MalVeaux (or anyone) but you I think said you had a shoot through but also a 48" Octo.. since ive never owned a "non umbrella" softbox would you recommend I spring extra for the umbrella style for space that that i may get sick of assembling/tear down of the box, or is it not that bad? I would imagine fully assembled you cant leave it around, especially if space was tight... I do want to get a larger 48" suitable for two people, but should I just spring for the umbrella style and skip the hassle?
It depends on what you want to do. Umbrellas are cheaper, lighter, more portable, and you can get bigger surfaces for the money with them. I really like my 60" umbrella. It's so easy to use and portable and light that it's hard to not want to grab it instead of my heavier bigger and clumsier softbox. But, the softbox generally has nicer light at close distance and has way less spill so I can control it more. It's all about what you're trying to do. For a really detail oriented shoot where I have time to setup and really control stuff, I want my 48" octa softbox. For fun shoots, spontaneous shoots, lots of locations in a day, etc, I want my big umbrella. Ultimately I have both, and use both, but I would bet I use the Umbrella more over time in general strictly from ease and portability (which is also why I went with the Rovelight, ease and portability, with power).
My 48" octa is the Fotodiox EZ pro. It's an umbrella style softbox that you can collapse very quickly. It has an inner baffle you put in place with velcro, and an outter surface you place with velcro too. Controls spill very well. Big surface area. Wonderful soft light at closer distance (4~5 feet from subject). It was only like $100 from Fotodiox directly. Well worth it.
My Umbrella is a 60" Impact, it's a silver lined, white, black cover setup for $30. Also does gorgeous light and is bigger and lighter weight and a lot more simple to move around.
My real answer is to get both. I'd gladly spend $140 again, to have my 48" octa softbox & my 60" umbrella since that's all it cost new!
I have some examples in this thread & the light setup thread I'm sure you've seen, of both the octa & umbrella, and examples of the light I get with them in HSS in daylight. You almost can't tell the difference. I ultimately favor the look of the softbox, but realistically I favor the ease and simplicity and portability of the umbrella. I always fight myself over which one!