Softbox Size - Lager or Giant?? Help...

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Okay, here's the story...

I just purchased my first AB800 recently, and will be getting my octabox and stand today, but after reading a little, it looks like the large octabox may not provide enough light to do an adult full body portrait. Now I'm considering picking up an additional softbox in the event I want to do some full body portraits.

My dilemma is this - do I buy the large (32x40) or the giant (30x60) softbox?? I feel like the giant box will be overkill, but I don't want to buy the large one and it not be enough... Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Keith
 
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Yup, I did make a typo (edited the original post)... Thanks Woody. That's what I was thinking, but wanted someone to just tell me that my gut feeling was the correct one... :biggrin:
 
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Hey Keith, I recently bought a 7' octabox (no typo) as I have always been a firm believer of bigger is better when it comes to light sources. You can always move a big box farther away,to reduce it's effective size, as long as you have enough power. You can only move a small box so close, however, before it becomes a bit annoying! Woody confirmed the big box theory too!

BTW, glad you liked the NYC pics!
 
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Thanks David!! I'm going to go with the Giant one...next paycheck... Now if I can only experiment with the octabox that I just received today. I got a few new toys, and nobody to play with... :-( My wireless triggers came today too...

The NY shots were awesome!!
 
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I just returned the AB 30x60 softbox and ordered the AB 47" octabox. I sure hope it gives me enough coverage for full body shots. :frown:
 
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I just returned the AB 30x60 softbox and ordered the AB 47" octabox. I sure hope it gives me enough coverage for full body shots. :frown:
I wish I would have known... I would have taken it off your hands next week... Oh well. I'm going to have to try some full body shots with the octabox and go from there.

I just purchased this one made by Photoflex for my AB 800. You can get them from B&H, just be sure to order the speedring to fix the AB's.

http://www.photoflex.com/Photoflex_Products/Medium_5__OctoDome3/index.html

I had the AB 46" Octabox, but need something larger to accomodate full length body shots. The 7" is just a bit too large right now.


John
Thanks John. That softbox cost more than my strobe... :biggrin: 7' is too large for me right now, but the 30x60 should work if I'm unsuccessful with the 47" octabox.
 
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I just returned the AB 30x60 softbox and ordered the AB 47" octabox. I sure hope it gives me enough coverage for full body shots. :frown:
I recently purchased the AB800's with the 47" octoboxes. They cover a very large area. I had a family birthday party a few days ago and instead of using the Nikon 800 flash as usual I stuck a pair of SB800's with octoboxes in opposite corners of the room pointing straight up at the ceiling. It is a fairly large great room around 1000 sq ft. I was able to take random pics anywere in the room with good results They really filled the whole room very well! Ted B
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