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Dec 05, 2010 11:52 |  #226

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I looking on the umbrella on amazon and can anyone explain what is the differences between the SL-5000 OP54 and the Softlighter 46" Umbrella & Diffuser with a 7mm Shaft.

The models with the "-s" at the end of the model number have 7mm shafts. The ones without the -s have removable 7mm shafts screwed into the standard 8mm shaft.

By the way, the 60" doesn't come with the silver or gold inserts.

Breal101, I wish the sock was offset too. I'm using it on an Elinchrom and the sock is tight enough that a little offset would make it easier to slip on the head.




  
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Dec 05, 2010 11:57 |  #227

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The models with the "-s" at the end of the model number have 7mm shafts. The ones without the -s have removable 7mm shafts screwed into the standard 8mm shaft.

By the way, the 60" doesn't come with the silver or gold inserts.

Breal101, I wish the sock was offset too. I'm using it on an Elinchrom and the sock is tight enough that a little offset would make it easier to slip on the head.

Hi Tom,

I use Elinchrom's but I see the sock being offset and the tight fit as two separate issues. The tight sock is really the only thing about the Softlighter II that I dislike but I use it mostly for Speedlight's.

I wish the sock were slightly bigger or implemented the drawstring or something that would accommodate and strobe with any reflector regardless of whether the umbrella mount was central, at the top or the bottom of the strobe.


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Dec 05, 2010 11:59 |  #228

TMR Design wrote in post #11399037 (external link)
Since I shoot with Elinchrom's and use my own custom bracket for Speedlight's I don't have a need for the sock to be offset but I see how it's a problem for strobes that do not have the centrally located umbrella mount or for hot shoe flashes.

It appears that Photek decided not to try and have a universal front diffuser with sock for strobes and hot shoe flashes. Instead they have one version for strobes and one for hot shoe flashes. The sock on the flash version is offset but it appears to be too far offset to use with strobes.

You can buy the replacement diffuser for whichever version you don't have but that does force you to spend extra money to have both.

Ahhh, I didn't know they offered two versions. Several years ago that wasn't the way they did it. These things are so cheap they're almost disposable to me, on a hotel job they can be broken down and set up as much as ten times in a day. If they get damaged it's no biggy, assistants and even me have been in a rush and managed to scorch more socks than I want to think about over the years. :lol:

On these latest ones another annoying thing is the posts aren't interchangeable. They only screw into the one they came with, different threads. Otherwise they're identical, I always buy them in pairs. Strange but true.


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Dec 05, 2010 12:02 |  #229

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^^ nice shot Phil

thanks Geoff

...might get the biggest one soon... really love this thing... quite inexpensive too.


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Dec 05, 2010 12:09 |  #230

TMR Design wrote in post #11399091 (external link)
I wish the sock were slightly bigger or implemented the drawstring or something that would accommodate and strobe with any reflector regardless of whether the umbrella mount was central, at the top or the bottom of the strobe.

There's an idea......a drawstring. Yeah, come to think of it, if the offset is made mostly to accommodate speedlights, then it''ll probably be even worse than just a tight sock on the Elinchroms. Whatever the case, it's a minor issue, especially considering you get a big ass soft light source for about $80. :D




  
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Dec 05, 2010 12:13 |  #231

PhilF wrote in post #11399113 (external link)
thanks Geoff

...might get the biggest one soon... really love this thing... quite inexpensive too.

Hi Phil,

The nice thing about having the 46" Softlighter II and then adding the 60" is that you can use the silver insert from the 46" in the 60" version.


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Dec 05, 2010 15:13 |  #232

TMR Design wrote in post #11399152 (external link)
Hi Phil,

The nice thing about having the 46" Softlighter II and then adding the 60" is that you can use the silver insert from the 46" in the 60" version.

Rob.... why? the 60" version doesn't have the silver insert?


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Dec 05, 2010 15:40 |  #233

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Rob.... why? the 60" version doesn't have the silver insert?

HI Phil,

Unfortunately the 60" does not come with the silver or gold inserts. The 36" and 46" come with them and for some reason Photek doesn't offer the inserts as a separate optional item.


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Dec 09, 2010 11:40 |  #234

Up for a wonderful light modifier... LOVE IT!

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Dec 10, 2010 20:10 |  #235

nobody wanna share anymore...just me?

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Dec 10, 2010 20:19 as a reply to  @ PhilF's post |  #236

Pretty soon I'll be contributing some more. Right now I'm doing a lot of full length shooting on pure white with the 69" Octa or 54" x 72" softbox. ;)


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Dec 10, 2010 20:21 |  #237

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Pretty soon I'll be contributing some more. Right now I'm doing a lot of full length shooting on pure white with the 69" Octa or 53" x 72" softbox. ;)

oh so you don't have the 60" version, Rob?


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Dec 10, 2010 20:24 |  #238

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oh so you don't have the 60" version, Rob?

No, I have and prefer the 46" over the 60".


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Dec 10, 2010 20:39 |  #239

TMR Design wrote in post #11431171 (external link)
No, I have and prefer the 46" over the 60".

hmmm now I'm curious....may I ask why?


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Dec 10, 2010 22:46 |  #240

PhilF wrote in post #11431106 (external link)
nobody wanna share anymore...just me?

I've been shooting mostly reflective products, and since the umbrella shaft and the strobe has been showing up very prominently in the catch lights, I haven't been that excited about posting the results. Aside from that, I actually love the thing. Did some personal/family portraits with it, and you just can't seem to get it wrong.




  
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