Westcott Optical White Satin Diffusion Umbrella (43")

Westcott Optical White Satin Diffusion Umbrella (43")

Westcott Optical White Satin Diffusion Umbrella (43")

B&H # WEU43WS MFR # 2001
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Product Highlights

  • Bounce or Shoot Through
  • Increases Ambient Light
  • Ideal for Fill Light
  • 1-Stop Diffusion
  • Can Use up to 300W Constant Light
  • Fiberglass Frame
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The 43" Optical White Satin Diffusion Umbrella from Westcott is a light modifier that exhibits wide coverage, low contrast and a substantial boost in the ambient light level. Sturdily built with fiberglass rods and a metal shaft, this umbrella is well-suited to group shots, providing fill light and high key effects. It also has the ability to become a shoot-through modifier. Instead of traditionally bouncing your light source inside the umbrella, turn it around and aim the convex side of the umbrella toward your subject. While still diffused, you'll get wide coverage and a snappy look with more contrast.

Easy to Mount
Most studio lights include a built-in umbrella receptacle for instant mounting. There are also a variety of mounting brackets available for speedlights with adjustable and tiltable options for precise positioning.
Modify any Light
The umbrella can soften, reflect, and shape whatever light source that you use.
UPC: 817967020015
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Westcott Optical White Satin Diffusion Umbrella (43")
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Westcott 2001 specs

    Dimensions Arc Length: 43" (109.2 cm)
    Shaft Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
    Shaft Diameter: 8.0 mm
    Material Nylon, fiberglass, steel
    Diffusion Strength 1 Stop
    Compatibility Speedlights and studio lights
    Maximum Wattage Limit Constant Light Source: 300 W
    Limit Flash Source: None
    Weight 0.9 lb (0.4 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.76 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.5 x 2.0 x 1.5"

    Westcott 2001 reviews

    Optical White Satin Diffusion Umbrella (43") is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 150.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for portraits Love that these are collapsible. Super easy to set up and straight forward to use. You'll need some sort of flash adapter to attach it to a lightstand but once you do you're going to love them! I appreciate that they're not super huge so I am not so worried about them toppling forward as I was with my 60 umbrellas. These are optical white which makes them soft diffusers. Definitely not as strong of light output as silver backed ones or softboxes but for improving my lighting set ups on location these are just what I needed. I can also see how they'll be helpful just as a diffuser under bright sun but I haven't needed to use them for that purpose just yet.
    Date published: 2015-12-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Diffuser Umbrella I use this umbrella for diffusing my OCF. It is very good for this purpose and I'm very happy that I bought it. It's very nice that it can fold down to smaller than most any umbrellas I've ever owned which makes it easy to put in my camera bag for easy transportation. One thing that does worry me about it is the fact that the limbs are made of metal. It seems to me that without some care, the limbs will eventually bend or give out in some way. But if you take care of your equipment, this won't be an issue. For the price, you can just easily buy another one, so it's not really a big deal. Overall great umbrella and I'm very happy with my purchase.
    Date published: 2013-08-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from My first strobist setup This is a great umbrella. It's pretty large, yet it folds up very compactly (a little longer than a foot) when you collapse it. I've never tried any other shoot through umbrella before because it's my first strobist gear, but I feel like the construction is a bit flimsy. It's completely my fault for not weighing down the lightstand while shooting outdoors, but it blew over and it bent the metal connectors really bad. The metals used to construct this umbrella are very flimsy and even when I'm clamping it into my lightstand, it leaves an indentation on the rod. Other than that, the shoot through umbrella is great. It spreads the light onto your subjects and evenly lights them. Just be careful with how you handle this umbrella... It's very fragile.
    Date published: 2009-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An awsome value for a good product... I really enjoyed shooting with the Optical White 43 collapsible umbrellas by Westcott. As a photographer that travels, space it s major consideration when carrying equipment on the road. These umbrellas are sleek and compact and take up very little room. But what was most impressive is that they are rugged. I can be rough on equipment and traveling does not always lend itself to a handle with care environment. The umbrellas where reasonablely priced, durable, and compact. And most importantly- they perform their intended function. I am very pleased with this product and would highly recommend it to my peers.
    Date published: 2011-07-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact, sturdy, but watch sharp tips How I use it: I generally shoot with available light, and when I do use artificial light, I use a single strobe setup with this umbrella. Things that are great: It's really compact, like a travel umbrella (the kind for rain), and when it's open, it's just as sturdy as a single-folding umbrella. And the material meets my expectations for an optical white umbrella for both bounce and shoot-through use. Things that aren't so great: I'd give it 5 stars if the umbrella tips weren't so sharp. I've read similar comments by other owners, and I thought they might be exaggerating, but no, the tips are really sharp. And, yes, I've cut myself on one of them. A little time with a metal file solved the problem though.
    Date published: 2008-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent compact umbrella! Very compact---perfect for travel. The only downside: the hollow hexagonal shaft can crush in an umbrella clamp. Solution: glue a 2 section of wooden pencil in the end of the shaft to avoid crushing.
    Date published: 2009-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have accessory for your flash I bought this shoot through umbrella after reading The Strobist, amazed at what it can do to improve the light coming from a small speedlight. Turns your small flash into a relatively large light source for soft, professional looking light. The shoot through design has a unique benefit in that it allows you to move the umbrella in really close to the subject, which means a) less power needed from flash, b) better isolation from the background, and c) even softer lighting. It's inexpensive and works brilliantly - just don't forget the light stand and umbrella adapter to go with it.
    Date published: 2008-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact, easy, and affordable! These things rock! I was surprised at both the quality and the size. It worried me when they showed up so tiny, but opened up they're perfect size! I bought two to use strictly for wedding formals (one on each side of me, with Canon 430 EXII speed lights as shoot throughs). I needed something that was small, check, affordable, check, good quality, check, and diffused like a boss! Check! I'd definitely buy again if they broke (unlikely with the right care), or even if we lost them!
    Date published: 2013-09-18
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