REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Westcott7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion)
 
4.8

(based on 260 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (207)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (128)
  • Easy to set up (92)
  • Durable (90)
  • Good color value (64)
  • Reliable (64)

Cons

  • Flimsy (5)
  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (173)
  • Indoors (93)
  • Photography (81)
  • Strobe lighting (67)
  • General purpose (59)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (109), Semi-pro photographer (83), Photo enthusiast (31), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (209), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

New Favorite Modifier

I have many different types of softboxes and modifiers, but this one is top dog now.

Once you break it out of the box it's as easy as opening an umbrella. ...Read complete review

I have many different types of softboxes and modifiers, but this one is top dog now.

Once you break it out of the box it's as easy as opening an umbrella.

The quality of the light that you get with this 7' beast is unbelievable. I also have a 70" octabox that was my favorite piece of gear, but once I set this modifier up there was no looking back.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Reviewing only the build

Well the only beef I have with this umbrella is the middle shaft. Honestly as an old customer of their products I always admired their standard of of well build and well made materials....Read complete review

Well the only beef I have with this umbrella is the middle shaft. Honestly as an old customer of their products I always admired their standard of of well build and well made materials. I have had smaller umbrellas with 1/3 of the weight of this 7' that the same materials and I've had fall apart. Its feels like its gonna break right in the half from one moment to another. I guess we'll see.

Reviewed by 260 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

WOW!

By Norm

from T or C, NM

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography

      Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

      I have NOT used the umbrella yet, but my first reaction as WOW this thing is huge, but very impressive. I'm setting up a practice shoot now and will be using to speed lights into the umbrella. My objective in this purchase is for larger group photographs.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this reviewHelp Icon

       
      5.0

      Good umbrella

      By Amalia D

      from Chicago

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Big
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

        SO far I have used this umbrella in the studio only. I've attached it to my strobe and it worked really nice for family portraits.
        Seems to be really well made and resistant.The caring case also it's decent quality. For this price I really like it.

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

         
        4.0

        Beautiful light

        By Senjin

        from Tulsa

        Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

        Super soft light! Great addition to anyone's setup.

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

         
        5.0

        Love it

        By Robert

        from Houston texas

        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 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

          Great for lighting up large areas and group of people

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this reviewHelp Icon

           
          5.0

          Awesome addition to my set up

          By KMH Photo

          from Denver Colorado

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

            I am a portrait photographer. for the past few years I have been photographing with a 4'x5' soft box. The thing was super heavy and needed to have the light stand weighted down.

            The Parabolic is so light and portable. The light I am getting is very soft and the catchlights are awesome.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this reviewHelp Icon

             
            5.0

            Good

            By Mike

            from Logan UT

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Full Body Portraits
              • Photography
              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

              Had to add a diffuser to get the softer lighting I wanted.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this reviewHelp Icon

               
              5.0

              Great soft light

              By Mel S.

              from Calabasas, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                Excellent for portrait photography. Got great results without any other light source, just a reflector to fill in the slight shadows. Used a diffuser for the softest light possible. Great also for group shots. No shadows when positioned in front of the subjects. Highly recommend this umbrella for anyone who shoots portraits!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this reviewHelp Icon

                 
                3.0

                Good umbrella but very weak shaft

                By PA

                from SFO, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                • Short Lifespan

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                As most of the folks reviewed. The shaft is extremely weak. The umbrella is big and the light output is beautiful too. I wish they had built a solid / stronger shaft. I feel like every time I adjust the height of the stand..the shaft will break or bend.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this reviewHelp Icon

                 
                5.0

                Heavenly light

                By Sarah

                from Sierra Vista, AZ

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                  I am kicking myself that I stuck with my 3x4' soft box for so long and didn't get this gorgeous thing. I can now shoot at night in my studio space if I want! Simplest set-up ever... (Can you open an umbrella?) and tremendous value for such gorgeous light. SO happy to see fiberglass rods as well. Great quality. Love it!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this reviewHelp Icon

                   
                  4.0

                  Great value, great price!

                  By Flash

                  from Arlington Heights, IL

                  Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                  Easy to set up, nice quality of light, also bought a diffuser to turn it into a soft box. Build quality is adequate...

                  Share this reviewHelp Icon

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Value

                  By Adlai Fotos

                  from Plantation, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                    Wash subject in light leaving no shadows
                    Lightweight. Durable for price.
                    Close carefully else inside creases eaily

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this reviewHelp Icon

                     
                    5.0

                    Giant Light Source

                    By jkorin

                    from Long Beach, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                      Excellent large light source that provides nice specular highlights. The silver lining does a great job in reflecting the light. I primarily use it with a standard strobe light for portrait and fashion shots. It provides a great light source at a fraction of the cost of some of the larger parabolic modifiers on the market.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this reviewHelp Icon

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect size!

                      By KTravers

                      from RI

                      Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

                      This umbrella is awesome! It's huge so lots of coverage and it's easier to handle than the rectangle shaped diffuser. Definitely recommend!

                      Share this reviewHelp Icon

                       
                      5.0

                      Let there be Light

                      By Sunshine

                      from NY

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                        Spreads light beautifully

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this reviewHelp Icon

                         
                        5.0

                        perfect!

                        By mt

                        from mt

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                          This is easy to set up, use and store away. Easy for travel and very sturdy. Happy with my purchase.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this reviewHelp Icon

                           
                          5.0

                          "I would buy this product again and again"

                          By Alejandro

                          from MIA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                            Very good umbrella for portrait.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this reviewHelp Icon

                             
                            5.0

                            Don't delay--Order one today!

                            By Recycle Bin

                            from North Aurora, IL

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits

                              Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                              I had this item in my wish list for far too long. It's easy to set up and use. I also ordered the Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella. The diffuser is a tad tricky to put on but no big deal. And the light that comes through is fabulous!

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this reviewHelp Icon

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Light Modifier

                              By khanhky

                              from San Francisco

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting
                                • Weddings

                                Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

                                Every clients laugh at this gigantic umbrella. It works well and easy to set up.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this reviewHelp Icon

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Solid large umbrella

                                By Scott

                                from Cary, NC

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                                  I use this product for a quick set-up solution to lighting small groups of people from a single light source in conjunction with the front diffusion attachment. I highly recommend getting both the umbrella and the diffuser. If you're looking for a one piece of gear solution, this may not be it, but it's great when you have to set up very quickly and need a large light source.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this reviewHelp Icon

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Huge, soft light

                                  By BruceF

                                  from Long Island, NY

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting

                                    Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White / Black):

                                    Even with just a speedlight this gives a nice, big, soft light. Good for full-length or even group portraits.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this reviewHelp Icon

                                    Displaying reviews 1-20

                                    Back to top

                                    Previous | Next »