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Photoflex45" Convertible Umbrella (White)
 
4.8

(based on 103 reviews)

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    (83)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (51)
  • Easy to set up (49)
  • Reliable (43)
  • Durable (30)
  • Consistent (26)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (54)
    • Photography (45)
    • Strobe lighting (40)
    • Artificial lighting (30)
    • General purpose (24)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (36), Photo enthusiast (31), Pro photographer (26), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (63)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good fit for a first time umbrella

    I was a little worried at first when I got this since it was not completely white, more of a silver with a white cast, but the light it produced was phenominal! Going...Read complete review

    I was a little worried at first when I got this since it was not completely white, more of a silver with a white cast, but the light it produced was phenominal! Going to purchase another one along with a stand in the next month.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Average solution, better options exist

    Bought as a second umbrella for studio lights and camera flashes.

    Whilst it is technically convertible, instead of a translucent inner and internally silvered black outer that is easily...Read complete review

    Bought as a second umbrella for studio lights and camera flashes.

    Whilst it is technically convertible, instead of a translucent inner and internally silvered black outer that is easily removable, it has a partially reflective white inner and a totally black outer that is not easy to remove, particularly at the tip where it has tone unscrewed and the unfinished material pulled off.

    Sadly not up to the standard of the Bowens version of the same thing that I have.

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    5.0

    These umbrellas are built like a tank

    By Cabinetmaker

    from Seattle, Washington

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

      I have a cabinets hop and do my own photography of the kitchens that we build. I like to bounce speedlites off umbrellas because it gives me a lot of control of where the light goes. It's almost like aiming a flashlight.

      Sometimes I use the convertible part of the umbrella to subtract light. If I am shooting a dark wood cabinet in a white painted kitchen I can use the black part of the umbrella as a mask to control spill. I can put light right where I want it and keep it from where I don't want any light.

      I prefer the convertible umbrellas by Photoflex because they are built like a tank. I work in tight spaces and the umbrellas need to be able to smash up against things sometimes and still stay together. I have gone through a lot of different brands but none of them seem to be as durable.

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      5.0

      Excellent umbrella

      By Keith

      from Eugene,OR

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

        Ideal for use with speed lights. I use it with my Canon 600 EX speed lights and its very effective nice light.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Sent Wrong Umbrella

        By Sailor Sam

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

              I ordered the convertible but was sent the regular silver one by mistake. I'm giving 5 stars for B&H customer service. I called them and quite quickly received an answer that they were sending me the correct one and I did not have to send back the silver one. Well done B&H!

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              5.0

              The best photo umbrella I've ever owned

              By Steve

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Portraits
                • Strobe Lighting
                • Weddings

                Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                This product is hands down *the* best photographic umbrella I have ever owned. Photoflex products are long lasting, durable, professional-grade tools, and this product is no exception. Its flawless design and superior quality maximize all available light from your light source and delivers a clean, crisp look that's consistent and aesthetically popular. I would highly recommend this item to any photographer using an accessory flash.

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                5.0

                Good stuff!

                By JC

                from Marietta, GA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Open Easy To Clo
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                  Great price, high quality

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Quality

                  By Tyrone

                  from California

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting
                    • Weddings

                    Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                    Easy set up, great color, and quality materials.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Product!

                    By Nicho

                    from Columbia, SC

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                      This umbrella provides the softness I have been looking for in my portraits. The quality of the product and warranty makes it very hard to pass on this umbrella. I would highly recommend this item to anyone looking to improve their portraits.

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                      5.0

                      My go to utility umbrella

                      By Danrusso

                      from NYC

                      Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                      Photoglex umbrellas are solid. You WILL BE HAPPY with this purchase. That's why I purchased 2.

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                      4.0

                      Love the umbrella

                      By slamers

                      from Appleton, WI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                        This has become my favorite and relatively inexpensive light modifier!

