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Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter

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Product Highlights
  • For Use with Strobes Only
  • White
  • Removable Front Diffuser
  • Removable Inner Baffle
  • 4 Each: Silver & Gold Removable Panels

The Photoflex Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter OctoDome³ softbox is designed for use with strobes only, with modeling lights up to 500 watts. Its circular design provides diffused light that is as wide as it is tall. It has an internal baffle that eliminates hotspots with smooth, natural light. Its narrow profile gives you more versatility in small rooms.

Use this size for 3/4-length portraits of 1 - 2 people.

A Series 900 Speed Ring is required for mounting the OctoDome to your light, and is not included.

Quick Release Corners (QRC) relieve pressure on support rods for quick and easy soft box set up and breakdown
Use both the face and the baffle for the softest, most diffused light
Use the OctoDome without the face or baffle for a broad, high-contrast light
Using the included gold and silver panels results in a warmer, more natural image
OctoDome optional grids provide precise control of light
Size 5 x 1.5' (1.5 m x 45.7cm) (Dia x D)
Shape Octagon
Compatibility For Use with Strobes Only
Removable Face Yes
Removable Baffle Yes
Accepts Grids Yes
Requires Speed Ring Click Here for Series 900 Speedring Reference Charts
Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter
  • Rods
  • Front diffusion panel
  • Baffle
  • Storage Bag
  • 4 Each: Silver & Gold Removable Panels
  • Five Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Note:Series 900 Speed Rings are NOT INCLUDED, and are required for your light

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    PhotoflexOctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter
     
    4.7

    (based on 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (24)
    • Attach securely (17)
    • Good color value (15)
    • Good power output (10)
    • Long-lasting (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (22)
      • General purpose (20)
      • Outdoors (10)
      • Low light (9)
      • Outdoor events / games (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (26), Semi-pro photographer (7), Professional (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (21), Yes (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent Softbox

      In my small studio, the large diameter coupled with the space saving flat depth are a great combination.

      The light is even from edge to edge (though I never...Read complete review

      In my small studio, the large diameter coupled with the space saving flat depth are a great combination.

      The light is even from edge to edge (though I never metered it), and looks beautiful. The quality of construction is perfect, absolutely perfect.

      A little time consuming changing out the internal color reflectors, but worth the work.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Invest In Something Better

      I've been using Photoflex products since 2002, and prior to purchasing my 5' Octodome, I was very happy with my Medium Silverdome NXT as well as my two Small Cinedome softboxes from Photoflex....Read complete review

      I've been using Photoflex products since 2002, and prior to purchasing my 5' Octodome, I was very happy with my Medium Silverdome NXT as well as my two Small Cinedome softboxes from Photoflex. The products were priced well, held up well to vigorous use on location, and did exactly what I needed them to do when lighting everything from interviews to music videos to indie features.

      I was quite disappointed, then, when the 5' Octodome didn't live up to the same positive Photoflex track record. The unit is very difficult to set up, but once you get the hang of it, the unit performs nicely. The problems arise when the poor build quality begins to compromise the unit's usability.

      The third shoot I used the unit on, one of the rods snapped while I was fighting to insert it into the speed ring (remember: hard to set up). Photoflex promptly sent me a replacement rod at no charge, but the rod they sent me was different than the rods that originally came with the unit (more flexible and made from a different material), meaning that the Octodome didn't sit "level" in the speed ring when using the replacement rod.

      By the tenth or so location shoot I'd used this on, the Velcro tabs that hold the ends of the rods into the Octabank (the same ones you flip open to take the tension off the rods when tearing the unit down) began to develop holes, and the rods began to penetrate through the tabs while fighting to set up the unit (remember: hard to set up). Without these tabs, the unit cannot stay assembled under tension. I managed to cobble together a quick fix on location with additional pieces of Velcro to patch the holes and hold the rods in place.

      Another issue is the way the rods are held into their pockets within the skin of the unit. It is very easy for the rods to come out of their pockets at the bottom of the unit (at the doomed Velcro tabs) during transport. If you forget to check all 8 rods before you begin inserting them into the speed ring, and a rod is not in its pocket, it is very likely that you will stab through the front diffusion baffle (as I did) as you begin to add tension.

      Ask anyone I work with, and they'll tell you that I baby my gear, and I'm very meticulous when it comes to transporting and storing things safely. If I had this many issues with this unit, I can imagine the nightmares someone might have who's less careful.

      I'll be looking for a replacement unit from Chimera in the coming weeks.

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      5.0

      PERFECT

      By Masuimi Max

      from West Hollywood

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to assemble
      • Even Lighting

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

          I discovered this while modeling on a shoot, I noticed the photographer standing in front of the light at one point and I was still surrounded by light! It's amazing. I bought the 5ft one for my husband, he's a professional photographer, and he loves it! It's so big, yet so compact. We purchased the 7ft one first, and realized it was too big, even for a large studio.. the 5ft is just perfect!

