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128 pages

Minimalist Lighting, Professional Techniques for Studio Photography

Creator: Kirk Tuck | Photography - 2009-04-01

My basic studio kit for portraits is based around two Alien Bees B800 flash units (as of 2008 cost, these are $279 each) and one ... Basically, I was trying to preserve my Profoto lights and viewed the Alien Bees units as expendables.

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
Photographers learn how to create amazing photography with this simple, basic, money-saving approach to working in the studio. While exploring available lighting and equipment, this reference tackles the concerns of studio photographers regarding too much gear, not enough space, and a strict budget and offers alternative techniques for photographing subjects. Tips for how to set up a studio in a limited amount of space, what kind of equipment works best for different effects, and finding great tools for budget prices make this a truly comprehensive reference.



128 pages

Jeff Smith's Lighting for Outdoor & Location Portrait Photography

Creator: Jeff Smith | 2007-06-01

A flash tube for my Alien Bees costs about $30, as opposed to the $150 to $200 for the other brands of lights I use. Don't sell your current lighting equipment to buy Alien Bees, but when you are in the market for new lights, ...

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
Shattering the notion that location lighting has to be difficult, inconvenient, or compromised in its quality, this resource provides guidance on how to create unique and personalized images shot in parks, on city streets, at sports arenas, in workplaces, or in a client’s home. With an overview of equipment and a discussion on the essential tools for a shoot, this guide walks photographers through the creation of dozens of location images—from casual headshots to full-length, formally posed portraits. With strategies for meeting lighting challenges found outside of the studio—from evaluating existing light to modifying or supplementing light as needed—this book will help photographers shoot confidently by developing a plan for creating professional-quality location portraits.



128 pages

Rangefinder's Professional Photography, Techniques And Images from the Pages of Rangefinder Magazine

Creator: Bill Hurter | 2006-10-28

estiny was created with an AlienBees 1600 with a standard 7-inch reflector, fired into a Superior Arctic White seamless ... The Camera: Sigma SD-9 Lens: 50mm Sigma f/2.8 macro/portrait Lighting: Alien Bees 800 with 7-inch reflector; ...

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
The best images by the best photographers from around the world are featured in this collection that reflects the pinnacle of contemporary photography, both in terms of technical skill and creative ingenuity. Appealing to photographers of all levels, this book includes images from all genres of photography—from wedding and fashion to portrait and product—as well as more than 100 instructive articles. In each chapter, the images and techniques are thematically grouped to provide for rapid learning and easy cross-referencing. The breadth of topics, the high quality of the images, the technical skills required to create them, and the sheer creativity reflected in each shot, makes this collection an essential addition to any photographer's library.


Flashes and Flash Accessories Directory

Paul C. Buff, Inc.
Studio Lighting for Professional Photographers - Factory Direct Sales of AlienBees, White Lightning, Zeus and Einstein Flash Units and Accessories designed by Paul C ...

Paul C. Buff - AlienBees
Illuminating the Galaxy - the small and mighty AlienBees flash units by Paul C. Buff - the most popular flash units in the universe

Paul C. Buff - AlienBees B800
Illuminating the Galaxy - the small and mighty AlienBees flash units by Paul C. Buff - the most popular flash units in the universe

Paul C. Buff - Packages
Packages and Discounts for Paul C. Buff Flash Units and Accessories

Paul C. Buff - CyberSync™
CyberSync - Intelligent and Fully-Integrated Radio Remote Control System by Paul C. Buff - Total Wireless Studio Control


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  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox, 60" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (104 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Provides excellent light, packs small, and is extremely well made and durable

    Customer Video Review Length:: 2:34 MinsI was very happy when I received this softbox, along with another Fotodiox softbox which I will be reviewing separately, as a gift. It provides excellent light, packs very flat, and is extremely well made and durable. Best part is, it's huge. With a 400 Watt studio light I can light whole people with that excellent, wraparound light that you get from a softbox. And, since it is very transportable I can take it this outstanding modifier wherever I go. It's like having portable sunlight!My only "issue" was that it took a bit longer to set up than I would like. The annoyance is you need to feed eight metal rods into the adapter and they can get jumbled up as you are trying to do that. At home it's not that big an issue but if I'm setting up in front of someone the last thing I want them to see is me wrestling with equipment. Fortunately I was able to come up with a simple and inexpensive fix that allows me to go from bag to completely set up... 5/5 Bob Tobias "Robert Tobias" (Arlington, VA USA) - See all my reviews, May 21, 2012

