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Westcott Orb vs. PLM

 
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Jan 27, 2013 18:33 |  #1

If the 2 items are similar size, what's the difference in light quality between the Westcott orb vs. a paul c buff PLM (eg. silver one)

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that orb looks pretty easy to set up


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Jan 27, 2013 22:13 |  #2

Completely different modifiers.
The Orb is essentially an indirect octabox deeper and intended for use with a front diffusion panel.
the light is going just about everywhere when it hits the panel.

PLM is intended to create a column of light that is relatively even inside the column and falls off quickly outside the column.

I've used both and each offers a different light character to the subject.


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Jan 27, 2013 23:27 |  #3

ah thanks for the info!
makes more sense now!


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Dec 03, 2014 17:34 |  #4

I have the Westcott Orb, the light is fab, but is it to fragile. I want to buy another but I am concerned about the sturdiness. I bought it in early 2013, has it been upgraded in quality?




  
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Dec 04, 2014 11:08 as a reply to  @ HAKIM 82's post |  #5

The current version appears to have been improved with fiberglas ribs rather than the U channel ribs that you probably have in yours.


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Dec 04, 2014 11:13 |  #6

i have the Orb and I'm pleased with the light that it emits.




  
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Mar 12, 2018 14:40 |  #7

I have an orb and it delivers amazing results but it's a pain to setup. I'll post it for sale one of these days.


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