Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (46")

Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (46")

Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (46")

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Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (46")

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  • Diffuser Turns Umbrella into a Softbox
  • Fiberglass Frame
  • 10 Panels Instead of 8
  • Removable Black Backing
  • Color Correct Fabric
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Shaft Diameter: 8mm

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Photek SoftLighter overview

  • 1Description

An umbrella that can be quickly transformed into a softbox, the 46" 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: 811761011736
In the Box
Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (46")
  • Diffuser
  • 8mm Shaft
  • Storage Sleeve
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Photek SoftLighter specs

    Size 46.0" / 116.8 cm
    Interior White
    Exterior Black
    Shaft Diameter 8 mm
    Rods Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Material of Construction Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Folded Size L: 29.5" / L: 74.9 cm
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.6 x 3.6 x 3.5"

    Photek SoftLighter reviews

    SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (46") is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential Lighting tool! If you are a portrait photographer in any capacity and you are using Strobes to light your subject, then you need the ease of use and quality of light that the 46 Photek SoftLighter Umbrella brings to your shoots. As easy to use as an umbrella but with a softer and more controlable light quality. The 46 is big enough to use on multiple subjects and gives a nice balance between light output and fall off. I use this tool at a lot of my weddings when the sunlight just isn't there. It helps to bring natural looking directional light into an otherwise flat image.
    Date published: 2017-10-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Wedding tog here. I've had them all: Profoto RFi, Elinchrom, Paul C. Buff modifiers and ended up keeping a massive PCB octa that I barely use (only because it's cheap and has a grid) but sold the rest. Elinchrom Octa's were my favorite... Enter Photek Softlighter... Perhaps my favorite modifier of all time for weddings due to it's size AND weight. I have a small scale at home and I weigh my setups all the time. I got down to the lightest setup ever, thanks to the carbon fiber boom handle and this softlighter.� The setup will be based on the amount of ambient light. During the day, I'd use a Profoto B2. More towards the evening, I'll use the Profoto A1.� My assistant never gets tired now :) When shooting alone, I use the C-Stand. In most cases, you don't even need a sandbag unless you have wind...
    Date published: 2018-05-12
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Diffuser does not work with offset umbrella mounts If you use Elinchrom lights or any other lights where the umbrella mount is not right in the center of the light you have to stretch the diffuser opening more than it should be which bends the umbrella shaft and deforms the umbrella so one half is bent too far in. You need buy the kit for speed lights that has a velcro slit to allow some distance between the light and the umbrella mount. Well made otherwise, and the detachable shaft is nice so you dony poke people in the eye.
    Date published: 2018-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great piece of Equipment This is so handy to use with my on location speed lights that I use to photograph events and architectural venues. My studio lights in my studio are used for specific portraiture, product, still life, fine art. So i have the best of both worlds.
    Date published: 2017-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Set your portraits apart This umbrella softbox will move your portrait to the next level!
    Date published: 2018-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great alternative to a softbox Perfect alternative to a softbox, great quality of light. Best use for portraits.
    Date published: 2018-05-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (46) I have the 60 which has been brilliant, sure this will be the same. The RIDICULOUS import duty to the UK makes buying a painful process But B&H are brilliant!
    Date published: 2018-11-02
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