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WestcottUmbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella
 
4.7

(based on 24 reviews)

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    (5)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (20)
  • Attaches securely (18)
  • Durable (14)
  • Good color value (11)
  • Long-lasting (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (19)
    • Indoors (18)
    • General purpose (15)
    • Low light (8)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    What a great product!

    Recently at a class seminar we practiced using the parabolic umbrella. The light was great for the way it spread out and could light a group plus the background! (Great for weddings!)but...Read complete review

    Recently at a class seminar we practiced using the parabolic umbrella. The light was great for the way it spread out and could light a group plus the background! (Great for weddings!)but I didn't like the harshness of it. With the front diffuser panel the light becomes much less specular. I am thrilled with this product and will buy another one for my other umbrella. Thanks Westcott!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great diffuser, but got melted

    I bought this diffuser to put over my Westcott 7-foot parabolic umbrella. In fact I've been waiting anxiously for a long time for this diffuser to come out. Very nice quality of light...Read complete review

    I bought this diffuser to put over my Westcott 7-foot parabolic umbrella. In fact I've been waiting anxiously for a long time for this diffuser to come out. Very nice quality of light and I knew I would love it. However, at the end of my first session, I found that the diffuser had a small melted hole in the fabric where it attaches to my Alien Bee 1600. It may have been user error, since it was my first time using it and there were no instructions included with the diffuser. I'm wondering if I'll have to purchase another diffuser because there could be a light leak. I might sew a piece of non-flammable white fabric over the hole which is only about 2 inches in diameter, to cover the light leak. I'm only going to use the modeling lamp for short durations to prevent this from happening again.I love the fact that this large diffuser folds up very small and it's light. The diffuser is held onto the perimeter of the Westcott 7-foot umbrella by elastic, which I'm guessing, means eventually the elastic will give out. It was easy to attach to the umbrella. To attach the diffuser to the light head, there is a drawstring. I've only used this diffuser one time so only time will tell how durable it is.The price is right too at about [$]. Some diffusers sell for 2-3 times more. Some are much, much more, for instance a Profoto diffuser for a 7 foot reflector is [$]

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    5.0

    Diffuses well

    By DME

    from Spring Valley, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

        This diffuser is constructed nicely and diffuses well. It is a hassle to put on the umbrella because of its size, however this is not the fault of the diffuser itself only the nature of this product.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Perfect Accessory

        By wfphotography

        from Salt Lake City, UT

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

          Did the job exactly as expected!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Very happy :)

          By Bertrand

          from Australia, Gold Coast

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

            Very happy with the product, the easiest way to turn a big umbrella into a big softbox!

            Also very happy with B&H services, thank you!

            ps: I only wish postage was cheaper for Australia as it was more expensive than the diffuser itself.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works Great

            By TrP

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

              The light seems to spread a lot better with this diffuser and the silver parabolic umbrella.

              I initially had 3 speedlights attached to Impact FA-300HS Triple-Flash Hot Shoe Adapter Mount, but this diffuser would only allow one flash to go through the hole. I guess you need the Wescott umbrella triple flash mount to get 3 speedlights into this set-up.

              Anyway, I went back to using one speedlight and realized that now the entire umbrella is filled with light. Can't wait to try it out on a job.

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              5.0

              Big Soft Box low $$$

              By X-GI-Joe

              from Tampa Bay

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fashion
                • Indoors
                • Small Space Big Light

                Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                The diffuser converts this umbrella into a big soft box with a big zone of very soft light. So if you in a small shooting space and who isn't, you put it all the way back in one corner or the other, you stay out of the way of the light so you don't cast a shadow on your subject and shoot. You have quite a bit of latitude because the correct exposure is a big zone at the other end of the room. The inverse square law is working for you at this distance. Another option is to bring it up close directly behind you in which case light goes past you on each side and you cast no shadow.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Beautiful Light

                By MalcRich75

                from Baker, La

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                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

                  Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                  I love this diffuser. I use it for portraits on the Weastcott 7' White parabolic umbrella. The coverage is great and the light is beautiful. I find it easy to setup on the umbrella.

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                  4.0

                  Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella

                  By MacroTiger

                  from sioux falls, south dakota

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to attach

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                  This diffuser fits over the seven foot parabolic umbrella. It works well to diffuse light, creating the effect of a soft box. It is somewhat difficult to attach and will heat up the interior of the umbrella if continuous lights are used. Overall we are quite satisfied with this produce.

                  Mark Nielson

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                  5.0

                  Must have accessory!

