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Bigger, badder Lumiquest softbox

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by Uncle Frank, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. If I had the choice, I'd have two assistants following me around at receptions... one at camera left holding a big softbox, and the other at camera right with a big reflector. But for folks like me who have to do their own lighting, the Lumiquest is a practical solution for off-camera flash work at busy events. I hold a speedlight in my extended left hand, and shoot the camera with my right hand.

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    It takes some practice, but imho it's worth it. The the results are far better than I was able to achieve with a flash bracket. Here's an example, photo courtesy of our forum mate, Kemnik.

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    The softbox I'm using is 5x7", and looks like this.

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    Now Lumiquest is introducing a larger version, and Dave Hobby, the Strobist, is working with them to demonstrate it. Here's the skinny from the Strobist.

    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2008/09/by-request-lumiquest-softbox-iii.html
     
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  2. Thanks for showing this . I first got one many years ago, and also had the pocket bouncer and a few others. They do work very well , and are lightweight. I used it with a stroboframe flash bracket to keep it above the camera. I can't work the camera with one hand , so a assistant would be nice for doing off camera flash .
     
  3. This is Cool, Frank.
    Thanks.
     
  4. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    I have the 5x7 and I get mixed results... guess I'm not sure how to use it yet. The strobist says it should be pretty close to the subject? Would that spread out the light more?
     
  5. No, but it would make the light source larger in relation to the subject, which is what actually "softens" light. The following article might help with the concept.

    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2007/07/lighting-102-unit-21-apparent-light.html
     
  6. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    Thanks a bunch Frank
     
  7. I'm going to be an early adopter of this BigAzz Lumiquest softbox. I've placed an order with Adorama. They have the best price - $36 with free shipping - but no inventory yet. It shouldn't be a problem, as Lumiquest is filling the pipeline very quickly. One of my local stores received their allocation early this week... but they're charging $45, which means nearly $50 after tax. I can wait on Adorama. Here's their link.

    http://www.adorama.com/LQSB3.html?searchinfo=lumiquest softbox&item_no=1

    I'm going to use it outdoors, when I put the remote on a lightstand. Since it's relatively small, it shouldn't catch the wind and turn into a sail.
     
  8. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    Is there a picture of this thing...for scale? I'm still a metric girl...need to see this visually.
     
  9. It's 8 inches by 9 inches, Linda. Cut 2 inches off the top of a piece of computer paper, and it will be roughly that size. I'll post a picture of the actual softbox as soon as I receive it.
     
  10. Or 20.3 x 22.9 cm. :biggrin:
     
  11. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    You are speaking my language!
     
  12. Kemnik

    Kemnik

    Aug 21, 2007
    San Jose, CA
    Sounds cool!! Then after you are done with it, you can sleep in it as a tent. ;)  I'll probably get one too (for the camera not a tent).
     
  13. rampal

    rampal

    128
    May 4, 2008
    @Newbury, UK
    I've ordered one as well... hope to get the strobist within me with this one!! :biggrin: I wandered some time ago on Lumiquest site but always complained about the size of thee things... this one (v III) seems to suit my needs... and it is actually cheaper than previous versions....
     
  14. lisa_h

    lisa_h

    346
    Sep 6, 2008
    New England
    This place is sooooooooooo bad for my wallet. I just ordered one too. thanks Frank.
     
  15. Be glad it's just a $35 hit, Lisa. Watch out when I start buying lenses :eek:  :wink:
     
  16. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    Yeah...seriously. It's Frank's "fault" I bought a 70-300VR and 28-105. haha
     
  17. leahp26

    leahp26

    926
    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Are we playing the blame game?

    +1 for Frank - just ordered one of these too, not sure how the hand holding will work but I'm game!

    Linda - you have to take some blame too - your post (https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/sho...d.php?t=185190) made me buy a 50x50 Westcott giant umbrella softbox.

    This place is getting more dangerous by the minute....
     
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  18. And now I'm looking at one also!!! :eek: 
     
  19. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    Haha! True Leah.. I started asking about the 35-70 and the 105 lenses as well...

    The Lens Lust forum should have a sign on it: Enter at own risk.
     
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