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Jan 09, 2014 12:27 |  #1

So my girlfriend has been assisting me for 3 gigs now and she's enjoying it a lot, she always takes care of the gear, hands out business cards and carries a monopod with a softbox for some of my shots (yeah, shes a keeper haha). The first gig she held a qbox 24 and although she said the weight was fine i saw her arms shaking from time to time, second gig i gave an the umbrella and she it was fine for her but i much prefer the light that a softbox produces. i want to buy a nice small softbox for her and was considering these 3

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …per_Pro_Plus_So​ftbox.html (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …me_NXT_Small_So​ftbox.html (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_OctoDome_XS_So​ftbox.html (external link)

Have you had any experience with any of those? Wich one would you recommend? Im also open to suggestions. Thanks


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Jan 09, 2014 14:48 |  #2

I would say all of those will be FAR heavier than the qbox.

My suggestion would be to get a better boom. Monopods are very top heavy and not designed to be held from the bottom.

You have a couple of options:

1. Get a broom/mop handle and a kacey pole adapter (external link). Cheap, but not that portable or comfortable.
2. Get a collapsible painter's pole with the same adapter.
3. Get a collapsible boom arm with soft padded grips like this (external link) or this (external link) or this (external link) or this (external link)

Also, if you're using cheetah lights I suggest a lumodi beauty dish (external link), it can attach directly saving the weight of the mount. Unfortunately, they are horrible to try and attach to normal speedlights.


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Jan 09, 2014 15:37 |  #3

I used a painters pole ( sounds dirty) a KC adapter and a Alienbee monolight with beauty dish for this. Works fine and seems light enough.


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Jan 09, 2014 16:51 |  #4

yamatama wrote in post #16591363 (external link)
So my girlfriend has been assisting me for 3 gigs now and she's enjoying it a lot, she always takes care of the gear, hands out business cards and carries a monopod with a softbox for some of my shots (yeah, shes a keeper haha). The first gig she held a qbox 24 and although she said the weight was fine i saw her arms shaking from time to time, second gig i gave an the umbrella and she it was fine for her but i much prefer the light that a softbox produces.

Best bet is to get a decent 10'-12' light stand and fold it up like it was a monopod and use it in the same manner, except now you (she) have the advantage of using the stand's risers to lower and raise the light. And if for some reason you need her to do another task right quick, simply open the legs and allow the stand to be free-standing. Regarding the softbox, unless you really have a problem with your current Q-Box 24, then any of the other boxes really won't give you better light..... But, I'm a die hard PhotoFlex user and I like the round light of the Octas.....


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Jan 09, 2014 17:18 as a reply to  @ The Loft Studios's post |  #5

One idea is to get a Cheetah C8 light stand. When needed just set it down. I have one and it works great. I haven't used in the use case you are talking about but might be an option.

Ken

https://www.cheetahsta​nd.com/Cheetah-Stand-C8-p/c8.htm (external link)


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Jan 09, 2014 17:58 as a reply to  @ H2OSkier's post |  #6

Was watching an fstoppers video and i want something like this setup:

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Im really bad with sizes so I need your help haha, It defenitly seems lighter than a qbox24

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Jan 09, 2014 17:58 |  #7

H2OSkier wrote in post #16592128 (external link)
One idea is to get a Cheetah C8 light stand. When needed just set it down. I have one and it works great. I haven't used in the use case you are talking about but might be an option.

Ken

https://www.cheetahsta​nd.com/Cheetah-Stand-C8-p/c8.htm (external link)

The stand looks nice


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Jan 09, 2014 18:22 |  #8

yamatama wrote in post #16592241 (external link)
Was watching an fstoppers video and i want something like this setup:

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Im really bad with sizes so I need your help haha, It defenitly seems lighter than a qbox24

That could possibly be any type of monopod, but Photoflex does make a light stick for about $150. But as I stated before, you are VERY limited with a monopod or light stick due to it has to ALWAYS be manned. A light stand is so much better and far more versitle. Anyway, the softbox in the pics looks like a small size PhotoFlex due to the logo on the side.....


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Jan 09, 2014 18:30 |  #9

Get her one of these fighting belts (external link) made for fishing. You can find them cheaper then what I linked to, but it'll take all the weight off her arms.

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