                  By Velophoto

                  from Milwaukee, WI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                    A low cost way for a 7ft Octa. Simple, gorgeous light!

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                    5.0

                    makes a giant softbox

                    By Jay

                    from Detroit

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                      This truly turns the umbrella into a giant softbox

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Creating an inexpensive Octa-Bank

                      By JohnC

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Glamor
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                        Adding the diffuser to the parabolic umbrella gives you a 7-foot octabank for about 1/5 the cost. Great light. Easy to set up. Doesn't break the bank.

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                        5.0

                        GREAT alternative to a soft box

                        By Mark Blu

                        from Los Angeles

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                          Need soft light from a large source? If I could have only one light modifier I would use this one. This turns a Wescott 7' silver bounce umbrella into an extremely useful and very cost effective light modifier. I'm using them with 580 EXlls but they will work quite well with any strobe or cool continuous light source. I highly recommend you give this a try.It takes a little patience to fit this onto the umbrella if you're working alone because as you get one side onto the umbrella face the other side wants to come along. It isn't too bad though and it would be a snap with two people.

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                          4.0

                          It diffuses the strob for the 7' umbrell

                          By arad

                          from MA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                            It attaches to the Wescott 7' umbrella and it nicely diffuses the light

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Essential Accessory

                            By KurtLindner

                            from Los Angeles

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Beyond Useful
                            • Durable
                            • Easy setup
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fashion
                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio

                              Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                              This is an absolute essential for the Silver, or White 7" Parabolic Wetscott, or Flashpoint umbrellas.

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                              5.0

                              Awesojr

                              By Hecstar

                              from Clifton nj

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Good Color Value
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long-Lasting
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Outdoors
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                                This umbrella is the best modifier by far. Unreal soft light and spreads beautiful .. I light up my formals for weddings excellent tajes away the shadows I don't have any negative things to say nothing at all is a must have I will buy another is a must have for group shots and portraits you will love it is beauty

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                                5.0

                                MAKES A GREAT LIGHT

                                By THORCAT

                                from NYNYN

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                                  SETS UP FAST AND SPREADS A SOFT LIGHT
                                  CAN COVER WITH ONE LIGHT 20 PEOPLE

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Nice light

                                  By Jim S.

                                  from San Diego

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                                    This gives you a nice very large defused light for a lot less money. This will fit other 7' umbrella, not just a Westcott. It slips over the edges with elastic.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Umbrella Diffuser

                                    By photoboy

                                    from seattle,wa

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Outdoors

                                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                                      Softens the output from a Westcott Parabolic Umbrella

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Beautiful light

                                      By Brian

                                      from Wellington, Ohio

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • NONE

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                                      I have the black and silver 7' umbrella and until I bought this I thought its light was harsh. I didn't use it as much as I thought I would. I put this diffuser on it an I got the beautiful light I thought I should. I've only had it for 2 weeks and already used it in 6 shoots both indoors and out.

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                                      • No

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                                      3.0

                                      Great diffuser, but got melted

                                      By Photo Dude

                                      from Beaumont, Ca

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Good Color Value
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Heat Sensitive

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                                      I bought this diffuser to put over my Westcott 7-foot parabolic umbrella. In fact I've been waiting anxiously for a long time for this diffuser to come out. Very nice quality of light and I knew I would love it. However, at the end of my first session, I found that the diffuser had a small melted hole in the fabric where it attaches to my Alien Bee 1600. It may have been user error, since it was my first time using it and there were no instructions included with the diffuser. I'm wondering if I'll have to purchase another diffuser because there could be a light leak. I might sew a piece of non-flammable white fabric over the hole which is only about 2 inches in diameter, to cover the light leak. I'm only going to use the modeling lamp for short durations to prevent this from happening again.I love the fact that this large diffuser folds up very small and it's light. The diffuser is held onto the perimeter of the Westcott 7-foot umbrella by elastic, which I'm guessing, means eventually the elastic will give out. It was easy to attach to the umbrella. To attach the diffuser to the light head, there is a drawstring. I've only used this diffuser one time so only time will tell how durable it is.The price is right too at about [$]. Some diffusers sell for 2-3 times more. Some are much, much more, for instance a Profoto diffuser for a 7 foot reflector is [$]

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                                      5.0

                                      Great addition to 7' umbrella

                                      By Bellaire-images

                                      from Melbourne, Australia

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Good Color Value
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use
                                        • Indoors
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                                        Great option for silver umbrella to gain more flexibility from the well priced 7' silver Wescott umbrella. Gives a nice diffused light.

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                                        • No

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