Impact 32" Convertible Umbrella

Impact Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Backing - 32"

Impact Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Backing - 32"

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  • 1Description

This is an Impact 32" white satin umbrella with removable black backing. Umbrellas soften, broaden, and diminish the light output of any flash light source. Umbrellas with a white interior will soften and weaken light more than an umbrella with a silver lining. A white umbrella without a black backing may also be used as a makeshift softbox, although the use of the light will not be as efficient as with a softbox.

Choosing umbrella size is determined by the size of the subject, and the strength of the light supply being used. Choosing an umbrella surface is as subjective as choosing a paint and brush.

This size is perfect for a 1 - 2 person head shot, or a 2x3 ft product setup.

Backing may be removed half way, providing a unique combination of light bounced from different surfaces.
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Impact Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Backing - 32"
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Size 32.0" / 81.3 cm
    Interior White
    Exterior Black
    Shaft Diameter 8 mm
    Folded Size L: 23.0" / L: 58.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    32" Convertible Umbrella is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 120.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value for the price, but... They do everything they advertise. Use them with the blackcover on for reflected light, or remove the cover, turn themaround, and use them as quasi-softboxes.Light, easy to store. Expertise: Semi pro Problems Encountered: I bent 2 stretchers on each of 2 umbrellas when theunextended stands fell over with the umbrella and a NikonSB600 mounted on each. The stretchers seem particularlyweek. (Stretchers are the metal pieces that extend from thecenter to the ribs. Ribs are the metal pieces that the clothfits over.)The good news is an FCO repair is easy. Cut some coat hangerwire a little bit shorter than the stretcher, slide it intothe channel that runs the length of the stretcher on thecloth side (it fits nicely, and gaffer tape it into place. Ireinforced all 8 stretchers in 5-10 minutes. The white tapemakes the fix practically invisible.I'd be upset over it except, at the price, I couldn't expectbullet-proof strength. Items I Recommend: coat hangers, gaffer tape.
    Date published: 2007-10-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple & Effective These umbrellas are perfect for keeping around the studio or packing up to go on site. The overall quality is fitting of the cost, but they get the job done, and you can afford to keep a few extras around. There are a few sizes available, and they work as either a bounce or a shoot-though. Not bad for the cost. I have not delved into the color-accuracy or shift with these, because simply, they are a down-and-dirty component to your lighting arsenal, not a high-end, fancy piece of equipment. My only gripe is that the plastic sleeve the umbrella comes in is super flimsy and prone to ripping. I am a person that likes to keep things in their place, and the plastic sleeve is not a place to keep things.
    Date published: 2013-08-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works...but assembled incorrectly. Came as an extra in a kit with the 100 watt monolight and stand. The umbrella itself works well enough and does what it's supposed to do. However, it was put together incorrectly. Not sure what to call it, but the little notch that is supposed to catch the release lever (that holds the umbrella open) is not lined up properly. In order to have the umbrella stay open, I have to push it open further (past the notch) which puts added strain on the arms and the fabric. Used sparingly over the few years I've had it, but has always delivered the desired result. Just wish quality control was better over at Impact. Can't complain too much for the price. Just be careful with it.
    Date published: 2016-02-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice photo umbrella I am writing this review because of some negative reviews I read about this product. In general Impact is a reliable brand that is a little bit cheaper than the competitors. My umbrella came clean and unstained. I purchased this one because I had been borrowing one for years. It feels like most umbrellas you would buy today, lightweight and sturdy once opened. But the point I'm trying to make is that you can't be rough with lighting gear ... ever. Treat it well and it will last, treat it like every other umbrella you have (toss it around and open and close it as fast as you can) and it probably won't last very long.
    Date published: 2016-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Umbrella for a Solid price This is probably the best umbrella for the money that you can get. As far as I could tell it's the only one in this price point that has the removable cover making it both a shoot through and bounce umbrella. I know I'll be buying another once I have another flash or strobe to pair it up with. Build quality doesn't seem cheap at all, sure all umbrellas, photo or otherwise, seem a little flimsy but that is the inherit nature of their design. But compared to other umbrellas this one is solid.
    Date published: 2010-03-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cheap material, You get what you pay for After removing the black backing I became very upset. It seems the black material has bled onto the white interior. There are scuffs all over the white it looks as if it is a piece of gear I have had for years or that it had a bad run in with some black asphalt. I am very disappointed. I ordered this because of Scott Kelby's blog I am disappointed he recommended such a sub par product. Save yourself some hassle and go with Wescott.
    Date published: 2009-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value I use the umbrella at events with my Quantum Qflash X5d-r-s and T5D-R-s mounted on a lightstand. It is relatively sturdy and small enough to use it at receptions and small confined areas. You can use it as a shoot through or bounce umbrella. It works well also with small speedlight type flashes such as Nikon SB900 or Canon 580EX II. Cheap light modifier that really improves the quality of the light. Good value, get it.
    Date published: 2009-06-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not for those who are looking for a sturdy embrella. I knew the Impact brand wasn't designed for serious amateurs, and certainly not professionals. However, I was only looking for a flash modifier to improve desktop shots, eBay listing photos, etc. With that understanding, a buyer shouldn't be too disappointed with this umbrella. When I pulled mine out of the bag, the black cover was disconnected at one point. The thread that tied it to the little metal cap had broken. A little work with needle and thread, and it's okay for gentle use again. The umbrella shaft is made from very thin material, so I wrapped it in aluminum tape before putting it in the light stand bracket. Otherwise, it won't take much to crush the shaft when the set screw is tightened.
    Date published: 2016-09-08
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