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Photoflex45" Convertible Umbrella (White)
 
4.8

(based on 111 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (54)
  • Easy to set up (53)
  • Reliable (47)
  • Durable (31)
  • Consistent (29)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (56)
  • Photography (47)
  • Strobe lighting (42)
  • Artificial lighting (31)
  • General purpose (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (37), Photo enthusiast (31), Pro photographer (29), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (67)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice Umbrella good light distribution

Using this with a Manfroto 11' Basic Light Stand. My primary light source at the moment is a Canon 580EX II Speedlite. Even though the description says "white" the inside of...Read complete review

Using this with a Manfroto 11' Basic Light Stand. My primary light source at the moment is a Canon 580EX II Speedlite. Even though the description says "white" the inside of the umbrella has a reflective look much like you see on the reflective strips on nighttime jogging clothes.
I have yet to remove the black backing, however it does come off completely or you can take just some of it off to get the desired light effect. The center screw holds the black material at the top of the umbrella. The hole in the black material to allow for the post to go through has a round of stiching in it for better durability. However I would recommend care as it could rip on you during removal and replacement by getting caught on the threading of the post where the cap goes on.
I like the solid metal post for this umbrella rathar than hollow ones that would get crushed when screwing them down to light stand. Also the plastic ribs make it lighter and less fragile than older metal ribs that once bent out of shape, are gone forever.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Average solution, better options exist

Bought as a second umbrella for studio lights and camera flashes.

Whilst it is technically convertible, instead of a translucent inner and internally silvered black outer that is easily...Read complete review

Bought as a second umbrella for studio lights and camera flashes.

Whilst it is technically convertible, instead of a translucent inner and internally silvered black outer that is easily removable, it has a partially reflective white inner and a totally black outer that is not easy to remove, particularly at the tip where it has tone unscrewed and the unfinished material pulled off.

Sadly not up to the standard of the Bowens version of the same thing that I have.

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5.0

Great, would buy again!!

By NIKMIKE

from GEORGIA, USA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

Great Product, very well made as all of Photoflex Gear

 
4.0

Nice addition to the tool box.

By CSD

from Edgewood, NM

Verified Buyer

Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

Works as the umbrella is intended, shaft looks to be sturdy so far. Would be nice if the top nut was a metal alloy instead of plastic to insure a long life use. Converts fairly easy.

 
5.0

Yes, I would buy this again

By Joel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

I'm using these with Alienbees strobes and they are perfect for the intended use. Well constructed, just as I've experienced with other Photoflex products. Not much else to say. They look great and work flawlessly.

 
5.0

Great umbrella

By hambeau

from claremont nh

Verified Buyer

Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

I like the convertible ! It came in handy at a photo booth shoot when it was against a wall, literally.
I could only place this in one spot. I made it into a rectangle to fit. It worked beautifully.

 
5.0

Great Umbrella

By JG PhotoArts LLC

from Haymarket Virginia

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting

    Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

    I use this umbrella or portrait work. I purchased two. Good construction. I have used Westscott but found them to break too easily when the spines get bent. The spines on the Photoflex umbrella are made of some type of plastic that I am sure will break under enough pressure but right now I feel they are more sturdy than the Westscott.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Quality Product

    By Stan

    from West Windsor, NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Weddings

      Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

      Easy to setup and better quality then the real cheap versions.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Just plain good

      By havana1933

      from New York

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

        I use a pair of these as dedicated copy umbrellas they get used togetehr so they don't yellow at differat rates. A nice feathure is the white interior hides the ribs.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Don't wait for a rainy day!

        By Steve T

        from Oregon

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Inexpensive
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable
        • Sturdy

        Cons

        • Screw Cap For Black Cover

        Best Uses

          Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

          These are great umbrellas at a reasonable price. I use umbrellas a lit on-location. They get thrashed, lost, abused, and it's nice to have some good umbrellas that are extremely affordable. The light they produce is very nice and consistent. The only downside is the little screw cap that holds the black cover on. It seems a little unnecessary and is a bit of a pain if you use it. I think I lose more than I keep.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          These umbrellas are built like a tank

          By Cabinetmaker

          from Seattle, Washington

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

            I have a cabinets hop and do my own photography of the kitchens that we build. I like to bounce speedlites off umbrellas because it gives me a lot of control of where the light goes. It's almost like aiming a flashlight.

            Sometimes I use the convertible part of the umbrella to subtract light. If I am shooting a dark wood cabinet in a white painted kitchen I can use the black part of the umbrella as a mask to control spill. I can put light right where I want it and keep it from where I don't want any light.

            I prefer the convertible umbrellas by Photoflex because they are built like a tank. I work in tight spaces and the umbrellas need to be able to smash up against things sometimes and still stay together. I have gone through a lot of different brands but none of them seem to be as durable.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Excellent umbrella

            By Keith

            from Eugene,OR

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

              Ideal for use with speed lights. I use it with my Canon 600 EX speed lights and its very effective nice light.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Sent Wrong Umbrella

              By Sailor Sam

              from Vancouver, BC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

              I ordered the convertible but was sent the regular silver one by mistake. I'm giving 5 stars for B&H customer service. I called them and quite quickly received an answer that they were sending me the correct one and I did not have to send back the silver one. Well done B&H!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best photo umbrella I've ever owned

              By Steve

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Portraits
                • Strobe Lighting
                • Weddings

                Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                This product is hands down *the* best photographic umbrella I have ever owned. Photoflex products are long lasting, durable, professional-grade tools, and this product is no exception. Its flawless design and superior quality maximize all available light from your light source and delivers a clean, crisp look that's consistent and aesthetically popular. I would highly recommend this item to any photographer using an accessory flash.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good stuff!

                By JC

                from Marietta, GA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Open Easy To Clo
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                  Great price, high quality

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Quality

                  By Tyrone

                  from California

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting
                    • Weddings

                    Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                    Easy set up, great color, and quality materials.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Product!

                    By Nicho

                    from Columbia, SC

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                      This umbrella provides the softness I have been looking for in my portraits. The quality of the product and warranty makes it very hard to pass on this umbrella. I would highly recommend this item to anyone looking to improve their portraits.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      My go to utility umbrella

                      By Danrusso

                      from NYC

                      Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                      Photoglex umbrellas are solid. You WILL BE HAPPY with this purchase. That's why I purchased 2.

                       
                      4.0

                      Love the umbrella

                      By slamers

                      from Appleton, WI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                        This has become my favorite and relatively inexpensive light modifier!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        High Quality - Easy to use

                        By Polka Dot Productions Photography

                        from Georgia

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                          with black cover for bounce or without for diffused works great! Perfect size

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Umbrella

                          By Kathy

                          from Fort Myers, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                            I use it as a light modifier with my Canon flashes.
                            Easy to use.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Nice umbrellas

                            By Mark

                            from NJ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Photoflex 45" Convertible Umbrella (White):

                                I just got two of these, but the quality seems very high. I expect them to last a long time.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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