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Westcott 43-inch Optical Satin Collapsible with Removable Black Cover - White

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  • Portable diffusion & reflection^Collapses to only 14.5″^Telescopic all-metal shaft^7mm tapered tip^Included travel case
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm ; 454 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
  • Item model number: 2011
  • ASIN: B001OKBLEE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Jan. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

This umbrella softens and spreads light and offers a very natural and pleasing effect onto your subject.

Manufacturer's Description

Westcott 43"" Optical White Satin Umbrella.

Two umbrellas in one compact design.

This umbrella with removable cover is a great portable way to really soften or reflect light from a flash or strobe. With the cover in place, easily bounce light. Remove the cover for instant diffusion.

Collapsible for travel.

Westcott has been building umbrellas for over 110 years and were the first to bring the collapsible telescoping shaft to the photo industry. This all-metal shaft collapses down to only 14.5"" making it small enough to fit into a backpack or gear bag.

Solid steel insert.

This all-metal framework also offers an all-metal solid steel insert. This insert insures the shaft does not crack or break by tightening down the set screw located on a studio light or speedlight bracket.

7mm Tip.

The shaft is finished off with a 7mm tapered tip allowing for use in conjunction with many European and specialty lights on the market. Some of these lights have a 7mm catch pin making them difficult to find modifiers that will work with them correctly. Our catch pin insures a perfect fit with almost all of the most popular lights.

All-metal tips.

No plastic on our products as these tips are constructed of all metal and are finished with an 8-count thread pass providing quality construction and product durability.

Hexagonal shaft.

The hexagonal design of this umbrella shaft provides 3x the strength of a normal round shaft. Pair this with the solid steel insert, and it's no wonder our umbrella shafts are some of the toughest in the market. Many times once you tighten an umbrella shaft into place, the tightening knob can dent or even split the umbrella shaft. This enhancements eliminate worry and provide the quality you'd expect.

Durable fabrics.

For over 112 years, Westcott has been working with some of the finest fabric mills worldwide. Our fabrics are produced using high quality materials and offer a standard one-year warranty against manufacturers defects.

Nylon travel case.

The included nylon travel case helps protect your umbrella from getting dirty or stained.

Westcott 43"" Optical White Satin Umbrella.

Two umbrellas in one compact design.

This umbrella with removable cover is a great portable way to really soften or reflect light from a flash or strobe. With the cover in place, easily bounce light. Remove the cover for instant diffusion.

Collapsible for travel.

Westcott has been building umbrellas for over 110 years and were the first to bring the collapsible telescoping shaft to the photo industry. This all-metal shaft collapses down to only 14.5"" making it small enough to fit into a backpack or gear bag.

Solid steel insert.

This all-metal framework also offers an all-metal solid steel insert. This insert insures the shaft does not crack or break by tightening down the set screw located on a studio light or speedlight bracket.

7mm Tip.

The shaft is finished off with a 7mm tapered tip allowing for use in conjunction with many European and specialty lights on the market. Some of these lights have a 7mm catch pin making them difficult to find modifiers that will work with them correctly. Our catch pin insures a perfect fit with almost all of the most popular lights.

All-metal tips.

No plastic on our products as these tips are constructed of all metal and are finished with an 8-count thread pass providing quality construction and product durability.

Hexagonal shaft.

The hexagonal design of this umbrella shaft provides 3x the strength of a normal round shaft. Pair this with the solid steel insert, and it's no wonder our umbrella shafts are some of the toughest in the market. Many times once you tighten an umbrella shaft into place, the tightening knob can dent or even split the umbrella shaft. This enhancements eliminate worry and provide the quality you'd expect.

Durable fabrics.

For over 112 years, Westcott has been working with some of the finest fabric mills worldwide. Our fabrics are produced using high quality materials and offer a standard one-year warranty against manufacturers defects.

Nylon travel case.

The included nylon travel case helps protect your umbrella from getting dirty or stained.

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Shaft diameter is 1cm. So it might be too big for some umbrella holders.
Shaft is hexagon and has a metal core.

