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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent umbrella for those on a budget, April 26, 2010
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This review is from: Westcott 2001 43-Inch Optical White Satin Collapsible Umbrella (Electronics)
I was looking for a large-ish umbrella at a budget price, and chanced upon this umbrella. I've used it on a number of photo shoots so far, and it has worked very well indeed.

(Do note that this is a shoot through style umbrella - where the outside surface of the umbrella faces your subject. It will not function well, if at all, as a reflector umbrella.)

Pros:
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1. The light it generates as a shoot-through is soft and well diffused
2. It folds down to a very compact 6" or so size. However, it is often a struggle to pack it back into its tiny case.

Cons:
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1. You get the build quality that you pay for - this isn't an umbrella that will stand up to rough use.
2. The extension handles are not the smoothest. It sometimes sticks, but this is not a show stopper issue for me.
3. The handle is a very thin tube - and I'm always nervous when tightening the screws that hold it in place.
4. Has an annoying Adorama logo.

In conclusion, this cheap accessory makes makes me look like a better photographer - so this is excellent value for money.

You might want to watch out for the build quality though - I use it very gingerly and rarely take it off the stand except when I'm transporting it.

I suspect that I'll upgrade this at some point, but for now, it works well enough for my needs.

Note that I use this umbrella in conjunction with a Manfrotto 5001B 74-Inch Nano Stand, a Stroboframe Bracket Shoe Mount, and a Manfrotto 026 Swivel Lite-Tite Umbrella Adapter. This combination works exceedingly well for my purposes.

Happy Strobing!
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