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drisley
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Oct 24, 2012 21:56 |  #1

I"m looking for a good quality, affordable, "strobist style" umbrella, maybe 42-46" that can be used also as a shoot through, and maybe has silver/gold reflectors inside as options? Any ideas?

I remember once seeing one on Strobist that could fold down smaller than a normal studio umbrella but can't find it again.


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Oct 25, 2012 18:09 |  #2

The collapsible Westcott 43" in the best and most portable umbrella I have ever found.


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Oct 25, 2012 18:12 |  #3

DRISLEY - depending on your intended application(s), but I travel with two of these which are compact (folds to 14.5”)
WESTCOTT 43” Collapsible White Satin w/Black removable cover [Mfr# 2011]:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...Umbrella_Collapsibl​e.htmlexternal link
(helpful even for impromptu group shots).

Also always these too for their mobility [Smaller than umbrellas]
ROGUE Flash Bender- Large:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...r_Large_Positionabl​e.htmlexternal link
(a bit pricer but, I find useful and adaptable in many strobist situations).
ROGUE Gels Filter Kit:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ..._Lighting_Filter_Ki​t.htmlexternal link
(pay for its nifty compact case, with very well organized & labeled contents including CTO’s etc.)

Just one strobist suggestion, good luck…
Mary

P.S. There is also the LASTOLITE Reversible’s; they meet one of your OP defined criteria of multi color, but maybe outside your other requested criteria.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...tolite+Reverible+um​brellaexternal link
http://www.lastolite.c​om/reversible-umbrellas.phpexternal link
http://www.lastolitesc​hoolofphotography.com/​reversible-umbrellasexternal link (2:05 minute video)


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Oct 25, 2012 18:17 |  #4

Hey Ben - two minds, one thought!
(You Californian's are always the quickest of the bunch...)

Mary


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Oct 25, 2012 18:30 |  #5

Agree on the collapsable. I think Adorama has their own version. Essentially the same just a bit less.


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Oct 26, 2012 12:21 |  #6

happy2010 wrote in post #15169509external link
Hey Ben - two minds, one thought!
(You Californian's are always the quickest of the bunch...)

Mary

Ha, Im not sure thats always a good thing, but it appears we certainly try :)


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Oct 26, 2012 19:24 |  #7

I like the westcott umbrellas as well. They are the most expensive I would use.

Over the years I've learned that umbrellas are disposable cushions for strobes.


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Oct 26, 2012 20:18 |  #8

LOL, thanks guys!


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