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p.1 #1 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


Anyone know of such a thing?


Feb 11, 2013 at 03:13 PM
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p.1 #2 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


Photoflex makes an Extra Small (16*20) LiteDome

Chimera makes a Super PRO XXS (12*16)



Feb 11, 2013 at 03:38 PM
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p.1 #3 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


I bet that this 16" foldable softbox would fit on an Alien Bee. I have one at home. I'll test it out when I get a chance. If it does fit and 16" is too large you could always put a border of gaffer tape all around the outside edge of the diffuser. I know that's all rather kludgy sounding but if you can't otherwise find one then it might work for you.

http://www.amazon.com/CowboyStudio-16-Speedlight-Softbox-L-Bracket/dp/B001U3F1YG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360597066&sr=8-1&keywords=16%22+softbox

Anyway, I'll test it out and see if that one fits on my Bee.

brad



Feb 11, 2013 at 03:43 PM
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p.1 #4 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


i saw the cowboy studio thing. I don't think it'll fit on an einstein. Don't want to resort to gaffer's tape. The chimera sounds like the way to go...


Feb 11, 2013 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #5 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


This is what I put together

12x12 softbox

Speedring insert for AlienBee mount

Works perfect. You don't attach the softbox to the mount that comes with it. You simply attach the speedring to the softbox and the AlienBee or Einstein flash. Really easy to do and it's cheap.



Feb 11, 2013 at 04:20 PM
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p.1 #6 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


cordellwillis wrote:
This is what I put together

12x12 softbox

Speedring insert for AlienBee mount

Works perfect. You don't attach the softbox to the mount that comes with it. You simply attach the speedring to the softbox and the AlienBee or Einstein flash. Really easy to do and it's cheap.


yeah - that was going to be my suggestion. I have two of those AB speed rings and they fit the folding softboxes perfectly. But I got my softboxes (2 x 24", 1 x 16") on ebay and they were cheaper. Search for "folding softbox".



Feb 11, 2013 at 04:42 PM
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p.1 #7 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


The one you linked to was a 24x24. Do they make a 12x12 also?


Feb 11, 2013 at 05:37 PM
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p.1 #8 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


Would a 12" or 14" globe suit your purposes ... or would the omni-directional aspect be counterproductive to your goals?


Feb 11, 2013 at 05:54 PM
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p.1 #9 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


yes, ultimately I'm going to use it as a hair light above the model. I've been using a 7" reflector and grid or an 8.5 reflector without a grid but I want it to be a little softer.


Feb 11, 2013 at 06:08 PM
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p.1 #10 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


16" Beauty Dish with or without grid/sock.

I found my 16" (AB mount) bundled that way (sock & grid), here's a link for the dish itself. Not sure if you can find one in the 12"-14" range or not. Very versatile as a BD, or reflector, gridded, or socked or both.

http://fotodioxpro.com/index.php/studio-lighting-backdrops-camera-support-systems.html?cat=92&dir=asc&order=price

http://fotodioxpro.com/index.php/fotodiox-pro-honeycomb-grid-for-16-40cm-reflector-beauty-dish-beautydish.html

You will need to secure the grid (tape/clip/etc) in place if you invert it though. It is only held in place by spring tension.



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p.1 #11 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


I'd probably want to try my 8.5 reflector with a sock too...


Feb 11, 2013 at 07:04 PM
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p.1 #12 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


one concern with the fotodiox solution is that the rings are not the correct size for alien bees. They are very loose. I've occasionally had the softboxes fall off. Wouldn't want that to happen on a hairlight but maybe I could rig something up with a threaded rod through the umbrella holder...


Feb 11, 2013 at 07:51 PM
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p.1 #13 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


Hmmm ... no problems on my end with the Fotodiox BD on my B400 ... other than hanging the grid upside down.




Feb 11, 2013 at 11:35 PM
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p.1 #14 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


jzucker wrote:
The one you linked to was a 24x24. Do they make a 12x12 also?


Sorry about that. I just grabbed one that is pretty much same where the speedring fits. I'm not sure of a 12x12 but I know when I was looking for the one I purchased 16x16 was available on ebay, but I don't know about 12x12. Just look for that style for the size you need. The speedring surely will fit.



Feb 12, 2013 at 12:33 AM
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p.1 #15 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


I have Photoflex 16 x22 (small) Muitidome Q39. I use it as my hair light with a circle mask and 40 degree egg-crate grid..






You can mask a bigger SB with foam core to get a smaller source.


Edited on Feb 12, 2013 at 03:19 AM · View previous versions



Feb 12, 2013 at 01:19 AM
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p.1 #16 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


jzucker wrote:
...ultimately I'm going to use it as a hair light above the model. I've been using a 7" reflector and grid or an 8.5 reflector without a grid but I want it to be a little softer.


Would the Alien Bees 11-inch Long-throw Reflector work? Not the original intent, but at low power it might work as a slightly-larger-than-usual hair light. It would be guaranteed to fit your AB light, and 11-inch grids for it are available from PCB if/when you want them.

http://www.paulcbuff.com/11ltr.php

At less than $30 it might be worth a try, and you could even experiment with putting a mat finish on the inside for a softer projection.










Feb 12, 2013 at 01:21 AM
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p.1 #17 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


I just ordered the 11" HO & 15 Degree grid yesterday ... never thought about using it for "low power" application ... maybe some dulling spray or to soften the polished finish.


Feb 12, 2013 at 02:01 AM
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p.1 #18 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


RustyBug wrote:
...maybe some dulling spray or ??? to soften the polished finish.


A good rubdown with sand paper should work.

One caveat in using it as a hair light; hot air rises, and if the light is turned downward heat build-up might be an issue.

I'd use the modeling light as little as possible, and maybe even mill in several cooling slots on the sides nearest the light unit.



Feb 12, 2013 at 07:28 PM
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p.1 #19 · Looking for small 14x14 or 12x12 softbox for alienbee mount


Interesting on the heat thing. I think it'd be ok though because the large reflector would be a heat sink. I did a session saturday using the buff 8.5 reflector and it worked pretty good. I always keep the modeling lights set to 100w to avoid heat issues. The only issue for me was that the light from the 8.5 without a sock or baffle was that it was a tad harsh. I don't think anyone noticed it other than me but I wished it was a bit softer. Here's a pic.








Feb 12, 2013 at 08:14 PM





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