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Dec 24, 2017 16:57 |  #1

https://www.fotodioxpr​o.com …roducts/ezpro-deep-bowens (external link)

These have been out for a few months now but they always seem to be "out of stock" so either they're not in full production yet or a lot of people have been buying them. Was hoping to see some reviews by now but so far have not found any so for the interim here is a link to the Fotodiox video on them: https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=SNP_S_MYdLM (external link)

They are available in 28", 36" and 48". They have inner and outer diffusion panels. They are collapsible just like the popular original EZ Pro collapsible softboxes.


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Dec 24, 2017 17:43 |  #2

Looks like a Cheetah quick ricebowl.


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Dec 24, 2017 18:01 |  #3

Lotto wrote in post #18525650 (external link)
Looks like a Cheetah quick ricebowl.

It looks like any of the 16 rib deep parabolic softboxes on the outside but it is how it setups that is different from any of them that I have seen. It has the collapsible umbrella style setup like the original EZ Pro softboxes. No more trying to place each rod into a speedring socket or snapping each rod individually into place like the Rotalux.

The Fotodioz collapsible beauty dishes were a joke because they used a Rotalux style setup and abandoned one of the key design features of their original collapsible softboxes that made them so popular. Nice to see them return to the EZ Pro setup. Now they just need to redesign their collapsible beauty dishes to make them more user friendly.

The only disadvantage I see to the Fotodiox parabolic is the ability to use a flash in a focus-able manner like the Cheetah Stand Ricebowl and Chopstick but you could probably figure out a way to mount and focus a small flash like a Godox AD200 or AD360.


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Dec 24, 2017 21:58 |  #4

Quick search..

https://www.amazon.com …1-3&keywords=deep+softbo​x (external link)

http://www.cheetahstan​d.com/product-p/qrb-36.htm (external link)


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Dec 24, 2017 23:33 as a reply to  @ Lotto's post |  #5

Well I be. Learn something new everyday. My Great Grandpappy used to always say "if you don't learn something new everyday you're going to die the following day". I can sleep easy tonight!


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Dec 25, 2017 00:10 |  #6

agv8or wrote in post #18525656 (external link)
It looks like any of the 16 rib deep parabolic softboxes on the outside but it is how it setups that is different from any of them that I have seen. It has the collapsible umbrella style setup like the original EZ Pro softboxes. No more trying to place each rod into a speedring socket or snapping each rod individually into place like the Rotalux.

The Fotodioz collapsible beauty dishes were a joke because they used a Rotalux style setup and abandoned one of the key design features of their original collapsible softboxes that made them so popular. Nice to see them return to the EZ Pro setup. Now they just need to redesign their collapsible beauty dishes to make them more user friendly.

The only disadvantage I see to the Fotodiox parabolic is the ability to use a flash in a focus-able manner like the Cheetah Stand Ricebowl and Chopstick but you could probably figure out a way to mount and focus a small flash like a Godox AD200 or AD360.

One significant advantage with the Cheetah vision is the deflector plate. I have several of the Fotodiox EZ-Pro modifiers. They are great for the way they collapse and are easily setup. However, the plastic deflector plate that they offer is not easy to position and use.

On the other hand the Cheetah deflector plate is a snap.


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Dec 31, 2017 23:12 |  #7

I have been using my SP systems 37" deep octa replica which opens like an umbrella for over 5-6 yrs now. No deflector plate though but overall I really like the look it gives me.


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Jan 01, 2018 08:55 |  #8

bobbyz wrote in post #18530570 (external link)
I have been using my SP systems 37" deep octa replica which opens like an umbrella for over 5-6 yrs now. No deflector plate though but overall I really like the look it gives me.

Bobby,
What I like about the deflector plate is that it offers another lighting option.
I've often used it without any diffusion to give a crisp light without a hot center. Everything coming to the subject from a more indirect angle. Especially if the modifier is quite close.


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Jan 01, 2018 09:20 |  #9

Agree Dave and price is quite nice. Not sure how well they are made for the cheaper price though. I haven't owned them before.


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