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Impact7' Parabolic Umbrella (White/Black)
 
4.7

(based on 50 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (28)
  • Durable (23)
  • Good color value (17)
  • Attaches securely (8)
  • Long-lasting (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (34)
  • Indoors (32)
  • General purpose (18)
  • Low light (12)
  • Outdoors (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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5.0

Instant shade

By scott800

from fresno, ca

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Shade

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

      This creates an soft diffuser for and is incredibly handy outside. Much faster than a reflector 5 in 1 for a fast diffuser that an assistant can hold . can pop open and use for a midday portrait and holster right away. Easier to carry around than a circular reflector too

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      5.0

      Excellent soft directional mod

      By scott800

      from fresno, ca

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

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

        This creates an excellent soft directional light with wrap around output. We use them with speed lights in studio and on location. make sure to have and assistant hold the stand, otherwise your stand will fly away.

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        5.0

        Excellent, with high output.

        By scott800

        from Fresno, Ca

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Night Time
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

          This creates an excellent directional light with very high output. We use them with speed lights in studio and on location. make sure to have and assistant hold the stand, otherwise your stand will fly away.

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          5.0

          Great value

          By Thomas

          from Toronto, ON

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

            It is easy to set up and seemingly durable (just started using)

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            5.0

            Nice product and reasonably priced

            By The Big Kahuna

            from Flat Rock, MI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

              Used for portraits and special events

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              5.0

              Works great and flolds small

              By Pete

              from Boca

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                  Great light coverage

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                  4.0

                  Great Modifier and Good Value

                  By Stuart B.

                  from Greenwich, CT

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                    The light is big, but not all over the place. Meaning, the sheer size makes it a softer light, but there is still a defined fall off at the edge of the light source - it just doesn't throw light everywhere.

                    I'm still learning how far to place the strobe to umbrella. As one would expect, the light output is distributed differently depending on the distance from the flash tube to the umbrella.

                    I would not use this outdoors unless an assistant was holding the umbrella. In my humble opinion, even a small breeze would be too much stress for this umbrella even if you had 100 lbs holding down the light stand.

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                    4.0

                    Great modifier, but extremely unwieldy

                    By Sean

                    from Washington, DC

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                        This applies really to any 7ft Parabolic umbrella like this one:
                        It creates a huge light source that wraps your subject and makes for some really great single-light portraits.
                        The downside is that it probably needs to stay in a proper studio. Going out on location, you will find that most indoor locations don't have ceilings high enough to really accommodate this. You can forget about using this outdoors if there is even the slightest breeze. No amount of sandbags will stop this from taking off like a kite.
                        Still, in the right situation this is a great tool. I highly recommend buying the front diffusion cover for it.

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                        5.0

                        Huge but focused light

                        By Matt from FL

                        from Orlando, FL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                          I am a fan of big soft light and this (along with the diffuser) seemed like a good alternative to a bulky and very expensive softbox. I'm very impressed with how the shape of the umbrella focuses the light, while the silver interior and large size create something that is both hard and soft at the same time. The edges have a nice smooth fade for feathering and you can adjust the "focus" by moving the light up and down the shaft.

                          This is a lightweight product, but when it's open and boomed out over your subject the sheer size of it can cause some unexpected rotation inside the bracket. Tighten everything down well if you're using this at an angle, and have fun!

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                          5.0

                          Great Umbrella

                          By Robert

                          from Newark, NJ

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

                            Great product. Great Price. I use it for shooting large groups and it work like a charm. Not complaints.

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                            4.0

                            I like it!

                            By itbphoto

                            from massachusetts

                            Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                            Ordered this to compliment my setup for indoor lighting. Just used it this week for some glamour work and clients love the results! It's big, and is made of fiberglass so be careful when you open it..not sure how sturdy it will be in the long haul. Can't beat the price!

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                            5.0

                            Produces great quality light

                            By SophterLight

                            from Connecticut

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                            Pros

                            • Durable

                            Cons

                            • Stem Construction

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

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

                            Love the light quality and the construction overal feels good. Fiberglas ribbing and a good quality fabric. The main monting stem could be stronger as it bows under its own weight when mounted on the heads.

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                            5.0

                            Big and sturdy

                            By Marty

                            from West Virginia

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

                              I used this in combination with a 60 inch soft box to shoot a group of 17 people, worked like a charm. Used as a shoot through on 500 w/s strobes.

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                              5.0

                              Huge

                              By DalArch

                              from Dallas, TX

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Compact But Large Coverag
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                                Prior to this purchase, I had bought only a small softbox and a couple of small umbrellas. I saw a photographer with a similar large umbrella shooting a youth basketball team portrait, and wanted to get one. He was using it as a softbox, with a diffuser on the front. So, I ordered this umbrella with a diffuser. I love it; have only tested it so far, but I am looking forward to using it for family portraits - for my growing family.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Construction

                                By Elcolibri

                                from Hagerstown, Maryland

                                About Me Photography Student

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                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  The 7' parabolic umbrella is well built and performs great for blocking unwanted glare or directing light around a subject. Great for portraits, still-life and environmental photography.

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                                  5.0

                                  Easy to set up, and great to work with

                                  By Jared - Identity Crisis Studio

                                  from Seattle

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                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

                                        I had some Paul C Buff parabolic umbrellas with the on-axis speedring setup, and didn't like to bring them on location, because of the additional setup. I probably should have ordered them with the 8mm shaft instead.

                                        So I purchased this 7' Parabolic Umbrella, and have already used it a few times on location. So much easier to set up and take down. No speedring parts to deal with.

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                                        4.0

                                        Not quite 7'

                                        By Gobidharma

                                        from Milwaukee, WI

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                                        Pros

                                        • Freakin Big

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Shooting Groups

                                          Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                                          First of all this is huge. It is also heavy. I found that a cheap plastic umbrella bracket won't support the weight of this umbrella. I opted to use the triple cold shoe bracket from Interfit Strobies, which has a threaded handle to tighten it down, and that holds this weight just fine. I was glad to see that they shortened the stem (in relation to the length of the arms of this umbrella), as it would probably stick into the shot if I had the light close to the subject. This is also definitely an indoor-only umbrella, I wouldn't hazard this out in the wind, it's just not that durable. For studio use, however, it will work just fine. I did a quick measurement when it was open, and came up with about 74" diameter. That's only a little over 6'.

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                                          5.0

                                          Very sturdy construction

                                          By Elcolibri

                                          from Hagerstown, Maryland

                                          About Me Photography Student

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Adaptibility
                                          • Attaches Securely
                                          • Durable
                                          • Good Color Value
                                          • Portability

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

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

                                            This product is great for portrait, still life and other forms of indoor photography. Also great outdoors for blocking or controlling the level of lighting on the subject. Very well constructed and is easily attached to existing light sources or stands containing umbrella mounts.

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                                            5.0

                                            love it

                                            By bill

                                            from waltham ma

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attaches Securely
                                            • Durable
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                            • NONE

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits
                                            • Studio work

                                            Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                                            am now useing this umbrella to modify my main light in all my studio work and am getting such great light

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent value for the money

                                            By Ram

                                            from San Jose,CA

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Indoors
                                              • Portraits

                                              Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

                                              Great for producing light for group portrait
                                              Best used with studio strobe (I use Elinichrom strobes)
                                              You can also use flash but using with tri-flash may help.

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