Joined: 22 Nov 2011
|Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:49 am Post subject: Looking to purchase New Softbox/Octo
|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-
Creative Light Octa:
Joined: 24 Aug 2008
Location: San Diego & Houston
|Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:33 pm Post subject:
|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.
Gordon Moat Photography