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Mar 08, 2015 21:40 as a reply to  @ post 17466571 |  #16

They have a store on Amazon. Just picked up a new quick ring and a couple of Bowens adapters


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Mar 08, 2015 21:47 |  #17

simonbarker wrote in post #17466571 (external link)
Calumet fittings work just fine, do you have any Calumet stores left in the US?


I just went to using Fotodiox ez-pro boxes and moved on


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Mar 08, 2015 23:08 as a reply to  @ abbadon31's post |  #18

Has anybody tried the OEC Ez speed ring as an alternative to the Bowens Quick Ring. See here...
http://petefree.com …tning_strobes_R​eview.html (external link)

Although it does not have a swivel arm like the Bowens does, its rod holes are angled which allows for easier insertion, according to the reviewer. Plus it fits octoboxes, no drilling required.




  
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Mar 09, 2015 07:08 |  #19

abbadon31 wrote in post #17466598 (external link)
I just went to using Fotodiox ez-pro boxes and moved on

Ya, well, I wish you would have figured this out before I spent all that money on the other crap:-P


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Mar 09, 2015 09:32 |  #20

abbadon31 wrote in post #17466598 (external link)
I just went to using Fotodiox ez-pro boxes and moved on

I assume if he wanted generic Chinese products he would have already bought some.




  
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Mar 09, 2015 09:44 |  #21

texshooter wrote in post #17464863 (external link)
Chimera sells quick release speed rings for use with their softboxes. See here...

https://m.youtube.com/​watch?v=YwO6uO1oRc4 (external link)

Does anybody know of a similar quick release speed ring that can join Photoflex softboxes to PCB flash?

OP, you can buy Chimera's Quick Release Ring for White Lightning/Buff too. Chimera is pricey but works without the cons of the Bowens Quick Ring. Just not for octas.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …k_Release_Speed​_Ring.html (external link)




  
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Mar 09, 2015 10:35 |  #22

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Ya, well, I wish you would have figured this out before I spent all that money on the other crap:-P

We have all spent money on crap that looked good and find out it was the wrong path Ralph.


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Mar 09, 2015 10:54 |  #23

simonbarker wrote in post #17467194 (external link)
I assume if he wanted generic Chinese products he would have already bought some.

EZ-Pro line is inexpensive, but I wouldn't call it generic if you mean cheaply made.




  
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Mar 09, 2015 11:01 |  #24

I would never call Fotodiox Ez-Pro boxes Generic or Chinese crap. They are built tuff and over fives years of use here with no problems.


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Mar 09, 2015 11:24 |  #25

CAPhotog wrote in post #17467209 (external link)
OP, you can buy Chimera's Quick Release Ring for White Lightning/Buff too. Chimera is pricey but works without the cons of the Bowens Quick Ring. Just not for octas.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …k_Release_Speed​_Ring.html (external link)


Yeah, but....does the Chimera Quick Ring work well with PHOTOFLEX softboxes in particular? Does it have any of the following problems like the Bowens QR has:

1. Because all the pole holes are not the same depth, the front of the softbox is crooked.
2. The holes are too big, so the poles fall out.
3. Does not work with octas without drilling holes. (You answered this one, the Chimera's do not accept octas.)
4. By the looks of it, the Chimera QR does not fit rectangular strip boxes, only square ones. Is this true. The Bowens will accept strip boxes.

I, too, wish I had purchased the collapsible softboxes from PCB. I generally avoid Chinese knockoffs. I went with Photoflex because I felt they had the best value (quality plus cost). Little did I know how painful their assembly was going to be. I'm in too deep to buy/sell more softboxes. I need to make what I have work.




  
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Mar 09, 2015 16:06 as a reply to  @ texshooter's post |  #26

The Chimera quick release ring works with Photoflex LiteDomes and MultiDomes, but not HalfDomes or Octodomes. Photoflex softboxes have great fabric and quality of light. No need to replace them. Innovative 30 years ago, they still work the same today. The lack of convenience applies to any standard soft box regardless of brand, including Chimera or Plume. For collapsible boxes though, newer designs are the way to go.




  
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Mar 09, 2015 20:09 |  #27

CAPhotog wrote in post #17467308 (external link)
EZ-Pro line is inexpensive, but I wouldn't call it generic if you mean cheaply made.

Hrm but they are cheaply made, that's not the same thing as saying they're garbage quality (after all many brands come from Asia anyway).

I just took the response the wrong way, there's certainly merit in considering the generic stuff if you choose well but it's not too much use to someone trying to make a go of the Bowens/Calumet Quick ring.




  
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Mar 09, 2015 20:16 |  #28

abbadon31 wrote in post #17467317 (external link)
I would never call Fotodiox Ez-Pro boxes Generic or Chinese crap. They are built tuff and over fives years of use here with no problems.

Unless I'm horribly mistaken they're just re-branding a generic Chinese design aren't they?

Certainly looks a lot like some of the softboxes I've used in the past, some of them I even quite liked (the price is usually right).




  
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Mar 10, 2015 01:16 |  #29

simonbarker wrote in post #17468072 (external link)
Unless I'm horribly mistaken they're just re-branding a generic Chinese design aren't they?

Certainly looks a lot like some of the softboxes I've used in the past, some of them I even quite liked (the price is usually right).


I think your mistaking the Chinese knock off with Fotodiox. The EZ-pro is built like a tank and have lasted longer then some of high end brands. I got my first one in September of 2010 and its still working the same 2015.


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Mar 10, 2015 10:22 |  #30

abbadon31 wrote in post #17468341 (external link)
I think your mistaking the Chinese knock off with Fotodiox. The EZ-pro is built like a tank and have lasted longer then some of high end brands. I got my first one in September of 2010 and its still working the same 2015.

Ya, the EZ Pro ones are great quality. Even my 2 year old front diffusers arent yellowing.


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