Flashpoint Flashpoint 16-Rib 86" Parabolic White Umbrella (7 Feet)

Flashpoint

About Flashpoint

Flaspoint presents a quality parabolic umbrella with 16 ribs It features a very precise front focusing device, and can also be used with HMI constant lighting.

The design of this quality umbrella results in a very high light efficiency. It allows the choice of directed light with high contrast to extremely soft light.

In comparison to a large area lamp the light stays constantly brilliant, shrouding the object like a cloud of light and bringing out wonderfully the structures.

Due to the calculated parabolic shape of the umbrella, light fall off towards the edges is negligible.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (12),Easy to use (11),Reliable (10),Easy to set up (7),Durable (5),Consistent (4)
Cons:
Not durable (4)
Best Uses:
Portraits (18),Studio (13),Strobe lighting (6),Photography (4),Artificial lighting (3),Macro photography (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Professional (7),Pro photographer (5),Semi-professional (4),Enthusiast (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Flashpoint Features

  • White 16 Rib Parabolic Umbrella
  • White satin diffusion fabric
  • Projects a wide, soft beam for soft studio lighting with uncontrolled spill
  • Available in 86" & 64" sizes

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.2

(based on 23 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Umbrella for the Price

This is ridiculously easy to use, and for the price it is a no-brainer. It is translucent (I didn't know this when I bought it) and was going to return it for a Westcott with the black backing, but decided to keep it after trying it since it is more versatile and my strobe is powerful enough. The light, when close, is super soft and wraps around the subject as expected. I set this up with a studio light that has several inches of a slot to hold the umbrella, and had no issues with excessive b...

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This is ridiculously easy to use, and for the price it is a no-brainer. It is translucent (I didn't know this when I bought it) and was going to return it for a Westcott with the black backing, but decided to keep it after trying it since it is more versatile and my strobe is powerful enough. The light, when close, is super soft and wraps around the subject as expected. I set this up with a studio light that has several inches of a slot to hold the umbrella, and had no issues with excessive bending. Using a simple umbrella mount could create the issues others noted do to the size of this thing. If you are using it indoors, the umbrella should last without issues. Caution: Shooting headshots directly in front of the umbrella puts you in the catchlight! This is easily remedied by moving the massive umbrella to the side. Using it directly from above for headshots (with other softboxes and/or reflectors) works surprisingly well. For the cost of a round of golf on a crummy public course, an amateur like me can produce quality work with this light modifier.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A waste of money

The umbrella is very shabbily made. Threads hanging out all over the place and one of the caps at the end of a rib was missing. The main center shaft is much to thin to support all that weight. Very good idea, but overall, very poor quality and workmanship. Needless to say, this thing went back very quickly without being ever being used.

Reviewed by 23 customers

 
3.0

fine but..

By

from ann arbor, MI  -  Pro Photographer

A fine umbrella that seems to have crept up in price. Also it doesn't come with a case to put it in, like they said it did when I ordered it. The first one I bought did come with a case. The latest one I bought did not. A giant umbrella like this NEEDS a sleeve to go in. Now they want $40 for the sleeve. That's crazy. I'll make my own.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Umbrella for the Price

By

from East Bay, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is ridiculously easy to use, and for the price it is a no-brainer. It is translucent (I didn't know this when I bought it) and was going to return it for a Westcott with the black backing, but decided to keep it after trying it since it is more versatile and my strobe is powerful enough. The light, when close, is super soft and wraps around the subject as expected. I set this up with a studio light that has several inches of a slot to hold the umbrella, and had no issues with excessive bending. Using a simple umbrella mount could create the issues others noted do to the size of this thing. If you are using it indoors, the umbrella should last without issues. Caution: Shooting headshots directly in front of the umbrella puts you in the catchlight! This is easily remedied by moving the massive umbrella to the side. Using it directly from above for headshots (with other softboxes and/or reflectors) works surprisingly well. For the cost of a round of golf on a crummy public course, an amateur like me can produce quality work with this light modifier.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works great

By

from Corydon, IN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Works great, but is not as durable as the more expensive ones. However, for the price difference you can't beat it!

