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Westcott43" White Umbrella, Collapsible
 
4.2

(based on 156 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (61)
  • Durable (44)
  • Attach securely (28)
  • Good color value (28)
  • Easy to use (22)

Cons

  • Flimsy (12)
  • Weak (7)
  • Not durable (6)
  • Poor design (4)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (63)
  • General purpose (59)
  • Portraits (51)
  • Outdoors (32)
  • Low light (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (34), Photo enthusiast (30), Pro photographer (24), Enthusiast (19), Semi-professional (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (68), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Affordable function

This umbrella is a very affordable option for those who need a decent bounce in outdoor or even indoor environments. I enjoy the flexibility of taking off the black cover to use the umbrella...Read complete review

This umbrella is a very affordable option for those who need a decent bounce in outdoor or even indoor environments. I enjoy the flexibility of taking off the black cover to use the umbrella as a soft-box with my speedlights. They are super-compact in comparison to the studio rigs, and they are light.

The cons are start with the basic fact that the lightness comes at a cost to durability. The steel shaft bends a bit too easily as I found out on when a gust of wind almost sent my 'brella crashing to the cement. I thought I was lucky to have caught it before it hit the ground, but quickly learned that by grabbing for the umbrella instead of the stand, I had inadvertantly bent the shaft, and so the 'compactness' was compromised.

Other than that, it offers a nice quick and easy solution for setting up headshots, bodyshots, and portraits.

I would like to see a directional grid be made to modify the bounce on this umbrella - even if sold as an accessory at some point.

Overall, I would rate my satisfaction an 8 out of 10. For the price, you really cannot beat the value.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Portable but difficult to use

I got these umbrellas while trying to create a light, portable lighting setup. This paired with some lightweight 5 section collapsible stands seemed like the perfect pair.

From a weight and size...Read complete review

I got these umbrellas while trying to create a light, portable lighting setup. This paired with some lightweight 5 section collapsible stands seemed like the perfect pair.

From a weight and size perspective, these fit the bill perfectly. From a functional standpoint, they could certainly be better. The black cover is very difficult to keep attached to all of the points on the edge of the umbrella when it's collapsed, and it's nearly impossible to re-fold correctly while attached to the umbrella to fit the whole thing back in the protective black sleeves.

The black covers are attached to the center of the umbrella by a silver plastic screw. While trying to detach the cover from one of the umbrellas, this screw snapped right off. A metal screw or snap would have been a much better way to go.

I ended up just removing the black covers from the umbrella and leaving it off. I mostly use umbrellas as shoot-throughs anyway, and the covers are too frustrating to use on a regular basis.

For a portable setup, I would get these umbrellas only if you plan on using the covers sparingly and carefully. They will not take much abuse.

Reviewed by 156 customers

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4.0

Indispensable lighting tool

By H Dubetz

from Austin

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

      Yes, yes, everybody wants a softbox today, but that's only a trend. Umbrellas are tried and true--inexpensive, easy to travel with, easy to unfold and fold, they take up very little room. Westcott seems to be the leader these days in offering practical solutions at affordable prices. Is this the best lighting tool? No. But, I see it as an absolute necessity.

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      • No

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      5.0

      It is a good prodct.

      By Tom Rollo

      from West Palm Beach, FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Weddings

        Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

        The only problem with this product is that it does not folds nicely and because the desing to be makeshift softbox, it a pain to keep the ends in place.

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        • No

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        3.0

        One major compromise for portability

        By Tom

        from Kansas City, MO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Hard to use

          Best Uses

            Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

            I already had a couple of non-collapsible 32" white/black umbrellas. I wanted a couple of larger umbrellas and tried the collapsible version for portability. The one drawback is that when the umbrella is collapsed, the black cover unhooks from each end pin. Each time I unfold the umbrella I have to go around the circumference and re-fasten each clip. If I had it to do over again I would more strongly consider the non-collapsible variety.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Great for Travel

            By Ryan Maderic

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Ease of use
            • Lightweight
            • Small Size
            • Travel

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

              I used this for a wedding that I had to travel to. I love that it packs down so small. The light that comes from shooting through the diffuser is great looking, very soft! It was easy to use and packing it up was simple.

