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Lightweight, transportable softboxes.
Old 12-03-2002, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need some softboxes that are easy to disassemble, transport & reassemble. (forgive my spelling) I have Larsons and photoflex for the studio but they are not easy to breakdown and transport. I shoot about 40 sessions a year out of the studio that I need to take the studio lighting with me. The size that I need is 30"x40" and work on a photogenic PL lights. If you know of any soft boxes please email or post your recommendations.
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Re: Lightweight, transportable softboxes.
Old 12-03-2002, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Best ones are Plume. Very well made, great quality of light. Next best are Chimera. Also very well made, not quite as compact a design, and not quite as good a quality of light.

Other than those, I use Balcar prisma boxes, which are a type of plastic material, which are really nice, but I don't break them down, as they are time-consuming to disassemble/reassemble. I just put them in the van on top of the rest of the equipment, set up and ready to mount.

None of those will be as inexpensive as Photoflex, of course. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
 
 
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Old 12-03-2002, 02:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Pop up and down quickly, have nice soft carrying cases, good quality of light and easy to work with! This shot done with 2 Chimera soft boxes, 1 large and 1 strip, in Daytona Beach last month. 15 minute set-up time. Model is Playboy SE star Yvette from Tampa, book her through Tracy Reed at www.reedandcompany.org

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Old 12-04-2002, 08:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've used Photek's Soflighter in place of traditional softboxes. I can get one of these set up in 5 minutes. They're cheap($90) and take up a bit more room than a standard umbrella.

Image below was lit with the 60" Softlighter...


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Old 12-05-2002, 07:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I like the Photoflex and Chimera boxes. They're about the same price, so choose by the features.

 
 
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Old 12-06-2002, 10:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Take a look at F. J. Wescott softbox units.

http://www.fjwestcott.com/new/still_appolo.asp

Their units are built like umbrellas and mount like umbrellas. No speedrings to mess with. They ain't the cheapest around, but may save you a lot of time and aggravation.
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Old 12-17-2002, 07:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Take a look at the mono-halo. It's a shoot thru umbrella with a silvered skirt that goes around the light.

I travel with one and a small sunpak strobe.

Instant setup and takedown, excellent light.

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