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ImpactDigital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit
 
4.4

(based on 417 reviews)

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    (180)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (25)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (195)
  • Attach securely (138)
  • Good color value (69)
  • Lightweight (63)
  • Long-lasting (56)

Cons

  • Flimsy (39)
  • Weak (20)
  • Harsh color (3)
  • Small umbrellas (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (279)
  • General purpose (225)
  • Low light (139)
  • Outdoors (109)
  • Outdoor events / games (103)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (140), Photo enthusiast (101), Pro photographer (44), Enthusiast (27), Casual photographer (26)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (180), 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

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

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        • 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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        5.0

        Great starter studio kit.

        By MAM

        from Louisville, KY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

            This Impact kit was part of a larger Canon 600EX lighting kit I purchased from B&H. It's a great starter kit, and if you are exploring off camera flash and/or studio setups, this is a good way to go. The kit is easy to assemble, and does a very nice job.

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            5.0

            Better than expected

            By Dave

            from Monroe, NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Value

            Cons

            • Lightweight

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

            For a relatively inexpensive kit, these seem well designed and of reasonable quality.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Value!

            By POLLY

            from Boise, Idaho

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                I use this for my mobile studio. It's solid and reliable - especially for the price.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Easy set up starter kits

                By Michael

                from ON

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                • Harsh Color

                Best Uses

                • Indoors

                Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                i use this product to take head shoot, and it allows me to learn how to modify the light. It's great!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Does the job!

                By Vadim

                from Charlotte, NC

                Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                Since I only use several times a year, it does the job.

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                4.0

                Nice starter kit

                By NanS

                from Upstate, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Low Light

                    Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                    Just starting with off camera lighting and this kit is a great tool to learn with. Lightweight - paired with my speedlights and a pair of triggers this set-up was a lifesaver at an very dark venue last night in lighting up the dance floor. Just be sure not to over-tighten the clamps as I'm not sure they would take it well. Excited to take this kit to the park next week to practice some portraits!

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                    5.0

                    Great value, nice products

                    By AP Architectural Photography

                    from Newport, RI

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                      You can't really beat it for the price. You get two so and so plastic but pretty solid heads, two real nice and very lightweight - compared to their height - stands and a couple small, cute, honest two purpose ubrellas.

                      Couldn't find a better deal anywhere else online.

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                      5.0

                      good

                      By dsadsadsadsa

                      from new haven

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                      good

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                      3.0

                      Decent for the price

                      By Brad

                      from Michigan

                      Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                      The sands and umbrellas are okay, but the mounting brackets are garbage. Garbage threading. I didn't trust holding my 600exrt's on them so I just replaced the brackets with some all metal westcott's. Good package deal though.

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                      4.0

                      Does what it is supposed to

                      By M in AZ

                      from Phoenix, AZ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • Low Light

                      Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                      A pretty basic stand + clamp + umbrella kit. Does what you would expect. Umbrellas can act as shoot-through or reflectors.

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                      3.0

                      Cheap but great

                      By Keiron

                      from Sydney

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                        I got this as part of a Canon flash kit. The umbrellas and stands are cheaply made but work great. The flash/umbrella mounts are surprisingly well made. All in all it's great little kit that you don't feel is to precious to actually get out and use.

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                        5.0

                        A GREAT START FOR A BUDGET-WISE GONNABE.

                        By CHASING AFTER JESUS CHRIST

                        from SOUTH GEORGIA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                            THE STANDS ARE STURDY. THE MOUNTS ARE STRONG. THE FLASH MOUNTS ARE A LITTLE TEDIOUS TO GET THE FLASH LOCKED INTO BUT ONCE THEY ARE IN THEY ARE SECURE. THE ONE TINY SCREW TO LOCK THEM IN COULD BE DONE DIFFERENTLY. I HAVENT SEEN OR USED ANY HIGH END STUFF SO THIS IS ALL I KNOW. I HAVE THE NIKON SB800 FLASHES AND THEY FEEL SECURE, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A BETETER WAY TO LOCK THEM IN. ANYWAYS... THE UMBRELLAS LOCK IN SECURELY ALSO. I JUST CHOSE UMBRELLAS OVER SOFT BOXES BECAUSE THIS WAS A KIT. ONE DAY SOFT BOXES ARE THE BEST, THE NEXT... AND THE GENERAL CONSENSUS IS WHEN ASKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT IS... "WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE DOING?" NO CLEAR BEST OF ANYTHING IN PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT. BUY THIS. IT WILL HOLD YOUR FLASH AND GIVE YOU GOOD LIGHT. OTHERWISE... BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK AND MAKE YOUR OWN TRIPOD, UMBRELLA, FLASHMOUNT KIT.

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                            5.0

                            Good quality and value

                            By Rebecca

                            from Austin, TX, USA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Portraits
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                              I bought this product included in a Nikon SB-910 Speedlight two flash lighting kit. I haven't used it for an event yet, but found the product to be very easy to set up and operate.

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                              5.0

                              Great Stuff

                              By Beau

                              from Denver, Co

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                                Used for a work xmas party set up was fast and easy. great product

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                                5.0

                                Excelente relación calidad-precio

                                By Alberto de Uruguay

                                from Montevideo

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Calidad
                                • Precio
                                • Precio Y Calidad

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                                  Sorprendente calidad para el precio que tiene este kit. Fácil de armar, resistente, firme, cumple con holgura las funciones. Lo compré con el bolso que sugiere B&H y es ideal para transporte y almacenamiento. También compré un paraguas un poco mayor al del kit para tener otra opción de iluminación con mayor aptitud.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good starter set

                                  By PawPawRazzi

                                  from Magnolia, Texas

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors

                                  Comments about Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Mount Kit:

                                  Great set to start learning, but it not study enough for long term use,

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                                  • No

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