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Soft Boxs 32\" X 40\" or 30\" X 60\"
Old 07-05-2005, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to by a soft box but really need to find out what would be best for my use. What advantages or dissadvantages.I can only buy one at this time. If I have to get both, I will at a little latter time. Anyone have a good working idea.
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Re: Soft Boxs 32\" X 40\" or 30\" X 60\"
Old 07-05-2005, 09:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you're on a tight budget, then the Amvona softboxes are high quaility and very inexpensive. You will need to get a speedring for your particular lights, however. You can see more about them here:

http://tinyurl.com/42v44

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Re: Soft Boxs 32\" X 40\" or 30\" X 60\"
Old 07-05-2005, 09:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I highly recomend Amvona for most camera accessories but don't go through their site. They are on eBay and you cab get the same item for far less using one of their auctions.
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Re: Soft Boxs 32\" X 40\" or 30\" X 60\"
Old 07-05-2005, 10:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Tommy,

Since no one has answered your original question... let me give it a try.

I'd suggest you go with the biggest you possibly will use. If you're ever going to be doing full length images of a person standing up, the 30x60 will not be too big. Yeah, you CAN use something smaller, but...

My softbox, the one I've used for almost 20 years, is a 30x40. I've never wished for a smaller softbox, but I've lusted after larger ones, many times.

That help?
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Re: Soft Boxs 32\" X 40\" or 30\" X 60\"
Old 07-05-2005, 10:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well,... I use a 16x22 and a 36x48.. both do different things.. I'd try the bigger of the two first.. I like to use my small one on location because it doesn't take to wind as much as the big one does.. and it provides a certain look that I like in my studio as well, but the big one is nice for products, and bigger things, as well as for a large fill light.. Just get several.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Also, have you ever looked into picking up some strip boxes? Thoise are really nifty.. I own a pair of Medium sized Chimera strips.. they are about 5 ft tall..and about 12" wide..great for full length shots of a slender model.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Try shopping for softboxes on eBay. I just bought a 28"x 40" for $15 and a 32" x 48" for $20 (plus $15 shipping) -- and both came with a universal speedring. Yes, they're made of cheap laminate material. Yes, I plan to replace the speedrings with something that fits better on my strobe heads, but they'll work fine until I can afford something better (although my next purchase will be a 40 degree softbox grid).

Word of caution -- if you plan to do a lot of location shoots, you should invest your money in much more durable softboxes. For studio (or in-home) shooting, these are great starter softboxes.

I used my new softboxes for the first times yesterday and they work just as well as my two 25 year old 30"x30" Broncolor softboxes. Here's a shot from yesterday. Model is Diannia
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Re: Soft Boxs 32\" X 40\" or 30\" X 60\"
Old 07-06-2005, 11:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, what are your uses? In general you can't go wrong with a bigger softbox. Personally I'd recommend Photek Softliters. I recommend them because you get an umbrella, a shoot thru umbrella, and a pretty big "octobox" type softbox all in one package. As an added bonus, they setup and tear down faster, fit almost any light without a speed ring, and pack up smaller for easier storage and transportation. I have a pair of 46" ones and I really like them over the softboxes I've used (1 generic and 1 photoflex).
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Re: Soft Boxs 32\" X 40\" or 30\" X 60\"
Old 07-06-2005, 12:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Those do work very nicely. Amvona sells the same thing on eBay and you can often get them for in the $20-$30 range. Here is a link to one of them:

http://tinyurl.com/bc6ye

The starting bid on this one is 25 cents. Shipping is $10, so consider that in the ultimate price. I have ordered several items from Amvona and they have very high qaulity items. They come from a german company I believe.

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Re: Soft Boxs 32\" X 40\" or 30\" X 60\"
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I like Larson's ( not cheap ). Just keep in mind the larger the light source the softer the shadow edge. Good luck.
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Re: Soft Boxs 32\" X 40\" or 30\" X 60\"
Old 07-09-2005, 04:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanx guys. I think I'm going to get the 30X60. Then I can come back to a small size.
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