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Old 06-02-2005, 10:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Robert reccomended the Chimera dual 7ft/5ft box, but I'm not necessarily sold on a 7 footer, since my garage is about 9ft high and it costs over $800..

So I am asking what brand of Octo-shaped softboxes, do you use or have you used and any good or bad points about them.

Important issues include:

1) Quality of Light produced

2) Ease of Set-Up and Breakdown

3) Build Quality

4) Replacement Parts

5) Speed Ring Availability

6) Any Other aspects...
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Re: Help needed selecting an Octo-shaped softbox
Old 06-02-2005, 12:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Greetings! I would highly recommend Elinchrom's OctaLite. Yes, it's expensive, but, why else? You can remove the front panel diffuser for more contrast, or you can have it covered for a beautiful enveloping soft yet specular light.

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Re: Help needed selecting an Octo-shaped softbox
Old 06-02-2005, 01:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use a photoflex 5' octo box. This box has reversible silver/gold panels inside and a diffuser screen. I use it with my Hensel 500ws strobes. I can't compare it with otheres since it'e the only one I've used, but price is not that bad.

1. Love the light from it.
2. Don't think any of them are quick
3. Quality is good.
4. Needed a new rod for it. Called them up and had the new in a few days $6 a pop.
5. Depends on the strobes. There are als third party manufacturer of speed rings.
6. Non that I can think of.

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Re: Help needed selecting an Octo-shaped softbox
Old 06-02-2005, 01:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey there Steven,

Here is a good deal on a 4' octagon softbox, I have one and it works well. If you are using Novatron strobes you will have to modify the speed ring.

octagon softbox on e-bay

Have a good one.
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Re: Help needed selecting an Octo-shaped softbox
Old 06-02-2005, 01:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, it's a bit of a compromise, but I use a Softliter, which is really just a glorified umbrella with a diffuser. The pros are that it sets up and breaks down quick and easy, it's only about $80, and it'll fit most strobes. The cons are that the light is not evenly distributed over the face. There's almost a 2 stop difference from center to edge.

Even so, the light produced is pretty flattering. This shot would have worked better with a blonde, but it shows the light quality. This was a single-light shot with the softliter.

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Re: Help needed selecting an Octo-shaped softbox
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Ok, I have to throw my two cents in on this one.. I just bought two 5' Norman octagon softboxes for 269.00 each, plus $20 for speedrings, each. And, most importantly they produce very nice light, as with others you pull the front off for more contrast. These set-up really nice, like an umbrella, in seconds. One of the other nice things, I found out it's very easy to send back to Norman for repairs if your to hard on them (That would be me)Although, I'm going to try not to go there.

There now that I spent my pennies. Good luck with your choice. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

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