    48" Fotodiox Octobox

    I'm writing this review after 3 months of use and it's still the best bang for your buck you can get. The quality was a lot better than I expected. The material is very strong and has a nice inner diffuser. Although I don't like the connections they use for the inner diffuser, I'll probably replace those clips. It doesn't come with instructions, but it doesn't take an engineering degree to understand exactly how it works. I wonder if these people also have problems using common umbrellas. It is a little heavy paired with my Alien Bee 800 so a medium duty light stand is a must. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to take their $35 bucks back and go put it towards a $1000 Elinchrom Octobox. I see the potential for poking the rods through the seams, but if you don't act like the Hulk I'm sure I'll be fine and even if you do it's an easy fix. I gave it 5 stars because I didn't buy a Kia and expect it to be a Mercedes, however there are still millions of happy Kia owners. Buy it... 5/5 Charles Edward - See all my reviews This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox, 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light (Electronics) I'm writing this review after 3 months of use and it's still the best bang for your buck you can get. The quality was a lot better than I expected. The material is very strong and has a nice inner diffuser. Although I don't like the connections they use for the inner diffuser, I'll probably replace those clips. It doesn't come with instructions, but it doesn't take an engineering degree to understand exactly how it works. I wonder if these people also have problems using common umbrellas. It is a little heavy paired with my Alien Bee 800 so a medium duty light stand is a must. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to take their $35 bucks back and go put it towards a $1000 Elinchrom Octobox. I see the potential for poking the rods through the seams, but if you don't act like the Hulk I'm sure I'll be fine and even if you do it's an easy fix. I gave it 5 stars because I didn't buy a Kia and expect it to be a Mercedes, however there are still millions of happy Kia owners. Buy it... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 29, 2011

    GOOD VALUE

    I battled for awhile with myself trying to figure out whether to get THIS Fotodiox octobox for $65, or to cough up the $160 for the Paul C. Buff octobox for my Alien Bee strobe. i thought to myself, "if it costs a hundred bucks more, it's at least twice as good?!" Being that I am not a pro yet, I'm foolish enough to think that MAYBE, just maybe Paul C. Buff is over-priced and that the Fotodiox octobox would be just as good. Afterall, it's not like I have a million shoots a year where I'm constantly taking the octobox down and putting it back up. BUT, I can say, this thing is constructed really well and if I did, I don't think I would have a problem. By the time this thing would fail, I'd have way more than enough money to purchase the Paul C. Buff octobox. I may not know octoboxes all that well, but I know crappy second-rate material when I see it...THAT DOES NOT APPLY HERE. It's thick and sturdy. It also has an extra diffuser layer, so you can diffuse the light using both panels or... 4/5 Ty Pleas Fotographie - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox soft box Octbox, 70" with Speedring Speed ring for Alien Bees Alienbees Strobe Light (Electronics) I battled for awhile with myself trying to figure out whether to get THIS Fotodiox octobox for $65, or to cough up the $160 for the Paul C. Buff octobox for my Alien Bee strobe. i thought to myself, "if it costs a hundred bucks more, it's at least twice as good?!" Being that I am not a pro yet, I'm foolish enough to think that MAYBE, just maybe Paul C. Buff is over-priced and that the Fotodiox octobox would be just as good. Afterall, it's not like I have a million shoots a year where I'm constantly taking the octobox down and putting it back up. BUT, I can say, this thing is constructed really well and if I did, I don't think I would have a problem. By the time this thing would fail, I'd have way more than enough money to purchase the Paul C. Buff octobox. I may not know octoboxes all that well, but I know crappy second-rate material when I see it...THAT DOES NOT APPLY HERE. It's thick and sturdy. It also has an extra diffuser layer, so you can diffuse the light using both panels or... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 30, 2010
    List Price: $56.95
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty
    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox, 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (104 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Provides excellent light, packs small, and is extremely well made and durable

