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ImpactDigital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit
 
4.4

(based on 433 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (220)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (183)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (202)
  • Attach securely (138)
  • Good color value (72)
  • Lightweight (69)
  • Long-lasting (58)

Cons

  • Flimsy (40)
  • Weak (20)
  • Harsh color (3)
  • Small umbrellas (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (286)
  • General purpose (231)
  • Low light (141)
  • Outdoors (111)
  • Outdoor events / games (106)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (141), Photo enthusiast (104), Pro photographer (47), Enthusiast (27), Casual photographer (26)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (188), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good starter kit for aspiring Strobists

Let me start off by saying that this kit is an unbeatable value. The options that can come out of this are about endless. If you're an aspiring Strobist on a budget (like...Read complete review

Let me start off by saying that this kit is an unbeatable value. The options that can come out of this are about endless. If you're an aspiring Strobist on a budget (like me), this kit was put together for you.

Lightstands: 3.5/5
I put a Vivitar 285HV, a Quantum Radio Slave II Receiver, and the umbrella on the lightstands. Thus there's a reasonable amount of weight on there. The stands do the job, but they're not outstanding. When I adjust the power, or switch something on/off, the stand and everything on it will be wobbling for a few seconds afterwards. FULLY extended will be even more wobbly. But they do the job. The air cushioning sure is nice to have for forgetful people like me!

Umbrella Brackets: 4.5/5
Everything about the bracket is extremely sturdy. There's no give or take anywhere with the bracket. The only thing I don't like is that you can't tilt the umbrella itself; thus the umbrella is always pointed straight outwards. You can only adjust the tilt of the flash.

Umbrellas: 3/5
The umbrellas are silvery reflector umbrellas. They don't do a very good job as shoot-through, because they're too diffused. They do a great job as reflector umbrellas, though. The removeable black backing works well. The actual construction of the umbrellas are weak. Very weak. The metal parts holding up the cloth are hollow and very thin metal, so it bends very easily. I already have one bent umbrella; luckily it still works how it should. I also wish the long beam was longer.

If you're on a budget, click "add to cart" right now, because this kit was made for you! If money isn't a factor, another product may suit you better.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice little set on the cheap

This achieves what it advertises with some minor problems. First off, I realize this is not "high end" equipment and is directed at someone looking to save money. With this...Read complete review

This achieves what it advertises with some minor problems. First off, I realize this is not "high end" equipment and is directed at someone looking to save money. With this in mind the Impact kit is good enough. I mount Canon 580EXii flashes on the brackets and bounce the light off the umbrellas triggered wirelessly. Works well enough, but be aware of a few things:

1. The metal piece to mount the flash on will not fit 580's (probably any canon flash for that matter) unless forced-- and could damage the rubber at the base. My solution was to use the plastic mounts included with the the flashes

2. When using them outside with the umbrellas attached witht he slightest wind and they WILL blow over. Sand bags or some kind of weight (5-10lbs) is a must for outdoor use.

3. Every time I screw anything to secure the bracket to the stand, and bracket to the the umbrella-- the screw chews into the metal. I put gaffers tape on the metal thats getting messed. Might make the Impact set last a little longer. Kind of a minor point, but I'm obsessive about keeping things neat and functional, and chewed up metal is not acceptable.

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4.0

Not Bad For The Price

By DesertRatSGU

from St. George, UT

Verified Buyer

Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

The stands are fairly light weight but work well with the smaller umbrellas they come with. I only wish the umbrella rod angled slightly more so the flash hit the center of the umbrella rather than the top! I've used this kit on several shoots, so far so good!

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1.0

Light weight barely describes this.

By Ron B

from Dallas

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

Not sure others are looking at the same product I received, I ordered it, knowing it was cheap equipment, and, I am keeping it, because it isn't hardly worth the hassle to ship it back.

Pros:
Umbrellas are OK.
Stands are definitely light weight, easy to carry.
Umbrella holder/flash mounts work.
Air cushioning seems to work.

Cons:
I put a 5 lb mono light on one of these stands, and, it visibly bowed under the load. Not sure I would risk a pricey studio strobe, or, even an name-brand speedlight on one of these stands.

