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CowboyStudio 43" Black and White Reflective Photography Studio Brolly Box
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- 43" in diameter; Easy to assemble/disassemble; 30” long when closed; 9” wide zip/drawstring opening; One year manufacturer warranty
- One (1) black/white brolly box; NOTE: Strobe and light stand are not included.
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|Package Height||2 x 4.5 x 29.2 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.9 pounds|
This umbrella/softbox combines the best features of both a large 43" umbrella and a softbox. Very easy to set up and use, it is simply inserted into the umbrella holder on your light head. The soft diffuser panel on the front has a sock like opening that slips over the reflector. Reflected light from the umbrella is filtered through the diffuser panel for a soft, even effect.
43" in diameter; Easy to assemble/disassemble; Compact and easy to store.
From the Manufacturer
This CowboyStudio 43” Black and White Brolly Box is easy to assemble and would be a great addition to your studio. The Brolly Box is easily adjustable and very simple to use. This device conveniently attaches to a light in the same manner as an umbrella, and then connects around the faceplate to contain the light. The resulting light effect closely imitates that of a comparably sized Softbox.
Its lighting effect is achieved by bouncing the light off the back of the umbrella box and then diffusing it through the coated diffuser panel. Simply insert the flash-head reflector into the umbrella box and close the zipped opening for a quick set up.
- 43” in diameter
- Easy to assemble/disassemble
- Compact and easy to store
**Please note that stand and strobe are not included in this listing.
- Carefully open your Brolly Box. Simply pop it up like an umbrella. When your Brolly Box is not in use, it can collapse like an umbrella and be stored in a very small amount of space.
- Attach the Brolly Box to your light stand.
- Take your Brolly Box over to your studio strobe that is already secured on a light stand. Line up the metal pole on the Brolly Box, with the hole on your strobe clamp or light stand. Thread the pole through just until the Brolly Box starts to touch the strobe reflector.
- Open drawstring and zipper, facing the floor.
- Make sure the loose fabric around the base of the Brolly Box is hanging to the outside of the Brolly Box. You will notice a draw string and a zipper on the base of the Brolly Box. Make sure those are at the bottom, facing the floor.
- Close the zipper and drawstring, over the reflector.
- Carefully pull the Brolly Box over the head of the strobe. Now, cinch up the drawstring, and close the zipper, so they are snug around the base of the strobe, but over the reflector.
- The Brolly Box is properly closed, over the strobe.
Top Customer Reviews
Currently I use the light stand (same as Impact) by Paul C Buff with OM-18 full aluminum umbrella adapter bought here on Amazon. The flash used are Yongnuo YN560II's and the setup isn't difficult at all. You do have to stretch the outer diffuser a bit to get the flash head inside. Of course once it's in, it's a bit tedious to adjust the flash power if you don't have a way to control it remotely. You probably can make it so the diffuser is resting on top of the head and exposing the menu but it seems to have a strong elastic and didn't want to chance ripping the fabric or stressing the flash head.
This umbrella pops out like regular umbrella and while the build is good, I wouldn't say it's a pro grade either. Not a diffuser you want to drop so I would make sure to weigh down the light stand. I've destroyed two umbrellas in the past with a light fall. The weakest point is always on the outer arms that are often thin material.
Rambling on but it's a great diffuser. Get this brolly box close to the subject for a very soft light. If you want something softer I would probably get a bigger umbrella (like the 72") or consider other softbox but this should diffuse the light plenty. Just be sure for any portrait work to use it relatively close to the subject if you want the softest lighting (and be careful with the stem sticking out...)
What a great product! For less than $22 you can get a terrific portable and easy to assemble softbox. The results and performance is similar to a regular large softbox except that it requires just a fraction of the time to assemble. Here is my list of pros and cons:
- Extremely easy to assemble.
- Good performance. Almost as good as a regular softbox.
- Very portable.
- Good quality materials.
- Can be used with Alienbees or speedlights (see my video).
- Fast shipping through Amazon (and Prime elegibile).
- Only one layer of diffusion (most regular softboxes have two).
I have used this brolly box for a couple of shoots and I'm very happy with the results so far. The lighting is soft and easily gets rid of most shadows. Very impressive!
1) Not much. It's round and I prefer a rectangular catchlight in the eyes, but that's a small issue for the tradeoff.
2) Wasn't designed to take an eggcrate (that I can tell, anyways).
1) Very portable. No speed rings or any other non-sense to deal with. It folds down just like a regular umbrella, something you can't do with a softbox of this surface area size. Comes with its own little case so things don't hook on it like an exposed umbrella would, even if it had a little strap to close the fabric. This is much better and faster cuz you don't have to line up the fabric.
2) Reliable. I've dropped it once while in full-setup mode with the flash and stand inserted and everything. Fell about 8 feet down to grass, but directly perpendicular to the stem. Hard to describe, but basically, the worst way to drop this. One of the inner arms bent. I just reached in and bent it back. Hasn't been an issue.
3) Price. A softbox of this size would be much much much much more expensive.
4) Quality. Unlike some of the other brolly boxes that are MORE expensive, this one works by inserting just like a regular photo umbrella, which means YOU CAN ADJUST THE ANGLE. It's ridiculous that some of the others don't allow you to angle down. That would a giant deal breaker.
5) Quality of light. Seems pretty even to me but I honestly don't nitpick over that kind of thing often cuz I shoot outdoors on the go and fast. The size of the umbrella dimensions are true to advertisement.
Conclusion: One of the those game-changers the Chinese have been bringing to photography ever since they've entered the market. This kind of brolly box used to be sooooooo overpriced. Just get it. I've stopped used my softbox that takes ~8 minutes to setup and break down and isn't nearly as transportable and was 3x the price and was SMALLER. This is so cheap I don't even care about taking care of it and can focus on being creative and just bang it up, I don't care.