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Apr 08, 2012 07:13 |  #1

What are your thoughts about these softboxes. I mean does the price reflect the quality.
I am a beginner and have grown out from the umbrella and I want to start experimenting with a softbox. I am interested in the 60cm type. Can you give me some advice pls.


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Apr 08, 2012 08:03 |  #2

It's likely they come from the same factories in China.
That doesn't say anything about quality. That can still vary, even amongst the various eBay options.
I have never liked these types of soft boxes.
I prefer the umbrella folding version available on www.phottixstore.com (external link) in the studio accessories section.
I think they also have some outlets in Europe, check their website.


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Apr 08, 2012 08:13 |  #3

Are you refering to these?
http://www.phottixstor​e.com …io-umbrella-101cm-40.html (external link)


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Apr 08, 2012 08:41 |  #4

I think he is talking about something like this: http://journal.phottix​.com …ies%2C+Tips+and​+Tricks%29 (external link)

My preferred softbox is the Cheetah Qbox24. I have a Lastolite EZYbox 24x24 and the Cheetah is, IMO, better. The quality of the boxes themselves are similar, if not the same, but the Cheetah is cheaper, comes with a grid, and tilting adapter (you'll need to buy a separate umbrella adapter to use the EZYbox).

The problem with softboxes like the Westcott Apollo and its replicas (like the Phottix) are they have limited tilt angles.


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Apr 08, 2012 09:30 |  #5

v35 has it.
There are two sizes of rectangular soft box and one size octa box.

I have two of the octas they are easy to setup and use.

Here (external link) is a blog post I did describing how I set up a Westcott Apollo. I find the Phottix octa works just as well and is less than half the price.


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Apr 08, 2012 10:27 |  #6

^^^David is cheating by using a boom! :p Joking aside, using a regular light stand will reveal the tilting limits of such softboxes.


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Apr 08, 2012 11:19 |  #7

So should I not opt for the ebay kind, This is the one I was looking at
http://www.ebay.co.uk …_trksid=p3984.m​1423.l2649 (external link)


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Apr 08, 2012 11:49 |  #8

maltau571 wrote in post #14229319 (external link)
What are your thoughts about these softboxes. I mean does the price reflect the quality.
I am a beginner and have grown out from the umbrella and I want to start experimenting with a softbox. I am interested in the 60cm type. Can you give me some advice pls.

I use these with no issues so far: http://www.ebay.com …ain_0&hash=item​1c258d621b (external link)


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Apr 08, 2012 21:15 |  #9

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So should I not opt for the ebay kind, This is the one I was looking at
http://www.ebay.co.uk …_trksid=p3984.m​1423.l2649 (external link)

I have kinds just like those. 20" versions, with masks and grids. They work perfectly fine. They don't have the inner baffle which doesn't affect my 20" so I'm not sure if larger ones suffer lack of light spread without it. I really like mine though.


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Apr 08, 2012 21:16 |  #10

I bought a cheap ebay one a couple of years ago (I don't know the brand) that is 16x16. I'm happy with the "box" itself and most of the bracket mechanism. However, because the unit is front heavy, the ballhead and knobs on the bracket need to be able to tighten up enough to hold up the box. I don't use mine often but every time I do, the front seems a little more drooped than the last time, despite all of the tightening I do.


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Apr 08, 2012 22:40 |  #11

v35skyline wrote in post #14229995 (external link)
^^^David is cheating by using a boom! :p Joking aside, using a regular light stand will reveal the tilting limits of such softboxes.

The last picture shows the PDB mini-boom which it turns out is perfect to get the modifier to tilt down as one would want for a headshot. And it costs about $14.


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Apr 09, 2012 11:09 |  #12

I have a box that looks exactly like this one with the same mounting bracket and everything and it was packaged under a different name. It works great. No complaints. Mine even collapses into a small circular shape for storage. Just keep it away from your face when you open it. It explodes open. Lol.


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