IMHO this is strictly an option for the budget-minded, or, student photographer. If you are looking for a complete two-light, stands and umbrella setup on the cheap, this might work for you.

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5.0

Great for the price!

By Cphoto

from KC, MO

Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

I've only got to use it a few time so far, but seem to be built well! This was a great option to have off camera flash with speeding a ton!

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5.0

Michael M.

By Michael

from Kansas

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Color Value
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

  • I See None

Best Uses

  • General Use
  • Special Events

Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

This is a very well made bag I got it for the Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit by Impact. It is a little over kill in size and capacity, but I have a lot of room to grow and add new stuff. It is a good investment in keeping your equipment all to gather.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Easy to carry, reliable kit!

By Pics By Paris

from Ohio

About Me 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 Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

    super easy to set up and break down. Came also with a carry bag.

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    5.0

    Love it

    By Dain O

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

      For the Price.. Pro Quality Love It!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Smart

      By Ian

      from New York Hudson Valley

      Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

      These are perfect travel stands, keep them in the van for back up. Easy to use and breakdown, that's what I needed!

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      5.0

      Great intermediate set

      By Nate

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

        I have used the set 1 time but I must say they are of a high quality. Everything is smooth in regards to repositioning of height and position. Our Christmas cards turned out fantastic thanks to these modifiers. I did not once worry about my expensive flashes falling.

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        • No

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        4.0

        They do the job.

        By joshml82

        from Astoria

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

            They do the job, but I feel that the head is a flimsy.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Every photographer needs these

            By Tom

            from Prineville, OR

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

              This kit is very handy for using with speedlights, just what the doctor ordered.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great Value

              By Just Scott

              from Atlanta,Ga

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                The area I shoot in has low ceilings ( 9') so these work well for what I have.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Seems Great missing some things though

                By FetrowPhotography.

                from Colorado

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                  Product is nice and even though I haven't used it long enough to determine long term durability it seems fairly well made.
                  My biggest complaint is that you have to buy a carrying bag separate and there is no built in J hook to weight these down....more money!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Very good beginner kit

                  By Amber

                  from CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors

                    Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                    Very easy to use and setup. Great for beginner level lighting.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good deal and quality!

                    By Da_d_man1776

                    from Texas

                    Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                    I bought this kit a couple of weeks ago. I have used it several times since then and I LOVE it! Great, soft light, good quality stands and mounts. I could point out a few flaws but for the price it is a bargain.

                    I would recommend this product to a friend looking for a good deal on a two light setup.

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                    5.0

                    Umbrella kit

                    By Tony O.

                    from Los Angeles, CA.

                    Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                    Love this Impact Digital Umbrella kit...

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                    5.0

                    Not my favorite

                    By Clint Jones

                    from Tyler Texas

                    Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                    These are good for indoor use and function great but if you are going to go outdoors you don't want to use this setup. One of mine fell over and best the umbrella. It also does not collapse to a small enough size for me. Instead I highly recommend using the stand and umbrella you can find on --------------------

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                    4.0

                    Good Budget set up

                    By Kombi

                    from Edmonton, AB

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                      I don't think you can beat this kit for the price. It is a bit wobly at full extension with flash/pocket wizzard on it, but still functions well. I have not used the set up outdoors as of yet , but I suspect it will not be that durable for many outdoor shots.The Cold shoe mount is a bit.. rough.. works but not great. I find the flash shoe threaded onto the stud was more stable.The one thing I wish this kit included was a stuff/ruck sack of some sort to keep the kit together. Even if it added [$] to me it would be worth it.

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                      5.0

                      Affordable lighting kit works great!

                      By Wing0949

                      from Sacramento, CA

                      Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                      I haven't used them a lot or for long since the writing of this review, but from what I can tell, they are worth the money and should help with your flash photography greatly, provided you practice and learn to use them effectively. still, it is not an expensive investment to potentially take your photography to the next level.

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                      5.0

                      Great Kit

                      By Matt

                      from Mt Sinai NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                          This kit had what I was looking for and has worked great so far

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good Product

                          By Jesus

                          from Illinois

                          Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                          This is a great starting kit. Product does not feel cheap and it is light weight! Plus it is a really good price.

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