Photek SL6000 60" Softlighter, Diffusing Umbrella with Black Cover.


About Photek Softliter

Not a softbox, scattering its light through a diffuser directly at the subject, the SOFTLIGHTER II delivers light that has been totally reflected before it is diffused, light as soft and as even as moonglow.

These light modifiers can warm the color of your light or give it more sparkle and contrast, as well as increasing light output by a full half stop. The SOFTLIGHTER II sets up in moments, no collars or rib set up.

Building its original design from the classic umbrella shape, the softlighter has developed that classic light source into a total system. This system ranges from the basic professional reflector / diffuser umbrella to a most sophisticated lighting instrument capable of a variety of lighting tasks.

Designed in three appropriate sizes, every SOFTLIGHTER will fit any light head 7-1/4" or less in diameter.

The Photek Softliter is commonly used for Portraits, Strobe lighting, Studio and more.The Photek Softliter is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Photek Softliter is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Photek Softliter: Consistent, Easy to setup, Easy to set up, Easy to use, Lightweight and Reliable

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (45),Reliable (35),Consistent (26),Easy to setup (26),Durable (12),Easy to use (9),Easy to set up (8),Attach securely (5),Good color value (5)
Best Uses:
Portraits (47),Strobe lighting (30),Photography (26),Artificial lighting (19),Studio (9),Indoors (8),General purpose (6),Travel (5),Outdoor events / games (5),Low light (4),Outdoors (4),Weddings (3) Professional work (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (18),Pro photographer (14),Enthusiast (10),Professional (10),Photo enthusiast (5)

Photek Softliter Features

  • White reflective surface, free of bleaches and fluorescence, perfectly reflects the color of your light.
  • Stout black nylon cover stops all stray and ricochet, enhancing total light control.
  • Unique construction consisting of ten panels instead of the usual eight gives more reflective surface and a more perfect circle of light, so flattering when seen as catch lights in the eyes.
  • So versatile a product is the SOFTLIGHTER II, that by removal of its black cover and a reversal of direction, the SOFTLIGHTER II becomes everything a softbox promises. It becomes a shoot through diffuser providing light that can be used either as a main light source or as a flattering fill.
  • Final touch. The SOFTLIGHTER II sets up in moments. Its unique translucent cover fits directly onto the tips of the SOFTLIGHTER II. A totally fireproof material creates its own collar around the lighthead, with no time consuming fitting of mounting collars or rib setups involved.

Photek Softliter Specifications

Overall Length
Tip-To-Tip Diameter
Total Light Area
19.60 SQ.FT.

Photek Softliter Reviews

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(based on 61 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


I've tried other umbrellas...

I love my 60" Photek Softlighter. It is very similar to a softbox/octabox for light control, and it is quick to deploy and inexpensive like an umbrella. I can also remove the diffusser and use it as a regular bounce umbrella, and I can also remove the black backing to use it as a shoot thru umbrella. I can also remove half of the umbrella shaft so that I can place it even closer to my subject for super soft lighting. It is well built and I get fantastic results from it.

Reviewed by 61 customers


My best Adorama purchase ever


from Carmel Ca.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The removable shaft is terrific. The 60 inch Softlighter fits into my small studio well. I get great light even with one speedlight at medium power.


Must have for Gorgeous Soft Light


from New York  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Well made product that sets up fairly quickly and produces a soft light like no other. It's like having a giant movable source of window light at your disposal.


As good as they say!


from St Louis, MO  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I read about this lighting modifier at Strobist and was skeptical about it performing anywhere near as good as an octa-box. But now I know better. with an appropriately powerful strobe attached it throws a huge amount of smooth, soft light. I use it with an old Vivitar 285 for outdoor and indoor shooting and it works great! Just be sure you have strong enough stands/booms with counterweight and sandbags if there's any chance of a breeze because it makes a pretty effective kite as well.


Purchased in 2008 Hardly USED IT BROKEN


from Chicago, IL  -  Casual Photographer

Purchased in 2008 Hardly USED IT BROKEN, one of the spin tip broke off, still usable, I wouldn't have written this bad review if I got some use out of it, used maybe 5 to 10 times. You get what ya pay for sometime.


