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California Sunbounce questions
Old 01-20-2008, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking about getting a California Sunbounce for outdoor glamour, mostly beach glamour. Have a few questions.

1. For beach glamour, I like the golden skin tones. The starter kit comes with a silver/white screen. Should I change to a gold/white or zebra/white screen instead? (I'm leaning towards zebra/white.)
2. Any opinions on the Sun-Swatter?
3. What's the best place to buy via mail-order?

Right now, I'm leaning towards getting a 4'x6' FRAME + Zebra/White SCREEN ($387) and PRO SUN-SWATTER Super Saver Starter Kit ($642).
The prices are from the California Sunbounce USA website. Samy's prices are $352 and $590.

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Re: California Sunbounce questions
Old 01-21-2008, 12:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lotta views... no replies... okay, I'll get myself in trouble AGAIN...

I don't have the California Sunbounce system, but I do use reflectors. Here's my 2 cents worth.

I use a Z-striped gold/silver reflector (30 by 70 inches) for studio shots. It adds a little warmth, but not so much that you really notice it. I've been burned by all gold reflectors making images way too warm, so I tend to stay away from them.

No opinion on the Sun-Swatter. Never used one.

Mail order... I'm in the midwest. I usually look for at/order from B&H. I've never had a problem with them.

I've also bought from Tallyns in Peoria, but lately they've been adding what I consider unreasonably high shipping charges ($13 for a 1 lb package from Peoria to Lansing) so I'm afraid they are off my list now...
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Re: California Sunbounce questions
Old 01-21-2008, 02:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your opinion, Al.

I'd normally order from B&H, especially since I'm a NAPP member and get free shipping, but they don't carry the California Sunbounce. I did a forum search on Glamour1 and from what I found, it sounds like the Sunbounce wasn't available in the US for a while, only becoming available again recently.

What brand of Z-stripe reflector do you use, and how much did it cost you?
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Re: California Sunbounce questions
Old 01-21-2008, 03:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What brand of Z-stripe reflector do you use, and how much did it cost you?
Honestly, I'd have to go look at it to try and figure out what brand it is. Something like Folio or similar, I presume it's from China.

It's an oval 30 by 70 inch collapsable reflector with 5 covers. One of those twist-to-make-it-overlap-itself and fold up to 1/3 size things. I bought it new at a used camera sale (Photorama) that hits Detroit about every 2 months and gave all of $60 for it. But it does what I need it to do.
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Re: California Sunbounce questions
Old 01-21-2008, 05:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I bought a 4' x 7' frame and the zebra type reflector material to fit for about $80 at a local camera shop. I've used the Sunbounce products before and find them to be grossly overpriced in my opinion. They may be a little easier to hold, but the majority of times that is not really relevant since you use a light stand to hold them or have an assistant hold them. I also use one of the collapsible reflectors with multiple covers that I bought for about $75, again from a local camera store. There are many brands of these kinds of things and they work very well and I think are much more cost effective than Sunbounce products. I also bought a 4'x7' reflector from Calumet for $50 on a closeout. It was called a 3d reflector and had a speedring with it. Its a reflector that you shoot through. But it had a Velcro cover that would cover the center hole and made it a large parabolic like reflector. Here is an eBay sale by Calumet of one of these to give you and idea what they're like. I have three of them:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Calumet-60x86-La...QQcmdZViewItem

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Re: California Sunbounce questions
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I have a 5x5 ft peace of ripstop nylon...I am thinking of doing up a 1/2 inch copper frame that could be fixed to the top of a light stand like a sunswatter



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I bought a 4' x 7' frame and the zebra type reflector material to fit for about $80 at a local camera shop. I've used the Sunbounce products before and find them to be grossly overpriced in my opinion. They may be a little easier to hold, but the majority of times that is not really relevant since you use a light stand to hold them or have an assistant hold them. I also use one of the collapsible reflectors with multiple covers that I bought for about $75, again from a local camera store. There are many brands of these kinds of things and they work very well and I think are much more cost effective than Sunbounce products. I also bought a 4'x7' reflector from Calumet for $50 on a closeout. It was called a 3d reflector and had a speedring with it. Its a reflector that you shoot through. But it had a Velcro cover that would cover the center hole and made it a large parabolic like reflector. Here is an eBay sale by Calumet of one of these to give you and idea what they're like. I have three of them:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Calumet-60x86-La...QQcmdZViewItem

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Re: California Sunbounce questions
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I have a 5x5 ft peace of ripstop nylon...I am thinking of doing up a 1/2 inch copper frame that could be fixed to the top of a light stand like a sunswatter
Here's a suggestion... Price the copper before you commit to this. Copper has gotten very expensive... so much so that thieves are breaking into houses under construction and stealing the pipes.

I'd use PVC pipe. Cheaper, about as strong, and lighter. But that's just my opinion.
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my other thought was just to get a shoot through umbrella and mount it on a stand with an adaptor....


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Here's a suggestion... Price the copper before you commit to this. Copper has gotten very expensive... so much so that thieves are breaking into houses under construction and stealing the pipes.

I'd use PVC pipe. Cheaper, about as strong, and lighter. But that's just my opinion.
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