A softbox speed ring, the Bowens Quick Ring with Swivel's unique design makes it much easier to set up a softbox.
As Most softbox speed rings require the user to increase force while inserting the rods into the ring, by the time the user reaches the last rod, a problem usually comes up, as not enough force can be mustered for the last rod, or too much force is used, which often results in a damaged rod.
With the Bowens Quick Ring this problem doesn't appear as it allows easy inserting of each rod. It will then pivot in its module, and the user can snap it into place, without using too much force as would be the case with a conventional speed ring. A small lock secures the QuickRing in place once it is assembled.
Ring inserts for specific light fixtures are not included ,but are available separately.
Reviewed by 2 customers
This speed-reading works extremely well. after the photo shoot the teardown is a snap. It has a brass some switch to activate the swivel it is extremely well-made and built it's what you would expect to use as a full-time professional. I'm using this with a Norman/Photogenic ring on a 15x55 strip bank and works great!
Speed rings with swivels are much more convenient than regular speed rings. However, I don't know what they were thinking when they designed this one! As you can see in the photo, there are 8 mounting holes; 2 on the swivel axis, and 3 on either side of them. However, what you can't tell from the photo is that 2 of the mounting holes (opposite of each other adjacent to the swivel axis) are threaded; one 1/4" and the other being 3/8". That seems practical, but it's actually not good because the tip of most softbox rods will not fit into the 1/4" threaded hole. Not only does that prevent you from being able to mount an octabox, but it also creates a stupid problem for square and rectangular softboxes. The problem with mounting a square or rectangular softbox is that it forces you to use the swivel axis mounting holes. The whole point of having a speed ring with a swivel is to relieve tension when inserting and removing the rods. By forcing you to use the swivel axis mounting holes, you still have just as much tension with those two rods, and only relieve tension with the 2 other rods. If you use the four holes 45 degrees from the swivel axis, all four can be mounted without tension. However, that 1/4" threading prevents you from doing so. What would have made much more sense would have been to either not have 1/4" threading at all, or to have the holes 90 degrees from the swivel axis have the threading instead of the 45 degree holes. What I did with mine to solve this was to drill out the 1/4" threading to make it the same size as the other mounting holes. I can now use the 45 degree mounting holes and it works great. Just a shame that I had to modify it like that to get it to work properly. One other thing to keep in mind is that it requires a speed ring insert with an outer diameter of 140mm, rather than the more common and cheaper 144-146mm insert size.