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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2013
I bought this softbox for my home studio. It arrived in a shipping bag within its nylon storage bag. I was surprised it was not damage from the shipping. I guess that just show you how durable this product is. The softbox is very sturdy and I can see this lasting a long time. It did not come with any documentation but it was so easy you do not need it. If you knew how to open and close a umbrella, you have no problem with this product. I did a couple photo shoots with the softbox and I was very happy with the quality of light. It did a great job of defusing the flash and evening out the subject's skin. I did a video on youtube where I go over the figures and show some pictures of the photo shoot. Amazon won't let me post the link, but you can do a search for "trentdangphoto Neewer softbox". [...]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2014
These work great I've even thrown CFL light bulbs in them to use for video. I've read people complain about not being able to tilt these modifiers downward, but one only has to mount the light stand through the white front portion instead of the zipper part. you'll get a small light leak out of the bottom, but not much, and it will be directed away from the subject anyway.

I find these sof boxes easy to deploy, and pretty versitile. I'd recommend these to any photographer that's looking for a low cost option.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I'm giving this five stars considering the price. Obviously there are much higher quality soft boxes out there, but for around twenty bucks, I don't think this thing can be beat.

I am using this for both still photography and DSLR video. I am using it with a LimoStudio High Quality 4 Socket Photo Bulb Adapter - Converts 1 Socket into 4 - Use for Standard Socket Flourescent Bulbs, AGG882-A and four 100 watt CFL bulbs.

If you stretch the material taught, these are 27" across, but they "hang" at about 26" (so they are just slightly smaller than the 70cm they claim, but I don't think 14mm is a big deal).

Some people are complaining about not being able to tilt them down because of the zipper slot configuration... well that's because you're using them wrong! You don't use a soft box on a pole sticking straight up. You need a boom arm attached to the vertical piece. When used in this configuration, these work exactly like they're supposed to.

The front diffuser attaches by velcro around the entire perimeter of the "umbrella." To adjust your light or turn things on and off from the lamp head, you need to pull the diffuser back a bit.

The durability seems "good." I don't expect to will these to my children, but since I'm pretty good to my equipment, I can see them lasting for quite a few years. I'm not sure I'll use the bag it comes with, but I guess it's a nice include for when these are being stored for longer periods of time.

The "umbrella" is attached to the frame in two ways, each arm has a piece of material that is sewn, and another piece of material that is actually tape. The tape fasteners of course release almost *immediately* once you turn your lights on (heat makes tape not stick, duh!). But it seems like the other tab (material actually sewn down) should help. Perhaps I'll have to reinforce these spots at some point, but that shouldn't be too hard.

Compared to a $200 or $300 "professional brand" softbox, I can't imagine throwing that kind of money away (instead of spending it on other equipment).

FWIW, mine did NOT come with the second, internal (smaller) diffuser that some others have mentioned (there is just one diffuser that fastens via velcro around the inside edge).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I shoot in homes, small offices and a tiny studio, so space is at a premium. After a shoot I have to tear down my gear and normal softboxes are a PITA to assemble and disassemble for every shoot. So I've been using white umbrellas for diffusion. I came across this Neewer 28" x 28" Umbrella Softbox and ordered one. Seemed a little too good to be true but for only a Jackson there wasn't much to lose.

I opened the box and what a shock! It's made well with heavy duty nylon, steel ribs and velcro to attach the white diffusion panel. The interior of the umbrella is highly reflective sliver and transmits light well. The umbrella shaft is short--can't protrude through the front--so the position can't be adjusted in the bracket as much as a normal umbrella. However, the rectangular shape rotates easily into a diamond position, allowing more flexibility in camera placement in tight quarters compared to a big round umbrella. The umbrella depth is too shallow for use with a four or five bulb CFL head but works fine with single bulb fixtures, shoe mount flash and smaller LED lights (200 to 300 LED units). I mount the softbox on a Manfrotto Umbrella Mount 026 or Manfrotto 143BKT Camera Bracket (the built-in brackets on most lights don't work well).

The mount is plastic fantastic and integral to the light housing. It fits 5/8" male light stand tips or smaller. Even fits on mic stands. Don't over torque or the thread insert (a metal nut) will pull out of the plastic.

And, yes, the Neewer Umbrella Softbox does exactly what I want: softens harsh strobes and LEDs and diffuses light for a more flattering appearance on products and faces. And it's flexible: use as a normal softbox or remove the front panel for a harder and brighter light. However, the best thing about the Neewer is it tears down in 30 seconds and, since it is based on an umbrella, folds compact lickety-split and can be stuffed in a light bag or closet for another day. Looks like I need to buy a couple more of these...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2012
This is basically like the Wescott Apollo 28" Soft box. I think it is actually 27.5 inches. I have only had a limited amount of time to shoot with it since receiving it via UPS. Setup is way easy on a light stand. I just mounted my Speedlight then slipped the soft box over it through the bottom zipper hole and mount to the light stand like an umbrella. Just have your flash aimed at the back of the soft box. Now you can rip the front panel away and change any settings you want to on the speedlight. The only problem I see is if you want to tilt it but you can work around that some. For this price... get it. Well worth it to add to your modifiers collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2013
Worked grate for me, just wish it was a bit deeper, but other than that it works and the price is crazy for what you get in this softbox. Too bad Amazon ran out of the item, happy that I purchased two when Amazon had them. Hey Amazon get more!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2013
Slightly smaller and much lighter than my 28" Westcott Apollo, but those features make it more portable. I fit one of these inside my lightstand cases with each stand, so they are always ready to go.
Also, the ribs are fiberglass, unlike my Apollo, which has a bent metal rib after a minor fall.
You can't go wrong at this price and the light is fantastic. GREAT on the end on a pole or monopod!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2015
I have ordered 2 more since I got the first one. It's a great addition to my travel kit. It works well and softens the light quite nicely for the price. I do however use them with a white flash diffuser ($2) to soften it more since it has no inner diffusion or lining. That helps a great deal. I am a semi-professional so it's important to have flattering light. I find myself using them all the time. They are not built tough and I ordered extras just in case one fails. For the price order more than one. Some would argue it's better to spend more on one that's sturdier but that's silly if it's not in your budget to do so. Great for beginners and professionals. You just have to know what you are doing! I often see reviews by people who don't know how to light and blame it on the gear. I find it quite funny!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2013
i bought this to use with my Nikon SB-600 Speedlight and, so far, it has worked great providing soft flash lighting. it has a very simple and fast set-up time being it unfolds like an umbrella and you use the umbrella shaft to mount onto a standard speedlight coldshoe mount inside the softbox. the speedlight faces backwards, firing into the reflective silver interior of the box and a white front baffle that velcros to the front frame of the softbox that diffuses the flash from the speedlight. the material seems durable enough and should last a little while anyway. it's a great deal for someone who is just beginning to learn flash photography without having to break the bank on more expensive softboxes. highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2013
I does the job a bit

The problem here is that the softbox is a bit shallow in depth so you will face a problem mounting it to the holder and tilting it downwards.
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