    Customer Video Review Length:: 2:34 MinsI was very happy when I received this softbox, along with another Fotodiox softbox which I will be reviewing separately, as a gift. It provides excellent light, packs very flat, and is extremely well made and durable. Best part is, it's huge. With a 400 Watt studio light I can light whole people with that excellent, wraparound light that you get from a softbox. And, since it is very transportable I can take it this outstanding modifier wherever I go. It's like having portable sunlight!My only "issue" was that it took a bit longer to set up than I would like. The annoyance is you need to feed eight metal rods into the adapter and they can get jumbled up as you are trying to do that. At home it's not that big an issue but if I'm setting up in front of someone the last thing I want them to see is me wrestling with equipment. Fortunately I was able to come up with a simple and inexpensive fix that allows me to go from bag to completely set up... 5/5 Bob Tobias "Robert Tobias" (Arlington, VA USA) - See all my reviews, May 21, 2012

    48" Fotodiox Octobox

    I'm writing this review after 3 months of use and it's still the best bang for your buck you can get. The quality was a lot better than I expected. The material is very strong and has a nice inner diffuser. Although I don't like the connections they use for the inner diffuser, I'll probably replace those clips. It doesn't come with instructions, but it doesn't take an engineering degree to understand exactly how it works. I wonder if these people also have problems using common umbrellas. It is a little heavy paired with my Alien Bee 800 so a medium duty light stand is a must. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to take their $35 bucks back and go put it towards a $1000 Elinchrom Octobox. I see the potential for poking the rods through the seams, but if you don't act like the Hulk I'm sure I'll be fine and even if you do it's an easy fix. I gave it 5 stars because I didn't buy a Kia and expect it to be a Mercedes, however there are still millions of happy Kia owners. Buy it... 5/5 Charles Edward - See all my reviews This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox, 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light (Electronics) I'm writing this review after 3 months of use and it's still the best bang for your buck you can get. The quality was a lot better than I expected. The material is very strong and has a nice inner diffuser. Although I don't like the connections they use for the inner diffuser, I'll probably replace those clips. It doesn't come with instructions, but it doesn't take an engineering degree to understand exactly how it works. I wonder if these people also have problems using common umbrellas. It is a little heavy paired with my Alien Bee 800 so a medium duty light stand is a must. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to take their $35 bucks back and go put it towards a $1000 Elinchrom Octobox. I see the potential for poking the rods through the seams, but if you don't act like the Hulk I'm sure I'll be fine and even if you do it's an easy fix. I gave it 5 stars because I didn't buy a Kia and expect it to be a Mercedes, however there are still millions of happy Kia owners. Buy it... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 29, 2011

    GOOD VALUE

    I battled for awhile with myself trying to figure out whether to get THIS Fotodiox octobox for $65, or to cough up the $160 for the Paul C. Buff octobox for my Alien Bee strobe. i thought to myself, "if it costs a hundred bucks more, it's at least twice as good?!" Being that I am not a pro yet, I'm foolish enough to think that MAYBE, just maybe Paul C. Buff is over-priced and that the Fotodiox octobox would be just as good. Afterall, it's not like I have a million shoots a year where I'm constantly taking the octobox down and putting it back up. BUT, I can say, this thing is constructed really well and if I did, I don't think I would have a problem. By the time this thing would fail, I'd have way more than enough money to purchase the Paul C. Buff octobox. I may not know octoboxes all that well, but I know crappy second-rate material when I see it...THAT DOES NOT APPLY HERE. It's thick and sturdy. It also has an extra diffuser layer, so you can diffuse the light using both panels or... 4/5 Ty Pleas Fotographie - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox soft box Octbox, 70" with Speedring Speed ring for Alien Bees Alienbees Strobe Light (Electronics) I battled for awhile with myself trying to figure out whether to get THIS Fotodiox octobox for $65, or to cough up the $160 for the Paul C. Buff octobox for my Alien Bee strobe. i thought to myself, "if it costs a hundred bucks more, it's at least twice as good?!" Being that I am not a pro yet, I'm foolish enough to think that MAYBE, just maybe Paul C. Buff is over-priced and that the Fotodiox octobox would be just as good. Afterall, it's not like I have a million shoots a year where I'm constantly taking the octobox down and putting it back up. BUT, I can say, this thing is constructed really well and if I did, I don't think I would have a problem. By the time this thing would fail, I'd have way more than enough money to purchase the Paul C. Buff octobox. I may not know octoboxes all that well, but I know crappy second-rate material when I see it...THAT DOES NOT APPLY HERE. It's thick and sturdy. It also has an extra diffuser layer, so you can diffuse the light using both panels or... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 30, 2010
    List Price: $50.95
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw
    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Beauty Dish, 16" for Alien Bees Strobe Flash Light, B400. B800, B1600

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (4 reviews):
    (3.8/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Great!

