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About Westcott

The Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella has broad light source that wraps light around your subject yielding clean highlights and rich open shadows. But due to the special shape of the umbrella there's a unique mix of soft enveloping light with the kind of crisp detail you only get from reflectors.

This umbrella has a unique design structurally as well. The shaft is double walled for strength, but it tapers to 7 mm to fit Elinchrom and other European flash heads. Instead of bendable metal, the 16 inner ribs are made of durable fiberglass and the fixed black backing ensures that all of the light output is on your subject instead of through the umbrella. You can also vary the light-to-umbrella distance along the shaft for a harder or softer light or for a longer distance throw. With the Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella less is definitely more.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (9),Easy to set up (6),Easy to use (5),Reliable (5),Consistent (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (12),Studio (7),Photography (4),Strobe lighting (4),Artificial lighting (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (4),Semi-professional (3)

Westcott Features

  • Measures 7.25' (2.2 m) in diameter
  • Constructed using 16 durable fiberglass ribs
  • Double wall shaft is engineered with double the thickness of most umbrellas
  • 7 mm tapered umbrella shaft tip
  • Carry case with shoulder strap is lightweight and constructed of heavy-duty nylon

Westcott Specifications

Dimensions (H x W)
Open: 7.25' / 2.2 m
Collapsed size: 43.6" x 3" / 111 x 8.2 cm
Weight
2.5 lbs / 1.13 kg

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Soft + Power + Quality = Nice!

I love the softness produced with this Huge 84 inch ( Medium Parabolic) umbrella, along with exceptional distance light can be thrown and simple focusability by sliding it closer or further from my strobe, (Hensel mini P, for me) head. Best for couples or small groups as the light source does not project a hot center even at closer distances. I believe this huge Westcott umbrella is a great bargain, I will be adding the diffuser for ultra-soft Octabank style lighting. There a couple reviewers...

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I love the softness produced with this Huge 84 inch ( Medium Parabolic) umbrella, along with exceptional distance light can be thrown and simple focusability by sliding it closer or further from my strobe, (Hensel mini P, for me) head. Best for couples or small groups as the light source does not project a hot center even at closer distances. I believe this huge Westcott umbrella is a great bargain, I will be adding the diffuser for ultra-soft Octabank style lighting. There a couple reviewers (Real Brain Surgeons) that gave this parabolic umbrella only 3 stars for quality, as they thought it was a good idea to set up a 7 foot "Boat Sail" for location shoots, Then assumed it could topple to the ground without bending or breaking?? Even a Hensel or Profoto XL umbrella would bend after a 6 foot crash landing, and they cost 5 times the amount. The additional diffuser would be a must if you have no other choice but to use this big boy on location.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Build quality could be better

Initial review based upon the build of the product: The umbrella is very heavy yet the shaft is very feeble given this differential. You will need to slide all the way up to the light practically, else risk the shaft bowing and bending. A denser steel would be at the least, beneficial. Under no circumstance should you attempt to use this outdoors. the slightest breeze will topple this thing as it's got about a 6' span while opened. (the 7' is likely the entirety of the material)

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
4.0

Great for the price

By

from Palm Springs, CA.  -  Pro Photographer

I'm a freelance photographer. I use this umbrella with my Alien Bees AB1600's and AB800's & sometimes speedlights. The speedlights are almost too weak to do any good. My AB1600's which put out 640 watt seconds, do the job nicely. The umbrella is large and a bit heavy for the equipment supporting it, so make sure you have heavy duty light stands and heavy duty umbrella swivel adapters. If you use this outdoors, make sure you put lots of sand bags to weight it down. The slightest gust makes the umbrella take flight. I think Mary Poppins must've used this umbrella in her movie. LOL. The umbrella is fairly light to carry for it's size. The construction is good, but not great. I have owned this umbrella for about 2 years now and some of the threads are coming loose. I can't complain too much because it has performed flawlessly for the dozen or so times that I have used it. I hear that others have problems with the shaft. I can see that the weight of the umbrella could bend most shafts so I always put the umbrella close to the AB1600. I've never had a problem with the shaft so far, but my umbrella has not blown over in the wind yet. In fact. I will ask my assistant to hold onto the umbrella for safety. I use this umbrella to light up large areas and it does a great job of doing that. The light that it produces is nice and I bought the diffuser for an even softer feel, which I love. The only problem is that the diffuser has a hole in it because the modeling light touched it. It's not built to take the heat.

