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Feb 25, 2015 02:13 |  #1

Hello,

I am looking to buy an Elinchrom Rotalux for use at weddings.

I currently use a 66cm Portalite, which I love to bits, but leaving it assembled takes up loads of space, and assembling it each time I want to use it is a pain aswell!
I think a Rotalux would suit my needs.

I just wondered if anyone could help me with a few questions I have:

  • Can you leave the inner diffuser in the rotalux all the time, even when the softbox is down? (rods not clicked into holding pos)
  • Would you recommend the 70cm square softbox or the 70cm deep octobox for wedding use? (what are the advantages/disadvantag​es to both?!)


Thanks for any help :)

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Feb 25, 2015 02:51 |  #2

I don't think you can fold a rotalux softbox with the inner diffuser on, you won't manage to access the rods properly.
A square softbox is quicker to set up, since there only 4 rods to mount, compared to 8 to a deep octa. The deep octa will give you a more pleasing catchlight and a more focused softlight.


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Feb 25, 2015 06:08 |  #3

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I don't think you can fold a rotalux softbox with the inner diffuser on, you won't manage to access the rods properly.
The deep octa will give you a more pleasing catchlight and a more focused softlight.

This.^^^

I would suggest the Fotodiox EzPro octabox. It's deep, so you can use it with inner diffuser only to get that focused light. It's umbrella style for very easy deployment, it has a grid option. You can leave both inner and outter diffusers on when collapsed. I have both Elinchrom DOs and Fotodiox. Only advantage to the Elinchrom is less weight, but you give up durability and deployment difficulty to get the light weight, along with paying more money.


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Feb 25, 2015 10:36 |  #4

I would second the Fotodiox boxes


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Feb 26, 2015 09:30 |  #5

futureal33 wrote in post #17448717external link
Can you leave the inner diffuser in the rotalux all the time, even when the softbox is down? (rods not clicked into holding pos)

Yes you can but you'll want to un-clip one or two corners to make the rods easily reached, there's enough of a gap to get your hand in-between the reflective cloth and the diffuser but it'd probably be a bit awkward.

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  • Would you recommend the 70cm square softbox or the 70cm deep octobox for wedding use? (what are the advantages/disadvantag​es to both?!)
  • Octa, whether you go for a Rotalux or umbrella/easy up design you'll be glad to avoid needing to insert/remove 8 rods every time.




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    Feb 26, 2015 13:22 |  #6

    abbadon31 wrote in post #17449172external link
    I would second the Fotodiox boxes

    I have one of their Elinchrom-mount strip boxes and am happy with it.


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    Mar 06, 2015 03:44 |  #7

    Just kind of thinking out loud here:

    The main (only?) difference between the Portalite and the Rotalux is the spring loaded speedring?

    Could I transform my portalite into a rotalux by just adding the rotalux speedring?

    Ie... could I make my portalite spring up into shape, and then fold down when not in use?


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    Mar 06, 2015 04:47 |  #8

    You could but the ring is not cheap


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    Mar 06, 2015 04:53 as a reply to abbadon31's post |  #9

    £25 from my local store.... but having spoken to them, they dont think it would work (although they would say that...) really tempted to find out!


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    Mar 06, 2015 06:26 |  #10

    futureal33 wrote in post #17462924external link
    Just kind of thinking out loud here:

    The main (only?) difference between the Portalite and the Rotalux is the spring loaded speedring?

    Could I transform my portalite into a rotalux by just adding the rotalux speedring?

    Ie... could I make my portalite spring up into shape, and then fold down when not in use?

    The Rotalux system is the speedring but the downside of the Portalite softboxes is they don't have an internal diffuser and I think their largest size is 66cm so is it really worth taking the time, trouble and expense to change the speedring?




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    Dec 21, 2017 20:19 |  #11

    My deep octa was shipped with a different speedring than I thought and I will have to order another one. Will it be possible to use it with a normal non-spring loaded speedring? Meaning that the spacing is probably the same, but I would just not be able to fold it down?




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    Dec 22, 2017 01:37 |  #12

    This does exactly what you want http://www.smdv-usa.com/alpha-speedbox.html (external link) - bought mine from Germany

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    Dec 22, 2017 02:03 |  #13

    sipowicz wrote in post #18523717 (external link)
    My deep octa was shipped with a different speedring than I thought and I will have to order another one. Will it be possible to use it with a normal non-spring loaded speedring? Meaning that the spacing is probably the same, but I would just not be able to fold it down?

    Not likely, rather wait until you get the correct one. The new retail Rotalux is not delivered with a speedring at all, you have the purchase the one you need separately. Of course, you could have gotten an "old" retail box which does contain the speedring, but it should then contain the Elinchrom speedring.

    Which speedring did you get ?


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    Dec 22, 2017 12:20 |  #14

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    Dec 22, 2017 13:28 |  #15

    fotopaul wrote in post #18523855 (external link)
    Not likely, rather wait until you get the correct one. The new retail Rotalux is not delivered with a speedring at all, you have the purchase the one you need separately. Of course, you could have gotten an "old" retail box which does contain the speedring, but it should then contain the Elinchrom speedring.

    Which speedring did you get ?

    I got the Elinchrom one. I assume that this one was old stock then. I honestly thought that the insert could be changed like on my other speedrings. I found an old tutorial on how to take it apart and change the insert, but I might ruin it if I start drilling holes on it. The softbox itself was a good deal and B&H sells the speedrings for $55, so I suppose I'll just take the hit.




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