• This 20" x 27" softbox is easy to assemble, just snap the hardware into place. No rods to struggle with, no speed rings to align with the rods. The unit comes with an 70 watt flicker-free fluorescent, spiral bulb, rated at 5500 degrees Kelvin; that is, it is daylight balanced. 70 watts in fluorescents translates into 350 watts of light output.
This long lasting "cool" light emits very little heat and can stay on all day long without a problem.
The Flashpoint unit can be used with Digital Cameras or Camcorders and is great for shooting portraits, or still life.
And, when you're done (after removing the bulb) the unit folds together easily like an umbrella.
The Flashpoint SoftBox is commonly used for General purpose, Indoors, Low light, Outdoor events / games, Portraits and more.The Flashpoint SoftBox is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Flashpoint SoftBox is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Flashpoint SoftBox: Attaches securely, Attach securely, Durable, Easy to use, Good color value, Good power output, Lightweight and Long-lasting
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Enormous bang for the buck!
Bought four of them, tried them for studio still shots and liked the results, Bought two more. Following Saturday we had to shoot/tape a sweet 16 party in a bar with the two long walls painted almost flat black; existing light seemed to be about twenty 60 watt bulbs; AKA seriously dim ambient. Set up three units (all we could fit!), put a blue filter on the camcorder light and my videographer was good to go. I cranked the T1i & XSi up to 800, put on a Sigma 20/1.8 and an EF 50/1.4, two 580EXI...View full Review
Bought four of them, tried them for studio still shots and liked the results, Bought two more. Following Saturday we had to shoot/tape a sweet 16 party in a bar with the two long walls painted almost flat black; existing light seemed to be about twenty 60 watt bulbs; AKA seriously dim ambient. Set up three units (all we could fit!), put a blue filter on the camcorder light and my videographer was good to go. I cranked the T1i & XSi up to 800, put on a Sigma 20/1.8 and an EF 50/1.4, two 580EXII on ETTL dialed down to -1, tilted up 45 degrees w/Stofen Omnibounces, and determined that f:2.8 at 1/30 would do nicely. Every exposure was perfect and no one looked like a deer caught in the headlights! These lights certainly saved the job! They gave good ambient while the bounce flash kissed the foreground; everything close enough to daylight to be unproblematic. Twenty years ago I shot these jobs with a 'Blad, a Distagon 50 @ f;8, 1/30, and 8 feet; lit it with a Sunpak 622 Super, and hoped the Vericolor 400 would catch some ambient light (if there was any.) It really wasn't pretty! We sure have come a long way!
Most Liked Negative Review
Waste of money
Save up a bit more money and get a real softbox.
Reviewed by 70 customers
The great thing of this light is the white balance you get shooting in daylight mode on your camera settings. Is wonderful. Is a cool light to work with. and is inexpensive. I recommended it for all your studio work.
I had purchased one of these a couple years ago and decided to pick up another to replace the umbrella I was using. The construction doesn't seem to be as good as the older version. Little harder to open too -- the center ring gets hung up more on the socket for the bulb. They've also changed how the white fabric fits. On the old one it wrapped around the outside of the unit's front -- kind of like a fitted sheet. On the new one it works more like other softboxes where it velcros to the inside. The new design I think will give a little more defined edge to the light. I actually like having one of each though I'm sure the difference will be subtle. These don't put out a lot of light. You're going to probably have to raise the ISO depending on your use. All that said, for the price, it's still a very good deal and lets you get into studio lighting extremely affordably. I'm just a "dad with a camera" and use my setup with my family for Christmas card pictures and shoot headshots of the local high school drama club for their performances. A couple lights like this, some seamless paper and software like Portrait Professional can give you some remarkably good results.
Currently use the softbox to provide even lighting while painting artwork on easel. Thought it would serve as a portrait light also, but even with this bulb it is not bright enough (at least with the diffuser in place) to be anything but a fill light -- other ambient light will be needed. Color of light is definitely cooler-white than halogen but not the ghostly green of normal fluorescent. Very easy setup. Would prefer a way to mount the softbox horizontally -- you will need another adapeter to do that. You will also need an extension cord - the cord supplied barely reaches the bottom of the stand. Also, the light-switch is located inches from the softbox -- hard to reach if the box is mounted on a taller stand. It's a reasonable value. I may try a brighter bulb.
I added this to my studio to light my sculptures. It meets all of my expectations.....The florescent bulbs sure are tons better that those old blue incandescent ones that burned out so quickly.
I received this product in perfect condition. I had no trouble putting it together (although I thought I was going to break it when you have to push that circle thing back onto where the bulb goes! but Ive gotten the hang of how to do it). The stand is very sturdy and it produces wonderful, soft light. I will be buying another this week to complete my studio!
It is wonderful...light weight, easily portable, easy to set up...and works for full body shots.
Excellent value for the money. Not rugged construction (you get what you pay for). Not meant to travel from site to site. The light modifier is fine & the fluorescent light bulb delivers what it claims to. Not for pros. I would purchase another, as it will stay put for my uses.
Used a couple for supplemental light in product video shoot. Worked great in some tight quarters without getting hot.
Ordered this. I liked the softbox, it was fairly bright and easy to assemble. The stands, however -- first one arrived broken, I told Adorama and they gamely sent me another. It took over a week for the second one to arrive, and once it did it was also broken. Cheap plastic components must snap easily during shipping. I asked to be simply refunded the difference between this bundle and the sell-alone light stand and they say no, they expect me to send back both the softbox and one of the two broken tripods -- though I discarded the softbox packaging because I liked it. This has been a terrible shopping experience, my first with Adorama, and sure to be my last.
I use this product to photograph jewelry. Would like the clamp to be able to change positions so that there is no need for another clamp