Profoto accessories / modifiers alternatives - when to go native, when 3rd party is enough?

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jlafferty Senior Member • Posts: 1,434
Re: Profoto accessories / modifiers alternatives - when to go native, when 3rd party is enough?
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Wojti wrote:

Hey Profoto users,

If you're using Profoto, you probably have your strong reasons. But of course almost every single thing Profoto makes can be found somewhere else for 1/3rd of the price. Sometimes along with lower price come huge drawbacks. But I'm sure sometimes there really is almost no difference. Where exactly?

Please focus on lighting accessories, not lights themselves.

Sorry to have played a part in derailing OP. To your question, IMO the only things Profoto makes that are tough to beat if you're already in their ecosystem are: the hardbox, the fresnel, their zoom spot, their magnum. For nearly everything else, there's a decent or better replacement, mostly well covered here. Photek Softlighters, Chimera softboxes especially. I'd probably even prefer a Buff PLM over the Profoto Big 5' umbrella.

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