Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

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FuzzyKeys Regular Member • Posts: 119
Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

I'm interested in getting a 1x3 softbox for location portraits. I was wondering if there are any other softboxes I may not be aware of that are similarly easy to assemble and break down but cost a bit less than $240?

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robertfel Senior Member • Posts: 1,315
Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

https://www.adorama.com/dnrbtr1236.html

I have owned 2 of the 1x6 strips for ~5 years, so far, so good. It's good enough that Dynalite rebrands it for their line.

I'm sure there are a bunch of Chinese off-brands on Amazon for even less, but I can't attest to their quality/durability.

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OP FuzzyKeys Regular Member • Posts: 119
Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

robertfel wrote:

https://www.adorama.com/dnrbtr1236.html

I have owned 2 of the 1x6 strips for ~5 years, so far, so good. It's good enough that Dynalite rebrands it for their line.

I'm sure there are a bunch of Chinese off-brands on Amazon for even less, but I can't attest to their quality/durability.

Awesome thanks! Are they fast enough to set up and break down for street location portraits?

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robertfel Senior Member • Posts: 1,315
Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

If you're experienced with softboxes and speedrings, yes.

If you haven't used a strip box before, practice a few times at home. Make sure you get a speedring that can handle strip boxes, the holes for the strips are usually labeled 'S' on the good speedrings. If not, use some nail polish.

The Rapid Box and Aputure's Dome have terrible assemblies, I never understood the need to depart from the simple and reliable speedring.

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tugwilson Senior Member • Posts: 1,372
Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

FuzzyKeys wrote:

robertfel wrote:

https://www.adorama.com/dnrbtr1236.html

I have owned 2 of the 1x6 strips for ~5 years, so far, so good. It's good enough that Dynalite rebrands it for their line.

I'm sure there are a bunch of Chinese off-brands on Amazon for even less, but I can't attest to their quality/durability.

Awesome thanks! Are they fast enough to set up and break down for street location portraits?

If you are looking for good quality, fast setup, relatively inexpensive soft boxes look at Adorama's Glow range

Sailor Blue
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Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

The major uses of a strip softbox are for hair or accent lights. If that is what you want then there are lots of those available.

I have a couple of 14"x6' strip softboxes I bought for a special shoot. I have fairly heavy duty light stands but I wouldn't trust those stands with one of these softboxes in any orientation except vertical with the bottom resting on the floor. They have gathered dust since the one time I needed them.

robertfel is also right about you needing practice. The best way to assemble or disassemble rod and speedring softboxes seems to vary with every softbox.

I think you should consider this umbrella opening strip softbox. It is a bit bulkier to transport because of the built-in speedring but opening one up and closing is is much simpler than it is with a rod and speedring softbox. It is also considerably less expensive than the Westcott.

Adorama - Glow EZ Lock 10x24" Quick Strip Softbox With Bowens Mount

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OP FuzzyKeys Regular Member • Posts: 119
Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

tugwilson wrote:

FuzzyKeys wrote:

robertfel wrote:

https://www.adorama.com/dnrbtr1236.html

I have owned 2 of the 1x6 strips for ~5 years, so far, so good. It's good enough that Dynalite rebrands it for their line.

I'm sure there are a bunch of Chinese off-brands on Amazon for even less, but I can't attest to their quality/durability.

Awesome thanks! Are they fast enough to set up and break down for street location portraits?

If you are looking for good quality, fast setup, relatively inexpensive soft boxes look at Adorama's Glow range

Seems like the EZ lock series are the latest and most popular? Doesn’t seem like they have a 1x3 EZ lock though.

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OP FuzzyKeys Regular Member • Posts: 119
Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

Sailor Blue wrote:

The major uses of a strip softbox are for hair or accent lights. If that is what you want then there are lots of those available.

I have a couple of 14"x6' strip softboxes I bought for a special shoot. I have fairly heavy duty light stands but I wouldn't trust those stands with one of these softboxes in any orientation except vertical with the bottom resting on the floor. They have gathered dust since the one time I needed them.

robertfel is also right about you needing practice. The best way to assemble or disassemble rod and speedring softboxes seems to vary with every softbox.

