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.
- Bounce or Shoot Through
- Increases Ambient Light
- Ideal for Fill Light
- 1-Stop Diffusion
Westcott 2001 Overview
Westcott 2001 Specs
|Interior Color||White (Translucent)|
|Shaft Diameter||8 mm|
|Light Loss||1 Stop|
|Maximum Wattage Supported||300 W|
|Material of Construction||Fiberglass, Nylon, Steel|
|Weight||0.9 lb / 0.4 kg|
|Package Weight||0.72 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||15.7 x 1.4 x 1.4"|
Westcott 2001 Reviews
Awesome umbrella when you need diffusion. Well made.
Doesn't Fit Universal Umbrella Mounts
It works well, but the umbrella shaft isn't round so it doesn't fit in a lot of umbrella mounts without forcing it. Should have been disclosed.
Great built portable light modifier
Before I talk about why I like it I do want to note that its important to be mindful about tightening this into a mount, most umbrella mounts use a screw to tighten the rod into place, if over tightened the rod can deform and cause it to stick when closing or extending. If you're careful about doing this you will have no problems with this gear. I have about 4 of these now and they work great. Perfect umbrella for those on the move or needing to save space. I'm not sure why more umbrellas are made like this, my only complaint is that there aren't more sizes or material options available, but the build quality and materials used in this version are great.
Keep it simple!
Ordered this as a replacement for another umbrella that I used until I couldn’t no more. I was pleasantly surprised at how small and compact it was folded, although it was larger than my previous one. It fit quite nicely in my camera bag without sticking out of the bag. It is quite sturdy and I expect years of use out of it.
very good, but feels fragile
Compact design, but feels fragile. Maybe it is not, but being a photoflex and Chimera user all my life, this is my first Westcott shoot thru and it feel slike care must be given when setting up and collapsing, but I do love the compact size when collapsed! One velcro band to hold it to a Manfrotto stand and off you go to any quick portrait on location.
Small and compact
Works well I love the small and compact size.
Great travel kit umbrella
I always have a pair of these 43 umbrellas and some stands in a bag in the back of my SUV. I never have to worry about packing lighting for a quick location headshot. My experience with umbrellas is that no matter how good the construction quality is, they are going to break in some manner eventually, so I never spend a lot on them. I just had a couple of the rib supports give out after 4 years of regular use (roughly once a week) so I'm happy to plunk down $22 or so for a new one. Treat them with care and they will last you for a good while; and if you don't know how to secure your lighting gear when you are shooting outside, don't blame the umbrella because it broke when the wind knocked your stand over. That's just dumb.
Broke After First Use
The umbrella blew over onto grass on the first use and already broke. I expected a name brand item to have higher quality and durability.
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