Softbox fabric?

Started Jan 26, 2005 | Discussions thread
StanRogers
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Re: OK, so on a Non-rainy day :-)
In reply to Michael J. Capozzi, Nov 20, 2012

Michael J. Capozzi wrote:

Thanks for the suggestion.
Still would like to find the "Real Deal"
Thanks,
Michael

Ken Burns wrote:

Matt K wrote:

Michael J. Capozzi wrote:

I'm in Seattle. I'm not looking for ripstop but the actual fabric
that a photoflex or similar soxbox is made of. Black with a silver
or white interior. Not the front panel diffuser material.
Thanks for replying

The best Alternative I'v found was getting those Emergency saftey
blankets in the camping dept for $1.69, and adhereing it to another
fabric... I havn't tried using fuseable backing yet, as I think the
silver stuff would melt, but possibly a spray adhesive, only you
need to watch out for making it a fire hazzard if the modeling
lights get to hot.

Matt K wrote:

Michael J. Capozzi wrote:

Anyone have an idea where I can purchase lightweight softbox
fabric????
Thanks

It was recently brought to my attention that this british site will
default you to a USA location... ????... and I wouldn't want to
assume that you could just drive down the road to the nearest
Wallymarts or Joannes's fabric and get some ripstop nylon...but if
you live near a coastal shores area...you could look up any local "
Sail repair " or marine facilities where they should have a stock
of Ripstop nylon, and the more costly Dacron for the heavy duty
sails....
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Regards....Matt K
' Why isn't Phonetic spelled the way it sounds ???? '

'You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day and you only get so
many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and
doesn't waste either.'....Galen Rowell
Exerpt from Thom Hogan's web Site http://www.bythom.com a must visit site
for all.

There are several kinds of those emergency safety blankets. One is
just a very thin laminate that is probably what has been mentioned
here. There are also some that are already laminated to a stronger
reinforced plastic tarp-like material with reinforced grommets in
the corners. These usually run about US$12-15 or so. Those might
work a little better, though I've never tried it myself.

The "real deal" (in non-manufacturing quantities) would probably be Colorama's Coloreflect Silver/Black ripstop fabric in a 54" x 3 metre (9'8") size (Colorama is in the same group as Lastolite, and this fabric seems to be the same stuff used in Lastolite's panel reflectors from hands-on examination) but it's difficult to find in North America, and a number of overseas dealers, especially in the UK, won't ship to the US or Canada because of exclusive distributor agreements for Colorama products over here. In Canada, for instance, Vistek is their exclusive dealer, and while they carry the seamless, fabric backdrops and diffusion fabrics they recently dropped Coloreflect (probably due to undesired, low-profit DIY softboxes). If you can find a source, Coloreflect is probably your best bet (and not too unreasonably priced).

There are any number of makers who'll gladly sell you something similar in lots of 1000 metres (in 54" widths), but that makes one heck of a big softbox. If you can get two or three hundred friends to chip in, though, it might be worth the hassle Understandably, the market for this kind of stuff is sort of tight because the end product usually carries a big markup.

There is a silver/black poly tarp material made for agricultural purposes that looks like it has just about the right texture and is available in realistic quantities, but I haven't been able to check out the reflectance. For all I know, it could be "silver" in the same way that duct tape is.

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