I think you should consider this umbrella opening strip softbox. It is a bit bulkier to transport because of the built-in speedring but opening one up and closing is is much simpler than it is with a rod and speedring softbox. It is also considerably less expensive than the Westcott.

Adorama - Glow EZ Lock 10x24" Quick Strip Softbox With Bowens Mount

I am familiar with speed rings from assisting in a studio, though I’m certainly not as fast with them as I could be as I usually I just set them up and then move them around indoors without needing to break them down in between setups. For my own outdoor shoots, I’m currently using 32” square and umbrella style soft boxes and some 43” umbrellas, but I am looking for something compact and efficient for outdoor location shoots. There are some photographers that I admire that use a 1x3 as a go to outdoor modifier for fill. I’ve been surprised at how effective and versatile they are.

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tugwilson Senior Member • Posts: 1,372
Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

FuzzyKeys wrote:

tugwilson wrote:

FuzzyKeys wrote:

robertfel wrote:

https://www.adorama.com/dnrbtr1236.html

I have owned 2 of the 1x6 strips for ~5 years, so far, so good. It's good enough that Dynalite rebrands it for their line.

I'm sure there are a bunch of Chinese off-brands on Amazon for even less, but I can't attest to their quality/durability.

Awesome thanks! Are they fast enough to set up and break down for street location portraits?

If you are looking for good quality, fast setup, relatively inexpensive soft boxes look at Adorama's Glow range

Seems like the EZ lock series are the latest and most popular? Doesn’t seem like they have a 1x3 EZ lock though.

14X48 is 1X3.4, for all practical purposes this is 1X3

OP FuzzyKeys Regular Member • Posts: 119
Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

tugwilson wrote:

FuzzyKeys wrote:

tugwilson wrote:

FuzzyKeys wrote:

robertfel wrote:

https://www.adorama.com/dnrbtr1236.html

I have owned 2 of the 1x6 strips for ~5 years, so far, so good. It's good enough that Dynalite rebrands it for their line.

I'm sure there are a bunch of Chinese off-brands on Amazon for even less, but I can't attest to their quality/durability.

Awesome thanks! Are they fast enough to set up and break down for street location portraits?

If you are looking for good quality, fast setup, relatively inexpensive soft boxes look at Adorama's Glow range

Seems like the EZ lock series are the latest and most popular? Doesn’t seem like they have a 1x3 EZ lock though.

14X48 is 1X3.4, for all practical purposes this is 1X3

Absolutely! Excellent point haha.

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tugwilson Senior Member • Posts: 1,372
Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

FuzzyKeys wrote:

tugwilson wrote:

14X48 is 1X3.4, for all practical purposes this is 1X3

Absolutely! Excellent point haha.

Mark Kitaoka has done some tests on this curved softbox. I was rather surprised by his results having dismissed it as a gimmick.

OP FuzzyKeys Regular Member • Posts: 119
Re: Cheaper Alternative to Westcott 1x3 Rapid Box?

tugwilson wrote:

FuzzyKeys wrote:

tugwilson wrote:

14X48 is 1X3.4, for all practical purposes this is 1X3

Absolutely! Excellent point haha.

Mark Kitaoka has done some tests on this curved softbox. I was rather surprised by his results having dismissed it as a gimmick.

Very interesting! Thanks for the link!

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RKwasi Junior Member • Posts: 38
Check out the ones CheetahStand has...

FuzzyKeys wrote:

I'm interested in getting a 1x3 softbox for location portraits. I was wondering if there are any other softboxes I may not be aware of that are similarly easy to assemble and break down but cost a bit less than $240?

I have 2 of the large strip softboxes from CheetahStand, they also have a smaller version.

https://www.cheetahstand.com/product-p/q9x35.htm

They setup and break down real quick, pus you even get a grid with them.

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