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
Most Liked Positive Review
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...View full Review
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.
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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.
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.
This reflectors are well built, compact and do what they are supposed to do
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.
Seems to be very high quality, works well! Stores easily.
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.
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.
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.
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!
when i ran into lighting issues this reflector saved the day. does what it's supposed to do!