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brianodell
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Feb 14, 2015 09:23 |  #1

I just recently got back into photography and started using off camera flash again (2 speedlights, Canon 580 ex II). I'm looking for some decent light modifiers and stands for indoor and outdoor use. Nothing crazy expensive. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you!




  
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Feb 14, 2015 09:29 |  #2

get a pro s speed bracket and you can use any bowen or elinchrom modifier


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Feb 14, 2015 10:00 |  #3

+1
In other settings, that's a Godox S bracket - and I'd go for the Bowen S version.

Although initially designed for a single Speedlite, there is an adaptor allowing the use of up to 4.
They also accept the common Ebay 'pop-up' style Softboxes as well as all umbrella shaft sizes.

There are Ebay versions of the Phottix Luna, 70cm or 110cm that work really well with it.

I'd also mention Roundflash's "Dish" - beautiful light given its 44cm diameter - and crazy light weight. Happy choosing




  
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Feb 14, 2015 10:02 as a reply to  @ abbadon31's post |  #4

+ 1 to Godox S type adapter. (Get them for ~20$ from ebay or aliexpress.) I have two of those, Bowens type, work well with these high quality and cheap softboxes from canadianstudio:

http://www.canadianstu​dio.ca/product-p/370916495689.htm (external link) (60" octagon softbox, 59$)
http://www.canadianstu​dio.ca/product-p/370931425770.htm (external link) (36x9" stripbox with grid, 39$, or 69$ for two)

Warning: the Godox adapter won't let you use stripboxes vertically (only horizontally, as a hair light).

You get nice and even light in these softboxes when you use the flash' built-in diffuser - you only lose 1/3 stop of light, but it's worth it. I measured it with my light meter, 60" octagon softbox is only 1 stop darker than the center at the extreme corner, and the 36x9" stripbox - only 2/3 stops darker.

canadiansudio also has cheap and decent stands, umbrellas etc. This stand should be good enough for the 60" octagon softbox above:

http://www.canadianstu​dio.ca/product-p/301006612111.htm (external link) (8.5' air cushioned, 45$)

You pay standard shipping per order, so it makes sense ordering a few items together from them. (I made a mistake ordering twice; now I am itching to get yet more stuff, like medium size softbox.)


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Feb 14, 2015 10:06 |  #5

Hi Scott
How does an Elinchrom modifier work with that bracket seeing as it's a Bowens mount?

Thanks


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Feb 14, 2015 10:10 |  #6

Take a look at Wescott. They have a few kits that are inexpensive but made very well.


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Feb 14, 2015 10:10 |  #7

windpig wrote in post #17431478 (external link)
Hi Scott
How does an Elinchrom modifier work with that bracket seeing as it's a Bowens mount?

Thanks

they have two different products, one with bowens, one with elinchrom

bowens: https://www.cheetahsta​nd.com/product-p/bkts.htm (external link)
elinchrom: https://www.cheetahsta​nd.com/product-p/bkte.htm (external link)

OceanRipple* wrote in post #17431462 (external link)
Although initially designed for a single Speedlite, there is an adaptor allowing the use of up to 4.

for real? i haven't heard of this, can you post a link or pic of the adaptor?


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Feb 14, 2015 10:28 |  #8

Thanks for that.


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Feb 14, 2015 10:38 |  #9

I personally like the westcott Apollo style softboxes.

Their main limitation is tilting, however with a phottix multi boom that limitation is fixed plus you can then mount multiple speedlights in one softbox. Add a nice stand and umbrella bracket and you have a great little set up.




  
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Feb 14, 2015 10:57 |  #10

windpig wrote in post #17431478 (external link)
Hi Scott
How does an Elinchrom modifier work with that bracket seeing as it's a Bowens mount?

Thanks

Because they make both bowens and elinchrom or you can just buy the eli to bowens adapter Ralph


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Feb 14, 2015 11:02 |  #11

gremlin75 wrote in post #17431502 (external link)
I personally like the westcott Apollo style softboxes.

Their main limitation is tilting, however with a phottix multi boom that limitation is fixed plus you can then mount multiple speedlights in one softbox. Add a nice stand and umbrella bracket and you have a great little set up.


If I'm going to spend that much money for a 5/8 stick of metal it would be the manfrotto magic arm not the Phottix multi boom. You get more for your money


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Feb 14, 2015 11:12 |  #12

abbadon31 wrote in post #17431538 (external link)
If I'm going to spend that much money for a 5/8 stick of metal it would be the manfrotto magic arm not the Phottix multi boom. You get more for your money

Really? I'm looking at the multi boom for $70 and the magic arm (no camera mount) for $112. I'd need to see the manfrotto in action to see the advantage.




  
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Feb 14, 2015 11:17 |  #13

This is my Main Speed Light Modifier
right now.



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Feb 14, 2015 11:48 as a reply to  @ tandemhearts's post |  #14

I bought my magic arms new for under the retail value, you just have to find the best deals. I bought both version {143RC / 244} for under the price you listed. There is a youtube video on it with the westcott.


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Feb 14, 2015 11:57 |  #15

abbadon31 wrote in post #17431538 (external link)
If I'm going to spend that much money for a 5/8 stick of metal it would be the manfrotto magic arm not the Phottix multi boom. You get more for your money

??

Multi boom 18": $70. Has umbrella mount built in. Comes with two cold shoes. More can be added to shelf as needed at extra cost

Multi boom 28": $110. Has umbrella mount built in. Comes with 5 cold shoes. A single mount bracket. A quad mount bracket. A connector to make it a mini boom arm

Magic arm: $112.......buy accessories as needed

The magic arm is a great multi use system but not something I would use as a mount for the Apollo boxes.




  
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