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Westcott7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)
 
4.8

(based on 264 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (211)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (130)
  • Easy to set up (94)
  • Durable (90)
  • Reliable (65)
  • Good color value (64)

Cons

  • Flimsy (5)
  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (175)
  • Indoors (93)
  • Photography (83)
  • Strobe lighting (69)
  • General purpose (59)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (110), Semi-pro photographer (83), Photo enthusiast (32), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (211), 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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hot Spot

This umbrella is well made, however there is a hot spot in the center, probably because this umbrella is so big. Consequently because the light is more hot in the center, the color...Read complete review

This umbrella is well made, however there is a hot spot in the center, probably because this umbrella is so big. Consequently because the light is more hot in the center, the color is also different when the subject is placed in the center of the umbrella and when they are closer to the sides.

I sold this umbrella in the end and use the Wescott Parabolic white reflective umbrella with the black lining and the diffuser in the front.

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5.0

Nice light

By Dukes

from Philadelphia

Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

Only used once so far and love the results.
The big test will be in a few weeks for large dance groups.

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5.0

Great location modifier for any strobe of speed-light array.

By Fotografz

from Franklin MI & Palm Harbor FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Need Large Stand
  • No Grid

Best Uses

  • Large Groups School
  • Location
  • Photography
  • Portraits
  • Strobe Lighting
  • Weddings

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

This umbrella comes in three types: White, silver and translucent ... there is no other large modifier that is as easy to transport or set-up, so it is great for location work.

When combined with the inexpensive accessory Westcott sock, this umbrella is a highly versatile and convient alternative to a big Octabox.

I've used two of them with diffusion socks to light large class photos for school pics, and a single one with a battery powered strobe for wedding groups. When placed close to a portrait subject it delivers soft wrap-around light that flatters the subject..

Unlike conventional, shoot through large modifiers, this is a "shoot into" modifier that allows you to slide the light in and out to alter the focus of the light ... unlike an octabox, you cannot add a cloth grid to control spill as well.

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  • No

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5.0

Great Umbrella

By Photoguy

from Rocklin, CA

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

I bought this umbrella skeptical that it would be efficient with just my Canon Speedlight, wondering if I would need to buy a more powerful/expensive light source (cause you sacrifice 1 stop for the softer white umbrella). I was shooting inside in low light conditions and I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the pictures turned out. I kept the shutter speed at 250 (not needing high speed sync), and I didn't have to open the aperture the whole way; it stayed around f11. The umbrella is light, durable, and folds down nicely into its case. Very pleased

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5.0

Exquisite Light

By JJJJ

from Cranston, RI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting

    Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

    I saw Joel Grimes demo this light on a Kelby One training video and knew I had to have one. This is "butter soft" light.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    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.

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        • No

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        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.

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          4.0

          Beautiful light

          By Senjin

          from Tulsa

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

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

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          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

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            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.

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              • No

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              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.

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                • No

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                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!

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                  • No

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                  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.

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                  • No

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                  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!

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                    • No

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                    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...

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                    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

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                      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.

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                        • No

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                        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!

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                        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

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                          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.

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                            • No

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                            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

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