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              4.0

              Great travel size!

              By jeff

              from Fort Mill, SC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                Great umbrella with the exception of the small nylon jacket! I'm sure they could have made it a bit larger...

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                • No

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                3.0

                Works well but a bit disappointed

                By NeonMoon

                from Omaha. NE

                Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                This is a convertible umbrella where the outer black cover is removable. Unfortunately this cover doesn't stay on very well when umbrella is collapsed. Every time I open it, I have to reattach the cover.

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                5.0

                Small and fits in the bag

                By kneelz

                from jamaica, ny

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                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 Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                  This collapsible umbrella is so versatile. It is small for travel and can easily fit in the bag. It has dual use like reflective and shoot through for diffusion.

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                  5.0

                  Great quality

                  By Die Flugende

                  from New York

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors

                    Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                    Excelent solution, great quality

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Quick, Easy, Flexible

                    By Tyler

                    from Huntsville, AL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Night Time
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                      Great affordable lighting modifier. Use with small flashes or mono blocs. These collapsible umbrellas take up very little room in the camera bag and are great for softening light on-location or in the studio.

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                      5.0

                      White SATIN Umbrella

                      By AAshley

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                        Do you want a white umbrella? This is a white SATIN umbrella. It's got a kind of sheen to it, and from my experience probably takes an additional 1/3 to 1/2 a stop of light out when shooting through, but when shooting into it! Wow! Beautiful light!

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                        5.0

                        Great Product

                        By James

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                          I used the product for my recent shoot as a fill light and it works perfectly , i love the design and it works very well and doesn't produce ay harsh light.

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                          4.0

                          Good umbrella

                          By rhoaje10

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light
                            • Night Time
                            • Portraits
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                            I like the umbrella but I find that when I am putting it away the hooks for the black cover tend to unhook making me need to hook it back up after I put it away. not the worst thing but its a little annoying.

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                            5.0

                            Great quality and versatility

                            By RScottGuitar

                            from Freeland, MI

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                I would buy this again - but it won't wear out!

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                                • Yes

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                                4.0

                                Decent

                                By Dan Pomykalski

                                from Madison, Wi

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Poor design

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                This umbrella seems decent. I've only had it for a few weeks, but it's gotten the job done. I hate how the cover comes off, not that I use it all that much, but it requires some unscrewing. Seems like a good value overall, though.

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                                4.0

                                Geat Quality for Low Price

                                By Livefish

                                from Bologna, Italy

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Good value
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Location photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Strobe photography

                                  Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                  Well-made convertible umbrella for use as a reflector or diffuser. Telescoping shaft seems solid enough and is great for packing.

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                                  3.0

                                  Let me shed a some light on the subject

                                  By Jfreeman

                                  from Hamilton, AL

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Small When Collapsed

                                  Cons

                                  • Hard to fold

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                  I wanted an umbrella just for on location shoots. If that is what you are looking for then this is NOT what you are looking for. My main problem with it is that it does not fold and slide into its protective sleeve easily. Also the removable black cover is not made to be removed and put back on repeatedly. However I will use this umbrella in my studio, mostly as a shoot through umbrella. It is a

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect portable umbrella

                                  By Stryker fan

                                  from Indiana

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                    It appears to have sturdy hardware and is compact.

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                                    5.0

                                    Super transportable

                                    By Youa Photography

                                    from Missoula, MT

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Good Color Value
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                      I used these umbrella for a portrait shoot that I was going to do during my travels. It was the perfect transportable umbrella to create that soft light I needed. Love how small it can become after it collapse into its minimum size!

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Great light modifier

                                      By Rob

                                      from Canada

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                        Excellent and versatile light modifier. Packs up tiny for portability and with the black cover off, it produces a beautiful, even and moderately sized light source. As an added bonus it seems to be sturdy and well made. Extremely lightweight.

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                                        5.0

                                        Creat product

                                        By Janmig

                                        from Plainsboro, NJ

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Durable
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors
                                          • Low Light
                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about Westcott 43" White Umbrella, Collapsible:

                                          This umbrella is very convenient to use, it is just the right size for a quick formal group photos. Just used it on a recent wedding and worked great.

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