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andrew00
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Apr 11, 2013 17:29 |  #1

Hey,

I've just jumped on a good deal for a Profoto 7B genny and head and want to get a Photek Softlighter II to accompany it as it's well priced and seems to have a good rep.

I'm looking at the Photeks' and see there's an 8mm and 7mm version, and google is telling me Profoto's umbrella shaft is 7mm, yet there's some people saying it's either 8mm or that 8mm umbrella's fit.

Has anyone used the Softlighter II with Pro-7B heads and can you advise which size to order? Cheers!




  
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Apr 11, 2013 19:43 |  #2

Oh and does anyone know if AL's Photek is a 46" or 60"

http://2.bp.blogspot.c​om …y_mYY/s400/Pict​ure+47.png (external link)
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Apr 11, 2013 22:46 |  #3

I don't know which one is that exactly but if I am to guess based on size relative to persons around I would guess it's 46". If you can afford I would get both though.




  
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Apr 12, 2013 00:49 |  #4

Why not look at a Alien Bee PLM, they're more versatile.




  
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Mar 19, 2017 11:52 |  #5

I know you wrote this years ago, but I thought I would reply in case someone else has the same question.

The 8mm shaft works well with the D1's and it's a very tight, yet functional, with the pro heads. I haven't used the 7mm before, but I like the fact that the 8mm is a tight on the pro heads, because its too lose on the D1s and tends to slip in and out depending on placement angle or the wind. I used the 8mm on the Acute heads too, but it wasn't as tight as the pro heads, but I dont remember if it was as loose as the D1 heads.

I wrote a full blog post with samples outlining my experience with the miraculous modifier!

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Mar 19, 2017 12:37 as a reply to  @ JohnGress's post |  #6

Interesting. Thanks for sharing. You're lucky to live/work where the wind outside isn't strong. Here, it's nigh impossible to use brollies outside. Heck, the other day a monolight with a beauty dish on a sturdy C-stand almost got knocked over–thank God I managed to catch it in time.


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May 29, 2017 13:22 |  #7

Alveric wrote in post #18305129 (external link)
Interesting. Thanks for sharing. You're lucky to live/work where the wind outside isn't strong. Here, it's nigh impossible to use brollies outside. Heck, the other day a monolight with a beauty dish on a sturdy C-stand almost got knocked over–thank God I managed to catch it in time.

That's hilarious.

John Gress is based in Chicago, "the Windy City"! ;)


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May 29, 2017 14:10 as a reply to  @ F2Bthere's post |  #8

Chicago's 'winds' are more like flatus when compared to Saskatchewan's.

Besides, the 'windy city' moniker doesn't seem to be too much about the weather, as there are windier cities below the 49th parallel.


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May 29, 2017 16:44 |  #9

Alveric wrote in post #18365832 (external link)
Chicago's 'winds' are more like flatus when compared to Saskatchewan's.

Besides, the 'windy city' moniker doesn't seem to be too much about the weather, as there are windier cities below the 49th parallel.

Next you'll be telling me there are bigger apples ;)


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