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Topic | Strobist soft boxes / octoboxes
nikonuser
Ok, i am looking at purchasing an octobox & a softbox for my strobist work, mainly for fashion/model work.

my question is, i am thinking of an 60 x 90 cm softbox and an 80cm octobox, will my metz cl 45's be ok to use with this size softbox or will i lose too much light output due to there size and would a smaller size be better?



please debate



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nikonuser , Photographer  posted on 29/12/2011 19:40:06   Posted 225 times

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GCImages
I can't debate it because I have not worked with the kit.  That said, I do like the results when I work with lights to illuminate the subject and the background is still striking, like in your shot above.  When I can afford it I will get the biggest bl00dy octagon thingy I can afford!
GCImages , Photographer  posted on 29/12/2011 22:28:58   Posted 707 times

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nikonuser
Aah, but are you using studio flash or flash guns?

this is my question, will the octobox sap all my light power from the flash guns with them being that size?


nikonuser , Photographer  posted on 29/12/2011 22:55:14   Posted 225 times

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nikonuser
I got a few answers from MM site, soooooo, i purchased them this morning, 1 x 80 x 80 octobox & 1 x 60 x 90 softbox, now these are on a brollie mount and the strobe fits inside on the stand, so no special soft box brackets required, easily erected/callapsed and very light weight, both in their own bags.



i cant wait for them to arrive so that i can give them a go (hint hint girls!) Member Image .



i will give a reveiw of them after i have tried them, but the guys using simalar in the us reckon they rock. Member Image



from my own veiwpoint, an octobox & softbox for less that £72.00 is pretty good value, but before i judge them i want to look at several areas, build quality, rigidity especially on the brollie shaft & of course performance & light loss.

 

as i bought them from a dealer outlet, they have a satisfaction & returns policy in place, so lets wait and see Member Image
nikonuser , Photographer  posted on 02/01/2012 20:06:01   Posted 225 times

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nikonuser
Ok, These arrived this morning, so.......first impressions, they are both lightweight, and the build quality is good, the central brollie mount shaft is solid & robust on both items, which i worried about a little before seeing them, because although they are lightwieght & compact its the shaft thats going to take the brunt of the support, so good to see its solid & not like previus brollies where the shaft is a hollow tube and gets squashed in every time you tighten the grip up.



i have yet to field test them, but i cannot foresee any issues, but will let you know of course.



so to sum up, i think they are great value for money and will be popular with the strobist shooters.



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 These are both available from http://www.ukhighland.co.uk/



an octobox 80 x 80cm And a Softbox 60 X 90 cm for £72.46 next day delivery.



bloody good value.
nikonuser , Photographer  posted on 05/01/2012 00:39:01   Posted 225 times

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Epiphone
Very nice!  I prefer softboxes over brollies anyday.  I bought some various sized softboxes made by Bessa.  They come with various adapters for different makes of lightsbut as I have Elinchrom 500s I got the adapter ring for them.  Compared to the cost of genuine Elinchrom softboxes I think these are better made although not as light in weight as the Elinchroms.  What you have bought would be ideal for location work.  Where did you get them from?  Also I forgot to mention hence this edit.  Get yourself a good flash meter and you won't go wrong.  Although I assume you shoot digital so you will see if your exposures are correct and compensate accordingly.  I still shoot mainly film so I need a meter.
Epiphone , Photographer  posted on 05/01/2012 09:45:38   Posted 32 times

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nikonuser

Quoting post from Epiphone
Very nice!  I prefer softboxes over brollies anyday.  I bought some various sized softboxes made by Bessa.  They come with various adapters for different makes of lightsbut as I have Elinchrom 500s I got the adapter ring for them.  Compared to the cost of genuine Elinchrom softboxes I think these are better made although not as light in weight as the Elinchroms.  What you have bought would be ideal for location work.  Where did you get them from?  Also I forgot to mention hence this edit.  Get yourself a good flash meter and you won't go wrong.  Although I assume you shoot digital so you will see if your exposures are correct and compensate accordingly.  I still shoot mainly film so I need a meter.


The link is above for highland photographic & yes i have a seconic light & flash meter.
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nikonuser , Photographer  posted on 07/01/2012 17:13:15   Posted 225 times

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canonlad
Thanks for this post. I have visited the site and can't believe how good the value is. Member Image
canonlad , Photographer  posted on 26/04/2012 07:08:37   Posted 5 times

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nikonuser
Good good, i found them to be excellent value for money and they work extreemely well, i am very happy with the purchase of both of these, very robust and good design build. Member Image
nikonuser , Photographer  posted on 26/04/2012 18:43:19   Posted 225 times

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crewer
Top Bloke!   I'm a stobist too and i think i'm going to be out getting myself a set too!!!  Look ideal, although the brollies are fine, these will just give more options.



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crewer , Photographer  posted on 27/04/2012 15:53:22   Posted 2 times

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crewer
Typical, out of stock!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Member Image   Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image   Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image Member Image



Just about to get on their case to find out when they getting more?  Bet you got the last set ever Member Image
crewer , Photographer  posted on 27/04/2012 15:59:21   Posted 2 times

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