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          5.0

          nice light -- very reasonable price

          By ImageKeeper

          from Boston MA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Great price
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

          broad source of light

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great

          By T.S

          from Japan

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

          Diffuser selected this one.

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          5.0

          Wonderful light at good price

          By Treje

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

            I love this softbox. It's very easy to set up and break down, and the light is beautiful out of it. The fabric isn't as durable as a Chimera softbox, but it's not exceptionally flimsy either. I'm pleased so far with my purchase.

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            4.0

            Photoflex 5' Octo

            By Bradley

            from West New York, NJ

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Fashion

            Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

            Great for Fashion which I shoot. It is unfortunate that the 5' Grid is on backorder.

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            5.0

            Fantastic light modifier

            By mtnman

            from Colorado

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

              I use this for outdoor portraits...it is lightweight, portable(yet big) easy to set up and the look is great. If you need to get studio quality portraits outside(and of course inside too) this is the softbox for you.

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              5.0

              nice soft light

              By sexyshutterbug

              from NYC NY

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                You can tell by the material it is not top quality, but for the price, and it includes a speed ring, its a great buy. It diffuses the light very nicely, and is the perfect size to shoot full body.

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                3.0

                Extremely Difficult to Setup

                By ProPho

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult setup
                  • Incorrect Instructions

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                    So difficult to setup, that I bent most of the rods, and was told by customer service that replacement rods are $10 each.

                    I had read the included instructions thoroughly, which coincidently are completely different from the online instructions on the Photoflex website.

                    I'm very well aware of the velco flaps that relieve tension. That wasn't the problem.

                    The included instructions have images that don't match the text; specifically image #5 shows the Octodome with all the Velcro flaps closed before all the rods are inserted, which doesn't coincide with the text. Very confusing.

                    The included instructions also say to keep 2 Velcro flaps closed the entire time, which makes it practically impossible to insert all the rods (hence bending most of them).

                    The online instructions are also wrong, in that following them exactly also makes it extremely difficult to put together.

                    The best way I've found to put together is this:
                    1) Keep all Velcro flaps unfastened.
                    2) Insert 4 rods into the connector, forming a cross.
                    3) Close the Velcro flaps for those 4 rods. This will cause the Octodome to form its proper shape.
                    4) Insert the remaining 4 rods. To insert these rods into the connector, you'll have to lay the Octodome on it's face, then press down on connector to get the angle right for inserting the rod (not easy, but easier than the other instructions). Close the remaining Velcro flaps.

                    Very frustrating.

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                    5.0

                    Good product, great price

                    By monkeydonot

                    from los angeles

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time

                      Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                      Here is something that works, and at the same time gives you a little more than it's competitors at a reasonable cost. Considering the Profoto 5'octabox is almost 3x as expensive with not much difference in light quality, I'm pretty happy with my choice. I've used both in several fashion shoots. Great wraparound light with space for grids. Set up is same as others. You get used to it, and it's not that hard. Fabric isn't as hearty as the Profoto, but how much do you really beat up a softbox? Great value here.

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                      5.0

                      Monstrous

                      By Tony

                      from Lincoln, NE

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Night Time
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                        the 5' diameter really covers a person or a group of people, wraps around the person easily because of its circular shape, also the reflection in the eyes are natural. the softness of this 5' really beats the 3'. easy to assemble and fit, 5' doesnt mean 5' depth. Nice to have and will fit in anywhere almost..

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                        5.0

                        big ligth

                        By Narno

                        from Monterrey, Mexico

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                          beatiful ligth, very easy to use, amazing size

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Ease of assembly

                          By Spanky

                          from Camden Tn.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                            This is the easiest soft box to put together i have used i have every size soft box from 12x16 through 4x6 and they are all more trouble to set up than the 5' octodome,very satisfied with this product.Very creamy light on subject.

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                            5.0

                            Exactly what I wanted

                            By Chip

                            from Denver, CO

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                                Setup is easy and intuitive, and the quality of light is exactly what I wanted.

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                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Big One!

                                By Florida Boy

                                from South Florida

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Low Light
                                  • Night Time
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                                  The quality is present. The physical beauty bragging rights are present. The space to set up in home is lacking on my part. This thing has some size, even though I knew what size I was purchasing. But to have it in person and to see its actual size in setup mode demands a "Wow." It does what it's supposed to do, especially with the included diffusers.

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                                  5.0

                                  Sturdy & Worth The Money

                                  By Crystal

                                  from Spokane, WA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attach Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Long-Lasting

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light

                                    Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                                    Purchased this softbox to use with my Einstein strobe...works great. It was very tough to put together the first time, but I left it set up for a few days to allow it to stretch out a bit. It is very easy to assemble now.

