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CowboyStudio Pro 30-Inch Octagon Umbrella Speed lite Softbox Brolly Reflector with Grid
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- One (1) 30" Octagon speedlite umbrella softbox
- One (1) White diffuser
- One (1) Grid
- One (1) Carrying case
- NOTE: Flash bracket, Flash, stand are not included. You can purchase them from our store separately.
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|Item Dimensions||8 x 8 x 8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
|Style Name||30inch w/ Grid|
Diameter of the octagonal box is 30 inches, 15" deep;
Compact design for portability with Grid;
Opens up like an umbrellla Great for locations;
Works on Nikon, Canon speedlights as well as small strobes;
No rods to assembly and struggle;
Storage case is included.
This softbox is made to snap open like and umbrella to create a full sized octagon softbox in seconds.
You can use a standard umbrella flash bracket to accept the umbrella pole through the bracket and allow for a range of motion to the light movement.
The zipper close hole in the softbox allows a stand to insert to the flash bracket to secure the bracket without light leaks.
Top Customer Reviews
If its used gently (open it gently- the ribs will bend if you're too aggressive) and always indoors it will work great for you. However, if you're a pro (or aspire to be) skip this product and buy a Westcott Apollo: its 3x the price but will be able to take the daily use and last much, much longer.
The other knock is that it takes a considerable amount of time to setup compared to some other "instant" softboxes that pop up with the screen in place. You have to go around each of the 8 segments and push the velcro to connect for both the white scrim and black grid. So it's not something you can just put together in 15 seconds between locations on a wedding day. More like a "setup and carry as one piece" type of thing
The zippered slat to slide a light stand through is peculiar to me. As you can see, it is a good 6" long. The issue is that it goes backward toward the center of the umbrella. That would allow you to.......point it up. Not exactly useful. Having a light on a stand usually means you need to tilt it.....down. You cannot do that with the light stand through the slot. I personally don't slide the stand through the zippered slot. I just attach the diffuser at the top and pull it down the sides as far as I can in relation to where the stand catches it. It would have been more useful if the zipper zipped straight to the edge of the unit. In stead, it stops at the black "collar" around the front of the unit where the velcro strip is. I'm considering cutting through where the zipper is at the edge and then getting a couple of velcro strips to hold the slit shut when I don't need a light stand to poke through right there.
The unit itself is sturdy and is highly reflective in the interior. I've used it to make some very nice head shots and I would buy it again. For the price, you can't beat it.Read more ›
You'll have to mount this on a stand extension with a swivel head under it to get much tilt out of it. The swivel on the umbrella adapter just doesn't move much inside of this softbox.
A boom arm might work too.
Because it's on the small side (it is for speedlights, after all...) you'll likely want to use it as a secondary lighting (highlighting, low 'fill' lighting, etc.) source and not your primary light. Unless it's at night, and you've got a TTL cord (thus being able to control the power of your light!) then using it as a main will work pretty good!
These are a couple of shots I did on prom night I used my little SB-500 with this softbox, set at about 7 feet, with me shooting from under it (short cord!) and they didn't turn out too bad. I set it to TTL, and they were about 12 feet away. The soft focus on my subjects was due to their distance and my lack of skill with manual focus at night! ;)
My only complaint is the same as many others; I can't get much forward tilt out of this. But honestly, this setup isn't meant to be your primary, so it's a really great option to the MUCH more expensive setups. You could pay three times more, but will your shots be three times better...?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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The flash is situated off-centered and you cannot angle the umbrella so that it faces down at an angle. Read more
These umbrellas are very weak, I had the set up and the wind knock them to the floor. The arms brookePublished 10 days ago by GLoria Mesa
It's fast to setup and very portable BUT is a cheap umbrella really thin aluminum construction. One little bend and it is all messed up. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Matthew H.
works great with my Lumedynes lights. So inexpensive that you don't cry if they fall in the wind. Last through three falls o far.Published 18 days ago by justin haller
Cheap. Bent ribs after 2 uses. Was useless after 3rd. Embarrassing when you're at a wedding.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Opened this umbrella TWICE and it's already broken, the material "umbrella spokes" are very flimsy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John N. Flowers