Westcott Photo Basics 40" 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector with Case.

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About Westcott Photo Basics 40"

The Westcott Photo Basics 40" is commonly used for Everyday, General purpose, Home, Indoors, Low light, Macro photography, Night time, Outdoor events / games, Outdoors, Portraits, Studio, Travel and more.The Westcott Photo Basics 40" is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Westcott Photo Basics 40" is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Westcott Photo Basics 40": Attach securely, Durable, Easy to use, Good color value, Good power output, Lightweight, Long-lasting, Reliable and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Durable (44),Lightweight (36),Easy to use (23),Good color value (22),Reliable (17),Long-lasting (13),Attach securely (7),Good power output (6),Versatile (4),Good price / value (3),Portable (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (35),Outdoors (34),General purpose (33),Indoors (27),Low light (15),Studio (15),Travel (11),Outdoor events / games (10),Home (7),Macro photography (5),Night time (5),Everyday (4) Landscape photography (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-professional (16),Semi-pro photographer (16),Pro photographer (13),Photo enthusiast (10),Enthusiast (7),Professional (6)

Westcott Photo Basics 40" Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Awesome Reflector

I'm not sure why someone would rate this reflector low because "it's too big" since in the 21st century I would hope that people have figured out the concept of measuring length and it's not the fault of the reflector if they don't understand that 40 is bigger than 32, but truth be told, this is a nice large reflector and I am glad for it. If you do portraits, you want to make sure you cover the shadows and with a smaller one it's a little harder to aim. I also like that the translucent part...

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I'm not sure why someone would rate this reflector low because "it's too big" since in the 21st century I would hope that people have figured out the concept of measuring length and it's not the fault of the reflector if they don't understand that 40 is bigger than 32, but truth be told, this is a nice large reflector and I am glad for it. If you do portraits, you want to make sure you cover the shadows and with a smaller one it's a little harder to aim. I also like that the translucent part of this is big enough to cover a whole person without standing too close to them. Also the large size lets you use this as a background for a headshot or closeup. The zipper IS kind of weird but pretty much all 5-in-1 reflectors are a little fussy when it comes to sliding the different reflectors in and this is not something you can do when you're in a hurry. you need a place to lay down the reflector and slide in the middle part and close the zipper. If this is a problem for you, it might be better to buy dedicated reflectors or a 2-in-1 type thing, but overall if you're on a budget, this product works well if you are patient.


Most Liked Negative Review


Eh, not bad, loved the Price

Loved the price [got mine for [$]]. The diffusion material is not that great though. It's very thin, and doesn't quite diffuse the light completely across the surface. Being so thin the center of the light tends to shine through as a hot spot. I'm not upset that I bought these. Again they were very cheap and it's nice to have large reflectors on hand. Just wish the diffusion was better.

Reviewed by 70 customers


Versatile and Portable


from Bozeman, MT  -  Photography Student

I bought this mainly for formal, outdoor portraits for weddings and this did the job! I tested each side of the reflector for their given purposes, and all worked spectacularly. On the day of the wedding, the only side I needed to use was silver, as all the shots were done in open shade areas on a very bright and sunny afternoon. The photos turned out great! The background stayed nicely lit, and my subjects stood out in a very natural way with no awkward cast shadows or obvious beams of light from the reflector. This 40" reflector worked very well in my bright lighting situation to evenly illuminate my subjects, ranging from one person to groups as large as 4 people wide in 2 rows, from roughly 15 feet away. Anyone working with larger groups and/or from longer distances away might consider getting a larger reflector to make up for the reflector's range and/or the inverse square law. The only drawback is that, as with any large reflector, you can't man it and your camera at the same time (why can't we have four arms?); an assistant or clamp stand is needed.


Big and amazing!


from San Diego, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

A 40" diameter circle - that's as big as many TVs and makes for a pretty big reflector. It offers a great area of light and diffusion so you can move as close or far away as you need without seeing the cutoff. It's about 14.5" diam folded in the bag, which can squeeze awkwardly into a traditional jansport backpack. Something a tad smaller would be more portable, but if you have a larger pack it'll likely fit.