    0 5/5 Byron Taylor "BTSculptor" - See all my reviews, January 8, 2014

    Great addition

    0 5/5 Warren A. Edwards "w edwards" (tucson az) - See all my reviews, August 16, 2012

    Great Starter Beauty Dish!

    0 4/5 Nikon User - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Beauty Dish, 16" for Alien Bees Strobe Flash Light, B400. B800, B1600 (Electronics) This Beauty Dish works just as it should by diffusing the light slightly before hitting your subject. I have every major modifier out there but the beauty dish seems to be the easiest one to set-up and use. This type of beauty dish works best as close as possible. Too far away is like not using it at all. This one is best for one person. Maybe two if they are holding one another. I use it primarily as an edge light and use the bigger 22 - 28inch as my main. Overall, great buy for your AlienBee. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 5, 2012
    List Price: $99.95
    Price: $32.95
    You Save: $67.00 (67%)
    80 degree reflector dish
    Special flash bracket designed specifically for Flash / Speedlite with a hot shoe mount.
    24 Month Manufacturer Warranty


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Universal Barn door Barndoor Kit with Honeycomb grid (45 Degree) and Color Gels for Alien Bees Alienbees Strobe Light with 5.5" - 7" Reflector

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (19 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    excellent inexpensive barn door and gel holder

    0 5/5 azparsons - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Universal Barn door Barndoor Kit with Honeycomb grid (45 Degree) and Color Gels for Alien Bees Alienbees Strobe Light with 5.5" - 7" Reflector (Electronics) I bought one of these and a couple of the novatron barn doors, for the price this unit cannot be beat. Holds tightly to light and the gels are glued to metal gaskets. Very pleasantly surprised with this solution. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 9, 2011

    Great price for what you get.

    After reading the few reviews on here, I decided to buy two of these. I got free shipping from Amazon. Three days later, here they are. The construction on these is surprisingly well-built. The Amazon box arrived perfectly packed, two smaller boxes inside, shrink wrapped together, with a packing slip inside the shrink wrap, taped to one of the boxes. It took less than five minutes to unpack and attach them to my Alienbees. Being the big kid I am, I was playing with them right away. I can see how leaving the modeling lamp on would most likely melt the gel, so the simple solution is, turn it off except to preview. Nothing to complain about there, as it seems like it would be common sense that a six inch long, 150 watt bulb placed half an inch from a thin piece of polymer... would melt the polymer. No fault of Fotodiox, I'm sure there are other options out there that may offer some more distance between, but good luck getting it at this price. Just saying. I will most likely come back... 5/5 Ryan Harris (CAPE CORAL, FL, US) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Universal Barn door Barndoor Kit with Honeycomb grid (45 Degree) and Color Gels for Alien Bees Alienbees Strobe Light with 5.5" - 7" Reflector (Electronics) After reading the few reviews on here, I decided to buy two of these. I got free shipping from Amazon. Three days later, here they are. The construction on these is surprisingly well-built. The Amazon box arrived perfectly packed, two smaller boxes inside, shrink wrapped together, with a packing slip inside the shrink wrap, taped to one of the boxes. It took less than five minutes to unpack and attach them to my Alienbees. Being the big kid I am, I was playing with them right away. I can see how leaving the modeling lamp on would most likely melt the gel, so the simple solution is, turn it off except to preview. Nothing to complain about there, as it seems like it would be common sense that a six inch long, 150 watt bulb placed half an inch from a thin piece of polymer... would melt the polymer. No fault of Fotodiox, I'm sure there are other options out there that may offer some more distance between, but good luck getting it at this price. Just saying. I will most likely come back... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 31, 2013

