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Sep 08, 2013 07:57 |  #1

I have some 600 EX-RT speed lights and some cheap stands and umbrellas I have been using to play around with studio lighting.

I'd like to get some softboxes, as the umbrellas are a bit harsh.

One look on amazon, there are over 300 soft box products out there. Does anyone have a recommendation for something (probably a 24x24), with a decent stand?

I'd like it to collapse nice and small, and not be the most expensive, but not the cheapest piece of junk either :)


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Sep 08, 2013 10:40 |  #2

There are so many out there you can get headache comparing them. I had a serious look at this one but purchased a different manufacturer. It is very similar. Read the customer reviews on how the screens fit, etc and make sure it has the flash mounting kit as some don't. An inner baffle is good as well. There are so many out there

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Shoe_EZYBOX_So​ftbox.html (external link)

B&H has tons of stands as well. You can spend $190 or $500 and higher. So bigger and sturdier is better and it depends on your budget. Again the reviews are helpful.

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Sep 08, 2013 10:47 |  #3

Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe 24"
Impact Quickbox 24"
Westcott Apollo Medium 28" Kit (includes Stand and umbrella bracket)
Westcott Apollo Orb Kit
I own the Lastolite and the Westcotts above and can highly recommend all three.
Will be adding a second Lastolite (or possibly the Impact) for our second home so I do not have to transport back and forth.


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Sep 08, 2013 14:55 |  #4

Thanks, I'll check those out.


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Sep 08, 2013 20:37 |  #5

If you don't mind spending money, check out the SMDV softboxes on Amazon. I have the 60 and it's great. Considering the 70 now.

Takes me about 60 seconds to set it up and ready to go.

http://www.amazon.com …=8-2&keywords=diffuser+50 (external link)

http://www.amazon.com …=8-1&keywords=diffuser+60 (external link)

http://www.amazon.com …=8-1&keywords=diffuser+70 (external link)


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Sep 09, 2013 17:34 as a reply to  @ pstyle1's post |  #6

You might also want to throw the new Lastolite Ezybox II lineup into the mix. They come in several different sizes. The medium square model is the new replacement for the Ezybox Speedlight others have mentioned. What is different about the new models is that they can be used with many different types of lights just by changing out the bracket. They are new enough that I had to go to the main Lastolite.com European website for full info on them. They have videos on the site showing how the new bracket and the softboxes work. The new speedlight bracket they offer for these will allow you to directly mount 2 of your 600EX-RT's side by side to fire into the softbox. I am seriously considering getting one of these for my 600's.

Here is the link for the square model: http://www.lastolite.c​om/ezybox-II-square.php (external link)

Here is the page with all the videos for both the bracket and the new softboxes: http://www.lastolitesc​hoolofphotography.com/​tag/ezybox-ii (external link)


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Sep 09, 2013 18:31 as a reply to  @ draderusa's post |  #7

NEW SMDV DIFFUSER 70 (external link)

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Sep 10, 2013 15:17 |  #8

Hmmm, would love to mount that thing on the einstein... wonder what it would take.


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Sep 11, 2013 22:09 as a reply to  @ CptTripps's post |  #9

I think that will be enough to put the adapter in the speedring
Adaptors are available for BOWENS and Quantum (possibly for other systems too)
Ask tetrode, he will say exactly the size of the adapter.

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I think that it is possible to modify the Kacey adapter (external link)
Or maybe even a special order from Kacey.


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Sep 17, 2013 21:19 |  #10

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Sep 30, 2013 10:59 |  #11

Any sample images from SMDV diffuser?


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Sep 30, 2013 11:09 |  #12

Ryan0751 wrote in post #16278261 (external link)
I have some 600 EX-RT speed lights and some cheap stands and umbrellas I have been using to play around with studio lighting.

I'd like to get some softboxes, as the umbrellas are a bit harsh.

One look on amazon, there are over 300 soft box products out there. Does anyone have a recommendation for something (probably a 24x24), with a decent stand?

I'd like it to collapse nice and small, and not be the most expensive, but not the cheapest piece of junk either :)

If your umbrellas are too harsh, it may come down to how you are using them. Softboxes are more about controlling spill than softness of light in comparision to the umbrellas. Softness is about size (and proximity to the subject) relative to subject. Since most of the options suggested here are smaller than a typical umbrella they are unlikely to be any softer given the same positioning.




  
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Sep 30, 2013 11:15 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #13

I recommend chimera super pro plus silver soft boxes. You can use them with speedlights (Chimera Speedring for Large Shoe Mount Flash) and studio strobes. They will last a lifetime. They are portable and only take 2 minutes to set up.


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Oct 01, 2013 02:36 |  #14

What gonzogolf said. You won't get any softer light with a softbox that's smaller than the umbrellas you already have. If you get a softbox and use it the same as you use your umbrella when getting 'harsh' light, it won't be any softer with the softbox.


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Oct 01, 2013 10:05 |  #15

Profoto's recently introduced softboxes for speedlights look interesting too.

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