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I'm about to pick up a load of 72"x72" panels and fabrics. Since the price tag is $2K for six of them, a little feedback from you guys would help.
I have the smaller Photoflex LitePanels 42"x72" with various fabrics: they are lightweight and inexpensive, but the build quality is borderline. While the tubes are aluminum, the connectors are plastic and the result is quite rickety. I have no confidence using larger sizes, especially as a butterfly.
My desired use is 360° control of ambient light for portraits and tabletop. Fabric choice, light placement and panel configuration are the creative variables. There will be enough sections to build a cube I can stand in with my subject. . This notion was inspired by a Chimera kit called the "portable studio". The panels attach to each other with clips, including one overhead. I can also arrange the panels as V-flats, and boom the overhead.
Does anyone have experience with Chimera frame quality? Are elastic bands on the fabric corners sufficient to keep the fabric taut across a large panel? (I know that Sunbounce and big butterflies lash the fabric along the frame for that reason.) Are there other vendors, or technologies? Any other comments?