    Great for the price, very useful

    0 4/5 Slim Jim - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Universal Barn door Barndoor Kit with Honeycomb grid (45 Degree) and Color Gels for Alien Bees Alienbees Strobe Light with 5.5" - 7" Reflector (Electronics) Great kit for the price. The barn doors do a good job of restricting light, the included 45 degree grid helps even more. The included gels uniformly change the color of the light, but I was surprised by how much they reduce the transmitted light. The gels are red, yellow, blue, and a neutral density gel; it would have been nice to have some color correction options (CTO, CTB).The gels and grid are mounted to metal trays, they slide into place on the front of the unit; while they don't mount firmly, this will never be a problem in normal usage.While it would be great if it was possible to buy more grids and gels for these barndoors, it can be overlooked due to the price. I'm pretty satisfied with it! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 4, 2011
    List Price: $22.95
    Adjustable reflector mount 5.5"-7"
    Includes a grid and multiple color gels
    Includes a 24 Month Manufacturer Warranty


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Softbox, 32" x 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (83 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Absolutely terrible

    0 1/5 Tyler Jordan - See all my reviews, January 5, 2010

    Similar experience: cheap build and hard to setup

    I purchased this softbox hoping for a good bargain, having used only small hotshoe-flash-mounted softboxes in the past. I read other reviews about problems setting up and found that cowboy studios has a series of videos on utube showing how to set things up. I watched the video and decided it shouldn't be too hard. As to reading instructions, it came with none so the video is really important.But in reality, the first time was a bit difficult. 2 of the holes that hold the bars have already crumbled away during the first setup. Once I got everything together, it seemed like a reasonably decent softbox. I'm afraid I didn't get to try it out because my kid came down with a cold.Given the damage sustained on the first setup, I find it hard to believe that this softbox will last more than 1 or 2 setups.I'll try the setup again, but something tells me that I'm going to wind up spending a bit more for a name-brand softbox and hope I have better... 2/5 SomeNYCGuy - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) I purchased this softbox hoping for a good bargain, having used only small hotshoe-flash-mounted softboxes in the past. I read other reviews about problems setting up and found that cowboy studios has a series of videos on utube showing how to set things up. I watched the video and decided it shouldn't be too hard. As to reading instructions, it came with none so the video is really important.But in reality, the first time was a bit difficult. 2 of the holes that hold the bars have already crumbled away during the first setup. Once I got everything together, it seemed like a reasonably decent softbox. I'm afraid I didn't get to try it out because my kid came down with a cold.Given the damage sustained on the first setup, I find it hard to believe that this softbox will last more than 1 or 2 setups.I'll try the setup again, but something tells me that I'm going to wind up spending a bit more for a name-brand softbox and hope I have better... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 5, 2010

    Waste of money!

    0 2/5 Elle McArthur "Elle" (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) We could not even get it put together before it broke in two places. The ring LOOKS like metal, but it is plaster painted with metallic black paint. The plaster crumbles when you try to put the rods in place. The soft box is near impossible to assemble this way. It took three of us to stretch the fabric enough to get the rods aligned. We have bought other items from Cowboy Studios and the service is excellent. They are very friendly and helpful, but many of the items are not well-made. Very cheap materials. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 13, 2010
    List Price: $54.95
    Price: $52.96
    You Save: $1.99 (4%)
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw
    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro 36" Octagon Softbox, with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (104 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Provides excellent light, packs small, and is extremely well made and durable

    Customer Video Review Length:: 2:34 MinsI was very happy when I received this softbox, along with another Fotodiox softbox which I will be reviewing separately, as a gift. It provides excellent light, packs very flat, and is extremely well made and durable. Best part is, it's huge. With a 400 Watt studio light I can light whole people with that excellent, wraparound light that you get from a softbox. And, since it is very transportable I can take it this outstanding modifier wherever I go. It's like having portable sunlight!My only "issue" was that it took a bit longer to set up than I would like. The annoyance is you need to feed eight metal rods into the adapter and they can get jumbled up as you are trying to do that. At home it's not that big an issue but if I'm setting up in front of someone the last thing I want them to see is me wrestling with equipment. Fortunately I was able to come up with a simple and inexpensive fix that allows me to go from bag to completely set up... 5/5 Bob Tobias "Robert Tobias" (Arlington, VA USA) - See all my reviews, May 21, 2012

