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Impact 7' Improved Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)

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Impact 7' Improved Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)
Key Features
  • Secure Push Button Locking Mechanism
  • Durable Fiberglass Ribs
  • Reflective Silver Interior
  • Long Throw Capability
If you had to choose a single light shaping tool, you might do well to pick the silver Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella. First of all, it's a huge broad light source that wraps light around your subject, yielding clean highlights and rich open shadows. But due to the special shape of the umbrella there's a unique mix of soft enveloping light with the kind of crisp detail you only get from reflectors. Put another way, if you combined a beauty dish with a softbox, you'd have a parabolic umbrella.
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Impact UP-7SI Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Improved Locking Mechanism
  • 3Parabolic Shape
  • 4Wide Diameter
  • 5Silver Interior
  • 616-Rib Design

If you had to choose a single light shaping tool, you might do well to pick the silver Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella. First of all, it's a huge broad light source that wraps light around your subject, yielding clean highlights and rich open shadows. But due to the special shape of the umbrella there's a unique mix of soft enveloping light with the kind of crisp detail you only get from reflectors. Put another way, if you combined a beauty dish with a softbox, you'd have a parabolic umbrella.

This umbrella has a unique structural design as well. The shaft is reinforced for strength and instead of bendable metal, the 16 inner ribs are made of durable fiberglass. The fixed black backing ensures that all of the light output is bounced back to your subject instead of through the umbrella. The silver interior provides a more specular and contrasty look than a white umbrella. You can also vary the light-to-umbrella distance along the shaft for a harder or softer light. In addition, an optional diffuser is available for this umbrella, which effectively converts it to a large softbox with just a 1/2 stop loss of output.

This silver version is ideal for throwing the light over a long distance. Two of them, for instance, could light an entire auditorium or a large graduating class. The umbrella features an improved finger-friendly locking mechanism for secure and fast set up and break down.

Improved Locking Mechanism
Improved locking mechanism provides fast, secure, and "finger-friendly" set up and break down.
Parabolic Shape
The parabolic shape produces a more natural wraparound light than a regular umbrella. This soft and natural light is what makes this umbrella a favorite of wedding and portrait photographers.
Wide Diameter
The 7-foot diameter ensures a soft light quality. This umbrella produces enough light for stunning group photos. It will also emit a broad enough beam for full-length portraits.
Silver Interior
A highly reflective silver ripstop nylon lines the umbrella's interior. It produces maximum light output that's great for studio or outdoor shooting where more contrast or specular highlights are wanted. Often used by fashion photographers for its punchy light.
16-Rib Design
For an umbrella to be effective, it needs to maintain its shape, and the fabric should remain taut. The umbrella features a 16-rib design that maintains the shape of the umbrella and the tension of the fabric for an even light spread.
UPC: 847628008915

Impact UP-7SI Specs

Size84.0" / 213.4 cm
Interior ColorSilver
ExteriorBlack
Shaft Diameter8 mm
Rods16
Material of ConstructionFiberglass, Nylon
Folded SizeL: 43.5" / L: 110.5 cm
Weight2.4 lb / 1.09 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)45.5 x 3.75 x 3.75"

Impact UP-7SI Reviews

Exactly what was needed for mobile indoors group portraits.

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-16

I still am exploring this modifier, really happy with it so far. Without the diffuser, it has a bit of a hot spot, which can be a positive as it allows a very large source to be directional. Seems well made and hopefully will hold up to weekly use well.

Exactly as I had hoped

By D'Andre
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-08

This parabolic umbrella delivered everything it promised and more!

My second one

By Daniele
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-13

I love this so much that I bought a second one. It's my go-to for portraits of kids, which I do a lot. Great quality, easy to set up and store. Highly recomment.

Works with Nanlite FS-300

By Jesse
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

This is now my go-to lighting modifier. I use it with my Nanlite FS-300 and the umbrella diffuser to create beautiful soft light in my videos.

Great piece of kit

By Doug
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

I have only used this twice now - so no idea how it will hold up. It does seem well built. This review is focused just on photographic results as a result. I will note that the revised umbrella release is a big improvement over my old Impact umbrellas. I used this with and without the diffuser to light a couple different group shots. Very different look with and without. Changing the height of the center of the umbrella also changes the look (obviously). Without the diffuser it is a little to stark and biting for my taste. Once the diffuser is in place it is a giant (and I do mean giant) softbox. Either way - it does exactly what I expected (in both cases) at a ridiculously affordable price. Very nice.

Gave me the light I was looking for

By James
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-26

Family portraits at Christmas. Main light with Impact 180Ws strobe, F5.6/6.1,8. Lights everything up nicely. Side light with Sigma EF-530 DG Super and 45 Impact shot through umbrella. Didn't get a chance to use the diffuser. Two complaints: I'd pay a little more ($5? $7?) to get a slightly longer umbrella case with positive closing. Has fallen out once. Also it's big and a slightly larger diameter shaft seems like it would still fit everything I have (all Impact), not add much weight, and instill a little more confidence in not bending it.

Great for backlighting or large-scale scenes

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-31

it's sturdy and efficient in light diffusion. Great for stand-up portraits, group shots, and backlighting.

A shady Deal

By Kent
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-11

Great umbrella. Nice price and delivery was great

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Asked by: li
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Hi!I m conssidering buying this umbrella but i own a Godox ad 600 and a Dynaphos Expert QS-300.does anyone know if it s compatibble?
Asked by: Ciprian M.
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Date published: 2018-08-28

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