 
4.0

Nice umbrella, very useful

By

from Los Angeles  -  Pro Photographer

It went on sale, so I jumped to try it out. I didn't see much use for this translucent version when these giant umbrellas first started dropping -at least in a standard usage. However, then I thought about keeping it around to use more as an Uncle Sam (sun buster), but for much cheaper. So far, I like it for this purpose. It provides 1 stop of diffusion, not too bad, and exposure is easilly balanced out with a reflector. I've also found it very useful to use as a shoot through -no strobe, and close in. The size can easilly shade the entire subject, while the arc provides nice contrast using only daylight. As with any umbrella, it's not good in wind. Duh. The construction is a bit lacking, and the top screw on the shaft was cracked upon arrival. The shaft is the same double-walled shaft used on Westcott versions, and should hold just fine in normal usage, especially if used in a casting-shade application, as you can choke up on the shaft all the way.

 
5.0

86 inch umbrellla!

By

from Indianapolis, IN  -  Pro Photographer

Big, beautiful, super-soft light. The first one I bought had a black canvas protective sleeve. Unfortunately, the sleeve is no longer included. Waiting to hear back from customer service if I can purchase as an accessory...

 
2.0

Poor quality. Won't last long....

By

from Indianapolis, IN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The Flashpoint version is cheaper than the other options out there and theres a reason. It's made very cheaply and not as durable compared to the Buff and Westcott versions. Do yourself a favor and pay a little more and purchase one of others I mentioned. You'll thank me and yourself a month or two down the road when your still using the competitors version vs. the Flashpoint.

 
5.0

Big, heavy and lots of even light.

By

from Central Ohio  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

A few notes - I use this with a single speedlight. I only use it indoors, and I use it for portrait work only. I was getting bored with the common 40-46" umbrellas and I'm not very fond of softboxes due to the setup / tear down time. So I figured I would give this beast a try. I knew it was 7 feet when I ordered it, but it is still somewhat of a shock opening an umbrella that is 1 foot larger than I am tall. It fold up super easy and very compact for something so large. The quality of the light is excellent. I was worried that a single speedlight would not work well but it does a great job. The light spreads very far and is very even. I have not tried it on a group larger than 4 so I'm not sure how wide it will go. One thing I have noticed is that it's heavy on the end compared to a small umbrella (I know - common sense). My light stand is able to hold it up but barely. To be more specific, it's not the actual stand, but the tilt mount that does not want to stay up. My next purchase will be a better mount.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great deal- Looks like it'll work!

By

from Seattle  -  Semi-Professional

Well priced and looks like this umbrella is excellent for the cost. I don't think it's real durable, but can pay for itself in one job. So, if you use it on a second job, it's more than paid for itself.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Beautiful Light

By

from Beverly Hills  -  Professional

This large umbrella is a fantastic light source. The big problem is it is not made to last very long. The metal pole is made of thin material and bends under the weight of the large umbrella.The price reflects the fact that this is an cheaply prepared product.but if you buy it and expect it not to last a long time it is a great light reflector.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, but flimsy?

By

from Washington, DC  -  Semi-Professional

I love the size for the price and it does a nice job of spreading the light out evenly. However, it's very large and I would only use it indoors as it would catch even the slightest breeze. It's not the most solid umbrella, but for the size and price, it's a great deal.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Richard P  well built!
Hector N  What's the folded length?
CHRIS I  Hi Hector, You can pretty much take the total diameter of the open size of the umbrella at 86" minus about 2" for the center rigging at the shaft at the tip of the umbrella, to make it somewhere around 40"-41" collapsed. The Flashpoint 86" umbrella comes with a carrying bag with a shoulder strap. I have enjoyed the one I have
cor k  is this umbrella white on the outside as well as inside? Does it have a separate, outside cover that is removable? Thanks!
BRIAN C  It is a translucent white material with no outside cover.
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