    48" Fotodiox Octobox

    I'm writing this review after 3 months of use and it's still the best bang for your buck you can get. The quality was a lot better than I expected. The material is very strong and has a nice inner diffuser. Although I don't like the connections they use for the inner diffuser, I'll probably replace those clips. It doesn't come with instructions, but it doesn't take an engineering degree to understand exactly how it works. I wonder if these people also have problems using common umbrellas. It is a little heavy paired with my Alien Bee 800 so a medium duty light stand is a must. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to take their $35 bucks back and go put it towards a $1000 Elinchrom Octobox. I see the potential for poking the rods through the seams, but if you don't act like the Hulk I'm sure I'll be fine and even if you do it's an easy fix. I gave it 5 stars because I didn't buy a Kia and expect it to be a Mercedes, however there are still millions of happy Kia owners. Buy it... 5/5 Charles Edward - See all my reviews This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox, 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light (Electronics) I'm writing this review after 3 months of use and it's still the best bang for your buck you can get. The quality was a lot better than I expected. The material is very strong and has a nice inner diffuser. Although I don't like the connections they use for the inner diffuser, I'll probably replace those clips. It doesn't come with instructions, but it doesn't take an engineering degree to understand exactly how it works. I wonder if these people also have problems using common umbrellas. It is a little heavy paired with my Alien Bee 800 so a medium duty light stand is a must. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to take their $35 bucks back and go put it towards a $1000 Elinchrom Octobox. I see the potential for poking the rods through the seams, but if you don't act like the Hulk I'm sure I'll be fine and even if you do it's an easy fix. I gave it 5 stars because I didn't buy a Kia and expect it to be a Mercedes, however there are still millions of happy Kia owners. Buy it... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 29, 2011

    GOOD VALUE

    I battled for awhile with myself trying to figure out whether to get THIS Fotodiox octobox for $65, or to cough up the $160 for the Paul C. Buff octobox for my Alien Bee strobe. i thought to myself, "if it costs a hundred bucks more, it's at least twice as good?!" Being that I am not a pro yet, I'm foolish enough to think that MAYBE, just maybe Paul C. Buff is over-priced and that the Fotodiox octobox would be just as good. Afterall, it's not like I have a million shoots a year where I'm constantly taking the octobox down and putting it back up. BUT, I can say, this thing is constructed really well and if I did, I don't think I would have a problem. By the time this thing would fail, I'd have way more than enough money to purchase the Paul C. Buff octobox. I may not know octoboxes all that well, but I know crappy second-rate material when I see it...THAT DOES NOT APPLY HERE. It's thick and sturdy. It also has an extra diffuser layer, so you can diffuse the light using both panels or... 4/5 Ty Pleas Fotographie - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox soft box Octbox, 70" with Speedring Speed ring for Alien Bees Alienbees Strobe Light (Electronics) I battled for awhile with myself trying to figure out whether to get THIS Fotodiox octobox for $65, or to cough up the $160 for the Paul C. Buff octobox for my Alien Bee strobe. i thought to myself, "if it costs a hundred bucks more, it's at least twice as good?!" Being that I am not a pro yet, I'm foolish enough to think that MAYBE, just maybe Paul C. Buff is over-priced and that the Fotodiox octobox would be just as good. Afterall, it's not like I have a million shoots a year where I'm constantly taking the octobox down and putting it back up. BUT, I can say, this thing is constructed really well and if I did, I don't think I would have a problem. By the time this thing would fail, I'd have way more than enough money to purchase the Paul C. Buff octobox. I may not know octoboxes all that well, but I know crappy second-rate material when I see it...THAT DOES NOT APPLY HERE. It's thick and sturdy. It also has an extra diffuser layer, so you can diffuse the light using both panels or... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 30, 2010
    List Price: $45.95
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty
    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric


  • ePhotoInc

    Photography Umbrella type Softbox 24" x 36" with Grid for Canon Nikon or Alien Bees 6090GD

    Photography (ePhotoInc)

