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Profoto Announces New Deep Parabolic Umbrellas

By Anthony Thurston on October 6th 2014

This morning, Profoto announced 6 new small and lightweight Deep Parabolic Umbrellas to compliment the new line of umbrellas that they announced at the beginning of the year.

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The largest of the newly announced umbrellas is the ‘Deep M’, which measures at 41 inches. The smallest of the newly announces umbrellas is the ‘Deep S’, which measures in at 33 inches. All of the umbrellas announced today have that deep parabolic shape that we love so much for directing light. 

Profoto Umbrella Deep M Test Shoot

Profoto Umbrella Deep Specs

  • Highly Reflective Silver Interior
  • Deep Shape Provides More Precise Control
  • 16 Fiberglass Rods for Rounder Shape
  • Heat-Resistant Materials
  • Surface Treated to Prevent Rust
  • Carrying Bag

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In all, today’s addition of 6 new umbrellas brings Profoto’s total line up to 18 umbrellas for you to choose from. There was no availability information released today with the umbrellas, but you should expect to see them at major retailers like B&H in the near future.

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What are your thoughts on the newly announced Umbrellas from Profoto? Do you see a need in your shooting style being met with these? Leave a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    Great modifier, profoto is like the Ferrari of Light shaping equipment for photographers.

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  2. Clare Havill

    Would love to try these out, can’t justify the cost at the moment.

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  3. Dario Camacho

    18 options in umbrellas? Is there a real diference between them to justify them all?

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    • Stan Rogers

      There’s a huge difference, especially when it comes to deep parabolics. Think of them as shaped reflectors (by that, I mean the reflector dishes you’d mount to a studio flash) that just happen to fold up rather than as “umbrellas”. And these are a lot cheaper and easier to handle than their more traditional (and still “more profesional”) forebears, the Profoto Giant and Broncolor Para. (Or the somewhat cheaper, but still not cheap at all, Rime Lite and more recent Westcott Zeppelin units.) To use any of the well with speedlights, though, you’ll need a mount that gets the flash head as close to the shaft as possible, since being too far off-axis does bad things to the focus and beam shape.

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    • Chuck Eggen

      Stan reading your comment I agree completely. I was a bit baffled when they put a diffuser on it which seems to take away the shaping effect of a parabolic.

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  4. Mi Guel

    Guessing if you have the resources and the need overrides the cost. I am with you Chuck Eggen. I use Westcott;s and the are pretty sweet!

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    • Chuck Eggen

      Me too Mi Guel. I have the 7′ Westcotts and love them. I would like one of these deep small parabolic umbrellas so I’ll wait for Interfit or Westcott to make one.

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  5. Chuck Eggen

    At a Profoto price as well. I have a D1 500 kit but can’t afford Profoto modifiers.

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  6. Tanya Smith

    Oh, man, I got to try out a Profoto setup with a deep umbrella at Click Away and it was really nice!

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  7. Peter Nord

    Is there a focus point marked on the shaft, or just trial and error?

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