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westcott 7 foot parabolic umbrella

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Jan 13, 2013 21:14 |  #16
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shawncorson wrote in post #14375444 (external link)
Has anyone ever used this if so do you have photos as examples? I do a lot of outdoor portrait work and would love to check one of these out or examples of photos (can't find too many online). I understand it will give out such a broad amount of light but it would be nice to see some examples.

A 7-foot diameter umbrella is not a really good idea for outdoor sessions. Even the slightest breeze is going to be problematic.

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Jan 13, 2013 22:03 |  #17

Pink Butterfly wrote in post #15484859 (external link)
A 7-foot diameter umbrella is not a really good idea for outdoor sessions. Even the slightest breeze is going to be problematic.

That's what sandbags are for. It's not *ideal*, but far from a bad idea if you know what you're doing and plan accordingly.

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Jan 13, 2013 23:08 |  #18

And by "plan accordingly" you mean "don't shoot outside with a 7-foot diameter umbrella when there is any wind", right?

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Jan 13, 2013 23:20 |  #19

I have a 7' parabolic umbrella and wouldnt even consider opening it up outdoors...I dont like to use it indoors without an assistant there to hold it.. I havent used it for any portrait work yet, but have used it a lot for large group shots and it does a wonderful job!

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Jan 14, 2013 15:32 |  #20

gonzogolf wrote in post #14380409 (external link)
I have an 86 PLM and have looked closely at the westcott. I dont think there is much difference in quality. The first version of the PLM had issues, but more recent builds are much better.

Right they're virtually identical, I had both and sold the Wescott. The fabric seems nicer on the Wescott but optically the PLM is superior. PCB himself talks about this, I experienced it first hand.

If your shooting PCB lights then the PLM is the better choice for the on axis mount.

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Jan 14, 2013 15:36 |  #21

Its not good in the wind it wants to invert. I would Get the PLM better built quality.


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Jan 24, 2013 10:57 |  #22
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Oh, c'mon guys ... It's good to get some excitement every now & then.

I think it would be fun to get a 7-foot diameter umbrella swaying up-and-down & side-to-side & back-and-forth. It is also a good test to see if you purchased enough sand bags, and if your location stand is sturdy enough!!! Even if you load the base with several 35-lb shot bags (those suckers are HEAVY), many light weight aluminum stands will still whip around because the columns are too flimsy.

Personally, I wouldn't consider anything larger than a 42" or 48" umbrella outdoors, unless the wind seems dead-still.

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Jan 24, 2013 11:05 as a reply to  @ post 15483472 |  #23

Just took this last Sunday with the Parabolic ...

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Mar 13, 2013 08:33 |  #24

I just picked up one of the Westcott 7' Parabolics in Silver/Black for a pinup shoot I did yesterday at a local burlesque/road house location. The only concern I had initially was being able to fill it with a 580EX II - I assure you that is not a concern! I simply moved to full power, at the widest zoom setting and used the flip-down diffuser to get to a 14mm spread.

I haven't edited any of the shots yet, but they look fantastic - the light is gorgeous, and with a simple 10 lb sandbag, I was able to keep the stand in place without being nervous.

I also that the PCB PLM in Soft Silver for use with my Bees in my studio, but I generally leave it set up, and wanted a similar option for location work with my speedlights. This parabolic is just fantastic!

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Mar 13, 2013 13:26 |  #25

So it's been some time now since this topic was created. I got one, used it and found out -- it's not something I could really get much use out of. I've stopped outdoor photography for the most part and have moved more into studio work (which is posted around the forum mainly in the "people" section) and I have found even for outside work my 24" beauty dish does a fantastic job and there's no need AT THE MOMENT for such a large umbrella for such a large amount of light. Perhaps indoor it would work well for group shots etc. But as of now, I'm fine with my other modifiers. Thanks for all the replies!

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