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PhotekUmbrella - Softlighter II - 36"
 
4.5

(based on 35 reviews)

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    (15)

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    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (15)
  • Durable (12)
  • Good color value (12)
  • Long-lasting (10)
  • Attach securely (7)

Cons

  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (20)
  • Portraits (16)
  • General purpose (14)
  • Outdoors (11)
  • Low light (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (20), Semi-pro photographer (6), Professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Enlightening

Upon recieving my Photek Softlighter I was egaer to put it to use. So I did, opened it, held it and scrutinized it! Its design was sleak, light weight and easy to...Read complete review

Upon recieving my Photek Softlighter I was egaer to put it to use. So I did, opened it, held it and scrutinized it! Its design was sleak, light weight and easy to understand. Mounted it on my mono light and fired away, enlightening with the results I quickly shared my results with my colegues.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good modifier; a little overpriced

I bought this for use with an AlienBees strobe and a shoe flash. The cloth collar is too small to comfortably go around the housing of the AB. With a shoe flash, it's...Read complete review

I bought this for use with an AlienBees strobe and a shoe flash. The cloth collar is too small to comfortably go around the housing of the AB. With a shoe flash, it's awkward to set up, though it does work. Using an umbrella bracket didn't solve the problem of placing the shoe flash (Canon 580EX II) in the correct position. Instead, I use a metal bracket and studs to place the shoe flash horizontally, so to keep the control panel and the remote sensor visible and accessible.

The removable light diffuser works well, but I'm not sure how long it will last; it feels as it can break easily.

I give it 3 stars because of the quality and overpriced tag.

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4.0

Great Soft Light

By Sheenon

from Venice, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cost
  • Ease of use

Cons

  • Doesn't Feel Durable

Best Uses

  • Soft Light
  • Studio

Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

For the price and what you get and especially for easy when traveling on assignment this is a great choice for getting that non-direct soft light.

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5.0

Perfect Portable Softbox

By karinatwork

from British Columbia, Canada

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

    The 36" version is small enough to keep open in my small studio all the time. The perfect portable softbox for speedlights. I have the larger version too. This is all I need for studio photography on a small scale. Good quality, very versatile, do-it-all product.

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    5.0

    Worth it

    By Buttondown Photography

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

      I've heard some say that the Softlighter is overpriced.

      Sure, I'd like it to bea cheaper, but do I feel that I haven't gotten my monies worth? Absolutely not! Everything seems very well constructed and though I've only had this modifier for a short few weeks it has served me very well. I've used it in multiple conditions and lighting. It packs a large soft punch for its relatively small size, and packs up small enough that I can throw the whole thing in a bag.

      I'm certain that I will continue to be impressed by this guy, and find new ways to use it.

      Do it. Get it. You'll love it!

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      5.0

      Good Value and Works like it should.

      By mikey

      from Folsom,CA/Reno,NV

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

        Works great for portraits. Perfect light.

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        5.0

        Love it

        By E

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

            I love all 3 of the photek softlighters. The 60" is still my favorite, but sometimes you need something smaller.

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            4.0

            Great product

            By Terry

            from Toronto, Canada

            About Me Pro Photographer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                  Perfect Umbrella for me, much easier and faster to set up than my softbox, I can use it as a shoot through or a reflective umbrella as well. I like the 36" for being more portable than the 48 or 60". As a photographer who works primarily on location I couldn't ask for a better umbrella, except the ribs in the umbrella are still a little fragile for me, I would gladly pay more for something a little more rugged.

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                  5.0

                  great softlighter!!

                  By matt

                  from NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                        i use with ellincrom.
                        very soft, very beautiful shadow!!
                        i will buy more big size!!
                        I am satisfied with this purchase.

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                        4.0

                        Useful and inexpensive

                        By Donk

                        from Sydney AUS

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                          Price = GreatQuality of Light = GreatBuild = Not badPortability = GreatAssembly = Easy

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                          5.0

                          Nice Umbrella

                          By CDJones

                          from New Jersey, USA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Color Value
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                            My go-to umbrella for most lighting situations. Love the diffusion cover for portraits.

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            Good modifier; a little overpriced

                            By Manuel

                            from San Juan, Puerto Rico

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy
                            • Weak

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                            I bought this for use with an AlienBees strobe and a shoe flash. The cloth collar is too small to comfortably go around the housing of the AB. With a shoe flash, it's awkward to set up, though it does work. Using an umbrella bracket didn't solve the problem of placing the shoe flash (Canon 580EX II) in the correct position. Instead, I use a metal bracket and studs to place the shoe flash horizontally, so to keep the control panel and the remote sensor visible and accessible.

