One of the areas I am keen to improve on and experiment with is portraiture, and to this end I have been slowly building up equipment to help me do this. This includes a couple of studio flash units and some modifiers (i.e. snoot, spill killers (reflectors), umbrellas etc.). However what I didn’t have was a softbox. I remembered what my tutor said when I was doing my City & Guilds courses that ‘…the bigger the softbox the better…‘!
So with this in mind I researched on the internet for specs and prices. Always one to spot a bargain I found the following on special offer on Amazon for just under £30 (including free shipping) instead of just under £100:
However I see that the price has increased since I ordered a couple of days ago to just over £40, so I feel I already have a bargain. Update: The price is now over £60!
It arrived quickly and went together fairly easily. Though someone of slighter frame might find that they struggle a bit with the 8 metal struts which bend to form the ribs of the octagonal softbox (a bit like those of an umbrella).
OMG when fully put together this octagonal softbox is 140cm (about 4′ 6″), it is much bigger than I envisioned! But it should produce a very beautiful soft light when used with my Lastolite Lumin8 400W studio flash unit. I was lucky to pick up two of these very robust studio flashes on eBay 2nd hand, and in almost as new condition.
My initial impressions are that this octagonal softbox is well made and seems to be very robust.
Once I have had a chance to set it up properly and take some images I plan to share them.