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Sep 29, 2014 23:35 |  #1

I now have 3 speedlites (Canon 430EX, YN-560EX, YN-560 III) and I want 3 modifiers for them.

I also have 3 Alienbee strobes that I don't use much as I want to be portable.

Currently the only modifier I have is the Photek Softlighter II (60") which is basically an umbrella with a diffusion panel and I love it in that it just pops open , works with speedlites and my Alienbees, and gives really nice results. Oh and the price was excellent (less than $100 when I bought it for what is basically a 60" octabox).

The only thing is it doesn't take grids.

Is there anything else out there that's similar feature-wise (as listed above) and will accept grids?

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Sep 30, 2014 06:50 |  #2

Look at the Fotodiox Ez-Pro series. They are well made, easy to set up, they take a grid. You'll need a speed light bracket to match the speed ring you choose when you order. I would assume you'd order the Balcor speed ring to make compatable with your ABs.


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Sep 30, 2014 08:33 |  #3

windpig wrote in post #17185633 (external link)
Look at the Fotodiox Ez-Pro series. They are well made, easy to set up, they take a grid.

Honestly, I think they're the only ones that do have an umbrella-style 60" octabox.


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Sep 30, 2014 12:11 |  #4

Rad Encarnacion wrote in post #17185767 (external link)
Honestly, I think they're the only ones that do have an umbrella-style 60" octabox.

I've got both the 60" and the 48".

Fotodiox site sucks for finding things.

Here's the Ez-Pro link for those interested.
http://www.fotodioxpro​.com …tudio-ez-pro-softbox.html (external link)


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Sep 30, 2014 23:02 |  #5

Thanks Windpig and Rad Encarnacion. I will go look!


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Sep 30, 2014 23:22 |  #6

drisely.
The Westcott Apollo Orb has a grid option. Have been using for almost two years now with nice results.


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Oct 01, 2014 00:48 |  #7

Nick5 wrote in post #17187285 (external link)
drisely.
The Westcott Apollo Orb has a grid option. Have been using for almost two years now with nice results.

Thank you :)

The price is about the same as the PCB Alienbee foldables, but I guess it will work with either a speedlite or a studio strobe, right?


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Oct 01, 2014 11:31 |  #8

Can someone post a pic of the fotodiox pro, speedlight mount?

I'm currently using a 26" Octa from Westcott with a dedicated bracket and cold shoe, so its as easy as can be to setup, but I need bigger for some of the things i do, and the 24" x 36" would be great, but I want to see the mount before I purchase.


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Oct 02, 2014 07:41 |  #9

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Also with grid option.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …rch&Ntt=Impact%​20quickbox (external link)


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Oct 02, 2014 07:51 |  #10

One last option.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …tolite%20Ezybox​%20Hotshoe (external link)


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Oct 04, 2014 07:28 |  #11

Thanks Nick5!

The prices of many of these aren't much cheaper than the Bees foldables, could I get those and get some sort of mount so I could use my flashes with them too?


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Oct 04, 2014 07:34 |  #12

I"m cheap when I can be. I bought these for me "lets see if I ever really use them" eval. They work.

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Oct 04, 2014 09:47 |  #13

tandemhearts wrote in post #17193084 (external link)
I"m cheap when I can be. I bought these for me "lets see if I ever really use them" eval. They work.

http://smile.amazon.co​m …ohs_product?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)

I'm going to get something like this to use with a speedlight in tight places. I like the stand being in the front of the box so that the weight of the box is directly put on the stand. It also allows for the the box to be more easily placed in a room with furniture such that the back of the box can be placed over a table, chair, whatever with the stand in front.


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Oct 05, 2014 18:38 |  #14

I have two adapter frames that will fit on a light stand hold the Speedlite and a pocket wizard then it accept the standard three prong bayonet speed rings then from there just about any modifier will work. I'm sorry I can't recall the correct name for the mount. The bracket is one of the original Strobies line. Before they went to the stuff that attaches to the Speedlight. Iirc impact uses this mount but I want to say it's called a Bogen mount but that's not it. I also have a Softbox that's an umbrella type similar to the appollo softbox es. I've seen othe brackets that are a l shape that have the speed ring mount for Hotshoe flashes but I prefer the square bracket although the it makes setting on flash settings very hard but with pw flex the Speedlite doesn't need touching except to turn. It on and off.


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Oct 07, 2014 13:48 |  #15

tandemhearts wrote in post #17193084 (external link)
I"m cheap when I can be. I bought these for me "lets see if I ever really use them" eval. They work.

http://smile.amazon.co​m …ohs_product?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)

Wow, very nice price! :)

Thanks guys for all your input!

My plan is to mainly do a 3 light setup on grey or white seamless with 2 rims and one high front fill (mainly for compositing later, like Joel Grimes, I love his work, but sometimes I might want to go for a nice high key white shot), I wonder if even umbrellas would do the trick. I've seen some similar setups using octaboxes ungridded, but I wonder about light flare (hence the grids). Also gridding can give some nice effects for single lights.

I could use my current 60" Softlighter for the front (fill mostly) light.


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