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Old 12-23-2010   #1
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I've seen a few of these online. Most of the reviews are pretty good. Does anyone have any person expierence with using this 16 inch softbox?

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Default Re: Cowboy Studio Softbox.

Hey 12, I would do a little more looking. eBay had the 24" LastoLite clone with double diffusion sogtboxes in the same style for about the same price (around $50).

BTW, Cowboystudio is well known for being pretty much bottom of the line stuff in terms of quality or customer service, I wouldn't waste too much time on that site.
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I bought one of their lighting kits last Christmas. One light quit on me a few months later, and I am certainly not what you would call a power user. One thing I've learned about this hobby of mine is that it is expensive and it gets even more expensive when we try to reduce costs by getting cheap stuff. Many pro photographers would say, if price is the issue, save and wait until you get what you want. It beats having to buy the same thing twice.
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Default Re: Cowboy Studio Softbox.

Thanks guys, that's what I was thinking. I would like to get ame a soft box, so if any of you know of any good ones that fit different sizes of flashes, please let me know.


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Default Re: Cowboy Studio Softbox.

Check out Alien Bee's on Ebay and you will find dealers of soft boxes. I got 9x30 striplights with grids for $45 each. I love the light these produce for main, fill, hair and kicker lights. Very versatile and well made.
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Lumiquest is good stuff too.
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I have that same thing from lastolite and really like it
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Default Re: Cowboy Studio Softbox.

Clarification: when I said check out Alien Bee's on Ebay, I didn't mean Paul Buff soft boxes, but under that heading there are other aftermarket producers of softboxes, and beauty dishes, etc. I have only tried the ones I described and I am very happy with them.
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Default Re: Cowboy Studio Softbox.

I have the original Lastolite 24" version of this setup. It is more expensive, but I like it. Perfect compromise between softness and portability that I use for those times when you need to work in tighter locations and an umbrella or larger softbox is a little too big. It fits pretty much any speedlight thanks to it's versatile adapter.

When the room permits, though, I go right for the Apollo softboxes. They have 2 sizes, a 28" and a 50". I find the light quality is nicer and I get better full body results with the 28" and for multiple people that 50" is great.

When it comes time to shoot outside, I don't use the softboxes, as I find them a little clumsy (though I have done it successfully)... outside I do not care about light bouncing around from anywhere, as it is not an issue, so a 43" shoot through umbrella or my biggest bounce diffusers are what I use. Less wind issues, especially the bounce diffuser.
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Default Re: Cowboy Studio Softbox.

I have their 24x36 inch softbox, it is OK. I had to do some finagling to get the universal speed ring to work with my Norman LH500 heads, but I figured out a way.

As to quality, 4 steel rods, and some fabric, what is the difference? I see nothing wrong with mine except it did not come with instructions.

For what it is worth one corner has a flap, you put your first rod through that corner. You put the other three rods into the corner pockets, like assembling a kids kite. Finally, you pull the fabric out on the flapped corner until you can fasten the velcro flap over the end of that rod. If you do not realize what that velcro flap is for you will wind up beating your head against the wall before you get the thing assembled.


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