                            The removable light diffuser works well, but I'm not sure how long it will last; it feels as it can break easily.

                            I give it 3 stars because of the quality and overpriced tag.

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                            5.0

                            Enlightening

                            By JA

                            from Reseda, CA

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Slightly Overpriced

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                            Upon recieving my Photek Softlighter I was egaer to put it to use. So I did, opened it, held it and scrutinized it! Its design was sleak, light weight and easy to understand. Mounted it on my mono light and fired away, enlightening with the results I quickly shared my results with my colegues.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Photek Softlighter Umbrella 36"

                            By Sherlock

                            from Paris, France

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Delicate

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                            This umbrella is very affordable and gives a pleasing, flattering quality of light that is suitable for fashion or portraits. Its quick and simple to set up and breaks down in a few moments. Its light weight and small to transport. Annie Leibovitz has used them to good effect for years and she has access to any type of light modifier going, so that is a very good endorsement in my estimation. My only criticism is they are maybe a little delicate, so they are not designed for the heavy handed or very windy days outside.

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                            5.0

                            Great product

                            By Rob

                            from Salisbury, MD

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                This is a great product. I prefer the larger big brother but no one ever seems to have them in stock. I picked these up in the meantime and did the job. Can't go wrong.

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                                5.0

                                Beautiful Light and Durably Made

                                By CDJones

                                from Montclair, NJ

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                  This small umbrella has become my go-to light modifier for location portraits. It sets up easy and provides a nice directional soft light with Dynalite fan-cooled heads. Highly recommended.

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                                  3.0

                                  likes it

                                  By Miche

                                  from Sydney

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                    great for location
                                    compact
                                    light

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                                    4.0

                                    Very soft light

                                    By Matt

                                    from Australia

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Good Color Value
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Quality of light

                                    Cons

                                    • Construction

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                    Very soft light. Easy to get close.

                                    Not the strongest construction but price and quality of light easily makes up for that!

                                    This version unscrews so you don't have a poll poking out your subject's eye!

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                                    5.0

                                    Good enough for Leibovitz, Good enough f

                                    By KB Goodtimes

                                    from Melbourne, FL

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors

                                      Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                      I use this as a key light for all my head shots and I even own a beauty dish.
                                      I love this for location/editorial work it is small enough to get into tight areas and the fact you can pivot it from the front makes it very versatile. You can get away with just a stand where you'd need a boom for a BD or octo/softbox.

                                      And hey, this is Annie Leibovitz chosen modifier. Got to have something going on. Also have seen Arny Freytag using the larger ones on Playboy shoots.

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                                      5.0

                                      Fantastic

                                      By Robin

                                      from Ottawa, Canada

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Attach Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Good Color Value
                                      • Great price
                                      • Long-Lasting

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Outdoors

                                        Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                        I bought both the Photek 36" SOFTLITER and the 46". My studio is narrow and I have been looking for a great light modifier to work with. I have bought many softboxes, umbrellas, and halos over the years but these Softliter II work much better at a fraction of the cost. Because my flash head goes in from the front it means I can move the Softliter right to the wall. Love it! The quality of construction was a pleasant surprise.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great for moving around

                                        By eltaller

                                        from Mexico

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Long-Lasting
                                        • Portable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use

                                          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                          Small and easy to carry, yet a great modifier

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                                          5.0

                                          Good Light, Easy Set-Up

                                          By Elinchrom photographer

                                          from San Jose, CA

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Pros

                                          • Attach Securely
                                          • Durable
                                          • Good Color Value

                                          Cons

                                          • Runs out of stock alot

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors

                                          Comments about Photek Umbrella - Softlighter II - 36":

                                          -Black back easy to remove
                                          -Diffusion cover goes on quick once you know how to do it
                                          -Great even light
                                          -Silver and Gold discs are a great bonus, and a neat way to change the light without switching modifiers
                                          -Not too heavy
                                          -Goes up MUCH faster than a softbox or octobox.
                                          -Removable shaft is a must
                                          -These actually fit the Elinchrom 7mm holes as well as regular 8mm holes, (if you have quadras, get these, not the "7mm" ones.)

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