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Jan 20, 2008 22:29 |  #1

What exactly is a speed ring used for? I've heard 2 different definitions and searched it online, but couldn't turn anything up.




  
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Jan 20, 2008 22:33 |  #2

imageking08 wrote in post #4746293 (external link)
What exactly is a speed ring used for? I've heard 2 different definitions and searched it online, but couldn't turn anything up.

It's used to attach a strobes to a softbox. In the case of the softbox that I have, it's also used to hold one end of the wire ribs that make up the skeleton of the softbox.


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Jan 20, 2008 22:47 |  #3

thanks...does it have any affect on your shots?




  
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Jan 21, 2008 08:19 |  #4

imageking08 wrote in post #4746419 (external link)
thanks...does it have any affect on your shots?

Not really other than the fact that if the strobe doesn't fit the speedring, you won't be able to get your shot using the softbox. ;)


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Jan 21, 2008 08:26 |  #5

Leo... you forgot the almighty:

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Jan 21, 2008 08:28 |  #6

Too funny... but true.


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Jan 21, 2008 08:52 |  #7

Ha-ha :lol: Oh yeah, you're right. I forgot about the MacGyver tool that fixes just about everything. :lol:


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Jan 21, 2008 08:56 as a reply to  @ Bootlegger0173's post |  #8

Cinefoil would be better than gaffers tape to patch or cover light leaks.

I've never heard of another definition of a speed ring, at least not in photographic lighting modifiers.
As Leo stated, the speed ring is the 'interface' between a softbox/octabox/strip box and your strobe, and each manufacturer of lighting modifiers generally makes a speed ring for almost every brand of strobes. It's to their advantage to do that. :D


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Jan 21, 2008 13:34 |  #9

oh ok, thanks for clearing that up, because i'm fairly new to the studio lighting and i was wanting to get a octobox for my interfit 150 strobe.




  
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Jan 21, 2008 21:56 |  #10

A speed ring is just a mechanical adapter.

The adapts the softbox you have to the light source you have.

It mechanically links the two.

The nature of this accommodation defines the type of speedring you will need. It must fit the ligt shource you intend to use, and the softbox you intend to use.

Purchase carefully.

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