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Softbox/Octa/Beauty dish recommendation

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Feb 10, 2012 12:30 |  #1


I'm planning on expanding my lighting arsenal and was hoping to get some input from you guys.

I'm set on 2x Einsteins which leaves me about $750 to buy stands & light mods.

I want a Beauty Dish in white with grid(s). Should I go with PCB's stuff or are there any other/better/cheaper alternatives? Should I buy BD and grid(s) separate?

I want a rectangular Soft Box, thinking the 30x60 PCB with an egg crate. My thoughts on the size is that I can always mask it off to make the light source smaller. Is that not a good idea?

It looks like PCB soft boxes have a quick open/close mechanism as opposed to the old school rods/speed ring design. Are they of good quality? Are there any other soft boxes with similar design? Would you recommend any other brand I check out? Should I go with a smaller to begin with?

Stand wise...?

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Feb 10, 2012 13:00 |  #2

You sort of need to get the grid for a BD from the same manufacturer that made the BD. How they attach and fit will vary from BD to BD.

You can mask off a 30x60 to make it appear smaller if you want.

The PCB softboxes hold up well.

I use Giottos stands and an Avenger C-stand.

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Feb 10, 2012 13:00 |  #3

At B&H at this moment, it's out of stock now, but have you looked into the Photek Softlighter II? I'm pretty sure it can also be used with the Einstein (correct me if I'm wrong) as I'm using it with my Alien Bees right now. Super quick to set up and take down, lightweight, and I like the light it creates.

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But if you're set on directly PCB stuff, I have the large Octa (47 inches?) and it used to be my favorite modifier (till I get the Softlighter II, just a lot easier to set up).

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Feb 10, 2012 13:26 as a reply to  @ hellokevin's post |  #4

I believe Einsteins & Alenbees use the same sppedring.. If yes, then I'd suggest

Beauty Dish: …84/ref=pd_sxp_g​rid_pt_0_2 (external link)

Octa …EWOC0U/ref=pd_s​im_sbs_e_7 (external link)


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