    Rating (36 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    ePhotoInc

    Inexpensive, does the job, somewhat flimsy and clumsy to use

    For the price this is a really good combo soft-box/reflexive umbrella.It does not come with an umbrella holder/bracket, so you will have to procure one separately.Mounting it is obvious, no bad surprise there.The bottom slit through which the light-stand (not included) goes has two zippers, allowing you to close it to avoid light leaks. I would have preferred Velcro there but this works.As other reviewers have noted, this essentially limits the angle you can tilt the box to. To tilt it further you will need a boom on a stand.The white buffer and the grid both Velcro on the wide lips of the soft box; quite easy to adjust.With all this, why not five stars?Once the soft box is there you need to place and adjust one or more flash in the soft box, and this is where it become more arduous.It depends a lot on the flash you are using.If you have a studio strobe head with a separate power pack, then no problem:... 4/5 Patrick Perdu (Costa Rica) - See all my reviews, October 10, 2013

    It's.... okay? Ish?

    0 3/5 Melissa Pilkington "Crazy Photosnappin' Mama" (Missouri, USA) - See all my reviews, January 10, 2014

    A little flimsy, but it works!

    0 4/5 Art P (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Photography Umbrella type Softbox 24" x 36" with Grid for Canon Nikon or Alien Bees 6090GD (Electronics) I needed a cheap softbox with grid, preferably something that would be portable with easy setup and teardown; this met ALL those requirements. One problem I encountered was that once the strobe is inside the softbox, you cannot access it without removing the grid and diffusion fabric, this quickly became annoying as I was calibrating my lights; the problem could be easily resolved if there was a zippered access on either side of the box.Other than that I am happy with this item. I would not call it sturdy, but I use it in my home studio where it is protected from wind or harsh treatment. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 23, 2013
    Works on Nikon, Canon speedlights as well as small strobes ( Alienbees)
    Opens up like an umbrellla for locations
    No rods to assembly and struggle
    Storage case is included
    Compact design for portablity


  • Studio-98

    Studio-98 HAIR LIGHT 8"x36" SOFTBOX + GRID + SPEEDRING FIT ALIEN BEES ALIENBEES B400 B800 B1600 WHITE LIGHTNING X800 X1600 EINSTEIN E640

    Photography (Studio-98)

    Rating (4 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Studio-98

    Good for the price

    0 4/5 joe moss - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Studio-98 HAIR LIGHT 8"x36" SOFTBOX + GRID + SPEEDRING FIT ALIEN BEES ALIENBEES B400 B800 B1600 WHITE LIGHTNING X800 X1600 EINSTEIN E640 (Electronics) This, like many soft boxes, can be frustrating to put together. It's always a little tricky to get the rods bent in the speedring just right. But I did like how the inner edge of the soft box has a generous amount of velcro on it. The diffusion screens could have been just a touch bigger but the egg crate fits on there nicely. This product does diffuse and narrow the light moderately, but I was hoping that it would be of a "grid" effect than it had. Nonetheless, it will be my main hairlight for awhile. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 27, 2013

    Better than expected construction but not easy to assemble

    0 4/5 BigGuyChris2000 - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Studio-98 HAIR LIGHT 8"x36" SOFTBOX + GRID + SPEEDRING FIT ALIEN BEES ALIENBEES B400 B800 B1600 WHITE LIGHTNING X800 X1600 EINSTEIN E640 (Electronics) Arrived in good shape and on-time. Better than expected construction and works well. Would have given it 5 stars but assemble is not quick and easy. If you are going to leave it assembled, it works great. Using it for photographing individuals and masking images out for composite images. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 21, 2014

    Impressive

    0 5/5 JN (USA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Studio-98 HAIR LIGHT 8"x36" SOFTBOX + GRID + SPEEDRING FIT ALIEN BEES ALIENBEES B400 B800 B1600 WHITE LIGHTNING X800 X1600 EINSTEIN E640 (Electronics) I am impressed. The speedring is solid, strip & grid are very effective. Setup for the stripbox was fairly easy and quick. The grid takes a little more time to get it perfect -- just keep the velcro matched up. Grid works well, in my opinion. Color temp warms 200-300 deg. Kelvin, as expected for any softbox, but also lowers green by about 1/8 minusgreen gel. I measured 1 stop lower versus the 7" reflector on my AB800, which was better than I expected. Thus, Inside is very reflective. Bottom-line: no regrets, great quality, better value than name brands. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 2, 2014
    One stitched grid: 50 degree beam width, each grid is 2"x2"
    One white translucent baffle screen.
    Recessed softbox with Velcro edges
    Two white translucent recessed front screen with velcro edges.
    Speedring for Alien Bees, White Lightning or Einstein Flash Light