 
5.0

Soft + Power + Quality = Nice!

By

from Huntington Beach  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love the softness produced with this Huge 84 inch ( Medium Parabolic) umbrella, along with exceptional distance light can be thrown and simple focusability by sliding it closer or further from my strobe, (Hensel mini P, for me) head. Best for couples or small groups as the light source does not project a hot center even at closer distances. I believe this huge Westcott umbrella is a great bargain, I will be adding the diffuser for ultra-soft Octabank style lighting. There a couple reviewers (Real Brain Surgeons) that gave this parabolic umbrella only 3 stars for quality, as they thought it was a good idea to set up a 7 foot "Boat Sail" for location shoots, Then assumed it could topple to the ground without bending or breaking?? Even a Hensel or Profoto XL umbrella would bend after a 6 foot crash landing, and they cost 5 times the amount. The additional diffuser would be a must if you have no other choice but to use this big boy on location.

 
3.0

Build quality could be better

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Initial review based upon the build of the product: The umbrella is very heavy yet the shaft is very feeble given this differential. You will need to slide all the way up to the light practically, else risk the shaft bowing and bending. A denser steel would be at the least, beneficial. Under no circumstance should you attempt to use this outdoors. the slightest breeze will topple this thing as it's got about a 6' span while opened. (the 7' is likely the entirety of the material)

 
3.0

Nice parabolic, until it gets knocked

By

from Baltimore, MD  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I picked this up no long ago, and was able to use it on a shoot of a model friend, when it unfortunately got knocked over by accident (even though sandbagged), it the center column snapped up above the support for the umbrella to stay open. $100 quickly down the drain. While it was intact, it provided night, large light. But that didn't last very long. If one little fall did that, I have very little hope for better build quality on another to replace it. I'll look at other name brands.

 
4.0

Huge umbrella, small price

By

from Southern CA  -  Professional

Big umbrella, small price.

 
4.0

Works as advertised!

By

from Texas  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Easy to use, works as advertised.

 
3.0

Nice piece with one fix needed

By

from Long Beach CA.  -  Professional

This is a great umbrella like most My only issue is that for its size, the shaft where it locks into place is very week and it bends very easy. Once bent the shaft will break. We had one go down in the lightest of wind and the shaft crumbled at that point of weakness. I think a solid shaft with a swivel pin would make that a much better and longer lasting piece that could be used outdoors.!

 
5.0

Nice wrap around light

By

from Clovis, NM  -  Semi-Professional

I love this umbrella. It provides nice wrap around light when used to bounce fill light back into your subject. It is big and does require that I used sand bags to hold down my light stand. Check out some of the prices for premier parabolic umbrellas and I don't think you will displeased with the results you can from this one.

 
5.0

Great Big Umbrella

By

from Pasadena, TX  -  Semi-Professional

Nice umbrella; sure makes full length portraits look very good. Just a little concerned about the durability of this though. Seems a little cheaply made, but for that price a wonderful value

 
5.0

You cannot beat the price on this thing!

By

from San Francisco, CA  -  Semi-Professional

Usually umbrellas this size are much more expensive. The light that comes off of this thing covers a large area with really soft light. So far I've used the umbrella to light full body height shots and some portraits. Love it.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
DAYNA M  I was looking for a large umbrella for my studio and I read a review about it in a photography magazine. I also watched a clip promoting it on adorama tv. It seemed to be a great bargain. Couldn't resist. I love it, although it is a bit heavy for my light/stand combo.
Jason H  Is the black part of the umbrella removable so you could use it as a shoot through?
MARVIN Y  Hey Jason, The black part cannot be removed. I'm considering buying the 3 umbrella kit that includes a shoot through. Hope this helps!
Kelly C  I love this umbrella - I purchased awhile ago and after the first day of using it fell over and snapped the rod and I now have to tape it up - is there a warranty on this or is my existing one worth anything to trade in towards a new one?
EVELYN S  Good question, I do not know about the warranty, but I had the same thing happen to me. I took a slightly thinner solid rod about 3 inches long, like a 1/4 inch screw with the head cut off that just fit into the hollow rod. I slid both ends of the broken rod into it to make certain everything was snug. Then I removed the rod and covered it with JB Weld, slid it back into the hollow ends, wiped off the excess that came out when the hollow rod was pushed back together, waited about 24 hours, and the rod is now actually better than new since it is solid. Just be careful with the JB Weld; it can be a little messy.
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