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Westcott 2332 43-Inch Collapsible Umbrella Flash Kit (Black/White)
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- Collapsed length of umbrella is only 14.5"
- Use as a shoot-through or bounce light source
- Adjustable shoe mount fits a variety of speedlites
- Adjustable shoe mount is made of all metal construction
- Included 8' stand is lightweight and durable
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|Package Height||4.5 x 6.8 x 27.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||4.8 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Typically flash brackets for speed lights have a 10 degree angle on the umbrella hole. This 10 degree angle allows the flash to point down towards the center of the umbrella rather than straight towards the outer portion of the umbrella. With the 10 degree angle you will have better lighting with a more even lit umbrella. The Wescott speed light brackets do not feature this 10 degree angle and instead are level, aiming your speed light at the outer portion of the umbrella rather than the middle.
The lack of the 10 degree angle is further exacerbated when one utilizes a wireless flash trigger which elevates the flash another inch or so.
My final reservation is with the knob for adjusting the umbrella rod. The knob is a single piece of metal consisting of the thread and knob. The knob is very small and as a result it is difficult to torque the knob tight enough to hold the umbrella reliably. I found myself having to re-tighten it when moving the umbrella around.
The strobist blog has some recommendations for gear and I think I would go that route had I known of these two short comings in this product.
Note- I am a hobbyist, I am sure professionals can find better products for more money, but for home use and light traveling needs, this feels like it will fit perfectly.
I used this with a Nikon SB-600, and some of the CowboyStudio remote triggers.
I took off the black umbrella cover and was using this as a shoot-through soft light. In doors everything was stable and worked as expected, I wouldn't recommend using this outdoors due to wind.
This being my first umbrella purchase, I don't really know if dollar for dollar where this stands, but I am happy with my purchase, and after a few hours of playing around, I am tempted to pickup another.
Only complaint I had is that the fabric on the white umbrella where it attaches to the umbrella frame was a little torn from the factory. It still stayed tight on the frame but looked as if it was just barely hanging by a thread (pun intended)
Had the girlfriend reinforce it with a little white thread and we're good to go!
It seems to light evenly and the stand and umbrella adapter do their job. For the most part, all of it folds back up into a nice transportable size, and I might even be able to throw the light stand in the same bag as my tripod.
For shots taken using the kit, search Flickr for the tag "westcott43inchkit". I'll try to keep adding pictures to that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome light stand with umbrella swivel on top. Quality materials, compacts down to about 2ft long - I tied some paracord to one of the legs so I can toss it over my shoulder and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amanda
the angle of the light is not in the center of the umbrella.Published 12 months ago by Jackelin Rios
Works as described. It's not the best quality in terms of the stand , but if your careful it will last. Just be gentle not to over tighten anything. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Justin V.
I love it so far will be getting another as soon as money permitsPublished 17 months ago by Anthony J Cortez
A great piece of equipment to have in your inventory, whether for the studio or on site, renders beautifully soft light.Published 22 months ago by marpater
I'm a serious amateur photographer; I purchased three of these kits to add to my lighting collection and give me a portable option in addition to my standard daylight fluorescent... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by JPD
High quality stand and umbrella with removable black cover (for bounce flash instead of flash-thru). Also, umbrella comes with a nice case to keep it compact in your bag. Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by Bobby