Westcott Compact 43" White Satin Umbrella with Removable Black Cover - Collapsible

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About Westcott

Remove the black cover and it can be positioned close to the subject for a shoot-through diffuser. Use the black cover to create a soft silver interior for bounce source. Collapsible for on-location jobs.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (10),Easy to setup (4)
Cons:
Short lifespan (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (6),Strobe lighting (4),Artificial lighting (3),Photography (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (4)

Westcott Features

  • Opens and closes quickly
  • Remove the black cover and it can be positioned close to the subject for a shoot-through diffuser.
  • Use the black cover to create a soft silver interior for a bounce source.
  • Collapsible for on-location

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.5

(based on 10 reviews)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very compact for its size

Glad to see this product hasn't changed much. I bought one a couple years back and had to replace a few other umbrellas in my collection. One improvement I noticed was that they capped off the end of the umbrella so you don't dig chunks of skin out of your hand if you're trying to close/collapse the main shaft. I bring this umbrella with me on every location shoot.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Recommended by Strobist, not by me

This is the umbrella recommended by Strobist. It is lightweight, collapses very compactly, and fits into the recess of the Manfrotto lightstand they recommend. Wescott is now supposedly making this umbrella with a solid shaft tip. That is not what I received. I received the older, hollow shaft model. A pencil inserted into the shaft will prevent it from collapsing from the umbrella adapter thumbscrew. The ribs of this umbrella bend very easily. The rib ends that hold the black cover on are pl...

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This is the umbrella recommended by Strobist. It is lightweight, collapses very compactly, and fits into the recess of the Manfrotto lightstand they recommend. Wescott is now supposedly making this umbrella with a solid shaft tip. That is not what I received. I received the older, hollow shaft model. A pencil inserted into the shaft will prevent it from collapsing from the umbrella adapter thumbscrew. The ribs of this umbrella bend very easily. The rib ends that hold the black cover on are plastic, as are some of the mechanism parts. It's a [$] collasible convertible umbrella. Can you expect more? I think photographers should.The nylon case is tight. To get the umbrella in it, you need to twist the umbrella tightly and then twist it inside the case. A little more nylon and a small piece of velcro on the case would not have raised the production cost of this umbrella. The twisting to get the umbrella into the nylon case is likely what causes the ribs to bend, and will lead to a short life. If you need the ultimate in lightweight and want to bounce a flash, a suitable wall or ceiling might be a better option. If you just have to have an umbrella, there are better ones (although not as compact or inexpensive) out there. My choice is the 36" Photek Softlighter II. It's more versatile, much better constructed, and it also fits on the Strobist recommended lightstand, secured with two ball bungies.If you just have to have this umbrella, order two of them. Keeep a spare on hand. You may need it sooner than you would like.

Reviewed by 10 customers

 
5.0

Great umbrella

By

from san diego, ca  -  Professional

it's an umbrella and it does the job. lol

 
5.0

Loving it.

By

from Vancouver, Canada  -  Getting Started

For a beginner this is a great starter setup for head shots and portrait work, totally looking forward to using it.

 
3.0

Nice compact umbrella

By

from Mount Vernon, NY  -  Casual Photographer

This is a great product, my only concern is the process of removing the black backing. Truth be told, it may be better just to get a shoot through and reflective umbrella separately. Besides that I like the compact umbrella structure of this product.

 
5.0

Sweet stuff

By

from San Diego, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Small compact size perfect for location work.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Recommended by Strobist, not by me

