Softbox for Flash / Speedlight

Started Dec 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: Softbox for Flash / Speedlight
In reply to Genes Pentax, Dec 10, 2012

Square, rectangular, or round catchlight look most natural to us since we ar used to seeing those shapes from windows, light bulbs, and the sun.  Octagonal is a close approximation to circular and pretty much acceptable.  Hexagonal is sort of an orphan shape and I wouldn't want it myself.

The Apollo softboxes have a great reputation for good soft even light.  Westcott has square, rectangular, and now a strip hot-shoe softbox.  They are well worth checking out.

The biggest drawback to the Apollo type softbox is that when the hot-shoe flash is mounted inside the softbox you have to open it up to make power changes on the shot-shoe flash.  The way to overcome that is to use a RF triggering system that will let you change the power of the hot-shoe flash remotely.  Of course that eliminates the choice of using budget priced manual power controlled hot-shoe flash units.

The hot-shoe softboxes like the Impact/Interfit ones where the flash mounts externally need an inner diffuser, and possibly a wide angle diffuser or Sto-Fen type diffuser, to give you even light but they do make the back of the flash available.  All these diffusers reduce the light available from the hot-shoe flash unit.

With some of these softboxes you can buy grids.  Grids tend to be more expensive than the softbox its self but they are becoming more reasonable.  If having a grid is important to you then shop every carefully.
Another option you should consider, and my personal favorite, is the umbrellabox.  One well know example is the Photek SoftLighter II.  These umbrellaboxes can be used with either hot-shoe flash units or studio strobes with excellent results.

Photek SOFTLIGHTER II

The Lastolite 8-in-1 Umbrella is an interesting concept too.  Sort of a Swiss Army Knife of umbrellas.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/741845-REG/Lastolite_LL_LU4538_8_in_1_Umbrella_40.html

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