Can't live without it!


from Harrison, NY  -  Pro Photographer

This reflectors are well built, compact and do what they are supposed to do


exactly as I expected


from Seattle, WA  -  Pro Photographer

This is a good quality versatile reflector that folds up and is easy to transport. You really need someone else to go along and hold it for you but its worth it.


High Quality, Worth The Cost!


from Idaho  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Seems to be very high quality, works well! Stores easily.


Nice, cheap reflectors


from Misawa, Japan  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought them when sale popped up for using during portrait sessions and product photgraphy. They seem good and sturdy overall, however the zipper is kind of a pain to operate to flip the cover between the silver/white and gold/black sides.


Finally Got It


from Twin Cities, MN  -  Photo Enthusiast

I will use the product as a reflector, it came but a few days ago and I haven't had a good chance to use it. It is a reflector system, so that would put my use of it into the realm of expected uses. I've wanted it for a good long time; the sale price was too attractive to ignore. The 5 surfaces make it very useful and flexible.


Versatile Tool


from Atlanta, GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Can't really ask for more in a reflector. It folds down to a compact size and comes with a carrying case. It's pretty easy to collapse after being opened. I can see this being a very useful tool over time. It does take a bit of fenagling to get the cover over the diffusion screen.


A life-saver in direct light


from Centralia, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this reflector outside in direct light and in the studio for a soft fill. It's quite well made and offers the owner a choice of silver, gold, black, or a white diffusion/reflection surface. It folds up and is very useful on location shoots. If you don't have a reasonable size collapsible reflector, you owe it to yourself to get one!


saved my last headshot shoot!


from new york  -  Semi-pro Photographer

when i ran into lighting issues this reflector saved the day. does what it's supposed to do!


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
GENE B  Strong, priced right and versatile. Love the golden look for portraits and the solid white is a better fill than the translucent ones
Debby D  What exactly does this do? I am not a photographer but my husband is quite the enthusiast. He mostly uses his Sony DSLR a900 and shoots outdoors. Is this something he could use and will it work on this camera? Thank you.
SCOTT B  Debby, The basic usage of these is to modify the light hitting the subject of your photo. That can be accomplished in two ways with multiple-purpose reflectors such as this one. The first way is to reflect light (thus the name) from the light source (the sun, for example) onto the subject. Let's say you're taking a picture of a flower in bright sunlight. Exposing the flower correctly for direct light from the sun is going to cause deep shadows in the areas not directly lit by the sun. The reflector is used to bounce sunlight into the shadows so that the subject is more evenly lit, brightening up the shadows for a more pleasing shot. Multiple reflectors such as this have several surfaces that can be used to control the kind of light that is reflected. This one has gold and silver highly reflective surfaces, allowing you to control the color of the reflected light. It also has a white surface on the diffuser (see below) that can be used to reflect more subtle light back onto the subject. The second way these are used to modify light hitting the subject is as a diffuser. The core fabric in the reflector is a white translucent material. The diffuser is placed between the light source (such as the sun) and the subject to soften the light hitting the subject. Let's take the flower example above... another option is to put the diffuser between the sun and the flower. The diffused light hitting the flower is much less bright, but is also more soft and evenly distributed across the flower. This softens the harsh shadows, making for a much more pleasing shot. Clouds are the ultimate diffuser. When bright sun is hitting a small subject, a diffuser simulates the light on a cloudy day.
Kathy M  how do you refold it for storage?
RICHARD B  Hold disk flat out in front of you using both hands. Place one hand at the 3 o'clock position and the other at 9 o'clock. Holding tightly into the disk, twist the right hand clockwise and the left counterclockwise. Keep twisting and the disk will eventually (two twists should do it) fold up on itself in a small enough package to fit into the carrying case. If everything else fails, go online to the Westcott web page and download the directions.
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