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Cheetah Qbox24 "knockoff"? please share your thoughs...

 
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Feb 09, 2014 10:43 |  #1

Cowbow Studio's version of the Qbox for just $50.00/$59.00

http://www.cowboystudi​o.com …roductCode=SPEE​DLITE_GRID (external link)

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Feb 26, 2014 02:29 |  #2

Just saw this post. I'm interested to see if anyone has tried this box as well.


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Feb 26, 2014 08:58 as a reply to  @ flowrider's post |  #3

cheetah has a removable inner diffuser and has been upgraded with better materials.

looks like the bracket might be better with cheetah too. the cowboy one looks to be at an odd angle and requires the flash to be pointed up.

cowboy has a bad reputation and cheetah has an excellent reputation.


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Feb 26, 2014 09:08 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #4

I have a Cowboy box, not that specific one, but its more or less the same bracket. It works for what I wanted, something in a studio. Not sure how much I would trust it out in the elements but inside, where I set it up and dont move it, it works amazing.

Yes materials will be cheapers and build quality not quite as good, but I am sure the cost more then makes up for it. (I dont know what the cheetah goes for). I have several cowboy studio items and am very happy with each and every one of them. Just understand before hand that your not getting cheetah quality at cowboy pricing and you will be just fine.




  
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Feb 26, 2014 09:10 |  #5

hes gone wrote in post #16718888 (external link)
=he's gone;16718888]cowboy has a bad reputation and cheetah has an excellent reputation.

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Feb 26, 2014 09:25 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #6

also, the cheetah comes with a "flag" to make it a round light source.


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Feb 26, 2014 11:07 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #7

Have a look at this new version (external link).

Cheetah will stock them soon as well.
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Feb 26, 2014 11:22 |  #8

One thing about spending the extra coin on the Qbox is the customer service is outstanding. I personally had a few issues with my 30 and it was made right immediately. I have plenty of Cowboy stuff and the reason its substantially cheaper is usually apparent the second you open the box. I buy from them through Amazon and I have prime so its not much of an issue most times.


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Feb 26, 2014 11:39 as a reply to  @ jptsr1's post |  #9

I have dealt with both companies.

I'm sure it needs no repeating, but Ed is wonderful. One of the nicest and best guys to deal with in the industry. He actually calls you to make sure you've got your order correct. I remember buying the Cheetah 33" Foldable Beauty Dish without the bracket. He called me to make sure it was intentional.

Cowboystudios, have some great products and also some very bad ones. It's almost like a gamble. I'm lucky enough to not live too far from their Toronto showroom. Going in with the expectation of picking up 5 items, I ended up with 2. I am very impressed with the 2 items I did pick up though, especially the 30" Apollo Orb Clone (which IMO is better built than the Westcott original).

Having said that, my impression after visiting the CowboyStudio showroom, is that I would never buy anything from them blind, unless it's been tested and reviewed by a lot of people in this forum (ie Mettle 600WS Strobe).




  
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Feb 26, 2014 12:10 |  #10

elv wrote in post #16719245 (external link)
Have a look at this new version (external link).

Cheetah will stock them soon as well.
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Wow those look pretty good. I really like the bracket. Thanks Elv. I think I'll order one to try.


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Feb 26, 2014 12:47 |  #11

elv wrote in post #16719245 (external link)
Have a look at this new version (external link).

Cheetah will stock them soon as well.
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NOW we are talking!!!!! I never like the old one but this looks great. One piece, fast set up and looks sturdy.


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Feb 26, 2014 13:09 |  #12

I looked at the cowboy studio one with a grid on Amazon and half the reviews said it was actually 20x20 instead of 24x24 so I was leary of ordering it. The one elv linked with the bowens mount bracket thing looks very interesting. I went ahead and ordered the 60x60cm one. I like that it has a bowens mount so I can use a beauty dish or something as well as has an umbrella mount that leaves the flash close to the center rather than way up towards the top. Figure for $44 it would be hard to beat.Thanks


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Feb 26, 2014 18:34 |  #13

elv wrote in post #16719245 (external link)
Have a look at this new version (external link).

Cheetah will stock them soon as well.
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I am going to pick up my first softbox setup in the next week or so, and I think this product is a must! Thanks for the link.

I have decided to go with Cheetah products for softbox/stands. I have a few Cowboy Studios products, and you definitely get what you pay for.


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Feb 26, 2014 21:49 |  #14

elv wrote in post #16719245 (external link)
Have a look at this new version (external link).

Cheetah will stock them soon as well.
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Hi Elv - this is a Godox speedlight bracket, why do you say Cheetah will stock them as well? please clarify - Thanks




  
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Feb 26, 2014 21:57 |  #15

MsKutispwet wrote in post #16720639 (external link)
Hi Elv - this is a Godox speedlight bracket, why do you say Cheetah will stock them as well? please clarify - Thanks

Cheetah, Neewer, Godox - all the same stuff re-branded. Primary difference being Edward of Cheetah is well praised here for his continued participation in maintaining high standards, quality control, and customer service. That's why many choose to pay more (and get "more" [e.g. customer service]) and buy from Cheetah.

See anything similar?

Godox - http://www.godox.com …ts_Camera_Flash​_V850.html (external link)

Neewer - http://www.cheetahstan​d.com/product-p/cl-v850.htm (external link)

Cheetah - http://www.cheetahstan​d.com/product-p/cl-v850.htm (external link)


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