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DIY: How to mount Speedlite to softbox

 
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Jan 28, 2008 06:35 |  #1

I got a couple of small softboxes from Amvona, and wanted to use one of them with my 580EX.

Both softboxes are 22x16", the first one comes with this speedring. Since I don't have a strobe of that type, I modify it by cutting a section of neck off, now it fit my Alien Bees.

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Drill a hold through the unused rod holder, fabricate a steel L bracket with the right height and length for the 580EX, bolt tight together.
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580EX mounted. A umbrella bracket is used to connect the L bracket and for tilt adjustment.
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This Amvona 22x16" softbox is quite light, the Monfretto 3373 stand holds it up with no problem.
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Jan 28, 2008 06:42 |  #2

The second speedring was originally for Amvona hot light. The red arrow indicates a 1/4-20 thread hole, but the mounting hole is too close to the center of the ring. So instead of making a bracket with many bends, I use the center rotating part of ring for mounting. And since the bracket will be rotating, a specer is added between the L bracket and the speed ring, so the softbox fabric can clear the bracket.

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For larger softboxes, the speedlight head has to be at the right orientation with box to maximize light spread. For this Photoflex 32x24" softbox, I use a ball head to mount. (yes, those are dusts on the box :) )
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Both small softboxes comes with circle and strip masks, which is kind of pointless for the box this size, but the included fabric grids are very useful accesories.
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There you have it, pretty simple mods.

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Jan 28, 2008 07:02 |  #3

Nice work, Lotto!

Now I know you got some test shots of that cute little girl of yours. Let's see 'em!


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Jan 28, 2008 07:04 |  #4

Very nice looking mods.

How did you cut the neck off the speedring - using a lathe?


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Jan 28, 2008 07:04 |  #5

This is what I'm looking for. Could you link me to the exact items you used? Give me a pm is you want to about it. I've been hunting for this set up for about 3 months now.


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Jan 28, 2008 08:14 |  #6

nice!


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Jan 28, 2008 10:17 as a reply to  @ suyenfung's post |  #7

Lotto,

Thanks for posting this. I was tinkering with something like you had posted before, but why re-invent the wheel? Great post!!!


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Jan 28, 2008 11:19 as a reply to  @ asysin2leads's post |  #8

Great mod Lotto but I wonder whether your cost for parts and the time it took to make was more worthwhile than just buying the Photoflex kit they make for this, which costs ~$45 and you have an adjustable bracket.


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Jan 28, 2008 11:49 |  #9

TMR Design wrote in post #4800110 (external link)
Great mod Lotto but I wonder whether your cost for parts and the time it took to make was more worthwhile than just buying the Photoflex kit they make for this, which costs ~$45 and you have an adjustable bracket.

Link please sir :D


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Jan 28, 2008 12:02 |  #10

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Shoe_Mount_Conn​ector.html (external link)

will a paul buff speed ring mount to it?


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Jan 28, 2008 12:12 as a reply to  @ suyenfung's post |  #11

This is the kit which includes the bracket and speed ring. Just mount the bracket to the ring and assemble the box on the ring. Mount it to an umbrella bracket and you're all set.

http://www.photoflex.c​om …eDome_xs_Kit_1/​index.html (external link)


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Jan 28, 2008 12:18 |  #12

so the rings are interchangeable? in other words you can build a buff box around a photoflex ring? same hole positions and sizes?

edit - also do the photoflex rings mount to alien bees?

edit again - i dont have any foldable boxes but i imagine you cannot change out the ring on them. in that case, my original question remains - can you mount a paul buff ring onto this bracket?


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Jan 28, 2008 12:30 |  #13

TMR Design wrote in post #4800110 (external link)
Great mod Lotto but I wonder whether your cost for parts and the time it took to make was more worthwhile than just buying the Photoflex kit they make for this, which costs ~$45 and you have an adjustable bracket.

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This is the kit which includes the bracket and speed ring. Just mount the bracket to the ring and assemble the box on the ring. Mount it to an umbrella bracket and you're all set.

http://www.photoflex.c​om …eDome_xs_Kit_1/​index.html (external link)

Thanks for the link, Robert. But it says street price $70.95?

Even at that price, it seems reasonable.


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Jan 28, 2008 12:34 |  #14

Yes, quite reasonable. Ordering this week. Does not include the stand, but I have one.


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Jan 28, 2008 12:39 |  #15

Wow, that looks very good! Nice work!


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