(Softbox) Thursday


Last week I pulled the trigger on something that I have been eying up for quite a while. Since the day that I first came across the Strobist site, I have really only been using a select few modifiers in my work.

#1 the shoot-through umbrella, and
#2 a few homemade foam snoots.

Now, I chose the shoot-throughs I chose after reading this article. In fact, I spent an awful lot of time reading about this crap online before I finally decided to purchase a pair of standard issue ebay special 32" shoot-throughs. I actually still have one of them and use it frequently.

In the last few weeks I have dropped a few more bucks on light shapers and come up with a few conculsions.

#1 Building your own grids out of straws is a waste of time. (and I'm a diy kind of guy)
#2 The lastolite Ezybox style soft boxes are awesome.

For reasons that I won't bother to explain I purchased the generic version which is about $150 cheaper than The Real Thing. Initially, I was skeptical about the quality but I was pretty impressed with the unit I received. From looking at the pictures I had already planned on replacing a portion of the strobe mount. Now that I have had a chance to use it I think I will let it be unless a problem arises.


The advantages of this unit over a shoot-through (situation specific) are described very well Here. While you're over there you might as well check out This as well. Good stuff from that Zach Arias. I'm rambling.

Summery:

Speedlite Softbox
Less than $50
Pretty well constructed.
9/10 on portability
9/10 on quality of light (in my book, YMMV)
Controls spill very well.
fast, even light falloff.
Very even light, no hotspot like on a shoot-through.
More efficient. (compared to a shoot-through)
I would by another one.

Here is a picture of the light. (about 36" to the wall)