ART Recommend me a tiny softbox.

Cesium

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"Who the hell wants a tiny softbox," you may ask? Yea, I know, the bigger the better... but here's what I want to find:

Small softbox, something 12" or smaller, that has a rigid build and folds up for storage. I want to be able to mount it on a speedlight, like my 540EZ or 430EX or something. Velcro or whatever.

I've seen the Lumiquest ones. They seem ok but I notice they aren't sealed around the edges, which seems like it'd waste a lot of light. Is there anything available that's a similar design but fully sealed?

I'm looking for something to use outdoors for off-camera fill light. Something that'd give light just slightly softer than using a bare flash head.

Should I look at some other style of modifier?
 
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Cesium

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I'm starting to realize that it probably won't do much at all as far from the subject as it'd be outdoors...
 

fatmoocow

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This. They used the #3 and another one that was very similar in size for about 50% of the shots on the flash bus tour. This was a go-to for getting more dramatic face shots and occasionally for above the head rim lights/highlights.

Looks like david is wrapping the softbox with another speed strap to seal it.

soft light, low power strobe, long distance to subject, full daylight
pick 2-3
 
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Cesium

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the edges do Velcro together...

Oh? I didn't see that from the videos on their site. Good to know.

As for bigger boxes, I already have a 20" box that sits on a light stand, but I was looking for something even smaller. Thanks for the suggestions given, though.
 

MSIGuy

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Oops, actually I just checked my Promax Softbox, it doesn't have velcro edges, they do fit together tightly though, and nothing is holding you back from adding velcro yourself.

I was thinking of the Snoot, which does velcro around the edges. Sorry!
 
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Cesium

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YEA THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT.

jk thanks for the update. The lack of sealing around the edges is the one thing holding me back from that setup.

Maybe someone makes a tiny 12" diameter umbrella? That could work as well.
 
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Cesium

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Haha Ben. A little bigger than that....

I don't know what something like that would be good for beyond robbing 2 stops of light. Its surface area looks hardly larger than the flash head itself.

I'm kind of thinking this was a bad idea to begin with. Guess I'll try to use bare flash for now with more ambient.
 

FryingPan

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I've used a beer box with the bottom cut out before. :o

Drink a 12 pack, cut the bottom of the box out, paint the inside white, tape a white cloth over the opening, jam speedlight inside.

Bam. If you were drinking Miller High Life (like I was), your softbox only cost you 6 bucks. :bowdown:
 

MSIGuy

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I'm kind of thinking this was a bad idea to begin with.
Not at all. Seriously, try the Lumiquest stuff. They're well made, and even if the edges don't velcro shut they're tight enough that you're not losing a significant amount of light.

Seriously, McNally and Hobbe use these things all the time; they're not using them because Lumiquest bought them a Lexus, they're using them because they're accessible, well made, inexpensive, and they work.
 

alexromo

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i have a lumiquest. wrks perfect

you dont notice anything from it being "not sealed around the edges" or "wasting light"
 

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