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Westcott7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)
 
4.9

(based on 94 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (54)
  • Easy to set up (43)
  • Reliable (31)
  • Consistent (28)
  • Durable (23)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (62)
    • Photography (40)
    • Strobe lighting (32)
    • Indoors (27)
    • Artificial lighting (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (39), Semi-pro photographer (31), Photo enthusiast (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (74), 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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    4.0

    Goregeous light!

    By Sholst

    from Oakland, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography

      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

      I love this modifier! It is huge, lightweight, very portable and easy to set up. I bought the diffuser to go with it. I love having such a large modifier that is so easy to use. It even comes with a carrying case.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Best Umbrella for Large Groups

      By Magoo

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Weddings

      Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

      Provides extreme coverage over a large area. Contrast is increased but adjustable through LR.

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      • No

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      5.0

      WOW, WOW, WOW

      By CC

      from Australia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        What a fantastic product!!!!!
        So easy to use, so inexpensive and wonderful results. EVERY serious photographer should have one of these.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Heavy, But Amazing

        By Gabriel Adam

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

          I watched several reviews of this and all had nothing but good things to say. I got it and was excited to use it. I opened it up and it's huge, which is not new news, although in person it's still impressive. I set up my metal stand because I knew the slightest breeze would be caught by this. Now here is where the fact that although only being 2.5lbs this is heavy. I tried to set this up on my Neewer ball mount/umbrella holder. It is made of metal and when I tried to tighten into position, it just would fall down til the umbrella came to rest on the stand itself. I finally just got an allen wrench out of the tool box and tightened it. After some work I was finally able to get it working and into position. So I guess I typed all that just to warn people that this will not work on your normal cheap @ stands with out some reinforcement.

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By Sean Lyn Photography

          from Toronto, Ontario

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

            Love it!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            BIG

            By Lakin

            from DC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Shaft Feels Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

            This thing is big.

            But the open front diameter is not 7', it is ~6' when opened (assuming the 7' is measured around the back curve)

            The shaft might be reinforced but it doesn't feel like it when mounting to a stand and adjusting angles. The shaft flexes and the whole umbrella sways in a manner that makes it feel like it will not hold its own weight when connected towards the end of the shaft.

            Has not been an issue yet, just doesn't feel as robust as I would expect to support something of this size and weight.

            I have no comparison to tell if it is more robust feeling than other large umbrellas.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Rocks

            By Mulveyphoto

            from Dallas

            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

            This is awesome for paramount lighting and getting those white backgrounds whiteA really great Realively Cheap modifierGet the 1stop elastic soft cover too it turns it into a huge softbox basically for 28 bucks extra

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            5.0

            New Favorite Modifier

            By GreenPotato Media

            from Baton Rouge, La

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • HUGE
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Huge Get A Good Stand

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

            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.

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            • No

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            5.0

            works great

            By Photographic Manoeuvres

            from Vancouver BC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

              I use it in my studio and with a studio strobe or even a speedlight it gives me the light to do full length shots. Nice soft even wrap around light.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Parabolic umbrella silver

              By Kwugtt

              from Texas

              Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

              This umbrella is fantastic, light weight and easily assessable. The size can be a problem in small areas, I'd suggest something smaller. Thus far on point.

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              5.0

              Very large!

              By Phil

              from Texas

              Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

              This is very large and you will need plenty of room. Other than that it's awesome!

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              5.0

              Big Umbrella, Big Light

              By Eugene W

              from New York, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Efficient
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits
                • Strobe Lighting

                Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                This is one Big Light Modifier, you can get even coverage over one person or a small group with no problem.

                This is one Efficient Light Modifier, a little light will go a long way.

                This is one beautiful light source (especially with the 7' diffuser). I have been able to achieve some great wrapping effects and produce some remarkably soft light for a silver reflected.

                The cost is ridiculous fair when you think about what you get.
                The construction is surprisingly better than I thought.

                The 7' Parabolic is a great buy all around.
                Get one. Or two...
                I am trying to figure out how to fit two more in my space...

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                5.0

                Great Quality

                By BigG

                from Lacey, WA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                  This is used indoors as well as outdoors.

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                  • No

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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).

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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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