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Feb 24, 2011 13:55 |  #1

Im looking to get an ocotbox for my B800. Im looking at the ones on amazon now and they have a 36 and 60. What would be better for on location shoots? The 36 is 70 and 60 is 100$. Im leaning towards the 60" but just want to hear from you guys.




  
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Feb 24, 2011 14:23 |  #2

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Feb 24, 2011 14:24 |  #3

Ask yourself...if you are going on location, how often will you be able to position a 60" diameter octobox?!?!?!


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Feb 24, 2011 16:18 |  #4

Those EZ-Pro Octas look sweet. I think I'm going to pick up the smaller one. I purchased a 59" Visico Octa on ebay for $99, and it included a grid. A very good value, but the thing is a beast, and for location work, it would be much easier to deal with an umbrella based Octa.

If you are lighting groups on location, then you'd probably want the 60".


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Feb 24, 2011 16:55 |  #5

Keep the wind in mind. I almost had my AB tip over with just the flash and silver reflector due to wind.
Bigger is better for softness, but if you can't use it due to wind it does no good.




  
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Feb 24, 2011 16:58 |  #6

Whatever you get make sure its foldable, or easily assembled/disassembled on location. I have a visico octo, but it doesnt see much use because its pain to assemble in a hurry.




  
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Feb 24, 2011 16:59 |  #7

gonzogolf wrote in post #11907518 (external link)
Whatever you get make sure its foldable, or easily assembled/disassembled on location. I have a visico octo, but it doesnt see much use because its pain to assemble in a hurry.

Exactly true.


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Feb 24, 2011 17:00 |  #8

Its foldable the one on amazon is... Im shooting portraits outside and sometimes inside.




  
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Mar 12, 2011 13:34 |  #9

Still debating which to buy. Since its mostly outdoors should i just get the 36?




  
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Mar 12, 2011 13:36 |  #10

Since you mostly shoot outside, have you considered a beauty dish?


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Mar 12, 2011 13:36 |  #11

unlimited6986 wrote in post #12007406 (external link)
Still debating which to buy. Since its mostly outdoors should i just get the 36?

If you are shooting outside with no assistance you might want the smaller box. Bigger is softer but its not better if always blowing over.




  
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Mar 12, 2011 15:47 |  #12

I will be getting a beauty dish also. I have a diy for my speedlights. But now that i have the AB800 im gonna buy one for that too.




  
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Mar 12, 2011 17:55 as a reply to  @ unlimited6986's post |  #13

I shoot on location with a 53" and 69" octa all the time without an assistant. :D


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Mar 12, 2011 18:31 |  #14

Would the 36 be good enough for full body outside?




  
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Mar 12, 2011 19:41 |  #15

unlimited6986 wrote in post #12008516 (external link)
Would the 36 be good enough for full body outside?

You can use a 36" octa for full length work but it's far from ideal. Keep in mind that placing a 36" octa at a distance that would allow for a less rapid falloff and fairly even coverage will compromise the quality of light if soft light is what you're after. It won't be bad but it won't be the same as if you had the modifier in very close or had a much larger modifier at that distance from the subject.

'Good enough' is subjective and will depend on the quality of light you like, but you can most certainly do full body shots with a 36" modifier.


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