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Westcott7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)
 
4.9

(based on 81 reviews)

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    (71)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (46)
  • Easy to set up (34)
  • Consistent (23)
  • Durable (23)
  • Reliable (23)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (53)
    • Photography (31)
    • Indoors (27)
    • Strobe lighting (24)
    • Artificial lighting (18)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (36), Semi-pro photographer (25), Photo enthusiast (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (64), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Modifier for the Price

    I used the Westcott Parabolic Silver Umbrella with Diffuser panel for beauty work. I wanted to test it out before I decided to add it to my arsenal as an alternative to the 7...Read complete review

    I used the Westcott Parabolic Silver Umbrella with Diffuser panel for beauty work. I wanted to test it out before I decided to add it to my arsenal as an alternative to the 7 foot octobox.

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    Great light, poor construction

    If you want a lot of light this is great. It is huge! The fiberglass rods are strong and flex well. The rod that extends from the center is advertised as being double...Read complete review

    If you want a lot of light this is great. It is huge! The fiberglass rods are strong and flex well. The rod that extends from the center is advertised as being double walled for strength. This is only half true. It is only double walled from about the center to the end. The top half is hallow and can bend easily. Westcott does not stand behind this product and responded with "we had to find a way to cut costs" statement. One fall and this item is done. Used it once in a warehouse with sandbags and it was knocked over by accident. Cost is $50 to repair from Westcott.

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    5.0

    Great solution for economy studio light

    By Serg

    from Nj Pittstown

    Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

    I read about this umbrella a lot of articles , and I wonted to try it , it is not expensive and it is worth it every penny , amazing results , will recomend to everyone who needs it .

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    5.0

    Great Umbrella

    By Pawel

    from Schaumburg IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

      I needed it for a photo shoot using white background . Works great with Alien Bees . Recommend it to anyone working with strobes .

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      • No

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      5.0

      Coverage!

      By July castle

      from Las vega

      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

      I recently did a group portrait of 7 and everyone was evenly lit. The ease of transport is incredible. The quality of light is awesome.

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      5.0

      amazing

      By Bulbo

      from Montreal, Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        Take photos with parabolic umbrellas is amazing, the light produced is soft and smooth, and it allows to models move freely without adjusting exposure levels. However, you need power in yours flash units (350 w/s or more).

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Large, nice light from this umbrella

        By ajdfoto

        from Cherry Hill, NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Large
        • Large Good Coverage
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Large Needs Space
        • Not For A Windy Day

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors Not Windy
        • Photography
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting
        • Studio

        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        It's large and really produces a nice light. Tried it with both a studio strobe and a speedlight, and had great results. I would be a bit worried about taking this thing outside on a windy day, but in the studio (or a calm day) this should get a lot of use.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great light modifier for the money

        By GoldenBright

        from NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

          The umbrella is a great large source light modifier. I bought it initially for individual as a single light source, but it was also delighted for groups too.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Durable

          By DME

          from Spring Valley, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

              Durable, well made but the silver created too much contrast. I like the Wescott Parabolic umbrella with the white interior.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Money well spent

              By Picture Guy

              from Morehead, KY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                Wonderful light mod. Would purchase again with the diffusion sock. Amazing soft light at a great price. Durability so far seems good.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great light modifier ... great price

                By zanypoet

                from Richmond, VA

                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 Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                  For me, these are great for taking pictures of a large group in a large indoor space like a church or atrium. I deploy two of these and they work great as the silver backing gives it a nice diffuse specular highlight. They come packaged with a carrying sleeve inside a sturdy tube. Definitely invest in heavy duty stands and umbrella adapters as well.

                  Fantastic light modifier at a great price.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Good Umbrella

                  By Probable Photo

                  from NJ

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                    It is a good umbrella, very big (which is the point), and well made. It is a bit heavy so make sure you use a solid stand and clamp. You may also need weights on the stand for counterbalance, especially outdoors.

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                    5.0

                    beautiful even light

                    By Georgia from Philly

                    from Philadelphia, PA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                      Since I couldn't afford the $4k and up version of this light modifier I wanted to try one of the cheap umbrella versions that are on the market. I tested it with my Profoto D1 Air and liked the even light I got. I compared some of the same sizes by different brands in the store and found the Westcott slightly better constructed but the differences were very small.

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                      • No

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                      2.0

                      Great light, poor construction

                      By Michael

                      from Jacksonville, FL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                      • False Advertising
                      • Short Lifespan

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                      If you want a lot of light this is great. It is huge! The fiberglass rods are strong and flex well. The rod that extends from the center is advertised as being double walled for strength. This is only half true. It is only double walled from about the center to the end. The top half is hallow and can bend easily. Westcott does not stand behind this product and responded with "we had to find a way to cut costs" statement. One fall and this item is done. Used it once in a warehouse with sandbags and it was knocked over by accident. Cost is $50 to repair from Westcott.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      hugde!

                      By homestudio

                      from philly

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography

                        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                        This is better than what you expect for the price, but still a bit heavy for its construction. I'm thinking probably a few months of heavy use will put it to ground, but it's pure speculation so I'm not knocking off stars. You better measure 7' in your space before you buy this!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Economical and versatile lighting

                        By Jb sunset beach

                        from Haleiwa, Hawaii

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Contrasty But Broad
                        • Durable
                        • Price

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fashion
                          • General Use
                          • Groups
                          • Indoors
                          • Large sets
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                          A broad light source thats specular is pretty hard to find. And it is impossible to beat at this price! A no-brainer. Contrasty, but with great wrap around, the umbrella is well made too. Buy yourself a nice solid stand with the money you save on this versatile piece of equipment. Highly recommended.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Un must !

                          By Sylvergarden

                          from montreal quebec canada

                          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                          must have this umbrella!

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                          5.0

                          Un must !

                          By Sylvergarden

                          from montreal quebec canada

                          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                          il faut avoir ce parapluie !

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                          5.0

                          Huge light source

                          By Dee

                          from Florida

                          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                          After receiving my 7 ft silver parabolic umbrella from B&H in my Florida location. I was amazed by the quality of light and the excellent construction. Highly recommend

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                          5.0

                          Great Modifier for the Price

                          By Dallas J. Logan

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                            I used the Westcott Parabolic Silver Umbrella with Diffuser panel for beauty work. I wanted to test it out before I decided to add it to my arsenal as an alternative to the 7 foot octobox.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Valuable light modifier.

                            By AD

                            from Havana, FL

                            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                            The umbrella is a great large source light modifier. I bought it initially for a single light source for groups but was also delighted to see how well it works for individuals too. Best of all, I bought the umbrella while it was on special. Had I known how good it was, I would have bought it the regular price long ago and still felt that I was getting a bargain. Thanks Westcott and B& H!

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                            5.0

                            Must have

                            By Vision 1.

                            from Philadelphia

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                              Ben wanting one of them and finaly got one. It will allow me more versatility when shooting. Was able to get it for about half it's normal price. Could not pass that up. Thanks B&H.

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                              • No

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