The last couple of days I've been trying to find an Octobox (5 feet) for my AB's in the <300-400 $ price range, with grid option (as my "studio" is small).
I looked at the following brands and they all have some problem or another:
* AB - no grids available (web) , cheaper design
* Chimera - expensive
* Richter - cheaper design (like AB), no grids, Balcar adapter available
* Elinchrom - no adapter available, probably no grids
* Walimex - cheap design, only broncolor adapter available, grid inclusive!
My preference - ignoring all problems and grid costs - would be the Elinchrom Rotalux, because of the umbrella design and better quality. But they seem to have the mount integrated , so adapting would be a problem.
I learned from my beauty dish, that Hensel mounts "kinda" fit, but no real "lock". For a beauty dish, that's OK, but probably not for a 5 feet octobox... So Hensel mounts are not really an option either.
Would a broncolor mount work ? They seem to have the right size.
This would allow me to buy the cheap walimex design, incl. grid and broncolor mount for 150€ + shipping (total about 200$)
PS: made a new thread becaus the other AB Softbox thread seems to go
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