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Very practical softbox,
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This review is from: Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Softbox (Camera)
Very solid construction - that alone is worth the cost over the no-name brands. I upgraded from a cowboy square box that had an atrocious mount / speedring setup which wore out in no time.
This one is very sturdy - and once it's set up, it's solid & able to be positioned however you need without worry of anything falling off the stand.
I also grabbed the reflector plate to turn it into a beauty-dish-like setup... Without the diffuser panel on the front, it doesn't work as a beauty dish at all. It creates a donut-shaped light pattern. But with the panel on, you get nice, diffused light.
It's not as portable and quick to set up as some of the cheaper models, but that's not a deal-breaker. I usually keep it mounted and set up on a stand and just lay it on it's back across the back seat of a car. Still very portable.