Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (60")

Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (60")

Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (60")

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Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (60")

Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (60")

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Product Highlights

  • Diffuser Turns Umbrella into a Softbox
  • Fiberglass Frame
  • 10 Panels Instead of 8
  • Removable Black Backing
  • Color Correct Fabric
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Size: 60"

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Shaft Diameter: 8mm

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An umbrella that can be quickly transformed into a softbox, the 60" SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft from Photek is built on a redesigned classic umbrella with a fiberglass frame and white reflective fabric that is free from contaminates that might add an unwanted color cast to your light output. The unique modifier includes a diffuser that fits tightly over the open side of the umbrella and accepts flash heads 7.25" or less in diameter - instant softbox! The combination of the light bouncing off the umbrella and through the diffuser yields a soft, flattering quality of light and since closer is softer, a portion of the shaft is removable so that you can work closer to your subject.

The SoftLighter's 10 panel construction (instead of the usual 8) gives the fabric tighter support that results in more controllable output and refined circular catchlights in the eyes of your subjects. The umbrella's black backing is removable allowing you to shoot through the translucent white fabric for snappier contrast. This SoftLighter umbrella ships with a removable 8mm shaft, but an optional 7mm shaft is available for lights that require it.

UPC: 811761011750
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Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (60")
  • Diffuser
  • 8mm Shaft
  • Storage Sleeve
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Photek SoftLighter specs

    Material Synthetic
    Dimensions Open Diameter: 60" / 152.4 cm
    Closed Length: 36.5" / 92.7 cm
    Shaft Diameter: 0.3" / 8.0 mm, optional 0.27" / 7.0 mm shaft
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 37.5 x 3.75 x 3.75"

    Photek SoftLighter reviews

    SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (60") is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Quality of Light I have the 46" model of the softlighter and it's become a mainstay in my modifier bag. The 60" will be no different. It's built very sturdy, and produces an absolutely gorgeous quality of light. The 8mm shaft fits snugly in the umbrella holder of my Profoto B1's. I think the only downside is that the 60" does not come with the silver/gold reflector discs that the 46" has. The silver in particular adds a lovely little specularity to the otherwise soft output of the softlighter and I wish the 60" came with its own set. I guess I'll just have to use the ones from my 46". Great modifier!
    Date published: 2018-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Photek stands by their stuff! In my previous review, I mentioned that the included diffuser had a very loose fit on the umbrella. Well, I sent pictures to Photek demonstrating the problem and they sent me a replacement diffuser without any trouble-the new one fits perfectly! Very happy at this point with the product and service.
    Date published: 2017-08-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great other than the diffuser This was just delivered to me today, but I do have a few thoughts already. First, I like the storage sleeve that velcros up tight and has a pocket for the diffuser. The umbrella itself also has velcro to keep it closed and I think the removable shaft is a thoughtful little feature that I will take advantage of. Compared to my PLM umbrella of similar size, this is a bit lighter and seems slightly less clunky to set up somehow. What I don't like is the diffuser, which has a pretty loose fit and almost seems to have excess material. The velcro on it doesn't quite meet up with the corresponding velcro on the umbrella itself, further adding to the problem. The sock is also very snug, but I assume will loosen up over time--it also isn't centered very well on my light (XPLOR 600), but that's not a Photek issue. All in all, I'm happy with my purchase. BONUS: The PLM diffuser fits on the SoftLighter and is very inexpensive. It can also be doubled up over the original diffuser for a little more softness.
    Date published: 2017-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Soft - Softer Than Buff PLM - One Speedlight I used this with a single Sony HVL-F60M speedlight. As you can see from the picture I got incredibly soft light. The picture I decided to upload was my first test shot, and it's unedited. The Softlighter is on camera right. The 64" Buff PLM is on camera left. Both speedlights were on fill power and toped with a stofen. I Based on another reviewer's recommendation on the PLM I ordered an extra BUff diffuser to try on the Softlighter. I can confirm that the PLM diffuser fits the Softlighter. As the Strobist stated in his comparison, the PLM is more efficient. Consequently, use the flash at lower power with he PLM. The PLM has 16 spokes as opposed to 10 on the Softlighter, so it is more round and produces nicer catch lights. Overall the PLM looks a lot more round and full, and the nicer fabric is tighter fitting. I'll probably keep both for a while, but if I had to keep one I would sell the Softlighter.
    Date published: 2018-03-13
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