GLOW EZ LOCK Deep Parabolic Umbrellas – Now Available



Glow have released a new range of EZ LOCK Deep Parabolic Umbrellas, which feature a large secure push button locking mechanism, providing effortless opening and closing of the 16 ribbed umbrellas.

The deep parabolic design allows for a much more focused beam than regular umbrellas, and this can be adjusted easily with the positioning of the the umbrella from the strobe.

The very affordably priced EZ Lock umbrellas are available now in 41″, 51″, and 65″ versions, from just $49.95 to $79.95.




The Glow EZ LOCK Deep Parabolic Umbrellas are also available in 4 different material options.

From shiny silver (providing the most focusable beam), to a dimpled silver (slightly softer shadow transitions), to soft diffused white, and translucent shoot through.




And front diffuser panels area also available, which transform the umbrellas into a large indirect softbox, producing very soft diffused light.

Black covers are also available for the shoot through umbrellas.



The EZ LOCK umbrellas feature a large secure push button locking mechanism for easy opening and closing of the umbrella, making set up of the large umbrellas very fast and simple.




The 16 fiberglass ribbed design is durable, and creates a close to circular shape for nice cathlights etc.



And the provided protective carry case is designed to be practical and durable.






Glow EZ LOCK Deep Parabolic Umbrellas are available now from Adorama from $49.95.

And front Diffuser Covers are also available from $12.95.



  1. alberto 3 years ago

    I have been using the soft lighter II for years and it has always been my go to. If I didn’t recently bought a new one, I would go this route for sure.

    Adorama is really making some good moves.

  2. MTL 3 years ago

    Several precisions :

    – Current deep umbrellas on the market aren’t parabolic. Their shape is nowhere near the definition of a paraboloid. A Paul Buff PLM is closer to that definition. The parabolic moniker is used here just because it sounds important, people don’t really know what a parabolic reflector is, and they can get away with it.
    – Even with the right shape there isn’t such a thing as a white parabolic modifier as white materials scatter light in all directions.
    – “The deep parabolic design allows for a much more focused beam than regular umbrellas”. That’s just pure BS, which anyone who actually kind of understand what a parabolic modifier is would already know. Depth is uncorrelated with beam angle tightness, as the following photo should easily demonstrate. The shallow Cactus 105cm silver umbrella sends light at a beam angle that’s similar to a 20° grid in the following comparison :
    One of the most parabolic modifier ever made is Broncolor’s satellite, and it’s very, very shallow :D.
    – AT LAST, another manufacturer besides Paul Buff which understands the value of providing several silver fabrics with several scattering properties, to strike different compromises in terms of beam angle tightness and illumination evenness. One of the usual issues with silver umbrellas using a material that’s too hard / directional / doesn’t scatter enough is that their illumination looks like a bicycle wheel pattern when looking into the modifier, which can produce ungainly shadows . Paul Buff used to sell the PLM in two silver materials (that’s no longer the case), one called “extreme”, that reduced scattering to a minimum, to ensure maximum beam angle tightness (similar to the Cactus in the photo linked above), and one called “soft”, which scattered light beams just enough to reduce the bicycle wheel pattern to a minimum and provide for better shadows. Here a comparison between the Cactus and the soft silver PLM :
    Preferably the “soft” silver material should scatter light just enough that it doesn’t exhibit this bicycle wheel pattern, but not too much, otherwise directionality is lost. Remains to be seen if Adorama has struck the right compromise or not. But anyway top marks for them for at least providing the option.

    • alberto 3 years ago

      Thanks for showing the samples. I was planning to get a 48″ deep parabolic with grid. But I didn’t realize it actually spills that much light. Kinda seems pointless. Man, I would have been piss. LOL

      Teaches me I need to be content with what I have. LOL

      • MTL 3 years ago

        Don’t over-interpret the pictures I posted. I just wanted to disprove the idea that a modifier’s depth is correlated with beam angle. It just isn’t.

        The deep octabox in the linked picture is without grids. With grids the beam angle will be tighter. How tight ? Depends on the grid’s design :D.

        There are unfortunately a tremendously high amount of factors to take into account when it comes to the beam angle of a modifier. I’ve tried to explain to the best of my abilities a few of these factors in the following thread :

  3. Ronan 3 years ago

    With the diffusion sock on, it would be nice if the shaft didn’t protrude so much or a portion of it was detachable. Getting a diffused bounce umbrella very close to the subject to use the light fall-off to separate from the environment would be useful. I know the Photek softlighter can be used this way but it seems impossible to source in the EU.

    I use a Phottix Ez-up umbrella box which has a nice clean front diffusion panel I can put close to a subject but would rather not have the stand enter the umbrella box at a the side as it limits the range of angles it can be tilted at without using a boom arm.

  4. Mark Kitaoka 2 years ago
  5. roger 2 years ago

    not sure fair comparison between 20 degree grid and shallow cactus silver 105 umbrella.
    where is the light source in photo using cactus . they aren’t being judged at same distances.

  6. Mark Kitaoka 2 years ago

    I recently used the large beaded umbrella in a SF Ballet session. Remarkable value and light quality.

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