mtimber wrote in post #14070820
I could do with some advice from those that have used the Varister 135.
I have a project coming up where I need to shot some large double glazed windows on a white backdrop.
Now I am thinking that I could get a nice large light source out of the varistar reflectors with deflectors.
But as I have never used these reflectors before, I do not know if they will provide too harsh a quality of light, or whether they will give me a nice even spread.
I use the Varistar 135 softbox, together with the reflector (#26164) you get a very broad, very even, bright but not harsh light (great for portraits & groups & large products). If you use just the reflector (without the Varistar softbox) you get a very broad, even, bright, somewhat harsh light (may work for large product depending on your need/requirement or flooding a white paper background). If you use just the reflector with an Eli deflector you will get broad, bright, but uneven light as the deflector, whether the white, silver, or translucent will cast a shadow area in the center of the image. This is more noticeable on a light colored object with a white background. Bottom line is, the Varistar reflector is not really designed to be used with deflectors, but rather the Varistar softbox or naked by itself. For your type of set-up I would recommend the Varistar 135 softbox together with the #26164 reflector. Just my opinion of course, based on actual usage.