Excellent product & great value!


from Orlando, Florida  -  Pro Photographer

I have used this for both studio and outdoor shoots with my Alien Bee strobes and am super happy with the results. Its quick to setup, durable and simply gets the job done.




from St Paul MN  -  Professional

I have used this for a couple of portrait sessions since I purchase this last month and it is amazing. The efficiency and quality of light is great. It gives you the control of lighting equipment along with the large soft quality of natural light. It is HUGE and probably not the best for travel use if you are using it in studio or at home it is great...If you do take it out and damage it, it is far less then some of the competitors options so you can afford to replace it. I really like the breakdown shaft that allows you to shorten the umbrella shaft which allows you to get much closer to your subject.


Big & Beautiful


from Springfield, Illinois  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

First things first, this thing is huge! I use it in an empty spare bedroom/studio with regular 8-foot ceilings. Obviously you have very little maneuverability with the Softliter. It's worth the trouble though. It really does throw a wonderfully soft light. Used with an AB800 with the shaft removed, you can cozy it right up to the subject for marvelously soft, surrounding light. There is one issue for some people in that the catch lights have a dark center caused by the AB800 as well as a "tail" caused by the power cord descending from the AB800 to the floor. You can either ignore these, or if a perfectionist, go in and clone them out. I have only used this a couple of times, and both indoors. I think almost any breeze would present real problems trying to stabilize this giant sail. Also, it helps even indoors to have a fairly sturdy light stand. You don't necessarily need cinematic C-stands, but $10 stands from some outlet store are probably not going hold up well with the size of this thing. There is also some info out there that the umbrella is difficult to install. I've had no problems in that regard. I use it with the AB800's. I attach the AB umbrella reflector to the AB800, then slide the Softliter II "sock" over the reflector, being careful not to cover the ventilation slots on the AB800. Drape the diffusion screen over the AB800 and insert the shaft of the Softliter into the shaft holder. I then slip the grommets of the diffusion material over the tips of the umbrella ribs and it's done. Ending as I started, to sum up the Softliter II 60 incher, it's big and beautiful.


Good product, Good Quality


from Nashville, TN  -  Semi-Professional

Excellent product thats very good as a large light source for portraits or studio work.


Very Soft Light


from Washington, DC  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Great for large source portrait light

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Easy to use and Good, Diffused Light


from Dallas, TX  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use this for portraits, and liked it so much, bought a second one. Much easier to set up on a location than a 5 foot octagon soft box. I use Nikon SB 900 speed lights with Pocketwizards.


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Shopper  i have no experience with lighting for a photoshoot however i am planning to shoot and was wondering if i purchase ths diffused umbrella will it be enough light to light a group of three models in front of a backdrop that is 107" wide x 12 yards in an indoor location? If i purchase this light will i need any additional accessories? If this isnt the right light for my shoot, what is and how many lights will i need. i am on a budget also
RITESH K  Please note, this is not a Light, it's a diffuser umbrella that you will actually attach to a light. I bought it to use it with my Alien Bees light. For your case, yes you can use this umbrella to create a light area large enough for three models....but it may not be enough. It all depends on how the models are being setup, how close they are to each other etc. But yea, it can get the job done. You might want to look into investing in atleast one more like for the fill....Ideally people use additional lights for lighting up the backdrop, so that it looks pure white. But in your case, since you are on a budget...maybe that should be a back up plan. Hope this helps.
Shopper  Will this fit on an AlienBee 800? Mike
LEONARD R C  The Photek Softliter 60 diffused umbrella fits well on Alien Bees. The umbrella shaft fits the Alien Bee umbrella slot easily. However, be careful with the fire-retardant sock on the diffuser. The sock fits around the flash head to prevent direct flash from getting out of the assembly. The sock must be secured so that it does not block the AB ventilation grids. Left alone the sock will slide to cover most of the ventilation grids. I have never let that happen and I have never had a problem with overheating the Alien Bee. In my studio this assembly is in a production environment where the flash may see 3,000 half-power exposures in a day. I've had no problems and my clients are happy.
Shopper  what is the difference in the 7mm shaft and the other one?
LUIS O  Some fit different flash heads differently, like elinchrom. Check your model to see the opening.
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