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Softbox for speedlights

Postby muzz on Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:57 pm

Hi, I know there are a number of softboxes available with an included mounting for speedlights, but these are relatively expensive compared to the variety of softboxes available for studio flash.

Has anyone had any success in devising a mounting system that allows using a speedlight with one of these studio softboxes? I did find a link to a post back in April (here) but I have seen that knowledge and ingenuity increases at an exponential rate on this forum so I was sure somebody would have come up with something since then.

Cheers, Muzz.
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Re: Softbox for speedlights

Postby Mr Darcy on Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:50 pm

Search DIY Softbox.
ATJ has posted details of several he has made
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Re: Softbox for speedlights

Postby muzz on Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:01 pm

Thanks Mr Darcy. I had found the topics you refer to but I was specifically looking for a solution involving the adaptation of a studio softbox for a speedlight rather than an alternative softbox. I have a couple of light modifiers for the speedlight, as well as a diffusion panel but am interested in a commercial studio softbox ultimately.

Thanks anyway for the advice.
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Re: Softbox for speedlights

Postby chrisk on Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:39 pm

have you searched on strobist ?
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Re: Softbox for speedlights

Postby Yi-P on Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:54 am

I did end up doing a mod the fits softbox and speedlights.

Ended up using couple of right angle brackets, a drill and 1/4" screws.

Mount is done using the SC29 (with the 1/4" mount on bottom).

Cost me about $10 from Bunnings and about 1 hour time. Getting used to this setup is a bit tricky.
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Re: Softbox for speedlights

Postby aim54x on Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:36 am

I was just at vanbar today and saw some.

http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/index.php?id=129.78.64.1031229988896&brand=&user=&end=1&Item1=FLASH&Item2=CAMERA&Item3=Light_Modifiers

Look about halfway down, LumiQuest soft box. I hope this helps!
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Re: Softbox for speedlights

Postby muzz on Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:48 am

Yi-P wrote:I did end up doing a mod the fits softbox and speedlights.

Ended up using couple of right angle brackets, a drill and 1/4" screws.

Mount is done using the SC29 (with the 1/4" mount on bottom).

Cost me about $10 from Bunnings and about 1 hour time. Getting used to this setup is a bit tricky.


That sounds like what I want to do. Any tips/photos for that?

Much appreciated,

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Re: Softbox for speedlights

Postby muzz on Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:00 am

Rooz wrote:have you searched on strobist ?


Thanks Rooz - I found it!

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2007/07/diy-ball-bungee-speedlight-soft-box.html :D

Now I just need to find an appropriate speed ring and I'll see how I get on.

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Re: Softbox for speedlights

Postby Yi-P on Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:36 am

muzz wrote:That sounds like what I want to do. Any tips/photos for that?

Much appreciated,

Muzz


From my original design, I used 2 right angle brackets, to line them up like this:

___
^ ||
. ||____
. ...^...^

This shows the 2 overlapping right angle brackets, I use 2 screws to fix them together, and the ^ indicates drilling 1/4" wholes for the 1/4" screws to attach the bracket to the softbox (top) and flash/tripod (bottom).

I find using just 1 set of bracket is very unstable, maybe I will try using 2 sets (2 fix points) so it will not rotate on any axis when using it.

But either way, it worked... :P
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