Impact 7' Improved Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)

Impact 7' Improved Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)

Impact 7' Improved Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)

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  • Secure Push Button Locking Mechanism
  • Durable Fiberglass Ribs
  • Reflective Silver Interior
  • Long Throw Capability
  • Black Backing
  • Reinforced Shaft
  • Carrying Case
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Impact UP-7SI overview

  • 1Description

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
In the Box
Impact 7' Improved Parabolic Umbrella (Silver)
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Impact UP-7SI specs

    Size 84.0" / 213.4 cm
    Interior Silver
    Exterior Black
    Shaft Diameter 8 mm
    Rods 16
    Material of Construction Fiberglass, Nylon
    Folded Size L: 43.5" / L: 110.5 cm
    Weight 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 45.5 x 3.75 x 3.75"

    Impact UP-7SI reviews

    7' Improved Parabolic Umbrella (Silver) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 42.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great modifier, but extremely unwieldy 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.
    Date published: 2015-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge but focused light 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!
    Date published: 2015-04-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Modifier and Good Value 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.
    Date published: 2015-04-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not quite 7' First of all this is huge. It is also heavy. I found that a cheap plastic umbrella bracket won't support the weight of this umbrella. I opted to use the triple cold shoe bracket from Interfit Strobies, which has a threaded handle to tighten it down, and that holds this weight just fine. I was glad to see that they shortened the stem (in relation to the length of the arms of this umbrella), as it would probably stick into the shot if I had the light close to the subject. This is also definitely an indoor-only umbrella, I wouldn't hazard this out in the wind, it's just not that durable. For studio use, however, it will work just fine. I did a quick measurement when it was open, and came up with about 74 diameter. That's only a little over 6'.
    Date published: 2015-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value... We use the 7' umbrella to give our studio portraits the pop that are clients are looking for. So far we have used it on a corporate shoot for a major movie studio, high school senior portraits and children portraits. Our customer comments have all been very positive. We even used it on a macro assignment and to our surprise the customer was delighted in how the light wrapped around the miniature figures. We have spent tens of thousands at B&H and have never been disappointed. The 7' silver umbrella purchase is only our second review and by far the best value yet.
    Date published: 2014-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2014-02-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2015-10-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for the price, but not 7' on the open face The 7' (84 inches) measurement is based on the arch of the umbrella. The open face is 70 inches. I bought it thinking it was 7' (84") on the open face since it doesn't specify in the description. It's almost 6 feet on the open face. If you want to know any umbrella's size is the one advertised, just multiply by 2 the folded/close measurement of the umbrella in the description. That will be the arch size, not the open face. The umbrella works pretty well. I wish the umbrella material black/silver were a little thicker to make it feel a little more premium, but can't really complain about the price ($59.97 at the moment of the purchase). Overall, the umbrella does the job :)
    Date published: 2018-10-23
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