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    4.0

    Excellent Value

    By Eric

    from Southeast Missouri

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

      Excellent value, it's big and will catch the wind. But, it's a 60" umbrella!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Light Control

      By Papa

      from Highlands Ranch, CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

        This is a great convertible umbrella

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Love It!

        By Barb

        from Green Bay, WI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Special Events

            Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

            I needed a light modifier for a large group photo. It worked super and the price was GREAT!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great

            By Andy

            from Ny,ny

            Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

            Works great

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            5.0

            works great

            By Tom

            from Melbourne, Florida

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

              I use the product with constant light source and off camera strobe. It works great and provides beautiful light for full model images

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good price/result

              By Sergio

              from Mexico

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                Great size, but for this big, you need a powerfull strobe.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Huge but a great product!!

                By Will

                from Dallas,TX

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                  I use this for my lighting set-up

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Zack Arias Recommended

                  By Eric LBZ

                  from Long Beach, Ca

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Great light
                  • Gret Light
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                    Portraits and Events

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    A Smart Purchace

                    By River Wilde

                    from Colorado

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                    I wanted something lightweight, quick to set up, and multi-use. Not only was the price right on this product, it worked great for what I needed! If I buy another umbrella soon I'll be looking at this brand on B&H.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Very nice

                    By DaveD

                    from Phila, PA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                      For the cost of this umbrella Im really happy.
                      The inner splines are made very well and don't have the tendency to bend and collapse like the other models with aluminum splines.
                      Ive used this on a number of jobs and its been fantastic.
                      Its light, easy to pack and set up, the carry case is perfect.

                      The only note is that by the image, I thought it came with the black cover so that you can bounce if you wish, but it did not.

                      Otherwise, no complaints. I wish they were all made this well.

                      Of course keep in mind, with the size of this thing, the slightest breeze will take it, the stand and your light crashing. Most definitely want to use a couple of good quality sand bags on your stand to keep this upright when outdoors.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great

                      By Lucas

                      from Fort Wayne, Indiana

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                        great, large, soft light source, and the price is right. these things will break, it's just a matter of time, and so it's great that they're priced accordingly.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Big light.

                        By Lex

                        from Detroit, MI

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Flexible
                        • Lightweight
                        • Soft

                        Cons

                        • A Little Flimsy

                        Best Uses

                        • Full-length Portraits
                        • Groups
                        • Low wind

                        Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                        It's hard to complain about a $[$], 60in light mod. The build quality is a little iffy... But it's $[$]! Light doesn't get much bigger at that price. Great for full-length portraits and multi-person shots. But it has to be used carefully (far away, or with the reflector half-closed as a pseudo-softbox)for smaller subjects. It may not last forever, but it's extremely flexible, and extremely good value.

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                        4.0

                        Big, versatile, affordable.

                        By Mark

                        from Santa Monica, Ca

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Color Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                          Good quality for the price, but not to be confused with road warrior gear. Would have liked if the white was a bit more translucent; I use big umbrellas sometimes to knock down sunlight on a face, while still looking like sunlight to match the background. This fabric is more diffused... which you may prefer. Black cover comes off & on one tiny metal tip at a time.

                          Very useable, but have yet to see how durable.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          It just works. Couldn't be happier!

                          By Barry

                          from Dallas, Oregon

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors
                            • Portraits
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                            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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            excellent for the price

                            By Moore Photo Indy

                            from Indianapolis

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors

                              Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                              great umbrella. I also bought a Westcott Apollo Orb at the same time. this umbrella is constructed better for a fraction of the price. different modifier of course, but you get my point. putting the black back on is a bit of a chore as that it attaches at the end of each frame rib with a tiny tip. other than that, very well constructed.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great product would buy again

                              By Dead eye dan

                              from Butler, PA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Night Time
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                                I use this product at all my weddings. For family pictures and at the reception it helps add light where I need it. I have nothing bad to say about it it does exactly what I wanted. I will be getting more soon.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Good for the price

                                By Jonny B

                                from Charleston, S.C.

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                                Great umbrella for the price. I wish construction was a bit better, but for the price, you can't beat it.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great product for price

                                By GeeBee

                                from NJ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Diffuses The Light Nicely
                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                                  This was my first experience purchasing and using an umbrella and it was great. What a difference this made in my portraits. I doubt you could find a better umbrella for the price.

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                                  • No

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                                  3.0

                                  Great Umbrella

                                  By Caveman

                                  from Ft. Worth Texas

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Affordable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Flimsy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Impact 60" Convertible Umbrella:

                                  I use this with my strobes, and I find them to be wonderful. Light control is made easy with these, as you get two very distinct looks from one umbrella, either bounce, or shoot through. That makes this umbrella very versitile. The build quality could be much better, but at the price point, what would you expect? I would not suggest using this product outdoors, as any real wind is going to either bend it up and render it unusable, or it will knock it over.

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