Bowens 46" Silver/White Umbrella with Removeable Back Cover.

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About Bowens Silver/White Umbrella

• This 46" Bowen Silver/White is a dual-purpose umbrella. It features a white interior surface backed by a removable silver fabric with a black exterior. This provides a soft but highly efficient bounced light source. For close-up lighting, the silver/black backing can be removed, allowing you to get closer to your subject by lighting through the umbrella like a softbox.



Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to setup (5),Consistent (4),Reliable (4),Lightweight (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (7),Strobe lighting (4),Artificial lighting (3)

Bowens Silver/White Umbrella Features

  • A white interior surface backed by a removable silver fabric with a black exterior
  • Use the white as a sunlight diffuser, or with a strobe as a makeshift softbox

Bowens Silver/White Umbrella Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.8

(based on 8 reviews)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works much better than my softboxes

After reading a previous review of the 36" umbrellas bending/breaking on the first use I was a little nervous about trying a pair of these. However, mine seemed to be perfectly strong as umbrellas go. I should probably wait until I have shot a dozen or so events before making claims on their strength but let's face it, 90% of the stuff we haul around will break if you aren't careful with it so I guess if you handle your gear like a gorilla then anything will break. If you enjoy monkeying arou...

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After reading a previous review of the 36" umbrellas bending/breaking on the first use I was a little nervous about trying a pair of these. However, mine seemed to be perfectly strong as umbrellas go. I should probably wait until I have shot a dozen or so events before making claims on their strength but let's face it, 90% of the stuff we haul around will break if you aren't careful with it so I guess if you handle your gear like a gorilla then anything will break. If you enjoy monkeying around with assembling/disassembling soft boxes before and after an event and spending the evening in Photoshop correcting the reflections in people's glasses then by all means, DON'T buy these umbrellas. If you buy these your set-up/tear-down times will be cut in half, your subjects will have absolutely no flash reflections in their glasses and your skin tones will be perfect. You'll also be able to come home after the event and have a drink and relax instead of dreading the post-production Photoshop work that lay ahead of you. I bought a pair of the umbrellas and the day they arrived I shot a corporate function with 300 couples. I just finished editing my images and I am very impressed with my results. Skin tones are fine, I have a nice drop shadow below the jaw lines to keep my subjects looking young and, as mentioned above, no reflections in people's glasses. I use octa-boxes in the studio and they are a royal pain to assemble at events. They are also cumbersome and top-heavy. A pair of these umbrellas cost less than just one of my octa-boxes so I am pleased through and through with this purchase. I haven't used them in the studio yet but I can't imagine them not working just fine in that application as well. If you are looking for a way to cut down your set-up/tear-down times at events without compromising your image quality I would highly recommend using these as opposed to soft boxes.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
5.0

Great Product - Highly Recommended

By

from CT  -  Semi-Professional

If you are looking for a high quality bounce umbrella, this is the one. The black fabric is very thick preventing light to leak. The metal rod is solid and very sturdy so when you attach it to your stand the tightening screw does not pit/dent the rod like cheaper hollow rod products. This product also comes with a cover for safe keeping. I use this product for studio and on location lighting and couldn't be happier with the results. I would highly recommend for the amateur and professional photographer.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Strong and nice feathered shadows

By

from jamaica  -  Semi-pro Photographer

First impressions, the durability of this umbrella. Compared to all the others I have. Nice feathered shadows like a softbox and of course lightning fast setup. Now I need the 56"

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Faulty Removable Back Cover

By

from Los Angeles  -  Photo Enthusiast

The umbrella is great as a shoot-through. The problem is with the removable back cover which is held in place by little pins stuck in the ends of the little extension arms of the umbrella. About half popped off the first time I tried pulling the back cover off. So, I'll end up using the umbrella as a shoot-through. In retrospect I wish I had bought 2 dedicated umbrellas--a shoot through and a reflective one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good product

By

from South Pittsburg, TN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I like the quality of light and for the price I was happy however, I haven't gotten the softness that I want.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Second Bowens purchased

By

from Maine  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have a 36" Bowens silver/white removable black back, and I wanted one more a bit bigger to throw more light on my subject/s. It is GREAT! I love the removable back option as sometimes a softer light is what I am looking for in my photos. It is heavy, but with the appropriate lightstand it has never been a problem.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works much better than my softboxes

By

from Kansas City

After reading a previous review of the 36" umbrellas bending/breaking on the first use I was a little nervous about trying a pair of these. However, mine seemed to be perfectly strong as umbrellas go. I should probably wait until I have shot a dozen or so events before making claims on their strength but let's face it, 90% of the stuff we haul around will break if you aren't careful with it so I guess if you handle your gear like a gorilla then anything will break. If you enjoy monkeying around with assembling/disassembling soft boxes before and after an event and spending the evening in Photoshop correcting the reflections in people's glasses then by all means, DON'T buy these umbrellas. If you buy these your set-up/tear-down times will be cut in half, your subjects will have absolutely no flash reflections in their glasses and your skin tones will be perfect. You'll also be able to come home after the event and have a drink and relax instead of dreading the post-production Photoshop work that lay ahead of you. I bought a pair of the umbrellas and the day they arrived I shot a corporate function with 300 couples. I just finished editing my images and I am very impressed with my results. Skin tones are fine, I have a nice drop shadow below the jaw lines to keep my subjects looking young and, as mentioned above, no reflections in people's glasses. I use octa-boxes in the studio and they are a royal pain to assemble at events. They are also cumbersome and top-heavy. A pair of these umbrellas cost less than just one of my octa-boxes so I am pleased through and through with this purchase. I haven't used them in the studio yet but I can't imagine them not working just fine in that application as well. If you are looking for a way to cut down your set-up/tear-down times at events without compromising your image quality I would highly recommend using these as opposed to soft boxes.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Light

By

from Los Angeles, CA  -  Professional

Great umbrella for the money, it is kind of heavy, so make sure you have a good light stand to put this on.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Light, portable, but pretty fragile

By

from Lake Tahoe, CA  -  Professional

Nice size for a quick portable set-up, but I bent the umbrella the very first time I used it. it bent back ok, but it was upsetting to break it on the very first set-up!

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