Neewer 47"/120cm Octagonal Speedlite, Studio Flash, Speedlight Umbrella Softbox with Carrying Bag for Portrait or Product Photography
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- The light diffusion surface diameter is 47"/12cm, with wide range of applications, suitable for portrait or product photography.
- It is a soft box when being spread and like an umbrella when being folded, easy to use.
- The umbrella body made of high-density nylon material, high reflective.
- Double metal frame, light and solid.
- Can be used with flashes and some studio flash lights with umbrella hole.
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NEEWER(TM) Softbox is designed to diffuse a strobe flash, giving you better even lighting. It comes with a silver reflective interior and a flush front face. It's necessary in any professional portrait studio.
The light diffusion surface diameter is 47"/120cm, with wide range of applications, suitable for portrait or product photography.
It is a soft box when being spread and like an umbrella when being folded, easy to use.
The umbrella body made of high-density nylon material, high reflective.
Double metal frame, light and solid.
Can be used with flashes and some studio flash lights with umbrella hole.
Material: nylon material, Aluminum shaft
Spread Surface: 47"/120cm
Color: Black / Silver (out/in)
1x 47"/120cm Portable Octagonal Umbrella Softbox
1 x Front Cover
1 x Carrying Bag
Note: Light stand, flash holder and flash not included.
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1) To get good tilting range, a must have is the the Paul C Buff Baby Boomer Offset Arm
2) My trial and error purchases proved you really must spend over $20 to get good hot shoe flash light stand umbrella holder.. I recommend either one of these:
Full aluminum OM-18 Pro Flash Hot Shoe Umbrella Holder adapter mount with Swivel/Tilt Bracket 3 section U shape for Nikon and Canon Speedlight 430EX 580EX SB600 SB800 SB900 Yongnuo YN560 YN568EX YN565EX
Phottix Varos Pro S Multi-Function Flash Shoe Umbrella Holder (PH87200)
I found for most INDOOR portraits, a single good (Guide Number > 30 meters) "speedlight" style hot shoe flash is enough to light up subject who is roughly 5 ft away. That's with the white diffuser panel attached to front of softbox. I'm using Yongnuo YN568 series flash units which claim performance of GN = 58 meters @ ISO100 and 105mm.
Now for outside use in bright sunlight conditions, you'll probably need 2 or 3 hot shoe flashes per softbox, which requires getting this:
ePhoto H6704 Triple Hotshoe Mount Flash Bracket 3-Way with Umbrella holder for Nikon Canon Pentax Sigma
For low-cost flash stands, I've been really happy with the PBL Backdrop Support Stands System PBL BACKDROP BACKGROUND SUPPORT STAND SYSTEM PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO VIDEO 10'X12' HEAVY DUTY BACKGROUND STANDS , SPRING LOADED NEWLY PATENTED 12' CROSS BAR by PBL
I ended buying two sets (= four stands) to use two of the PBL stands to hold my Yongnuo speedlights, and two PBL stands for my backdrop.
NOTE: I used above setup with Nikon SLR to shoot 2-point lighting headshots also using a 3rd speed light on the backdrop. Meaning the key light, and fill light were Yongnuo YN568 inside the Neewer 47" plus I used a third YN568 to light my backdrop. I could have used (next time!) a 4th YN568 for a hair light from the back but I didn't have one handy.
Anyway, I followed headshot lighting setup methods, and lighting ratios. Then I shot headshots for me and family members for use on linked in. The results were fantastic!, point being that you can get really good results even being amateur photographer using obviously low-priced equipment. And I saved $200 or more on the cost of getting each of those headshots done by a pro. Next time I'll buy the 4th Speedlight and use that as snoot hair light from behind.
Oh, and how do I judge my headshots as "fantastic" ? Hey, I posted my headshot that I self-shot to my Linked-in profile prior to interviewing with very big name multinational (known to be very picky on hiring) and I got hired! I'm not saying that headshot was the only reason I got hired but it sure helped.
Set up is pretty straight forward and it opens up just like an umbrella. There is a zippered opening to get your stand through the bottom and then mount the flash on the inside.
- Easy set up and take down, although there it is a bit of trick to fold the diffuser panel correctly to get it back into the carry bag with the softbox. I’m sure once you do it a few times, it will not be an issue.
- Size – this thing is really large (over 4 feet diameter!) once you get it set up and you can direct a nice wall of light with this thing.
- Diffuser makes a wonderful soft light.
- Seems like it is well constructed for the price. I am not sure if it would survive a tumble in the wind, but I plan on mostly using this indoors.
- Provides good lighting with both a speedlight and plug-in strobe.
- The flash unit goes inside the umbrella. If you have a manual flash, adjustments are best dialed in before you Velcro on the diffuser panel. Having it on the inside really can’t be avoided with this style of softbox, but it’s something to be aware of before buying.
- There is no articulating arm on the mount, so you will not be able to angle this unit. Your only option is straight up and down. Because it is so large, it hasn’t been a problem for me. One other reviewer suggested mounting it on a boom stand, which would be a pretty easy solution to adjust the angle.
Overall, I am very happy with this softbox and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an affordable, yet quality entry to expand their flash photography gear. I have had a good experience with the Neewer brand so far. I have this softbox paired with the Neewer 250W Studio Flash and I have been very happy with the results.
This is basically a giant silver umbrella with a removable (Velcro) front panel to soften the light. The light stand inserts through the bottom of the umbrella and the flash, either monolight or speedlight(s) sit inside the softbox. It's best if you have a flash commander/controller since you won't want to be pealing back the diffusion panel every time you want to adjust the flash output. The benefit of this arrangement becomes apparent when using outdoors - if the stand takes a tumble, the flash is not going to take a direct hit with the sidewalk.
The only downside to this design is that there is limited up/down tilt of the softbox. You can mount this on a boom if necessary and get all the tilting you need. But since the softbox is 120cm/47in in diameter, I have found the light dispersion makes it unnecessary to tilt downward. I position the centerline slightly over the head of the subject and accomplish the same effect as when using a smaller softbox with a rear mounted flash.
This is a bargain. High marks on build quality and usefulness.