Quick Octagon Softbox Diffuser

I just received my Octagon softboxes that are used as a light modifier for flash photography. They set up super fast like umbrellas but function more like traditional softboxes. I'll do a video later about how easy these things go together with my Speedlights.

500 LED Video light - Pop up Softbox

Normally you would use a strobe in the brolly, but the slotted design can be used for other light sources. Gabriel is already experimenting with using a 500 LED video light panel inside (photo above). He had to add a clamp to hold the umbrella in place. It blocks a bit of space, but should still help to change it from a small light source to a larger softer light source. Could even help with the multi-shadow issue that LED lights can sometimes cause. I'm curious to see the results. [Thanks Gabriel].

They also come in a large square version that still pops open like an umbrella. You can find more information about these following the link to the original article (click here).

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8 thoughts on “Quick Octagon Softbox Diffuser

  1. I picked up on of these 80cm octagon umbrellas and it looked great at first. We were on a shoot on Friday and I actually hand-held it with a z96 inside, worked great. After we were done with it, I noticed to my great disappointment that two of the ribs were significantly bent. I tried to bend them back, but quickly realized that the thin metal of the ribs was now permanently fatigued and beyond repair. I realize that at $30 a pop, we're not talking about the greatest quality here, but I certainly didn't expect a major failure without cause. Pretty disappointed!

  2. mark london

    I've been working on something similiar using the 352 ringlight, and also a basic version - putting an umbrella in front of a Micro Litepanel.
    Will send you pics when I can.

    I bet this works well.

  3. j hanna

    I got a square one. i put my led 270 inside. i first mounted it onto a flash holder with an umbrella bolt..connexted everything and turned it on. WOW....it doesn't explode in light but it sends out a great burst of soft light perfect for filling in the space.

  4. What is the build quality like? Will the ribs of the umbrella bend/crease like a regular umbrella if the wind catches the light stand and it all takes a tumble or will it spring back like a normal softbox or reflector disc?

    Looking at this as a cheap alternative to the Apollo Orb and Strip boxes.

    - Dave

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