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Dec 19, 2010 15:52 |  #271

kelleystar27 wrote in post #11480153 (external link)
P.S. it's also hard to mount the 580EX into the 46" softlighter...it pulls because of it being centered.

No doubt about it. Most of us that are using hot shoe flashes with the Softlighter are either making a bracket or adapter as a custom DIY or from parts readily available from a place like B&H. Everyone seems to do it just a little differently but with some ingenuity and a few neat little components it's not hard to get the flash to lay down along the axis of the umbrella, making is very easy to place inside the centrally located sock.

If you're not terribly concerned about the flash being exactly in the center, Photek does have a version of the Softlighter that is intended for a hot shoe flash and has the sock off center. You can also purchase a replacement front diffusion panel with the off-center sock and that would allow you to use the Softlighter with either strobes or hot shoe flashes.


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Dec 19, 2010 16:08 |  #272

guys... which 60" model is for the alienbees...decided to get one. thanks... provide link(if possible) . :)

is this the correct one for alienbees?
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Dec 19, 2010 16:10 as a reply to  @ PhilF's post |  #273

Here you go, Phil.

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Dec 19, 2010 16:16 |  #274

thanks Rob... wifey is buying me one for Xmas ;)


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TMR Design wrote in post #11478201 (external link)
Using a Canon 580 or equivalent works very well. Many do it. I used a Nikon SB-900 for this image, posted earlier in the thread.

Tony-S wrote in post #11478533 (external link)
Rick, I use two SLIIs with my 580EX II flashes. The diffuser is transparent enough to let the IR signals from my ST-E2 control both for E-TTL operation.

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It is powerful enough.
However it doesn't work well with it in terms of technicality. It's hard to mount a speedlite in the sl2 at least the 60" version because the hole is dead center of the sock.

Thanks for the info guys. Very appreciated!

I think I might buy this one instead of a normal shoot thru umbrella. The SL II can do that, and much more!

About mounting the speedlite. Rob clearly has an awesome solution for this problem. Read his post on this page or look at his images over here: https://photography-on-the.net …hp?p=4527561&po​stcount=24


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Dec 19, 2010 16:18 |  #276

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thanks Rob... wifey is buying me one for Xmas ;)

Excellent Phil. That's a fine woman you've got there. ;)

I think you'll like the Softlighter very much.


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Dec 19, 2010 16:22 |  #277

Ricku wrote in post #11480295 (external link)
Thanks for the info guys. Very appreciated!

I think I might buy this one instead of a normal shoot thru umbrella. The SL II can do that, and much more!

About mounting the speedlite. Rob clearly has an awesome solution for this problem. Read his post on this page or look at his images over here: https://photography-on-the.net …hp?p=4527561&po​stcount=24

Hi Rick,

Yes, that was one of my configurations that didn't require any modifications or drilling,etc. Just two umbrella adapters and off you go. Some people are using a mini ballhead.

The thing I like about the Softlighter is that it's a great 3-in-1 solution and for the price I think it's a better value than a standard umbrella. The fact that it's a shoot through, reflective bounce or an umbrella softbox makes it a versatile tool.


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Dec 19, 2010 16:23 as a reply to  @ TMR Design's post |  #278

I took the advice of an earlier poster and purchased the following adapter from B&H - using it my flash units lie flat and work great. It was less than $7.

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Dec 19, 2010 16:29 |  #279

TMR Design wrote in post #11480173 (external link)
No about about it. Most of us that are using hot shoe flashes with the Softlighter are either making a bracket or adapter as a custom DIY or from parts readily available from a place like B&H. Everyone seems to do it just a little differently but with some ingenuity and a few neat little components it's not hard to get the flash to lay down along the axis of the umbrella, making is very easy to place inside the centrally located sock.

If you're not terribly concerned about the flash being exactly in the center, Photek does have a version of the Softlighter that is intended for a hot shoe flash and has the sock off center. You can also purchase a replacement front diffusion panel with the off-center sock and that would allow you to use the Softlighter with either strobes or hot shoe flashes.

Thanks! I didn't know there was a diffusion panel available with the off center sock. If I can't get my Dad (he likes projects like this..good thing for me!) to make me an adapter, I'll look into getting that.:)


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Dec 19, 2010 16:30 |  #280

jmaher wrote in post #11480324 (external link)
I took the advice of an earlier poster and purchased the following adapter from B&H - using it my flash units lie flat and work great. It was less than $7.

Jim

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Awesome...Thanks for the link!


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Dec 19, 2010 16:34 as a reply to  @ kelleystar27's post |  #281

The more you start poking around looking at parts and tinkering you'll find that you can build or adapt just about anything. ;)


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Dec 19, 2010 16:48 as a reply to  @ TMR Design's post |  #282

And if you're a 580EX II user, don't forget the PocketWizard AC7 RF Shield. It provides probably the most straightforward solution for mounting that Canon flash on a Softlighter:

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Dec 19, 2010 17:15 as a reply to  @ tetrode's post |  #283

For those that do want to get the diffusion panel with the off-center sock..

This is the 36":

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …36_Hot_Shoe_Dif​fuser.html (external link)

The 46":

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …46_Hot_Shoe_Dif​fuser.html (external link)

And the 60":

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …60_Hot_Shoe_Dif​fuser.html (external link)

Obviously, if you know in advance that you'd like the off-center sock then you can just get that version with the umbrella.

The 60" especially, while not expensive, does make you question whether or not to get the additional diffuser or just buy another Softlighter.


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Dec 21, 2010 12:32 |  #284

Curious - anyone managed to find a creative way to use a (studio) ring flash with SLII? Love the light from the SLII, but have been toying with a way of using it with my Acute RF to give some added versatility to the RF. The RF gives a nice perfectly centered light and mounting it is easy, the problem is the diffuser - sock will not fit.




  
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Dec 21, 2010 21:28 |  #285

This may be of interest, my latest bracket to use dual (or single) flash into the centre of the Softlighter -

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