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Oct 17, 2012 07:23 |  #1

Instead of buying a studio light, I plan to use my speedlight with a softbox. I have only been able to find smaller softboxes that are built for speedlights. Is there a way to use a normal softbox with a speed light?




  
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Oct 17, 2012 09:42 |  #2

jeljohns wrote in post #15133154 (external link)
Instead of buying a studio light, I plan to use my speedlight with a softbox. I have only been able to find smaller softboxes that are built for speedlights. Is there a way to use a normal softbox with a speed light?

Define "normal"? I'm in the market as well for my speedlite and my portable strobe. The largest I've found is 120cm x 120cm (ie. 4ft. x 4ft. approx.) from China. Pretty cheap too at around $100 including a grid.




  
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Oct 17, 2012 09:46 |  #3

I'm sure there's a way to rig it using a bit of home engineering. If you could get a mono light to soft box adapter ring, it wouldn't take much to make a cheap flash mount.

I'm not expert, but I would think a speedlight is going to not have enough power to really utilize a larger soft box.

Have you considered using an umbrella instead? They are cheap, light and very portable. A flash stand adapter with an umbrella hole is cheap and easy to find.


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Oct 17, 2012 09:46 as a reply to  @ protege's post |  #4

i use a lastolite 60cm square softbox with my speed lights.

anything bigger is going to be tricky to transport, assemble and mount a speedlight into.
it can be done however


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Oct 17, 2012 09:52 |  #5

Wescott has all kinds of softboxed for speedlites. They have mounting kits, etc....

their website is: fjwestcott.com


  
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Oct 17, 2012 09:55 |  #6

I use these sometimes:

http://fotodioxpro.com …gsearch/result/​?q=softbox (external link)

I have a 2- 36" folding octagons. They set up and go down pretty quickly.




  
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Oct 17, 2012 09:56 |  #7

You can buy brackets to mount speedlights in softboxes with other mounts. Kacey makes one that is quite popular. Before you go too crazy though make sure you understand the limitations of a speedlite in a large box. Depending on the box you may not get edge to edge coverage because speedlites have focused lenses rather than a bare bulb. Also softboxes eat a consderable amount of a flashes power and speedlites dont have that much to begin with . Not saying its a bad idea, but beware to spending too much when you might find better options for the same money.




  
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Oct 17, 2012 10:05 |  #8

I have been doing a lot of research on this and I am leaning towards the fotodiox stuff.

http://fotodioxpro.com …ii-540ex-550ex-300tl.html (external link)

Other options are:

This strobies brackets seem nice but there isn't a lot of feedback on it.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …6_Strobie_XS_Br​acket.html (external link)

I know that can be adapted to be used on an Alien Bee Paul C Buff soft boxes but you will need one of these adaptors:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …eed_Ring_for_Ca​lumet.html (external link)

The Cheetahstand Qbox 24 is highly praised here:
http://www.cheetahstan​d.com …38/Cheetah-Qbox-24/Detail (external link)

The westcott Apollo line are another option:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …&InitialSearch=​yes&sts=ta (external link)

Kacey Enterprises make some adaptors to allow you to connect speedlites to softboxes.
http://www.kaceyenterp​rises.com/?page_id=461 (external link)


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Oct 17, 2012 10:10 |  #9

Kronie wrote in post #15133609 (external link)
I use these sometimes:

http://fotodioxpro.com …gsearch/result/​?q=softbox (external link)

I have a 2- 36" folding octagons. They set up and go down pretty quickly.

Do you have the EZ pro ones that pop up like an umbrella or the ones you need to put together?


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Oct 17, 2012 10:35 |  #10

FEChariot wrote in post #15133670 (external link)
Do you have the EZ pro ones that pop up like an umbrella or the ones you need to put together?

I have one of each but the Ex Pro ones are WAY nicer to set up. They are really nicely built too. I actually bought one of the regular ones and it was missing a part, the company was out of the ones I bought so they sent me an EZ pro for free and told me I could keep the one with the missing part. I later found the part on Ebay for less then $5.




  
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Oct 17, 2012 10:41 as a reply to  @ FEChariot's post |  #11

I have been doing a lot of research on this and I am leaning towards the fotodiox stuff.

If you go to Amazon or Ebay its much cheaper than their website.




  
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Oct 17, 2012 10:43 |  #12

Another vote for the qbox here


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Oct 17, 2012 11:44 |  #14

I'm an idiot most of the time and virtually all the time when using flash so I started out on the cheap with these.

http://www.amazon.com …ef=oh_details_o​03_s00_i00 (external link)

Haven't really had a chance to use them much and it seems they may not last very long unless your careful, but for now they'll do.


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Oct 17, 2012 15:22 |  #15

32" octabox is the largest I've seen specifically for speedlights. There is the Westcott Apollo 28" softbox (or generic versions of it as well). What I like about those types as opposed to Lastolite type EZ softboxes is you can run more than one speedlight in them.


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