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May 31, 2010 18:07 |  #1

Just wanted to share a little something I discovered yesterday: Jerry Kacey's White Lightning/Alien Bee adapter ring (http://www.kaceyenterp​rises.com/?page_id=481 (external link)} works perfectly with folding softboxes allowing you to do this:

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The icing on the cake is that it positions the flashtube fully within the box:

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To make this work well with large, front-heavy folders like the QBox24 pictured, keep the lowermost lobe of the sofbox in front of the mounting ring while the other three lobes are behind it. The attachment is still very robust with the added benefit of the box being held in proper alignment with the light.

For the observant among you, yes, Jerry's adapter ring comes in basic black. I painted the front of mine white for another project.

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May 31, 2010 19:13 |  #2

I was able to do this with my eBay speedlight softboxes when I had my B800s, too!


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May 31, 2010 19:44 as a reply to  @ Seanzky's post |  #3

It almost works just using a speed ring insert. Back in January I tried mounting my EZYbox Hotshoe on a 600RX using only an Elinchrom speed ring insert:

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However, it's the larger diameter and lower profile of the AB/WL adapter that really makes the combination sing.

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Jun 01, 2010 14:38 |  #4

Dave,
I discovered that the adapters come in different outer diameters.
I got some that are larger diameter to fit a foldable Octi and they too are perfect for the Q24. I have Elinchrom as well as S type and AB type.

the ones I got from FotoDiox have an outer diameter of 6 inches. What is the outer diameter on the Kacey adapter?

Its a nice bonus. :-)


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Jun 01, 2010 14:59 |  #5

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Dave,
I discovered that the adapters come in different outer diameters.
I got some that are larger diameter to fit a foldable Octi and they too are perfect for the Q24. I have Elinchrom as well as S type and AB type.

the ones I got from FotoDiox have an outer diameter of 6 inches. What is the outer diameter on the Kacey adapter?

Its a nice bonus. :-)

Yes, the adapter rings come in a wide assortment of diameters, David. Photek and SP Studio Systems inserts measure 140mm across while all of my generic Bowens mount inserts measure 145mm across. I have two Balcar inserts that are 152mm in diameter (same as your Fotodiox inserts). The Kacey adapter (which is not intended for speed ring use, by the way) measures 6-1/8" across or 155mm. Of course, it isn't just the diameter of the Kacey adapter that makes it perfect for this particular application. It's the fact that it's absolutely flat and positions an AB flashtube exactly where you'd want it.

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Jun 01, 2010 22:01 |  #6

That's why I asked about the diameter.
I like the flatness. Too bad its an 1/8" to large to fit the speedrings on the Fotodiox octibox. It would make it that much nicer.

BTW, the Fotodiox octis are well made. I saw some creative light or whatever they are called at a seminar the other day and would say the FDs are equivalent or better.

And what really is nice is the umbrella like mechanism.

Mmmm, maybe if I ask nice, Kacey will cut them down to 6 inches. :-)


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