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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


Hi all, I am thinking about getting a pair of large softboxes for my studio. I want to give my renters as much flexibility as possible.

The two choices that are within budget are the Paul C. Buff Folding 30" X 60" and the
Calumet Nova 54"X72"X32".

The only review on the Calumet stated that they are somewhat fragile.
I have had good experience with the PCB folders in the past, so I am leaning that way.

Does anyone have experience with either of these units and also am I missing any other potential units in the same price range ($160 - $210US)?



Mar 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


The PCB 30X60 is nice by itself, but mine sags when the grid is attached.


Mar 05, 2012 at 09:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


What do you have it attached to? Is it sagging from the attachment at the speedring or somewhere toward the front?


Mar 05, 2012 at 09:35 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


PCB also has octagonal softboxes. I have the interfit version which look really similar, but really like the semi round catchlight they leave instead of the rectangle shape. Mine are 47 inch units and give nice, soft light.


Mar 05, 2012 at 09:39 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


What do you have it attached to? Is it sagging from the attachment at the speedring or somewhere toward the front?

It sags in the front. On mine the weight of the grid sags the top of the softbox on the front. The poles can't keep the rectangular shape of the box and the diffuser fabric loosens up as well. The Octaboxes are much better with a grid.



Mar 05, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


@Ekatar25, thanks for clarifying that.
I already have an Octa, two shoot through white PLMs
and four silver 86" PLMs. I have three 22" Beauty dishes as well.
I was specifically looking for large rectangular softboxes to round out my lighting options.
Especially for fashion shoots where there is a need for head to toe illumination I feel a large rectangular box would come in handy.



Mar 06, 2012 at 12:28 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


I have the Calumet box you're referring to. It does the job well. I don't think it's that fragile, but it's a beast to get up and move around. It does put a lot of torque on the Calumet Travelites I use, and I usually have to either support it or counterweight it to keep it vertical.


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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


FWIW.... Bowens / Calumet introduce a new line of banks (from PMA UK):
www.pmai.org.uk/bowens-announce-lumiair-softbox-for-focus-on-imaging/



Mar 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


I have a wide variety of calumet soft boxes all of them have served me wel for many years. I have never had any issues with them. Build quality is as good as any I have used.


Mar 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


Just curious - why do you have 4 Beauty dishes and PLM's? What kind of photography do you shoot?


Mar 06, 2012 at 04:00 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


@Deezie, I have a rental studio so some of these are for back-up.
However, I mainly shoot fashion and beauty.
Outdoors, I like to use the HO beauty dishes since they are more stable in the wind.
Indoors, I find I can blow out my cyc wall with a couple of 86" PLMs and use a third as a key or fill light depending on my needs.

Here is a link to an outdoor shoot where we used HO beauty dishes in the wind.
http://vimeo.com/21471789



Mar 06, 2012 at 05:21 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


great video.


Mar 12, 2012 at 05:41 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Calumet Nova or PCB Folding Softboxes?


Thanks


Mar 14, 2012 at 06:40 AM





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