ANGLER ParaSail Parabolic Umbrellas – Now Available

ANGLER ParaSail Umbrella


The unique new Angler ParaSail Parabolic Umbrellas allow large umbrellas to be used in tight spaces, and with low ceilings. Ideal for home studios or tight locations.

Available in 45″, 60″, and 88″ versions, the convertible ParaSail Umbrellas are basically 16 sided true parabolic umbrellas, though with the sides clipped to form a more manageable rectangular shape.


ANGLER ParaSail Umbrella


This allows even a huge 88″ umbrella to be used in rooms with a regular ceiling height, while still allowing reasonable tilt angles.

The ParaSail Umbrellas can also be aligned vertically in narrow spaces, or just used to create unique lighting effects.


ANGLER ParaSail Umbrella


Similar to the once quite popular Photek Softlighter II, the convertible ParaSails are comprised of a translucent white lining, covered with by a reflective silver backing, creating a slightly soft silver effect.

The silver / black backing cover can then also be removed to provide a shoot through umbrella, or a softer white surface for bounce use again.


ANGLER ParaSail Umbrella


The ParaSail backing cover is simply held in place by end caps which stretch over the umbrella rod tips.


ANGLER ParaSail Umbrella


The ParaSail Umbrellas are also built sturdy with 16 fiberglass ribs and rods, as well as a solid steel 8mm main shaft.


ANGLER ParaSail Umbrella


And a protective carry bag is also provide with the ParaSails.

ANGLER ParaSail Umbrella

ANGLER ParaSail Umbrella





The Angler ParaSail Parabolic Umbrellas are available now from B&H Photo from $79.95

45″ – $79.95
6o” – $84.95 
88″ – $99.95


  1. mmmfotografie 3 years ago

    BRILLIANT. I like umbrella’s and often the edge would limit the angle/height position of the flash.

    I often solved this to point one flash in to a upper corner to have the fill and the other flash(es) to create the accent light.

  2. JL Williams 3 years ago

    I like the idea, and it should be good for speedlights. But it seems as if studio flashes with round reflectors either will have a lot of spill, or (if pushed closer) will waste a lot of the are.

    • Mark 3 years ago

      Spill can be controlled. I use studio strobes with umbrellas and have very little issue with spill irrespective of the size and position.

      Practice reveals the strengths and weaknesses of ones techniques.

      I love this design and have actually DIYed my own with scissors. Proper ones will be a boon.

    • Jason 3 years ago

      like he said, It would work ok with speedlights with rectangular heads (although its too large for that), but it seems for strobes (with round reflectors) it will either only use a small portion of the umbrella, or spill A LOT around the edges, causing FLARE and ghosting and stray light.
      All in all, inefficient

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 3 years ago

        You can always flag the strobe on the camera side.

        It would be interesting to see how a couple of the 88″ would go even for lighting a white background more evenly.

      • Jason Bodden 3 years ago

        It’s not too large for speedlights. You can use multiple speedlights on a multibracket. I do with my Parabolics. This is no different.

  3. mmmfotografie 3 years ago

    You have to put the straight end close to the ceiling then there would be no splill.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Yes, I think it would be nice if they also had a version with just the top clipped for this.

  4. VisX 3 years ago

    Isn’t a softbox more controllable (can add grid, with no spill)? Umbrella-style softbox is just as quick to deploy.
    The only stand-out advantage for this product is the shoot-through feature.

    • Motti 3 years ago

      yes, it is. However, a large softbox needs a lot of room.

  5. Mark Kitaoka 12 months ago

    Although not the Angler in this post I used something very similar in a publicity session due to limited ceiling height.

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