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Old 09-21-2005, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody of you know a manufactorer of grids for softboxes that will fit on different types of boxes? In german we would say something like "universal fit"? I am looking for my no name boxes for grids but cant find them:-(

Or would it be usefull to built homemade louvres from cinefoil?

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Old 09-21-2005, 03:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never heard of such a thing. A grid is designed to narrow/harden the beam of light. A softbox spreads/softens it. Why would you put a grid and a softbox together?
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Old 09-21-2005, 03:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just about every softbox maker sells grids (Photoflex, Westcott, Pro foto, etc)

They add directional control to an otherwise soft light source and help control the spill and make it easier to feather the light. A big softbox to the side with grids wont spill onto the backdrop, etc.

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Of course. Now I feel like a moron. I've seen these used on softboxes for hair lights. My bad...
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I bought a couple of cheap 36x48 softboxes on eBay for about $20 each, but finding cheap grids to fit them was near impossible. Ultimately I coughed up $140 for a 36x42 40-degree softbox grid that I found on eBay. One of the biggest issues I found with cheap softboxes is that the white front material wraps around the outside of the softbox, whereas on the more expensive softboxes, the white front material is recessed inside the softbox. My softbox grid had nothing to attach to because there's no velcro edge. I had to pull out my sewing maching, buy a roll of velcro and sew it to the grid to attach it to the softbox. It works beautifully now, but it took a little MaGyvering.
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Old 09-21-2005, 09:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If your softbox isn't too big and has a recessed front panel you can use the egg-crate material found in home centers that they put into ceiling lights. You can cut them to size and paint them matte black with spray paint. You just need to size them so that they friction-fit into the recessed face.

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The basic answer to your question is ... No
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The basic answer to your question is ... No.

The reason nobody makes a "universal" grid is that the market for it would be extremely limited. Most of the softbox manufacturers make or supply their own grids.

I suspect your best bet is to find an existing grid that's close to what you need and then modify it.

There is a fabric grid in the Westcott Lighting catalog and it's $189.90 (40 degree fabric grid for a 24 by 32 inch softbox). A similar grid for a 16 by 22 inch box is $139.90 and one for a 38 by 46 inch box is $309.90.(Wow,that kills any notion I had of buying grids!) Of course, those are manufacturer's list prices and you might be able to do considerably better.

You can always keep an eye on the used market (eBay, and the on-line camera places. Tallyn's Camera has a used area that sometimes has bits and pieces of studio gear. I think B&H, Columbus Camera, and Samys used equipment lists might also be good places to look...

Another alternative is, as mentioned previously, to make your own. They are only strips of material sewn together. You could probably do something with light cardboard and paste, or maybe hire a seamstress... be creative!

Good luck...

Gosh, $309 bucks... that's amazing...


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Hello Florian,

You may want to try this link if you aren't interested in making something yourself.

http://www.lighttools.com/main.html
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Old 09-22-2005, 02:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot!
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