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  1. #11
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Let us know how you like it once you have a chance to try it.


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  2. #12
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy W View Post
    Let us know how you like it once you have a chance to try it.
    I will. Although I am a big fan of MagMod products, the grip that is required to hold the MagBox (their version of a softbox) received mixed reviews. Too many of the grips were breaking, and they didn't offer an alternative way to mount the MagBox. It can only be mounted with their own grip. So that's why I decided to look for a different portable softbox.

    The Photix Raja also looked like a viable option - and possibly it's something I will get in the future. The problem when using a beauty dish outside (which the Glow EZ lock includes) is the additional weight. And I'm thinking along the lines of stability when it comes to windy days. That's why it took me so long to decide whether to go with the Glow EZ Lock (with a beauty dish) vs. the Photix Raja without one. But if the weight of the beauty dish is an issue, I can try using the Glow EZ Lock without it. The problem when using a softbox without a beauty dish is the hot spot that it creates. I'll see how it goes!
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  3. #13
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Today I finally purchased a small, portable softbox. While I was leaning towards the Photix Raja 26" softbox, ultimately I decided on the Glow EZ Lock 25" Silver Beauty Dish instead. After comparing the reviews, it seems the Photix creates a hot spot since it lacks a beauty dish. I also opted for the Glow EZ lock 10x24" Quick Strip Softbox since the sale price is terrific ($30 off).

    Glow EZ Lock 25" Silver Beauty Dish: https://www.adorama.com/glbdez25s.html
    Glow EZ Lock 10x24" Quick Strip Softbox: https://www.adorama.com/glsbez1024.html

    The Glow EZ Lock 25" Beauty Dish also comes in white if anyone is interested: https://www.adorama.com/glbdez25w.html

    The white one is supposed to give an even softer light than the silver. Since I'm looking to use this outdoors, the silver is supposed to be a little brighter and also slightly more punchy/contrasty than the white.

    Thanks @Prefrosh01 - I have no idea where you've been lately, but I appreciated your input here!
    I have lost touch with your progression in lighting, but what lights will you be using with these?
    Walt

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  4. #14
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by cwgrizz View Post
    I have lost touch with your progression in lighting, but what lights will you be using with these?
    Right now I have one Godox AD200 and eventually will get an AD200 Pro to go with it. I also have a Godox VING V860IIN with the XProN trigger. And I also have an SB-700 and two SB-28 units (went with my 35mm film camera and will work manually but not with TTL). Since my SB-910 stopped working after it was repaired the first time, I'm hesitant to spend that kind of money on another Nikon flash unit. For less money, the Godox AD200 packs more power. And there is a bracket that will hold two AD200 units in a softbox. Two together gives the same amount of light as one AD400 unit. But having two units is more flexible allowing them to be used individually or together.

    Here is the dual flash bracket: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...wer_flash.html
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    Cindy
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  5. #15
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Also I forgot to mention that when using a softbox outdoors during the day, it is difficult to overpower the sun. That's the main reason I chose the Glow EZ Lock in Silver as opposed to White. The Silver inside is supposed to reflect a little more light - albeit a little more contrasty. Down the road, I still might purchase the Phottix Raja 26" if I feel I want another small softbox. The fact that both of these are parabolic softboxes is a plus - faster to set up since they don't require manually inserting the rods like traditional softboxes.
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    Cindy
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    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



  6. #16
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Cindy (@hark) - always happy to help and glad you found something that will work for you!

    It has been a crazy summer and with three little ones at home I haven't had as much time to shoot as I would like...hopefully that will change now that school as started up again.

    Matt
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    Nikon Prime Lens: AF-S 50mm 1.8G, AF-S 85mm 1.8G
    Flash: Nikon SB-400, Yongnuo YN-568EX x 2





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