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biggest softbox for speedlight use??
Old 02-23-2005, 11:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I use Nikon speedlights for my light set-ups. Two bouncing off umbrellas, one through a 12"x18" softbox as the main light and a fourth bare to light backgrounds typically.

I want to use a 2x3 foot softbox as the main light now. I had rented one with a Norman ML600 and have fallen in love with the look of a large softbox.

Can my Nikon SB-800 or SB80DX light a 2x3 foot softbox?

If not, I'm going to finally invest in a monolight system. I'm interested in the Photogenic StudioMax II, 320 w/s portable system because it can be battery operated for use on location. So far, 320 w/s is the most powerful, battery operated monolight system I can find. That's my main concern: the most power possible while still maintaining portability for outdoor and location use without wall plugs. Any recommendations other than the StudioMax??

Here's an example of my speedlight set up, two from back, one main through 12"x18" softbox:


Here's an example of a similar set up but using three Normans, the main firing through a 2x3 foot softbox.


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Re: biggest softbox for speedlight use??
Old 02-23-2005, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Alien Bee systems would work for what you have in mind and they have the Vagabond for portable use. The speed light will work in the soft box if you get it close enough to the model.
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Re: biggest softbox for speedlight use??
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Keep in mind that to really get the benefit of any light modifier, it can't be any further away from the subject than it's diameter. That's why some folks use really large SB's and umbrellas.

I have Photogenic PowerLights but their Studio Max models don't have fans. Keep that in mind too. You're probably better off with the 'bees.

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