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WestcottUmbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella
 
4.8

(based on 38 reviews)

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    (7)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (31)
  • Attaches securely (18)
  • Durable (14)
  • Good color value (11)
  • Easy to set up (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (29)
  • Indoors (18)
  • General purpose (15)
  • Low light (8)
  • Photography (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (18), Pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (31)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great accessory and here's the trick to mounting it...

As others have mentioned, this is a great accessory for your 7' Parabolic. An easy to transport and setup alternative to a soft box. Well worth the money. I use it with...Read complete review

As others have mentioned, this is a great accessory for your 7' Parabolic. An easy to transport and setup alternative to a soft box. Well worth the money. I use it with both the white and the silver umbrellas and liked it so much that I bought another.

Here's the trick to mounting it quickly and single-handedly. Do NOT try to mount it to a fully opened umbrella - that will require two people. Just take the closed umbrella and insert it through the hole in the diffuser, tip first, until the umbrella is completely inside the diffuser hole. With the umbrella pointed to the floor, reach through the hole and slowly start to open up the umbrella. As the umbrella opens, it will apply equal pressure to the elastic band and then you can right the umbrella and lock it in the open position and the diffuser will be taut and even. Then you can mount the umbrella shaft onto your light. No need for two people!

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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

I would but this product again

By Cris M Photography

from Mexico

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

Easy to use with the 7' parabolic umbrella. Looks very well made and works perfectly. The light diffuses beautiful

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5.0

7' Diffuser

By Eujean

from Osan Air Base, AP

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

Now I have better control of the light.

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5.0

Delicious Diffusion

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 Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

    This makes the 7 foot umbrella even softer.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome

    By Mfox

    from Utah

    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 Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

      I use this product for large soft light for lighting full body portraits. Bang for your buck.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great

      By Robert

      from Houston, TX

      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 Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

        Perfect to get a softer light

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        • No

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        5.0

        Works Great!

        By jkantor

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

            Heavy weight, easy to attach, easy to slip over light.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Fits Great

            By Steve S

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

              Bought this to use on the Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella. Fits well, and seems even a little generous on the fit, so I think would accommodate any 7' umbrella, slightly elastic on the edge to create a good fit. I've found the easiest way to put on is to place the edges over the umbrella while it's partially closed, then open the umbrella while expanding the diffuser at the same time.

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              5.0

              Great accessory and here's the trick to mounting it...

              By Dave G.

              from Philly

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                As others have mentioned, this is a great accessory for your 7' Parabolic. An easy to transport and setup alternative to a soft box. Well worth the money. I use it with both the white and the silver umbrellas and liked it so much that I bought another.

                Here's the trick to mounting it quickly and single-handedly. Do NOT try to mount it to a fully opened umbrella - that will require two people. Just take the closed umbrella and insert it through the hole in the diffuser, tip first, until the umbrella is completely inside the diffuser hole. With the umbrella pointed to the floor, reach through the hole and slowly start to open up the umbrella. As the umbrella opens, it will apply equal pressure to the elastic band and then you can right the umbrella and lock it in the open position and the diffuser will be taut and even. Then you can mount the umbrella shaft onto your light. No need for two people!

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                5.0

                A tip for setting up...

                By Dave G.

                from Philly

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                  For those of you struggling to set this up (citing the need for two people), here's the trick: DON'T attach it to the open umbrella. Close your umbrella and slide it (starting with the point) through the opening in the diffuser until it is completely past the opening. Point the umbrella toward the floor and reach through the diffuser opening with your other hand and open the umbrella fully. The umbrella will provide even tension against the elastic in the diffuser and when you lock the umbrella in the open position, the diffuser will be taut. Now just mount it on your light.

                  This diffuser is a great, inexpensive addition to an equally great, inexpensive modifier (the 7' parabolic). It would be nice if it came with a case, but a big ziplock will do fine. Highly recommended.

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                  5.0

                  Umbrella Diffusion panel

                  By N/A

                  from Columbus, Ohio

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                    I like it. Works very well diffusing the light coming from my white umbrella. Also works well with my other 7 ft silver umbrella from PCB. Nice secure fit on both umbrellas. The combo of this with the large 7ft umbrella gives you some incredibly soft shadow transition. A little cumbersome to set up at first but with some practice you get the hang of setting up this combo pretty quickly.

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                    4.0

                    Wonderful addition to a 7' parabolic

                    By tpc

                    from Ottawa, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                      Earlier I purchased the 3-umbrella special bundle from B&H (basically 3 for the price of 2!)
                      Working with them a bit, I wanted to be able to soften the silver reflector to approach the light from the white (for large groups).
                      This is an inexpensive addition to the parabolic, and makes the light very much like a Photek Softlighter (but HUGE :-)). It's incredibly easy to put on (elastic, and fits easily on the parabolic, with a port for the strobe/speedlight that can be tightened with a drawstring). Really glad I bought it - B&H, maybe you could consider bundling it with your 3-pack of Westcott parabolics?
                      It does not come with any kind of carry bag - so mine now resides in a (large) ziplock bag...

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                      5.0

                      Great addition to the umbrella!

                      By Joe

                      from Melrose, MA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                        Love this for portraits, such beautiful light!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Perfect acssesories for parabolic

                        By NicoR

                        from Canada

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                          I use it on a impact umbrella and it fit perfert....Adding this useful diffuser to your parabolic umbrella will give you the softness of light you need.....

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works great

                          By Ben

                          from Houston

                          Comments about Westcott Umbrella Diffuser for Parabolic Umbrella:

                          Easy to use. Great light.

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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.

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                              • 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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                                  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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                                      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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