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Westcott 4634 7-Feet White with Black Cover Parabolic Umbrella
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- 16-rib fiberglass framework
- included travel and storage case
- 7mm umbrella shaft tip
- double wall shaft
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The 7' White/Black Parabolic Umbrella offers a white interior that softens and broadens bounced light. The solid black backing eliminates any potential for back spill light. Perfect for indoor or outdoor use. Frames are constructed using a fiberglass composite offering added strength and durability over standard steel or aluminum frames. The custom designed center shaft has been engineered to two times its normal thickness. This durable shaft is finished off with a 7mm tapered tip allowing for insertion into a variety of photographic lights. The included carry case is constructed of heavy-duty nylon with an included shoulder strap. Umbrellas ship in a protective tube that is perfect for travel and storage.
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The Westcott Parabolic comes in a storage tube with a reusable top. In addition, it is also packed in a carry pouch with a handle for easy transporation. Note that it is NOT a convertible umbrella - it is only usable in reflective mode and not shoot through. The black cover does not come off.
The umbrella is quite durable and easily bent and had 'give' when blown over in the wind. I hauled it up winding narrow paths to the top of a mountain for a sunset shoot and it was light, easy to transport, and worked perfectly. Set up was less than a minute - it opens up just as any normal photographic umbrella. Unlike the Buff version, no extra assembly is needed.
Of course, the reason you get a parabolic is its soft, efficient lighting. I was very pleased with the light from this large light source.
I've decided to sell the (very annoying to set up) Buff parabolic umbrella and keep this Westcott. It really is that good of an umbrella and a quality product all around. As well, the ease of use and transport makes this a great on location modifier that gives me soft, efficient light.
Here's the thing though, I've used this with a SINGLE speedlite and it has produced stunning results. And, because it's so big, you can use this in bright sun as both a light source and as a flag for bright sunlight!
Unfortunately, you don't get what you pay for here. These legacy photography vendors are accustomed to charging ridiculous prices, because they can. In hindsight, I would have purchased a cheaper kit with the lights. Also note, the black "cover" is not remove-able; limiting the value.
To make proper use of this, you will need 3 speed lights, or some other way to spread light over the entire surface. I purchased Fancierstudio DOUBLE AC Flash Light Stand, connected E27 Male to 2 Female Y Shape LED CFL Light Bulb Base Converter/Adapter/Splitter Lamp Holder. So, I have 4 CFL 23watt flood light bulbs pouring quite a bit of light onto the umbrella.
After several months of ownership and several on location and studio photo shoots with the umbrella, I decided that it was time to post my review of this tool. Here are examples of my typical set ups using this umbrella. 1. In the studio, I use it with a 600w studio light triggered with Pocket Wizards and a couple of reflectors if needed. 2. On location, I have a flash bar that I mount from one to three Canon 580EX speed lights on triggers and reflectors if needed. One thing that everyone must know is that you need to own a large/heavy duty stand for this umbrella and a couple of sandbags.
The umbrella does exactly what is designed to do, provide a very broad even light source that is amazingly soft light over a large area. On location shooting portraits or families it's usually the only lighting I will need. I sometimes shoot with the umbrella directly behind me and because the light source is so broad it does not cast a shadow on the subject. This is also true if the subject you're shooting is close to the background/backdrop, the light appears to come from all directions and envelopes the subject reducing or eliminating the need for a secondary flash.
The materials and construction of the umbrella are pretty solid but if you take it outdoors you better make sure you secure it with sandbags or an assistant. The umbrella comes with its own carrying case and is packaged in a durable reusable tube, when not in use I keep mine stored in the tube. I have had great results with the umbrella and it is a very functional tool in my business. I will post additional reviews and links to pictures taken when using the umbrella if I can.