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PBL Photo Studio 40 inch Reflective Umbrella Softboxes Set of Two Steve Kaeser Photographic Lighting and Accessories

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  • 2... PBL 40" Softbox Reflective Umbrellas
  • Very soft, even lighting. Interior is made of silver reflective material. Light is reflected back through white diffusion material that creates very soft light
  • Sets up just like an umbrella in seconds
  • No need to worry about losing parts, one piece unit. Large opening with elastic and zipper that allows this umbrella softbox to fit onto any strobe flash
  • NOT INTENDED FOR USE WITH CONTINUOUS LIGHTS,STROBES ONLY
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • ASIN: B001BSQK8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 27, 2008

Product Description

This set of two PBL 40" Reflective Softbox Umbrellas will give you very soft, even lighting. Sets up just like an umbrella. No need to worry about losing parts, one piece unit. Interior is made of silver reflective material. Light is reflected back through white diffusion material that creates very soft light. Fits your strobe/flash just an like a umbrella. Large opening with elastic and zipper that allows this umbrella softbox to fit onto any strobe/flash. Now you can get professional results with every shot. These umbrella softboxes sell for $59 each in professional camera stores. *We have been in business since 1989 *We offer 100% risk-free guarantee on all products we sell *There is never a re-stocking fee for returns *Hassle-free 30 day return policy *Full service repair center

Customer Reviews

Very easy to assemble, and very portable.
MiMi
The umbrella softboxes provide a great big soft light source for flattering lighting of your subjects.
J. Russ
The build quality overall is surprisingly good.
Slim Jim

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Bob Tobias #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 8, 2011
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Bottom line: All the "less good" things I mention are just nits. This reflective umbrella softbox arguably better and certainly more light for only a little more than the cost of an umbrella.

These are better than Umbrellas for a few reasons:

- The light has less Chiaroscuro. First, I didn't know what this word meant until I read the description in the (remarkable) Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites. Second, it's "better" if you are looking for a softer, more directional light whose shadows have more gradual transitions between light and dark.

- The light is brighter. A lot brighter, maybe as much as 2 stops. With an umbrella you have a lot of light spilling out the back or going off the sides. Thanks to the internal reflective coating it has no place to go but where you are point it.

- They (remember, you get two) come with nylon storage bags. The inexpensive umbrellas I've seen come with clear plastic storage tubes.

They are less good because:

- You don't have the option of moving it close to your subject. The light is mounted at even with the diffuser and then you have about 12" of umbrella shaft sticking out beyond that. And you can forget about putting this on a boom all together. (This is an area where a "real" softbox would be better as well.)

- It traps heat. Since the light source is running inside a mostly enclosed area it can get a bit warm. It's certainly no problem with flashes or CFLs. However, if you're using incandescent lighting I would be careful about running things for too long.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hefter on July 30, 2010
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I have been wanting a softbox solution for Strobist-type applications for a while. For the price of these umbrella softboxes, it was a no brainer - it is really a two-for-one deal. I use a Nikon SB600 and the opening is clearly meant for monolights, but using the built in zipper and cinch, it is no trouble at all to get the material to securely close around the strobe and avoid light leaks. The diffusion material itself is a nice, clean white, and the interior is a silver reflective coating, so there is very little light loss despite two levels of diffusion. First tests, doing some self portraits, were excellent. Light quality in images is great; nice and soft, excellent sharpness/detail, and offers great control in terms of focus and direction of light compared to a standard umbrella.

Build and strength wise, it is worth noting the interior stretchers and ribbings don't have much strength to them. It'd be no trouble at all to break them or at least compromise their integrity - if your light stand takes a tumble, don't be surprised if the umbrella takes a bit of damage. I don't plan on roughing up my equipment and I make sure to weight my stands, but just a forewarning to those looking for durability (you get what you pay for).

Despite this, I'm still giving the product 5 stars, as the value versus price paid is unbeatable. The seller shipped fast too (it probably helps I live in the same town though) and buying through Amazon was a breeze as always.

For those curious about how pragmatic this setup would be for them, the light source size is equivalent to a small studio softbox (24x32), making it good for mid length portraits, close-ups, and most still lives. You'll get small, oblong circles for catch lights, as the shape of an umbrella would suggest.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eric B. Brownstein on May 7, 2010
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These umbrella soft boxes are absolutely amazing. I use them with speed lights (SB 900, SB 800, Quantum Q Flash). In my opinion, the quality of light surpasses any traditional soft boxes that I have used...and I've used a bunch. If you want better light quality, you would have to go to a beauty dish. I have compared these side by side to both bounce and shoot through umbrellas. The light quality from these is noticeably better. These are very portable and quick to set up. They do take just slightly longer than a standard umbrella due to positioning the flash head through the opening and pulling the draw string. Very minor, but the payoff is HUGE.I'm not sure how they would do for larger groups, but for portraits and smaller groups, these can't be beat. Biggest bang for the buck you will find.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By alisha on March 1, 2012
People please read the description, how can you give a poor review when you didn't read what you were buying? Even the title says reflective umbrella softbox... nothing says anything about lights, or stands included. And then there is a person stating they can't get their speedlight into the hole? What are you working with? I use these with professional studio flash
units and they fit fine.

These units offer excellent lighting control at a fraction of the cost of an Octabox or Softlighters...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Marsh on May 19, 2011
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I have been wanting to get some soft boxes for some time now, that would be easy to set up, and would not break my bank account. These serve the purpose. They are easy to open and set up like an umbrella and gives me the soft light as a soft box.

They arrive today and I was impressed with how easy they were to set up and the soft light it gave off. I do feel however that I will cut 6 inches or more from the stem on the umbrella as it is too long and will prevent me from moving it very close to my subject. Other than that I will buy this item again if need be.
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