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Impact7' Parabolic Umbrella (White/Black)
 
4.6

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (33)
  • Durable (27)
  • Good color value (21)
  • Attaches securely (10)
  • Good power output (5)

Cons

  • Flimsy (3)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (39)
  • Indoors (35)
  • General purpose (20)
  • Outdoors (13)
  • Low light (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (30), Semi-pro photographer (15), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (50)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well Made!

The built quality of thie umbrella is very good, much better than the cheaper umbrella that I have previously. The silver material is able to reflect my 600EX-RT speedlite very well and very...Read complete review

The built quality of thie umbrella is very good, much better than the cheaper umbrella that I have previously. The silver material is able to reflect my 600EX-RT speedlite very well and very evenly, I was surprised that I don't even need a studio light, strobe, monolight for this huge umbrella. I am very happy with my purchase.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good light quality but flimsy

This parabolic umbrella produce a very good light with just the right amount of sparkle but still soft.

Unfortunately,the shaft of the umbrella is rather flimsy and it will not...Read complete review

This parabolic umbrella produce a very good light with just the right amount of sparkle but still soft.

Unfortunately,the shaft of the umbrella is rather flimsy and it will not sustain a heavy use at all.Mine gave up after only five shoots so it doesn't get my recommendation if you are a busy photographer always on location.

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4.0

Super big

By Caio Ferreira

from NYC

Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

If you looking for a super big umbrella this is the one. The light is too hard and wish it was a bit wider but works fine.

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5.0

7' Parabolic Umbrella

By CJ

from Toronto Canada

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

    it's used for full body shots in door and outdoor, the size is perfect, the inside handle is short,

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great!

    By Chris

    from Canada

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

      great lighting modifier. its an umbrella so its packs up super fast, easy to connect to any standard umbrella mount. Bought it with the diffusion sock.
      Looks great on people, used for my last portrait session.
      Even indoors near a door - ok it was big barn doors and it was a windy weather day, but my assistant had trouble holding the light stand with the umbrella on it. serious wind catching potential. could maybe lift a 100 lb person in strong wind.
      has good weight behind it - as far as umbrellas go, so make sure to really lock off that umbrella mount or it can dip.

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      5.0

      Nice Light bank

      By Butch

      from Bucks County PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Great price
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commercial Photos
        • General Use
        • Product photography

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

        This works well with both people and product. It produces and even soft direct light with consistent results.

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        • No

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        2.0

        Good light quality but flimsy

        By Jimbo

        from Rimouski,Canada

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Good Quality Of Light
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver):

        This parabolic umbrella produce a very good light with just the right amount of sparkle but still soft.

        Unfortunately,the shaft of the umbrella is rather flimsy and it will not sustain a heavy use at all.Mine gave up after only five shoots so it doesn't get my recommendation if you are a busy photographer always on location.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Soft Light

        By Michael Thomas Photography

        from Yucca Valley, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable Soft Light

        Cons

        • Great Value
        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

        Great for that soft light portrait. Great value compared to other 7' umbrellas.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Broad, Soft Lighting

        By PhotoJim

        from Newnan, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

          I use this for portraiture. Flattering to almost every face with soft, even lighting. I use with Alien Bees 800 w/s monolight in studio. Soft and even lighting for almost any face. Umbrella is directly behind me, with me sitting on a stool in front of it. Yes, if you look carefully at the catch lights, you can see my silhouette in their eyes! Comes with a nice protective case.

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          4.0

          Great for shade if used with assistant

          By Stuart B.

          from Greenwich, CT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion):

              Great tool for creating shade outdoors, but it must be used with an assistant.

              Honestly, I'm thinking through whether I could use tent pegs and lines tied to the top of a c-stand to hold it in place against a small breeze. Sand bags can't fight the leverage of an umbrella at the top of a stand.

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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

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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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

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works great and flolds small

                          By Pete

                          from Boca

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          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

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                              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

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                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

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    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

                                      About Me 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
                                        • 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

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        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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