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Dec 02, 2010 00:00 |  #766

I have been looking at this product...seems top notch...how is the flash bracket ( I use a 580EX II) quality in terms of locking tight at all anglesand securing the flash?

The question is asked because a lot of my shots will be with this on a pole and being hand held by an assistant.


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Dec 02, 2010 01:48 |  #767

the bracket secures the flash VERY well, the bracket I have also found never really moves from where I lock it (referring to the angle of the softbox). The one thing I am not crazy about with the bracket is it is not quite so easy to have a place to grab on to while changing the angle of the softbox. but yah once its locked in it wont move


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Dec 02, 2010 06:45 |  #768

I so much love my Qbox, can't say it enough. I used it on a shoot the other day and it's magical. :)


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Dec 02, 2010 07:52 as a reply to  @ izthistaken's post |  #769

Just to add another opinion. The flash bracket and ball joint holds very well. I was on a shoot with someone with a similar Ebay design and his had no where near as solid a lock up with the ball joint.

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Dec 02, 2010 07:59 as a reply to  @ jmaher's post |  #770

Most of the ebay and other knockofff's use a small ball head that can be problematic and not hold securely.

The original version of the Qbox24 had the same ball head and it was one of the first things that Edward changed, replacing it was the larger, more robust ball head.

I've never had a problem with the larger ball head.


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Dec 02, 2010 09:00 |  #771

OK I got smaller 20" something eBay one and QBox 24". The ball head on QBox 24" is bigger and better but I never had any issues with the eBay bracket either. Both of these aren't solid designs. Now I am talking about things like Robert and Dave will design. The groove with sliding plates is not well though off. You should look at RRS/Wimbereley stuff but then you will pay probably couple of hundred bucks for the bracket alone.

For the money I am happy with QBox 24".


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Dec 02, 2010 09:04 as a reply to  @ bobbyz's post |  #772

HI Bobby,

Of course the bracket doesn't compare to anything like RRS or Custom.

Personally, I never had a problem with the smaller ball head but I know from the original round of testing and and sales that there were complaints of slipping, especially with the grid installed.

Edward also made a change to the bracket so that there is a tighter fit in the sliding channel whereas the ebay brackets haven't changed a bit and probably won't.

Remember, the Cheetah Qbox is a deeper box than the ebay boxes and therefore has a bit more weight to support.

If any of these boxes/brackets were to go back to the drawing board for some re-engineering the price would jump dramatically.


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Dec 05, 2010 03:49 |  #773

mswobo wrote in post #11380571 (external link)
I have been looking at this product...seems top notch...how is the flash bracket ( I use a 580EX II) quality in terms of locking tight at all anglesand securing the flash?

The question is asked because a lot of my shots will be with this on a pole and being hand held by an assistant.



I used a 580ex II and it's fine... left it on the 45degree tilt for the night and it stays up fine! Very good quality product!

THanks Edward!


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Dec 05, 2010 16:49 |  #774

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HI Bobby,
If any of these boxes/brackets were to go back to the drawing board for some re-engineering the price would jump dramatically.

Agree completely. For the price they are very nice.


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Dec 07, 2010 23:50 |  #775

Since Stu always posts up photos which is so inspirational, so I wanted to test out the qbox.

I like B&W so that's the only conversion I did.

Also a props out to Edward, just amazing service and the value of this product is just unbelieveable!

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Dec 08, 2010 00:22 |  #776

I may have missed it in the 30 or so pages of this thread, did anyone mention NAPP members get a discount now?


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Dec 09, 2010 14:38 as a reply to  @ BamPhoto's post |  #777

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Dec 14, 2010 23:28 |  #778

Just ordered mine! Cant wait to use it :)


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Dec 15, 2010 13:45 |  #779

verty you'll be very happy with it! I'm going to use mine in the rain this coming week to see how it holds up.


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Dec 15, 2010 17:51 |  #780

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verty you'll be very happy with it! I'm going to use mine in the rain this coming week to see how it holds up.

In the rain? thats gonna be interesting! Post some pics up :)

Btw Edward has been really quick to reply to any questions I have, good customer service!


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