Westcott is now also offering parabolic umbrellas. Size is said to be 7 foot (2.13 meters) coming in 3 flavors:
The Westcott parabolic umbrellas can be yours for US$99.90 (introductory price) but there is no word yet on availability and price in Europe. You can find more details at Westcott’s blog.
The blog says 7mm tip, I’m guessing that means it’s Elinchrom compatible?
A Shoot through Parabolic! And the point is?
7mm tip! the whole shaft, or can you only put the tip into an Elinchrom light?
It appears this umbrella is NOT compatible with Elinchrom lights. I’ve had several conversations with Westcott regarding this issue. Incredibly, Westcott does not have access to an Elinchrom light and had to rely on a dealer in Texas (I believe) to confirm what I suspected: The shaft of the 7′ umbrella will not fit in an Elinchrom light’s umbrella tube.
@Sam: As David said it seems it won´t be compatible with Elinchrom´s umbrella tube.
@PaulBT: The bigger the light source the softer the light, for those who can´t afford a big octabox or softbox this could be a nice solution.
It doesn´t seem it will be compatible with Elinchrom´s units.
@Eduardo: I understand about a bigger light source. But you can use a normal large brolly to do this. The whole concept of a parabolic umbrella is to focus the light and only works when used as a reflective umbrella. This makes no difference when used as a shoot through and defeats paying more for a parabolic umbrella.
Keep in mind that there aren´t many 7 foot 8 ribs umbrellas available from other vendors
Any idea when the umbrellas are available from retailers in the UK?
Even if its 8 mm shaft size, with 7 Foot you could use the normal umbrella holding on the elinchrom lights, at this size it doesnt matter in my opinion if its not totally in the center?