The PLM™ System
Conceived and engineered by Paul Buff, this unique parabolic umbrella is the modern replacement for conventional umbrellas. The sixteen-rib frame forms a large-size, shallow parabolic shape, resulting in extremely efficient light transfer, smooth coverage patterns, and even illumination for maximum light wrap.

Soft Silver PLM™ Umbrellas
soft silver bounce interior / black exterior
  • high efficiency (4 times the output of a softbox)
  • wider coverage with controlled, feathered fall-off
  • very soft shadows with perfect round catchlights
  • available in 51-inch ($39.95) and 64-inch ($49.95)
  • easy umbrella-style mount (8mm pole)
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Soft Silver PLM™
64" Soft Silver PLMs are currently on backorder, estimated to resume shipping by the end of June, for more info click here...
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White PLM™ Umbrellas
white fabric for shoot-through or bounce use
  • provides wide, unfocused light over a 150º area
  • very soft shadows with perfect round catchlights
  • output is comparable to softbox output
  • available in 51-inch ($29.95), 64-inch ($34.95), and 86-inch size ($39.95)
  • easy umbrella-style mount (8mm pole)
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White PLM™
White PLMs are currently on backorder, estimated to resume shipping by the end of June, for more info click here...
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We previously offered our PLM umbrellas in two mounting options: the traditional umbrella-mount style (currently available, above) or an on-axis, speedring-mount style. The speedring models have been discontinued, but we still have a limited number available at a discounted price, while supplies last. Visit our CLOSEOUT page for more info. Moving forward, we will continue to offer PLM models using the umbrella-style mount only, offered with two fabric options (soft silver and white).
PLM™ Accessories
PLM White Front Diffusion Fabric
  • when used with the Soft Silver PLM™, the PLM™ becomes a superior bounced-light softbox with very even light across the surface
  • when used with the White PLM™, it produces a very soft, wide-angle light (still a bounced light source)
  • can be used with the discontinued Extreme Silver PLM™ produce the softer light quality of a high-output softbox (still a bounced light source)
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PLM™ White Front Diffusion Fabric
86" and 64" White Front Diffusion Fabric is currently on backorder, estimated to resume shpping in early May, for more info click here...
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Black Front Spill Kill Fabric
  • when used with the White PLM™, it produces a 180° Japanese Lantern light source (non-directional, shoot-through umbrella with back spill control)
  • for use with the White PLM only (not intended for use with silver models)
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PLM™ Black Front Spill Kill Fabric
64" Black Front Spill Kill Fabric is currently on backorder
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Black Outer Cover Fabric
  • when used with the White PLM™, it eliminates unwanted back spill light, further maximizing the output in bounce mode
  • not intended for use with the Extreme Silver PLM™ or Soft Silver PLM™
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PLM™ Black Outer Cover Fabric
86" and 64" Black Outer Covers are currently on backorder, estimated to resume shpping in May, for more info click here...
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PLM™ Spare and Replacement Parts
The spare and replacement parts below are for our discontinued, speedring-model PLM umbrellas only. These parts are not necessary for (and not compatible with) our current, standard umbrella-style PLM umbrellas.
Buff Speedring Assembly
  • spare or replacement speedring / cage assembly for your Paul C. Buff™ flash unit
  • replacement speedring for the on-axis, speedring-mount PLM™ models only
  • (PLM51U-S, PLM64U-S, PLM86U-S, PLM51U-SS, PLM64U-SS, PLM86U-SS, PLM51U-W, PLM64U-W, and PLM86U-W)
  • not compatible with 8mm umbrella shaft PLM™ models
  • not compatible with Elinchrom flash units or Elinchrom-compatible PLM™ models
Paul C. Buff™ Speedring / Cage Assembly
Part Number: BSRA
Price: $19.95
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ESRA
  • spare or replacement speedring / cage assembly for your Elinchrom flash unit
  • (E-PLM51U-S, E-PLM64U-S, E-PLM86U-S, E-PLM51U-SS, E-PLM64U-SS, E-PLM86U-SS, E-PLM51U-W, E-PLM64U-W, and E-PLM86U-W)
  • not compatible with 8mm umbrella shaft PLM™ models
  • not compatible with Paul C. Buff™ flash units or Buff-compatible PLM™ models
Speedring for Elinchrom brand flash units
Part Number: ESRA
Price: $19.95
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10mm Positioning Shaft
  • spare or replacement 10mm shaft
  • for on-axis, speedring-mount PLM™ models only (Buff™ or Elinchrom)
  • not compatible with 8mm umbrella shaft PLM™ models
  • spare may be attached to speedring to quickly swap between speedring and umbrella mounting methods
10mm Positioning Shaft
Price: $3.95
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7mm Umbrella Rod
  • spare or replacement 7mm umbrella rod
  • for on-axis, speedring-mount PLM™ models only (Buff™ or Elinchrom)
  • not compatible with 8mm umbrella shaft PLM™ models
7mm Umbrella Rod
Price: $3.95
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