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Comparison of Elinchrom 39" Deep Octa and Pro Studio Solutions 36" EZ Pro Octa

 
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Mar 11, 2012 20:44 |  #91

JakAHearts wrote in post #14068897 (external link)
I know this is an old thread but I thought Id ask here. Has anyone else felt like theyre going to break their sternum opening the SP umbrella style Octa? Ive only had to do it twice and I had to set it against the ground and push down to open it. Granted, Im a complete weakling but it seems a bit too difficult.

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It doesn't matter if its mounted to a strobe or not with this method either. Open up the rear flaps next to the speed ring and insert both hands. Leave both thumbs on the fixing ring closest to the four wire support cage. Use three or so fingers on each hand to pull against the round tensioner that travels the central shaft. Doing so will not require any additional pressure against the sternum.

During the close, I do pinch the ring to my sternum after squeezing the rings together like the open process. Using one hand to maintain tension, I use my second hand to release the lock.

Some people have broken the lock by forcing it to release under pressure. You have to release that pressure somehow...




  
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Mar 11, 2012 21:13 |  #92

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You have to release that pressure somehow...

This is what I keep telling my wife. :lol:

Anyway, am I a complete idiot? I only see/have one access in the rear. (insert Michael Scott joke here) I can only get one arm in there and Im really skinny.


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Mar 11, 2012 21:51 |  #93

Hmm, my 24" square and 37" oct both have 2 access panels with two strips of velcro on each side of the ring... One hand on each side makes the job way easy.




  
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Mar 11, 2012 23:12 |  #94

don't know about the SP but the EZ boxes can be a bit of a pain as well.
The trick for me is to put the ring on the ground and push down till it locks.
Then when unlocking, do the same thing, put the ring on the ground and push, then press the lock into the shaft and release the tension.

After a couple of times it becomes second nature.


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Mar 12, 2012 06:52 |  #95

dmward wrote in post #14069897 (external link)
don't know about the SP but the EZ boxes can be a bit of a pain as well.
The trick for me is to put the ring on the ground and push down till it locks.
Then when unlocking, do the same thing, put the ring on the ground and push, then press the lock into the shaft and release the tension.

After a couple of times it becomes second nature.

This is what I did but I was afraid I would damage the thin ring on the alien bee mount. Oh well, thanks everyone.


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Mar 12, 2012 10:56 |  #96

Shane, which SP Systems octa you talking about? I have their 37" model and it is very very simple. Maybe you talking about some different modifier. Here is what I have:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …EZ_Softbox_Octa​gonal.html (external link)


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Mar 12, 2012 11:23 |  #97

Hey Bobby, Im talking about the Pro Studio Solutions one. I think its a bit different than the one BH sells, as I got mine from Amazon. Im thinking about selling/returning it and getting one of these from BH though. I like that the inner baffle goes to the edges (mine is about 1.5" shy) and if it is easier to open, then it sounds great.


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Mar 12, 2012 11:59 |  #98

Mine opens very easily - no harder than a regular umbrella for the rain.




  
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Mar 12, 2012 12:27 |  #99

Which one do you have Jmaher?


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Mar 12, 2012 12:42 |  #100

JakAHearts wrote in post #14072013 (external link)
Hey Bobby, Im talking about the Pro Studio Solutions one. I think its a bit different than the one BH sells, as I got mine from Amazon. Im thinking about selling/returning it and getting one of these from BH though. I like that the inner baffle goes to the edges (mine is about 1.5" shy) and if it is easier to open, then it sounds great.

OK. I got confused as you mentioned SP something.


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Mar 12, 2012 12:47 |  #101

No worries. Here is the one Im using. (I think its the one from this old thread)

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Mar 12, 2012 13:23 |  #102

Shane,
That's the one I have.
Opening it and closing it just take a bit of effort to flex the rods past the lock and then get enough free movement to unlatch the lock for it to close.

I have also found that the newer Kacey adapter fits the speedring perfectly. This gets the light almost 2 inches deeper into the octa and the disk works well to eliminate the center hot spot.

All together I think its a very nice modifier.


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Mar 12, 2012 13:26 |  #103

Score, I was just going to ask that. Thanks for the help/advice everyone.


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Mar 12, 2012 13:42 |  #104

I have the the SP Studio Systems 37"
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …EZ_Softbox_Octa​gonal.html (external link)

I just opened mine - very easy. Great quality.

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Mar 12, 2012 14:41 |  #105

jmaher wrote in post #14072906 (external link)
I have the the SP Studio Systems 37"
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …EZ_Softbox_Octa​gonal.html (external link)

I just opened mine - very easy. Great quality.

Jim

Same here. No grids but the lip is big and overall octa is a deep design.


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