Sunday, April 25, 2010

Small Umbrellas

UPDATE: link to review of Creative Light shoot-through umbrella
UPDATED 11/26/11:  added Lastolite 20-inch and Lastolite Trifold.

Here's a list of small umbrellas and softbrellas that may be convenient for handheld use (especially indoors).  I'll update it periodically as I find similar products.  Items are listed in order of increasing size.  Unless otherwise noted, I have no experience using them or buying from the sellers below (I'm not affiliated with the sellers either except Amazon's affiliate program).


REFLECTIVE WHITE
Compact Lambency Umbrella
Diameter: 19.7 inches / 50cm
Folded length: 14 inches / 35.5 cm
Google search: "compact lambency" umbrella
Sold here and on ebay.

Alzo Photo Studio Umbrella
Diameter: 24 inches / 61 cm
Available on ebay and direct from Alzo
24 inches white photo studio umbrella
Diameter: 24 inches / 60 cm
Sold on ebay

Creative Light umbrella - white
Diameter: 25 inches / 65 cm
Available on Amazon

Lowel Tota-Brella T126 (or t1-26)
Diameter: 27 inches / 68.6 cm
Sold on amazon and Adorama

Photek Stowaway Compact Photo Umbrella
Diameter: 39 inches / 100 cm
Folded length: 14 inches / 36 cm
Comment: because this is a double fold umbrella, it appears possible to use it at less than full diameter.

REFLECTIVE SILVER
Propet Mini Parasol C Shoe Mount Flash Umbrella Bracket w/19" Umbrella
Diameter: 19 inches / 48 cm
Folded length (without bracket): 11.5 inches / 29 cm
Folded length (with bracket attached): 17 inches / 43 cm
Comment: this includes both the umbrella and a unique handholdable umbrella bracket that positions the flash head toward the middle of the umbrella without the need for an adapter.  The handle also includes a tripod mounting hole. Made in Japan.  Detailed review here.  Sometimes available on ebay.

23 inch 57cm Black Umbrella Soft Box (Reflective Softbrella)
Diameter: 23 inches / 57 cm
Available on ebay

Alzo Photo Studio Umbrella
Diameter: 24 inches / 61 cm
Available on ebay and direct from Alzo

Creative Light umbrella - silver
Diameter: 25 inches / 65 cm
Available on Amazon

Lowel Tota-brella T125 (or t1-25)
Diameter:  27 inches / 68.6 cm
Available on amazon  and Adorama and ebay

Umbrella softbox (Reflective softbrella)
Diameter: 28 inches / 70 cm
Available on ebay (search "70cm umbrella soft box")

SHOOT-THROUGH
Creative Light umbrella - translucent
Diameter: 25 inches / 65 cm
Available on Amazon
Reviewed here.


Lastolite LL LU2123 20-Inch Translucent Umbrella for Brolly Grip
Diameter: 20 inches / 50 cm
Available on Amazon

Lastolite LL LU2127 36-Inch Trifold Umbrella
Diameter: 36 inches.  Folded length: 10 inches
Available on Amazon

Umbrella softbox (Shoot-through softbrella)
Diameter: 28 inches / 70 cm
Available on ebay (search "70cm umbrella soft box")


CONVERTIBLE SHOOT-THROUGH/REFLECTIVE
Gadget Infinity 50cm Parabolic Convertible Umbrella
Diameter: 19.7 inches / 50 cm
Sold at Gadget Infinity (~$15)

Gadget Infinity 60cm Parabolic Convertible Umbrella
Diameter: 23.6 inches / 60 cm
Sold at Gadget Infinity (~$20)
Photoflex White Umbrella
Diameter: 30 inches / 73 cm
Mfr. Part: UMRUD30
Sold at Adorama (~$22) and ebay.

Photoflex Convertible Umbrella
Diameter: 30 inches / 73 cm
Mfr. Part: UMRUT30
Sold at Adorama (~$22) and ebay.

OTHER PRODUCTS
These small umbrellas might be usable as handheld umbrellas but won't be able to use standard umbrella brackets with them.

Stokke Xplory Parasol (Cream)
Diameter: ??
~$50
Comment:  can be bent at an angle
Available at Amazon and Babies R Us

Bugaboo Parasol (Off-white)
Diameter: ??
~$40
Comment: can be bent at an angle
Available at Amazon and Babies R Us