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Softbox or Octobox - ARGH! :P
Old 02-06-2006, 07:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In about a week i´ll get my new hensel porty. So far so good - but for the bight sfotbox i absolutely don´t know wether to chose a regular one or an octobox.

The softbox would be 3 feet wide and 5 feet high, the octo would be 5 feet. The alternative would be an octo of 6.5 feet. The problem is that i´ve never used octos before, so i´m asking myself if there´s anything better about them (except the more natural reflex in the model´s eys). I´m concerned about the more of power it could need to produce the same level of light. I usually work 99% of the time batterie-operated so that´s quite important for me. Is there any other advantage of an octobox over a regular one?

And: which one shall i take? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
3feet*5feet
5feet octo
6,5 feet octo

Beside the big one i´ll also get:
3,3*3,3 feet regular
1*3 feet regular strip with wafer
2*1,5 feet regular with wafer
Beautydish with optional grid

It´s mostly about fashon and glamor.


Guys, help me please.
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Re: Softbox or Octobox - ARGH! :P
Old 02-07-2006, 03:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Stephan !

I hope you get a reply ... I'm also trying to decide wether I want to buy 2 striplights or 1 striplight and an octobox or beauty dish !

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PS: Selten dass sich ein Fotograf hierher verirrt - und nicht in der FC bleibt [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: Softbox or Octobox - ARGH! :P
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Peter, i´ll answer in english so everyone can follow.. *g*

I don´t like the german forums like fc because people on garageglamour, fredmiranda and robgalbraith know what they´re talking about, especially for fashion and beauty - there are simply more really good iternational photographers for those things than in germany..
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I aggree !

Plus I don't like the comments on other boards saying how great the - partly miserable - pictures are... If you want to get better, you need honest commennts. "IMHO".
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My only softbox is an octa, but it is no where as big as what you're looking at. Personally I wish it were rectangular instead. It would light full body better. I think with the octa you end up using you light for width that you could have used for length. And masking it with cinefoil doesn't make it the same as a rectanuglar box.

That said, you alread have some rect boxes so you can probably hand full body already. The octa is good as a beauty light from the front and good for headshots.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Softbox or Octobox - ARGH! :P
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Let's add another element in the mix. If you're looking for the softest light, get umbrellas. Reflected light will always be softer plus you'll save money. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
 
 
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