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

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Photek SoftLighter Umbrella with Removable 8mm Shaft (46")
Key Features
  • Diffuser Turns Umbrella into a Softbox
  • Fiberglass Frame
  • 10 Panels Instead of 8
  • Removable Black Backing
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.
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Photek SoftLighter 46" Overview

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: 811761010081

Photek SoftLighter 46" Specs

Size46.0" / 116.8 cm
Interior ColorWhite
ExteriorBlack
Shaft Diameter8 mm
Folded SizeL: 29.5" / L: 74.9 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)30.6 x 3.6 x 3.5"

Photek SoftLighter 46" Reviews

Good reception

By Santina
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-15

Perfect

Great light modifier.

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-03

I have been pleasantly surprised by this umbrella. With the diffusion panel attached to the front I get very photogenic light. I used it in an interiors shoot I did where the client wanted more of a artificially lit look rather then the natural light approach I often use with interiors. I have not used it for portraits yet but I expect equally nice results if I use it correctly. The detachable center rod is a very smart and useful touch. It can be cut in half essentially. It's made well and will last for many years I think. I liked it so much I bought a second one.

Worth it

By Adam
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-11

After a couple large soft box umbrellas gave out on me after a few years, I fished around a closet and found my first modifier - a $25 umbrella. Still works great, but needed something a little better but still portable for family shoots. This works quite well. It seems well-constructed. The diffuser doesn't feel as soft as I imagined, but studying my images, it's doing a solid job.

Exactly what I needed!

By Tamara
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-01

I ordered this after seeing it used in Felix's signature lighting class. It arrived super quick and was very easy to assemble. I'll order the 60 umbrella next.

The best

By Sebastien
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-30

Very good product

You need a a bigger light !

By Harry
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-31

I purchased this years ago, but have not really tested it out relying mostly on strobe diffuser filters and/or lens diffusers for my needs. I decided to test these with my Alienbees AB800 ( 320W) strobes, but even at full power I had to boost the ISO to 1200+ to get a decent shot. I then decided to test these with my Alienbees AB1600 (640W). Same thing ! Even at full power I could not get a decent lighted shot unless I boosted the ISO to astronomical levels ? I have the 46 version maybe a smaller version would have worked more efficiently. Also the color temperature seemed to change every time I changed the power output levels ? Otherwise the umbrella sees to be made from high quality products that look durable.

Shaft is larger

By Marla
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-24

Shaft is larger and hence does not fit on the profoto b1's which is a bummer.

If you're going to buy one modifier, start here

By David
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-08

Produces nice smooth falloff even with a dinky little speedlight. Works well without a diffuser too. Just be sure you buy the right shaft size for your umbrella holder.

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