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Honl Photo traveller8 Softbox


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  • Size: appr. 11"x9" folded
  • Materials: nylon ripstop, nylon taffeta, low density polyethylene
  • Weight: 3.75 ounces
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 14 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003HF3A34
  • Item model number: Honl Photo traveller 8 Softbox
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 15, 2010

Product Description

Create beautiful soft light from our innovative new softbox design, with the quality and sturdiness you've come to expect from all Honl Photo Professional lighting products. Extremely easy to setup and attach to your shoe-mount flash unit using our popular Speed Strap (included). Folds flat to tuck into your camera bag, and weighs in at less than 4 ounces. Provides a pleasing circular catchlight in your subject's eyes.

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Customer Reviews

Very compact, fits in my bag easily.
Larry C. Lacom
As the advertising says, it presents a round shape, and so it casts nice round catch lights in a subject's eyes when used for portraits.
Busy Executive
Made with high quality materials and is robust and strong.
J M

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Busy Executive TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2010
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I purchased the Honl Photo softbox to have a quick and simple way to get soft, diffuse light from my Nikon SB900 flash, and so far, it's been a good choice.

It's easy to setup. You wrap the included strap around the flash unit, put the diffusion panel in place, and then attach the softbox to the flash - easily under a minute, and it comes apart just as easily. The device folds flat and so is easy to keep tucked away in the back of the camera bag until you need it.

Overall quality seems good. Seams are well-stitched, and it looks like it'll last a long time. As the advertising says, it presents a round shape, and so it casts nice round catch lights in a subject's eyes when used for portraits. Only minor gripe is that because it has no internal frame of any sort, it's difficult to keep it in a truly round shape.

As for the results, although I haven't used it much yet, I like the effect. You get a flattering light, much more diffuse than the flash alone. For comparison, it's softer than my Gary Fong dome diffuser (which I also like), although not as soft as using an umbrella or more of a full-sized softbox. Cuts light output about half from what I can tell - but no problem whatsoever with TTL flash and other advanced modes. I also have a Quantum Qflash setup, and I should mention that it doesn't fit properly on the Qflash head, but I have other solutions for that unit.

For something you can whip out and use to get better quality lighting out of compact electronic flashes, it seems like a great choice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suspended Moments on February 2, 2011
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I have waited so long for an innovation like this for on the go lighting control. Reference the image I posted of the Boston Terrier in a wing backed chair. These traveller8 diffusers are absolutely what I needed...

As a professional photographer who shoots on location indoors and out, these are a great advantage when shooting individual portraits. Obviously not the ticket for group photos, umbrellas are still my favorite for that. Although, it could be used to add a touch of light on some element necessary to the group in addition to the umbrella lights.

The strength lies in the portability and light weight... for example, even small umbrellas give my lighting assistants problems on location when the wind is picking up, these units mounted on SB-900 speedflashes work extremely well and are not buffeted around by gusts. I clip them on rails or ladder rungs with clamps by Manfrotto or we mount them on the end of mono-pods using the shoe/foot that comes with the strobes. This gives the lighting assistant mobility and it can then be held aloft like a lighting boom for that perfect touch of light.

Have to do an executive head shot? These do not invade the office space and because the traveller8 is opaque save for the front panel, one can create dramatic lighting effects, putting soft light where it is needed without spilling light onto conflicting surfaces. Total Control!

The white front panel can be removed to allow a full blast of directed light un-diffused... great for spotlighting architectural features or accenting the subject of interest. Regarding the shape without the diffuser in place, I use black awg12 plastic insulated electrical wire to form a loop in side the large end...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Moeur on May 13, 2012
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I shoot a lot of botanicals and frequently haul lighting equipment a fair distance. I've been using primarily a Lumiquest Softbox III. That has worked well, but even in its flattened state does not always pack well. I decided to try the Honl because in a review on a well known site, it was mentioned that in addition to folding flat, it could be rolled. Rolled-up would be ideal for my uses.

Indeed, the Honl can be rolled, sort of. I suspect it will soon lose its ability to maintain its mounted shape if rolled up too many times, but time will tell. Stored flat, it's considerably larger than the lumiquest, even though its working size is signficantly smaller. I was willing to chance that the Honl would be significantly more portable for my uses, but I think it is not. Given that rolling up is not a feature I saw on Honl's site, I can't dock it for that ability being suspect.

The weakest part of the design are the velcro attachment points. Whether you use the included speed strap or have sticky-backed velcro permanently attached, all four sides of the flash are available as connection points for whatever mod. Unfortunately this diffuser is designed to attach to only two opposite sides, and those attachments are minimal, resulting in the diffuser pivoting back and forth. This is a major flaw and renders the whole diffuser close to useless. For this I dock it 3 stars.

Were this a $19 prototype, I'd say the prospects for version 2 were good. Given that it's a $70 "professional lighting product", it is disappointing and vastly overpriced. Another star lost for the rip-off price. It will be a long time before I consider another Honl product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mandelblat Julius on June 3, 2012
Mounting this softbox on SB600 is very unreliable. The strap is not fixed well on the flash body. Other than that, it works as advertised.
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