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Couple of question on photoflex softboxes and reflectors...
Old 10-19-2003, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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First for those that own the mutlidome softbox, is it normal for it to look like there are a bunch of pin holes in it? I doubt this effects the way it functions but for a peice of plastic and fabric that costs $250 I'm just wondering if they usually have what looks like pin holes all over but particularly near the seams.

Also I'm wondering if there is something wrong with the speed ring I have, the heavier part of the speed ring which appears to be cast aluminum that the rods of the soft box actually fits into rotates very freely around the aluminum center ring that actually attaches to the light. This is convenient if you want to rotate the softbox from a verticle to a horizonatal position but it rotates so freely that I'm wondering if it's even supposed to be that way. Most of the time my softbox won't even stay upright, it just rotates itself into a position that's sort of half verticle half horizontal. I tried tightening downt he bolts that hold hte two peices together but it still seems to rotate realatively freely.

Last but not least wonderinf anyone has teh photoflex reflector and stand kit? If so what is the quality of the stand? I've been looking for just a holder that will attach to one of the stands I already have (I have enough) but I can only find it sold as a kit of reflector, stand, and holder. Is this stand usuable for a light or anything else or is it a realatively flimsy stand? Thanks.

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Re: Couple of question on photoflex softboxes and reflectors...
Old 10-19-2003, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I own the Photoflex Multidome and have the same problems that you just discussed. It weighs fairly heavy when I attached it to my Dynalite kit. It does rotate quite freely, but by moving it into position and using a Dynalite IRT transmiter, it doesn't cause me too many problems. I also do have a Photoflex 42in reflector and the reflector holder. I recently tried attaching the 42inch reflector, using the holder, to a tripod that I own. What a disaster, I found out that I had better luck using using some ducktape and PVC pipe from a local hardware store and attaching that to my tripod. I should have gone with Larson like Roland recommended at his LA workshop. Just my 2 cents, for whatever it's worth. Goodluck, where in the same boat, Vince van der Hoeven Photography
 
 
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Or you can try Chimera's excellent softboxes, which I use. I don't own one but I hear good things about the Calumet line of softboxes also. If you have the $$$ Plume is another top brand. It's usually cheaper in the long run to buy quality.

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Re: Couple of question on photoflex softboxes and reflectors...
Old 10-20-2003, 08:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I also own Photflex softboxes and do not have a pin-hole problem. This is not normal. How new are the boxes? If this is a problem with new or relatively new equipment I would contact the company. I have had good luck with their customer service. I had a speed ring break and they replaced it immediately.

As for the rotation, I don't have the problem at all - even with my extra large box. I am using Novatrons and the speed ring clamps down quite tightly. Again, I would contact the company and report the problem to see what they say.

Finally, the holder for the reflector is a pain but does work. With 42 inch reflectors, however, I have to brace the standard lightstand as it will fall over otherwise. I suspect that if I used my heavy lightstand it would be fine.

The shot below was done with my Photoflexs.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Couple of question on photoflex softboxes and reflectors...
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Brian:

pinholes everywhere are not normal. I do not have a free rotation problem, but that is an easy fix. I have the reflector kit and it works fine. The stand is relatively nice and comes with casters. I would recommend the kit if money is no object. It is nicer than the black stand I gave you.

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Re: Couple of question on photoflex softboxes and reflectors...
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It's a brand new Q39 multidome, just got it. I will give them a call, I didn't think it was right either. It's only on the outter portion of the softbox you can't tell if you're using the silver or gold foil inserts.
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Re: Couple of question on photoflex softboxes and reflectors...
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You mean the black stand you sold me?

What is the fix for the free rotation?
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Re: Couple of question on photoflex softboxes and reflectors...
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Calumet currently has a 50% off sale on their low-profile softboxes. These appear to be a knock-off of the Plume Wafers.
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From what I've heard they are not just a nock-off but were designed by the same guy who designed the Plume.

Not sure if this is still true but you will need to buy their speedrings because the rods are too big to fit in other brand rings.

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You're right about that. The Red Wing softbox I bought from Calumet said it was made under the supervision of Gary Regester.

Yes, I had to purchase their speedrings as well (the ones shown on Plume's site looks similar though).

I'll need to hit the gym in order to bend the poles to make 'em fit in the speeding [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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