By

from New Orleans  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is the umbrella recommended by Strobist. It is lightweight, collapses very compactly, and fits into the recess of the Manfrotto lightstand they recommend. Wescott is now supposedly making this umbrella with a solid shaft tip. That is not what I received. I received the older, hollow shaft model. A pencil inserted into the shaft will prevent it from collapsing from the umbrella adapter thumbscrew. The ribs of this umbrella bend very easily. The rib ends that hold the black cover on are plastic, as are some of the mechanism parts. It's a [$] collasible convertible umbrella. Can you expect more? I think photographers should.The nylon case is tight. To get the umbrella in it, you need to twist the umbrella tightly and then twist it inside the case. A little more nylon and a small piece of velcro on the case would not have raised the production cost of this umbrella. The twisting to get the umbrella into the nylon case is likely what causes the ribs to bend, and will lead to a short life. If you need the ultimate in lightweight and want to bounce a flash, a suitable wall or ceiling might be a better option. If you just have to have an umbrella, there are better ones (although not as compact or inexpensive) out there. My choice is the 36" Photek Softlighter II. It's more versatile, much better constructed, and it also fits on the Strobist recommended lightstand, secured with two ball bungies.If you just have to have this umbrella, order two of them. Keeep a spare on hand. You may need it sooner than you would like.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very compact for its size

By

from Colorado  -  Pro Photographer

Glad to see this product hasn't changed much. I bought one a couple years back and had to replace a few other umbrellas in my collection. One improvement I noticed was that they capped off the end of the umbrella so you don't dig chunks of skin out of your hand if you're trying to close/collapse the main shaft. I bring this umbrella with me on every location shoot.

 
3.0

Great for a portable portrait kit

By

from Atlanta GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Combined with a light weight compact light stand and off-camera flash, this handy umbrella makes for a very compact portrait kit that takes up little room or space. The ability to remove the black cover makes this umbrella extra versatile. The main problem I have with it is that the wire ribs are very fragile. The first time I used this was on location and I didn't weigh my stand down. It was an ultra-compact stand with a 580ex and this umbrella on top. It fell over from about 6' into soft grass and still ribbing was damaged and the umbrella was destroyed. I attribute this to user error as I should have weighed my stand down and I ordered two more of these because I like the compact design so much. I have 3 of these umbrellas, 3 - ultra-compact stands, 3 - 580exs and radio remotes and they all fit in a 21 inch gym bag along with a few other accessories to make for a complete studio setup in one compact bag.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great idea; weak execution

By

from Charleston, SC  -  Casual Photographer

As a casual beginner, the diffuser/reflector 2-in-1 combo in a inexpensive compact design really appealed to me. As soon as it arrived, I configured it as a flash reflector and tested it using my strangely willing cat - so far so good. I then removed the reflector and setup it up as a flash diffuser and searched for my cat for the second test - again, so far so good. As far as I could tell, both configurations worked well; however, the issue with the product is what happens after its use. It is impossible to put the umbrella back into the same perfect storage state it was in when it arrived. I am convinced there is a little old lady from the old country with the knowledge and dexterity to do it; unfortunately, she works part time at the Westcott factory, and I cannot afford to hire her to fold my umbrella each time I use it. On a serious note, I'm not describing my OCD frustrations on how the umbrella folds up. The tips of the diffuser umbrella are rather sharp - share enough to cause damage to anything they may touch. When the the reflector cover is on the umbrella, the sharp tips are covered with the rounded tips of the reflector. No matter what I tried, I could not get the reflector tips to remain covering the sharp tips of the diffuser when the combo was in the collapsed position making it too risky to carry around in my backpack.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Practical

By

from Gaithersburg, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

This versatile umbrella is very compact and easy to carry around. It deserves the good reviews found on[...]. My only negative comment is that the end of the shaft is sharp and so are the ends of the ribs once the black cover is removed (which is mostly how I use it). I will probably try to file the ends to smooth them down.

 
3.0

Reasonable value for money

By

from Martigny, CH  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The umbrella comes in a plastic case and a tissue case. The tissue case is useless, and it ripped appart the first time I took it out. The system for removing the black cover (and thus obtain a shoot-through white satin) is pretty cumbersome, one needs to unscrew a holder at the top of the umbrella that is prone to being lost. Overall a decent product for the money.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
ROBERT H  I got this to put into a travel kit, but it is a piece of junk!! Once you fold it, the black backing falls off, the spines are really, really cheap. It now lives in my studio on the off chance I may need it. I would not recommend it.
Shopper  will i be able to use canon speedlite flash with this item?
CHUN H  Certainly. To use it together with Canon speedlites (or any hotshoe flash), you need an umbrella adapter to hold the flash and the umbrella, and a way to remotely trigger the flash (by wire or wireless).
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