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Old 06-08-2005, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After attending the workshop last weekend, I want some additional light modifiers for my studio. High on the list right away is a rectangular softbox with a grid. My octobox is great for wrap-around even lighting, but I really liked the more directional lighting that the soft box with the grid put out. At the workshop RG was using Larson products. Man that stuff is pricey. A single 3x4 box with grill and speed ring runs about $850! Compare that to Photoflex at B&H for about $450.

Does anyone have direct experience with Photoflex? I've seen many behind the scenes shots where the Photoflex logo looms large. That and the Photoflex has both gold and silver inserts to change the temperature of the output.

Which would you recommend? Something else?

http://www.larson-ent.com/products_list.php?cat_id=278
http://www.photoflex.com/photoflex/i...ct=multidome&1

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Old 06-08-2005, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here is a thread you may want to check out....

http://www.garageglamour.com/ubbthre...=&sb=5&o=&vc=1

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Re: Soft box recommendation?
Old 06-08-2005, 03:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have Photoflex and non-brand softboxes. The Photoflex boxes are much better in quality than the non brand ones, but when it comes down to the bottom line they both do the trick. I bought the non brand ones on EBay for under $75 each (18x48) and they work fine.

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Well I see you survived the workshop. If was, indeed, a fun affair.
I use the Amvona Softboxes that I got on eBay. They were under $100 for a large softbox (48x36). Here is a link to the one I have:

http://tinyurl.com/42v44

As you can see it comes with Louvers, strip mask and circle mask. You'll need your own speedring, however. If you want to get one of these, then buy it on eBay as you can get the price down to below a $100. I find the Louvers work similarly to the grids.



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Old 06-08-2005, 04:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Looks like you got some great results too! It was great working with all the photogs and models.

That Amvona stuff seems awfully cheap (inexpensive) to me. Will it really hold up frequent to setup and teardown? I'm usually a firm believer in you get what you pay for... but I don't like to throw away cash either. To me the Photoflex stuff seems like a good middle of the road solution. I'm going to think it over and place an order somewhere early next week (when my windfall check arrives [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] ).

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Old 06-08-2005, 04:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The Amvona stuff looks like its very well built. The canvas like fabric seems very sturdy. Its made somewhere in Europe. And since the price is often 1/3rd of some of the American stuff, you could buy three of these for one of the American units. Having played with both, I see little or no difference in the quality. If you want to take a look at my Amvona unit, drop me a note, and perhaps you can come buy and look at it.
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Old 06-08-2005, 05:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I myself, am a big fan of the photoflex. They're well built, and offer excellent quality. I have a strip dome, becing that I prefer the lighting from the longer narrower boxes. I've used chimera boxes when in school and see little difference in the two, even though chimera tend to be more expensive. Photoflex are definately a good buy. IMO.

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Old 06-08-2005, 08:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Scott,

I've had a Photoflex Multidome, a Large one, for about 15 years now and it's still trucking on quite well...


Angela, with the light from my large Photoflex Multidome.

They're well made, and have stood up to a lot of, well, shall we say less than optimum useage. Mine did get a bit damp and hot, and some of the inside coating is coming off, but the image doesn't suffer, as you can see in the image, above.

The newer ones have the advantage of having the gold inlays.. mine is silver/white inside. Gold wasn't available when I bought it so long, ago.

You're more than welcome to come by the studio some time and check it out, if you'd like.

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Old 06-09-2005, 01:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I think I will be purchasing two of these. Paterson strip box I spoke to the paterson rep here in Atlanta and got a close look at these and I am impressed with them. Grids will be available for them shortly too. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Since paterson is distributed from Georgia, I have spoken to the warehouse often.
The build on these boxes seems to be really nice and I think it will hold up well. Especially at the price they are sold for. I know the construction is much better than my lightgear box from AB. Front removable face and velcro outer strip to attach cut-outs and grids too. I know Showcase here in Atlanta is dropping their Photoflex and selling this brand for strips and octo's.

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Old 06-09-2005, 02:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, I love the Photoflx boxes, I have a small regular Softbox that I use as a hairlight (with a grid) and I have a Large Multi-Dome which is great.

I just ordered a 5' Photoflex Octodome...

very well made and an excellent choice...
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