The starting point of most photographers lighting toolboxes, umbrellas offer versatility and convenience in one easily portable package. Special alloy composites mean the frame, locking mechanism and joints are flexible enough to handle the use and abuse of the real world, while being rigid enough to hold its shape when it really counts -- on set. The universal 8mm shaft guaranties compatibility with all brands of flash. Creative Light Umbrellas are also approved for use with continuous hot lights, up to 500 watts. All four model Creative Light Umbrellas come standard with a heavy duty, soft-sided storage case ensuring long life.