Looking to purchase New Softbox/Octo

 
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saraswatyphoto
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:49 am    Post subject: Looking to purchase New Softbox/Octo Reply with quote

Hello, I'm new here and was glad to find a professional photography forum with real content. I am looking to purchase my first softbox or octobank, I recently purchased a Calumet lighting kit and am building up my light modifiers.
I am looking for something with the minimal size of 3 ft and up to 5, and am willing to spend up to $200-unless there is something really worth it and special for up to $250.
I have been researching different brands and styles and have narrowed it down to a few options and wanted to get some feedback. For the best value and customer reviews, I've found Fotodiox-has anyone used this gear before?- PhotoFlex, and Creative Light.
I have found some nice Creative Light gear, however all of the reviews say that the poles easily fall out and is annoying to pack up, and I will be taking this softbox on location and on the road a lot.

These were some of my top options, however I am definitely open to suggestions. My goal is to get something durable, nicely sized (will be using this a lot as a key light), a good price, and being able to easily assemble and pack up is always a plus. THANK YOU!

This appears to be the best deal and has the best reviews, however I am put off by the inexpensive price-
http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-Octagon-Softbox-Speedring-Alienbees/dp/B003EWPA0G/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=IU4FR44UQAI71&colid=3HA095NUF75SN

PhotoFlex Softbox:
[url]http://www.amazon.com/Photoflex-Litedome-Platinum-Large-Softbox/dp/B0000AE6D5/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2H19DFLXAJWLB&colid=3HA095NUF75SN
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http://www.adorama.com/PFLDXLP.html?utm_term=Other&utm_medium=Shopping%20Site&utm_campaign=Other&utm_source=gbase

Creative Light Octa:
http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Light-100806-Softbox-Black/dp/B002DYIVWA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=IK8XCQXQLA06Y&colid=1TD5CSAL86FSQ[/url]
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Gordon Moat
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've purchased from Fotodiox and I have some Photoflex gear too. I don't know the other one. Depends upon how tough or careful you and your assistants are with gear. I found that the Photoflex gear holds up nicely, though after a few uses the Fotodiox seemed to warp a little. If it is something you don't use that often, then discount gear works fine. When you need something often, then I suggest spending a bit more to gain durability.
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