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox 10SPRAB Fotodiox Speedring for Alien Bees, Alienbees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600, Speed Ring

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (4 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Excellent product

    0 5/5 Derek Johnson - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox 10SPRAB Fotodiox Speedring for Alien Bees, Alienbees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600, Speed Ring (Electronics) Excellent speedring! I bought it to convert my Interfit Stellar Softbox to fit my new AB1600 strobe. Great fit and now I can go back and forth on strobe types based on my lighting configuration. Ideally I would like to retire my Interfit Stellar lights but until then, this is a great workaround. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 8, 2013

    great product at a great price

    0 5/5 Jeremey Amante (San Diego, CA) - See all my reviews, November 10, 2011

    High Quality

    0 5/5 Jennifer (Texas) - See all my reviews This review is from: Fotodiox 10SPRAB Fotodiox Speedring for Alien Bees, Alienbees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600, Speed Ring (Electronics) Fotodiox AB speed rings are high quality, substantial cast aluminum. I love the one that came with my Fotodiox 24 x 24 softbox. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 1, 2011
    List Price: $29.90
    Price: $15.97
    You Save: $13.93 (47%)
    Rotation Ring with thumb screw lock
    Smooth surface for effortless mount
    24 Month Manufacture Warranty
    All Metal Design, fits standard 1/4" (6mm -7mm)rods.
    Standard Speedring for Rectangular or Octagon box


  • ePhotoInc

    14 Inch x 55 Inch Photography Strip softbox for Alien Bees Alienbees Speedring Strip Beehive Softbox Grid AB35140

    Photography (ePhotoInc)

    Rating (9 reviews):
    (3.6/5)
    ePhotoInc

    A very good value

    I needed two strip boxes for an upcoming studio session and contemplated renting some from a local business. I have two small strip boxes by Photoflex, but they are not large enough for a studio dance shoot. There were no reviews of this strip box, but because Amazon has such an amazing return policy I was willing to see if the product would meet my needs. I can only compare this unit to Photoflex softboxes since they are the only ones I've used and own.The main unit's material is of good grade and unlike my Photoflex units it is lined with a silver material rather than white. The inner baffle is attached to elastic loops via small and inexpensive clips, much like the clips I use to use when making my own lanyards. The outer baffle attached via hook and loop fastener along the perimeter of the baffle. The recess of the baffle is about 1.5 inches which is great for feathering the light. The included grid attaches via hook and loop as well. The depth of the grid is about 1... 4/5 Mark Kitaoka (Pacifica, CA United States) - See all my reviews, September 30, 2012

    Great softbox, speedring slightly large

    0 4/5 Robby - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: 14 Inch x 55 Inch Photography Strip softbox for Alien Bees Alienbees Speedring Strip Beehive Softbox Grid AB35140 (Camera) So I read the previous review about the box not fitting alienbees but decided to try it anyways. It does fit my alienbees but not nearly as snug as I'd like. Only reason for the 1 star drop. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 21, 2013

    DOES NOT FIT Alien Bees

    0 1/5 Kent J Southers - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: 14 Inch x 55 Inch Photography Strip softbox for Alien Bees Alienbees Speedring Strip Beehive Softbox Grid AB35140 (Camera) This item absolutely does not fit AB mounts.Oh sure, it will go around the fingers ... but the thing is so loose you can drive a Mack Truck through the gaps. ABSOLUTELY NO WAY this thing will be secure on an AB.So, if you think that ordering the Fotodiox AB Speedring is the solution ... you can forget that too. While the Fotodiox Speedring that is "SUGGESTED BY AMAZON" to purchase with it is a GREAT FIT on the AB ... IT doesn't fit in THIS softbox mount. It is a combination MADE IN HELL. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 13, 2013
    Brand New With Carrying bag
    Rotation speeding ring with thumb screw lock
    Sealable venting for use with high power modeling lamp
    Heavy duty construction. Features inner baffle
    Great for travel. Pro grade, heat resistant reflective fabric



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