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Holy smokes..... Profoto 8 Foot Reflector

 
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Oct 08, 2009 21:26 |  #1

Well, long story short, I happened upon one of these a few weeks ago that had bad damage to the frame. The fabric of the reflector is in 95% condition, and all the small parts are OK, but the frame was trashed. So I took a gamble and went ahead and bought it. I ordered a replacement frame from Profoto... I got it in today and installed it (not exactly easy, but once I hung the whole thing upside down from my background stand, it was a lot easier). Holy crap this thing is HUGE! It looked like a flying saucer had landed in my living room. This thing is actually as big as many satellite dishes I have seen.

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I do not have any Profoto lights, so I just decided to play with it by using one of my AB800's on a light stand approximately where the light head should go. If I keep this thing, I will probably be able to figure out a way to rig up a mount to attach an AlienBee to the post. I had the AB800 at full power, no modifiers attached, and the exposure was ISO 100 and f/13. I wanted to see if the whole thing would blow out evenly like a softbox, but as you can see, it did not do so around the frame ribs.

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I am probably going to be selling this in the near future as I don't really have much of a use for it, but I am going to play with it for a bit and maybe do a comparison with the new Paul C. Buff 86" PLM. I am just having a hard time figuring out what I would use it for. Any ideas for tests? I will try to fulfill any requests. I am thinking maybe a photo of my truck at night. Too bad my wife is out of town for the weekend.

BTW, here is the link to the B&H product page for this (discontinued) reflector:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …e_Reflector.htm​l#features (external link)

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Oct 08, 2009 21:30 |  #2

Cripes! It's a monster.


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Oct 08, 2009 21:34 |  #3

That's pretty insane. Not sure it's intended use, but you could light large areas and decent sized groups with that thing wide open.




  
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Oct 08, 2009 21:38 |  #4

Awesome. If you got it cheap, keep it just to freak out friends :-)
It'd be great if you could do a PLM comparison since no one has done it yet...just remember to focus both and drum up a few models to test with it so we can see skin and clothing tone/sharpness.


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Oct 08, 2009 21:53 as a reply to  @ kenyee's post |  #5

wow... thats about all I can say.

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Oct 08, 2009 21:56 |  #6

that thing is over 2k, i hope it is better than the 86 plm


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Oct 08, 2009 21:56 |  #7

That is quite large.


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Oct 08, 2009 21:57 |  #8

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Oct 08, 2009 22:03 as a reply to  @ Todd Lambert's post |  #9

What is the actual span of the front face? Is that an 8 foot ceiling?


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Oct 08, 2009 22:12 |  #10

TMR Design wrote in post #8787960 (external link)
What is the actual span of the front face? Is that an 8 foot ceiling?

Good question. That is a 10 foot ceiling. I am about 6'1" tall.

I just measured it. From edge to edge (smallest diameter) it is 94". From vertex to vertex (largest diameter) it is 98". So average it out and it's pretty much 8 feet (96") across.


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Oct 08, 2009 22:17 |  #11

badgerW wrote in post #8788012 (external link)
Good question. That is a 10 foot ceiling. I am about 6'1" tall.

I just measured it. From edge to edge (smallest diameter) it is 94". From vertex to vertex (largest diameter) it is 98". So average it out and it's pretty much 8 feet (96") across.

WOW!! Pretty Amazing.


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Oct 09, 2009 00:00 |  #12

I'll be very interested to see side by side comparos to the PCB 86"-PLM ( since I have one ). If you have the PCB spill kill refector, it might be worth trying that also in the comparo.


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Oct 09, 2009 00:10 |  #13

Wooaaa. Let's see you use this outdoors.


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Oct 09, 2009 00:12 |  #14

george m w wrote in post #8788562 (external link)
I'll be very interested to see side by side comparos to the PCB 86"-PLM ( since I have one ). If you have the PCB spill kill refector, it might be worth trying that also in the comparo.

Yeah, I think I will go ahead and pick up the 86" PLM and the spill kill reflector to run the comparison. It sounds like a fun thing to do, and who knows, maybe we can learn something useful.


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Oct 09, 2009 00:17 |  #15

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Wooaaa. Let's see you use this outdoors.

Haha, I actually took it out to the backyard a little while ago to see what it could do. Unfortunately I didn't get any shots because the wind was blowing and I could not take my hands off the thing or else it would start to blow over. It took both hands to hold it down! Fortunately, though, it is fairly sturdy, and I think the "blowing itself down" issue might actually be for the best. If I had it staked into the ground or something then it would probably blow itself inside-out, and I have a feeling that was how the original frame got broken so badly.

I think this weekend I will try pointing it out of my garage at my truck and the houses across the street. That will be a good test, and hopefully it will be sheltered from the wind in the garage.


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