Westcott 43" Optical White Satin Collapsible Umbrella

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About Westcott

Umbrellas provide quick and easy light diffusion. Silver, gold and metalized interiors modify color of light. Umbrellas can be used as a bounce light source. Optical White Satin umbrellas can be positioned close to the subject for a shoot-through diffuser. All umbrellas are rated for 1000W.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(9)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (9),Consistent (4),Easy to setup (4),Easy to set up (4),Reliable (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (9),Photography (7),Strobe lighting (5),Artificial lighting (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.4

(based on 9 reviews)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Affordable and Effective

Nothing fancy here, but it works great. Gives nice, soft diffused light (especially from a speedlight). It won't break the bank and gives you what you need from it. It is fragile and other reviewers have spoken to that end, but hey, most light modifiers are! If you are gentle with it and care for it well, there isn't any reason it shouldn't hold up. You can get it back into it's storage sleeve if you smooth the panels back and then gently twist the fabric tight at the top and slide it in. Jus...

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Nothing fancy here, but it works great. Gives nice, soft diffused light (especially from a speedlight). It won't break the bank and gives you what you need from it. It is fragile and other reviewers have spoken to that end, but hey, most light modifiers are! If you are gentle with it and care for it well, there isn't any reason it shouldn't hold up. You can get it back into it's storage sleeve if you smooth the panels back and then gently twist the fabric tight at the top and slide it in. Just take a couple extra seconds of care and no problem. The ONLY problem I have noticed so far is that in one spot, the stitching between panels was a little loose and starting to come undone. Nothing that can't be easily fixed, though. We shot this umbrella outside and in windy conditions (weighted and monitored by an assistant) and it worked beautifuly.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

the strobist umbrella

So Adorama has had made their version of this umbrella with a big ugly logo on it. It's not cheaper than the original, but the points are sharper and I wouldn't use it aroung children. Anyhow to soften light a shoot through umbrelle is the best option. It gives you the least loss of light and that's important for anyone using small strobes (strobist style) You better get the The Westcott convertible double-fold umbrella

Reviewed by 9 customers

 
5.0

Impressed.. Like the fold up/down & case

By

from Lorain, oh  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very sturdy and love the collapse

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Affordable and Effective

By

from Maine  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Nothing fancy here, but it works great. Gives nice, soft diffused light (especially from a speedlight). It won't break the bank and gives you what you need from it. It is fragile and other reviewers have spoken to that end, but hey, most light modifiers are! If you are gentle with it and care for it well, there isn't any reason it shouldn't hold up. You can get it back into it's storage sleeve if you smooth the panels back and then gently twist the fabric tight at the top and slide it in. Just take a couple extra seconds of care and no problem. The ONLY problem I have noticed so far is that in one spot, the stitching between panels was a little loose and starting to come undone. Nothing that can't be easily fixed, though. We shot this umbrella outside and in windy conditions (weighted and monitored by an assistant) and it worked beautifuly.

 
4.0

New to umbrellas

By

from Silver Spring, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

I'm new to the light modification world, but so far this is a great product.

 
4.0

Compact and effective

By

from Twin Cities  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use these for shooting interiors when I can't effectively light a room by bouncing a flash off the walls. They are big enough to soften the light yet collapse down to a very small size. Seem to be durable enough. Only wish that they would come with some kind of sleeve or carrying case to protect them when I'm transporting them. Mine did come with a sleeve, but good luck trying to reuse the sleeve...it's way too tight. Fortunately I have a small case designed to carry an artist's easel that accommodates two of these umbrellas easily. There is a small logo printed on the umbrella, but that doesn't affect performance.

 
1.0

Poorly made

By

from Louisiana  -  Pro Photographer

The umbrella arrived and never worked--it would not stay expanded. I returned and replaced it. The replacement has been used twice and is broken. The shaft is thin and has already bent and cracked open. Threads holding the fabric to the struts are breaking. It is an inexpensive umbrella, the fabric diffuses light well, and the concept is great, but it is now unusable.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Affordable but not very durable

By

from Sunnyvale, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a very affordable umbrella. I bought two of these along with my Bogen lightstand. I accidentally knocked down one of the umbrellas and the light weight cheaply made aluminum rib broke, just like that. This is perfectly fine for indoors and light usable, but I would not recommend it for anything else. This is a very cheaply made umbrella using cheap materials with the word Adorama printed on it. Would not recommend it.

 
4.0

Good product. Corresponds to my hopes

By

from France  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

With a cobra flash on the move. The reflectance is good.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

the strobist umbrella

By

from Tromsø, Norway  -  Professional

So Adorama has had made their version of this umbrella with a big ugly logo on it. It's not cheaper than the original, but the points are sharper and I wouldn't use it aroung children. Anyhow to soften light a shoot through umbrelle is the best option. It gives you the least loss of light and that's important for anyone using small strobes (strobist style) You better get the The Westcott convertible double-fold umbrella

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

No complaints

By

from Grand Coulee, WA  -  Casual user

I'm new at this, but it served its purpose

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SCOTT V  Nice umbrella for the price. This is my main umbrella and awesome that it is collabsible, makes it really easy to move around at weddings & obsticals.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
SCOTT V  Nice umbrella for the price. This is my main umbrella and awesome that it is collabsible, makes it really easy to move around at weddings & obsticals.

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