Choosing an umbrella.

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  1. Robp412

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    IMHO umbrellas are replaceable items with a limited life duration, so I buy the cheapest ones becuase the best and cheapest ones all last and perform the same.

    What is more important is kind of umbrella and match it to your needs:
    - white for shoot through up close
    - silver or gold for bounce and a brighter light at the cost of some small harshness at increased width/depths
    - black covers with silver backing for free additional reflector
    - for battery powered strobe use never larger than about 40-45 inches max

    I've done tests and the $115US umbrella performed *identically* to my $15 ones. I buy the cheap ones and prefer to spend my money saved on other things. I have 2 silver ones and 4 white shoot through. This is all that I need.
     
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    Thank you very much! I have 2 silvers coming for christmas and got them cheap. What I really wanted was white and your info was all I really needed. Ordering them now =] Thank you.
    -Rob
     

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