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Old 09-14-2003, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok I am going to throw this out there...and lets say the use is "in general" situations...

do you prefer a softbox with a recessed front or flush?

do you prefer a silver or white interior?

I am looking to buy a 3'x4' and just can't make up my mind....

I am leaning towards getting a Chimera super pro plus white interior...but the quick setup (30 Secs) of the Pro II makes it a tempting buy...

Your help is appreciated.
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Old 09-14-2003, 06:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re the flush or recessed front, in my personal experience, there's no substantive difference. The recessed front isn't recessed enough to act as a flag or barn door, it's just a design thing with no real purpose.

Again from my own experience I prefer white as oppesed to silver. The silver reflects a minor bit more light, but can be a more on the spectral side and avoiding spectral light is why I'm using the softbox to begin with. A gold insert can be useful.

Quick set up is important if you go on location a lot, but mine are pretty permanently set up, so that isn't a factor. There is one I would recommend if I could recall the brand name, but sadly I'm old and have too few gray cells left. It was the size you are considering, but had the capability of mounting barn door type flaps to either side. Unfortunately it was stolen from my car a good ten years ago. I have not seen one since then, but I know they exist. Being able to mount a large barn door, almost like a gobo on the soft box itself is a real plus in light control.
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Old 09-14-2003, 07:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Chimera just came out with barn door flaps for their light boxes...it is a cool concept [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 09-20-2003, 02:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Richard,

I use Chimera, PhotoFlex, Plume, Larson and Calumet softboxes.

You may want to check out.

The PhotoFlex MultiDome Q39 Softbox with removable silver and gold panels.

The recessed face is needed if you want to add light control.

Dome Accessory Kit - Includes: Circlemask, Stripmask, Louvers and egg crate this is nice to add control to the softbox.

B&H Photo sells the whole thing as a kit. That way you will have it all white, silver and gold. The Circlemask, Stripmask, Louvers and egg crate face inserts are included in the kit too.

Calumet Photo also sells a reflector called the 3D reflector that's cool too. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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You didn't mention whether you do location work and need to travel with the softbox.

I have a large softbox, a Chinese made unit supplied by Alien Bees, which has a silver interior. It is a well made unit, and priced VERY reasonably. But... it's a real pain to assemble. I've got it down to about 5 minutes now, but that's still too long and too much effort. Imagine fitting four stressed rods into a speedring and then into corner pockets on the front panel. The rear cover then slips over the speedring/rods and attaches to the front with Velcro strips all around the edge.

If you have to travel with the softbox, pay close attention to how it goes together. It'll save you a lot of time/problems. I think my next one will be the type that opens up like an umbrella.
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for some location work...the alien bees softboxes might be a pain if it takes 5 min....

chimera has one they say takes 30 secs....Pro II Softbox 36"x48", $180 at BH..i will proabaly go that route...

thanks for everyones input...
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