hawk911 wrote in post #16008439
Bowens quick rings make any softbox portable. $35.00 each, and you can change to your proprietary speedring.
Yes, but there's a design flaw in the Quick-ring which distorts the face of the softbox into a trapezoid. Perhaps unimportant in portraiture (apart from the poor appearance of equipment to clients) but anything where the catchlight shape and smoothness is important, such as catchlights in reflective products, it's less satisfactory.
dmward wrote in post #16008484
Sorry Phil. I'll try to slow down.
The pictures of the rectangular boxes look like they are double ribbed. I have a couple of 60x90cm and a 90x90cm I got from either Amazon or eBay they both have double ribs.
For some reason Phottix won't sell these in the US. I'd really like one or two of the fiberglass ribbed units.
1) Thanks. Perhaps if I didn't write so much it'd speed up my input.
2) Double ribbed is how I saw them. Also known as "we'll take an ordinary 8 rib umbrella frame but just warp it slightly so that there are 4 pairs". Bit of a compromise situation, I reckon. Now if someone were to take a 16 fibreglass-rib frame and make that into a double-rib Octa we'd really be motoring.
3) The usual reasons for not importing stuff into the UK are
- The market is too small to make it viable.
- It is imported, but under another name - frequently 'own brand'.
The first obviously doesn't apply to the USA - there are probably more professional photographers in your STATE than in my COUNTRY!
The second may pertain (think Pixel TD381 vs B&H Bolt CBP-C1 or some of the old Bogen tripods just being rebranded Manfrottos [By some folks way of thinking, this would be Americans ripping off Italian design - but we both know it's just marketing]
). Fancy a little light sleuthing?