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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


Cool but expensive.

http://squarebounce.com/Home.html



Apr 30, 2012 at 08:51 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


Pretty cool. I remember reading on prettygirlshooter.blogspot.com that he used an old Larson Reflectasol that looks similar to these.


Apr 30, 2012 at 09:47 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


Coincidentally, Rob Galbraith posted about this product today.




May 01, 2012 at 03:30 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


Ah, memories of my Reflectasol, which I still have. I have a smaller Reflectasol. The Squarebounce doesn't allow you to reverse the fabric, which is just as well, since it was a pain to do with the Reflectasol. I might pay $180 for three: white, silver and black, but it's pricey for just two. One main advantage, rigidity to prevent flutter, is more important to videographers. My round reflectors work just fine at 1/4 the cost.


May 01, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


Not that great if you want to hold it high and angled to hit a subject properly.


May 01, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


Perfect for those who have to work alone without an assistant. Just mount it with a knuckle on a stand it's easily adjustible and in line with the stand's center of gravity. No need for a reflector holder arm as you'd need for the circular light discs.


May 01, 2012 at 01:24 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


Very cool, but would love to see a black panel option too.

ken



May 01, 2012 at 01:39 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


I'm sure they'll come out with one, but in the interim it would be easy enough to gaffer tape a 42x42 piece of black ripstop nylon over the front to jerryrig a black panel.


May 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


I still use a set of Reflectasols. I had to laugh when she was talking about hand held flats causing fatique when she said...compared to traditional collapsable...and they showed a round bounce flat. Traditional collapsable is Reflectasol.


May 01, 2012 at 02:56 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


Like Doug, been there, done that. I still use the Larson reflectors I got in the 70s. They are build like tanks. Seen below I used them as "kickers" slightly behind the subject...












Back before I got my studio lights I also used them with my Vivitar flashes as umbrellas.





















Their nicest feature is they fold very compactly like an umbrella:







When you open them the hinged shaft acts as the lock that holds it flat, eliminating the need for an umbrella style lock (which might break). I never found reversing the fabric to be a problem; you just partially open it, and pull the string out of the grooves on the tips, flip it, and reinsert. Takes less than a minute.

They also attach easily to a light stand using an umbrella bracket or lab clamp like this:





Larson still is around selling them:
http://www.larson-ent.com/items276_Reflectors_-_Rigids_-_50_50.htm



May 01, 2012 at 04:03 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


I had the Larson and found it to be a pain to use because the shaft WAS hinged and wouldn't lock straight. It also took a lot of pressure on the spring to open it, and I've had it snap back onto my fingers. I haven't bought the new Squarebounce yet, but since it is a regular umbrella-style it should work much better and more easily for my purposes than the larson.



May 01, 2012 at 06:38 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


I'm worried how much you can tilt it down, I see way too many reflector shots with ghoul light coming from underneath. To be honest I'd probably just want a black version for overcast days.


May 01, 2012 at 10:21 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


To block overhead light I use a Scrim Jim. It doesn't have to be black though. Even white will block the light if it's opaque.


May 01, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


A nice feature of the Larsons is that the hinged shaft allows the angle of the reflector to be adjusted without the need for a stand and grip head (in many situations).






May 04, 2012 at 12:47 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


I guess the patent must have run out on Larson Reflectasols. I've got at least ten of them--I think they multiply in the dark. But I still have and use my very first pair that are over thirty years old.

Because Reflectasols last so long (and they're dry-cleanable), you can get really good deals used on eBay.



May 04, 2012 at 02:45 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


Just ordered the Squarebounce. I'll review them after I test them.


May 04, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


dmacmillan wrote:
The Squarebounce doesn't allow you to reverse the fabric, which is just as well, since it was a pain to do with the Reflectasol.


That's a snap with the new Reflectasol cloth design, using corner pockets instead of the ring-around cord and caps. The corner pocket idea is so simple it's a wonder they didn't think of it first.



May 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


Traditional collapsable is Reflectasol.

Hah, yeah. But I just heard a young lady talking about writing a "historical novel set in the 1970s."



May 04, 2012 at 06:00 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


RDKirk wrote:
Because Reflectasols last so long (and they're dry-cleanable), you can get really good deals used on eBay.


Whenever I search I never find anything bigger than say 30" reflectasols on ebay.



May 09, 2012 at 02:31 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · SquareBounce Umbrella-like Reflectors


I still have mine. You can put a paperclip into each corner, where the string is visible. This assures an easier way to gather it up again as you re-thread it back when you flip the fabric.


May 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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