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Soft Box and or reflector recommendations.
Old 12-31-2005, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I'm on a limited budget here. In the next 2 to 3 months I may be able to spring for 1 or 2 soft boxes and 1 or 2 reflectors.
My light system is Novatron, but I actually enjoy natural light better or should I say more experienced with it.
Is there actually a preferred soft box that works better with one system over another?

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Old 12-31-2005, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It seems so many here use the AlienBees as they offer a lot of bang for the buc. I still have my Novatron system but have outgrown it now. I would check out the Bees site, www.alienbees.com

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Old 12-31-2005, 01:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the link I'll check them. Do you know off hand if those rings fit Novatron or would I need some kind of universal type ring. I'm still inexperienced with some of this. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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Old 12-31-2005, 01:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you already have Novatrons and they still work, then they'll work just fine with any softbox. I've been using the same 4 head Novatron setup since the late 70's and they still work just fine. You have to do a little more work to setup lighting ratios, however.

I use the Amvona Softboxes which are very sturdy and heat resistant, so you can use hot lights with them. They also have vents. If you watch their eBay auctions you can often pick up a large softbox for under $100. They also have good deals on reflectors from time to time. You'll have to get the appropriate speedring to go with the box.

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Old 12-31-2005, 01:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think Brad might have been a bit confused when he replied to you... you've already got the lights, and now you just need the softbox, right?

Just to get it out of the way... Alien Bees (Paul Buff, Inc.) accessories do not fit on Novatron heads. Different sizes.

Photoflex offers a complete line of softboxes that are reasonably priced, built well, and will fit the Novatrons with the appropriate speed ring (and adapter that fits different heads, allows you to turn the box from horizontal to vertical, and all angles in between).

Photoflex web site - has some interesting "how to" lessons as well as lots of goodies

I've been using a large Multidome box for over 15 years, now, and with all of the packing, unpacking, setup, teardown and ignoring it in the carrytube for years at a time, it's still working just fine. Consider that an unmitigated endorsement.

There are other softbox manufacturers out there.. including the no-name or off-brand. Some will steer you to places like Amvona, which sells primarily online through eBay... after seeing a couple of their softboxes (and this applies generally to the off-brand stuff) think about how long you might want to use the equipment and invest accordingly.

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Old 12-31-2005, 01:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Speedrings are available at www.bhphoto.com. You may find that the Bees have a lot more power and therefore, more flexible for down the road use. Since Novatron "kits" equally divided there power by all the available channels (I assume four), you only ever get 1/4 the power noted on the transformer. Before you take a jump into softboxes (you will lose two F stops once in the box!) for an underpowered system, you might be best off to consider changing lights as well. You'd hate to add the softbox and speedring only to find it won't work once assembled.

Personally, I use PhotoGenic lights (a minimum of 500 WS UV coated) with silver coated 36 x 48 PhotoFlex boxes to keep up the contrast while providing the right color temp for digital photos.






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Old 12-31-2005, 01:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Here is one source on eBay for soft boxes and reflectors. I have been using a 42" 5 in 1 reflector from here for a couple of years and have been satisfied.

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Old 12-31-2005, 01:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I use PhotoGenic and Photoflex. Check out their website.


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Old 12-31-2005, 01:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The original poster clearly indicated that he didn't have a lot to spend, and it didn't sound like he would be able to buy new lights and softboxes and reflectors. The Bees are great lights, but the Novatrons will work just fine as many of us can attest. The Novatron set I use has 440WS and I event when I put one of the heads in the softbox, I almost always have to stop the power down in the studio. So I think the original posters idea of just adding softboxes and reflectors to his existing lights makes more sense, especially if he's on a budget. Afterall, you can't spend the money unless you have it to spend. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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I knew he already had the lights by the way Just thinking if it's a 100WS head, a softbox may take away too much light and upgrading the heads may be needed. I had to upgrade my Novatron lights once I upgraded to a big softbox.

I really wanted to just add a speedring and softbox but didn't want to spend and re-spend.

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