What I use it for as a wedding photographer:
Onsite portraits (shoot through) and group photos (reflect).
Keeps my subjects dry like any normal umbrella.
It's also a good reflector during the day.
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I am normally filming in the US and have the usual LOWEL RIFA Softboxes with 750W Tungsten Lamps, but I do get over to the UK and was looking for something that offered 'comparable lighting' in a travel size and at a low price.

I am very satisfied with the Westcott 43-inch Optical Satin Umbrellas. I pair them with Lowel 750W Tota lights that are attached to light stands using a Manfrotto Umbrella shoe. I must stress that if you buy these umbrellas you will want the shoe from Manfrotto or something like it because the base of the rod is larger than a standard Lowel 1/4" umbrella hole.

Anyway -- I left the black fabric on the back and bounced the light down at 75 degrees on my subject all day for 4 days and the lighting was excellent and the umbrellas did a super job.

No, I don't think it is comparable to the RIFA Softbox which sells for $900 in the USA, but it doesn't cost that as well and is far more transportable. Unlike large softboxes, these lights can attach to the lightweight light stands for sale here as well and don't require sandbags or weights for stabilization when using a lightweight light head like a Lowel Omni or Tota light.

The light color is a warm honey / tungsten neutral white using 750W, probably a bit warmer using a lower wattage head.

Once the job was done, the umbrellas collapsed to about 12 inches long and 2 inches wide and stored in a typical umbrella nylon sleeve and then inside a plastic sleeve. A lot of product for the money.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR VIDEO PRODUCTION.
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Had this umbrella for a few weeks now and have had great results, spreads light evenly. Me personally, I like to shoot into the umbrellas and having the reflected light hit my subject. I'd recommend one to anyone who wants to get their hands on a great tool for flash photography, much more compact and conveniant than a softbox
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I used this umbrella quite a lot, and was pleased with the results. As a reflector, it spreads the light out quite a bit but produces nice diffuse lighting. I did not find it so good when used as a shoot-through diffuser, but most people will not use it that in that manner anyway. However, it is very flimsy and mine broke after the stand fell over just once when I used it outdoors. The spokes bent/broke, and it is now unusable. I liked it enough that I will buy another umbrella, but probably not this make again.
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Does what it says on the tin. I have used this alot in the studio and it is handy to set up and take down.

Only grip is the black cover cloth does tend to not stay on when you collapse it so when you put it back up again you have to go round and check each of the silver catches are in place before fully erecting it. It would be nice if they where magnetic so they stay on but are still easy to take off.
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PRO: A good umbrella with a choice of shooting through or bouncing the flash

CONS: the black cover starts to unclip when down and becomes a problem when trying to pack away again - the provided sleeves are too tight to realistically pack away easily.
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Recieved it today and was prematurely immediately dissapointed as I looked at the size of the package and it was tiny. This was silly as I was completely shocked once I took it out of the packaging. its suprisingly big which is great considering its folded down size. the quality of it feels great and it feels like a solid piece of equipment. really good if you do on location shoots and such as when folded its literally TINY and you could put it into a backpack if you wanted. diffuses and spreads light very well. I couldnt for the life of my fold it down with the black attached but I think I was just doing it wrong haha but honestly this is SUCH A GREAT umbrella.
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By M. Hadfield TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2014
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This brolly seems well made except for one thing. As soon as you release the tension, in order to collapse it, the bits holding the black cover come loose. They are just popped over the ends of the brolly spokes and quite a loose fit. It's actually a struggle to get the thing fully opened with the black cover in place. Fine if you can leave it opened up but I wanted something portable and it's too much hassle, and not even slightly professional looking, to battle with that cover on location. So it's either leave it permanently up in the studio or settle for shoot through with just the white bit and that's what I've gone for so I don't feel I got my money's worth with the black cover.

Another minor niggle. It comes in a nice see-through plastic holder. It's impossible to fold it tight enough to ever get it back in again.

I was going to buy two of these, but I think I might have a look and see what else is available - though, as always, if you pay enough you can probably get what you want. It's not bad value for money. It just falls short of what it could be for very little effort on Westcott's part.
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