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        High Quality - Easy to use

                        By Polka Dot Productions Photography

                        from Georgia

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                          with black cover for bounce or without for diffused works great! Perfect size

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Umbrella

                          By Kathy

                          from Fort Myers, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                            I use it as a light modifier with my Canon flashes.
                            Easy to use.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Nice umbrellas

                            By Mark

                            from NJ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                I just got two of these, but the quality seems very high. I expect them to last a long time.

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                                5.0

                                Great for reflection or shoot-through

                                By Glenn

                                from Tennent, NJ

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photography
                                  • Strobe Lighting

                                  Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                  Nice umbrella, good for traditional reflection or shoot-through light modification. Black backing comes off easily upon opening of the umbrella. Lift the metal connectors off the end of each rib, then remove the black cap from the end of the umbrella. Reverse process to replace the black backing. Umbrella ribs show in eye catchlight but that's the nature of umbrellas. Five stars.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent

                                  By Gus

                                  from New York, NY

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                  Great umbrella. I prefered the results from the white shoot through, so I eventually traded this one for the 45" white shoot through Photoflex umbrella which is fantastic, and I don't have to worry about removing the black cover. Regarding whether to purchase a 45" vs 60", I have used them both, and the 45" for me was just as good as the 60" for a full view of a group of 3 people on a couch. I could not tell any significant difference in the photos. However, the 60" is really huge for indoors and it's heavy and makes your light stand less stable even if you have a great light stand. I highly recommend Photoflex 45" umbrellas.

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                                  4.0

                                  Nice umbrella for the price

                                  By Bergenfield Alfred

                                  from Bergenfield, NJ

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                    I used this umbrella for small areas and it works well, puts out a nice soft reflective light.

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                                    5.0

                                    Photoflex is aways the best choice

                                    By Torrey

                                    from Flat Rock, PA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting

                                    Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                    It's an umbrella that works, looks good, and lasts a longtime. I have bought umbrellas for over 30 years and I still like the Photoflex products the best. Even though its just an "umbrella" this one just seams to be the best overall.

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                                    5.0

                                    finally: sturdy and inexpensive

                                    By j shu images

                                    from langley, WA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                      Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                      i had the westcott dual-fold umbrellas and knew from the beginning that they were one gust with inadequate-sand-bagging from disaster. never occured to me that i would break both with similar indoor tip-overs.

                                      i'm already carrying gear this shape and size (tripod, for one) so who needs dual fold? these are sturdy, with a good solid feel. not at all like the "i'm on borrowed time" feel of the dual-folds. the ribs do not announce themselves in catchlights. the shafts are solid and strong.

                                      i use them primarily as shoot-through, so the covers mostly live in a bag. as with others, the covers are a bit fussy, but it's not difficult. the center nut is plastic with plastic threads, so i'm grateful that i don't take them on and off a lot.

                                      save yourself grief. skip the "savings" and "convenience" of the dual folds. they offer neither in the long run.

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                                      2.0

                                      Average solution, better options exist

                                      By Jmag

                                      from sydney

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor construction
                                        • Poor design

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Strobe Lighting

                                        Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                        Bought as a second umbrella for studio lights and camera flashes.

                                        Whilst it is technically convertible, instead of a translucent inner and internally silvered black outer that is easily removable, it has a partially reflective white inner and a totally black outer that is not easy to remove, particularly at the tip where it has tone unscrewed and the unfinished material pulled off.

                                        Sadly not up to the standard of the Bowens version of the same thing that I have.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Perfection

                                        By Kinchi

                                        from Seattle, Wa

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artificial Lighting
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Strobe Lighting

                                          Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                          I've only used this for bounce (no shoot-through), but love the light from this umbrella and it is so well made. Joy to use and the results are top shelf.

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                                          5.0

                                          Easy to use, good light

                                          By MereMel

                                          from Arkansas

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                            I'm just getting into studio lighting and this is a great umbrella to start with. Very easy to use, good output and very affordable. I'll likely be buying more!

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