                                    My only complaint is getting it to fit back into the bag...obviously if you have a permanent studio opposed to a portable one, this will not be an issue.

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                                    5.0

                                    Beautiful Light

                                    By Becky B

                                    from NorCal

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Nice Quality
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                                      Easy to assemble, huge soft light source that wraps around the subject.

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                                      5.0

                                      Wonderful light!

                                      By guhl

                                      from Austin, TX

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attach Securely
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Powerful
                                      • Shallow profile
                                      • Soft light

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Full body
                                        • Groups
                                        • Indoors
                                        • Models
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Single light source
                                        • Studio lighting

                                        Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                                        I use this in my studio. I have 11' ceilings, and that height works fine. I shoot full body with this one light and just love the results. Put a 8' white foam core on the fill side close to subject, and you get a bright, lush fill; or enjoy the shadows-- it gives great contrast and soft wrap on the shadows. I use mine with an AB1600 (Alie Bees); at about 5' from the subject at lowest setting it's f/4, at highest at 8 ft from model it's f/14; would be lower with an AB800, of course. So whether you want a bright, evenly lit subject, or just want to use it for fill or darker lighting, this is just super. I've shot on white seamless and fashion gray, and love the results I get with just this one light. fyi, my husband set it up, so I can't comment on setup or take down; I plan to leave it set up in the studio. I did move it through a doorway and the shallow depth was perfect and an easy transport. I'm only 5'2", and I expected the 5'diameter of this to be a challenge for me, but it's not at all.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great softbox

                                        By Greg

                                        from Eastern NC

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to set up

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                                            very thin and lightweight. Great alternative to the profoto line of boxes.

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                                            5.0

                                            Versatile Softbox & Beautiful light

                                            By Glamour Bob

                                            from Hollywood, CA

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attach Securely
                                            • Durable
                                            • Good Color Value
                                            • Long-Lasting
                                            • Portable
                                            • Powerful

                                            Cons

                                            • Softbox case too small

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Fashion
                                            • General Use
                                            • Glamour
                                            • Indoors
                                            • Low Light
                                            • Night Time
                                            • Outdoors
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Special Events

                                            Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                                            If you are looking for a versatile professional softbox for a good value then this Photoflex Octodome is for you. Perfect soft light for portraits, glamour or fashion. If you want hard light simply remove the front diffuser/inner baffles. Your choices of the 4 gold, silver, sun-silver and white panels. Tip: to get the sun-silver use a zig zag combo of gold and silver panels. Very lightweight and *fits* into a handy cool looking Photoflex black nylon softcase. Produces creamy colors on skin tones. Photoflex softbox comes in 3', 5' and 7' sizes. At first set-up time may set you back about 15mins, after practice I have it down in only 3 mins fast set-up time ! I used the 5' and it is huge, easily lights up a group of about 5 people! Beautiful natural round catchlights in eyes from this octobox!

                                            *This is my only complaint, the softbox barely fits into the softcase and it takes practice to get the whole thing in the case. IMO they need a bigger case. You have to *stuff* the softbox in the case. Also don't forget the SPEEDRING this softbox doesn't include a speedring.

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                                            5.0

                                            Versatile Softbox & Beautiful light!!

                                            By GlamourRob

                                            from Hollywood, California

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attach Securely
                                            • Durable
                                            • Good Color Value
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Long-Lasting
                                            • Powerful
                                            • Value
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                            • Barely fits in case

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Fashion
                                            • General Use
                                            • Glamour
                                            • Indoors
                                            • Low Light
                                            • Night Time
                                            • Outdoors
                                            • Portaiture
                                            • Special Events

                                            Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Medium - 5' (1.5 m) Diameter:

                                            If you are looking for a versatile professional softbox for a good value then this Photoflex Octodome is for you. Perfect soft light for portraits, glamour or fashion. If you want hard light simply remove the inner baffles. Your choices of the 4 gold, silver, sun-silver and white panels. Tip: to get the sun-silver use a zig zag combo of gold and silver panels. Very lightweight and *fits* into a handy cool looking Photoflex black nylon softcase. Produces creamy colors on skin tones. Photoflex softbox comes in 3', 5' and 7' sizes. At first set-up time may set you back about 15mins, after practice I have it down in only 3 mins fast set-up time ! I used the 5' and it is huge, easily lights up a group of about 5 people! Beautiful natural round catchlights in eyes from this octobox!

                                            *This is my only complaint, the softbox barely fits into the softcase and it takes practice to get the whole thing in the case. IMO they need a bigger case. You have to *stuff* the softbox in the case.

                                            WARNING: This softbox DOES NOT come with a speedring for your strobe light!!! Be sure you order a SPEEDRING for your strobe light if you don't already have one. You will not be able to use this softbox WITHOUT A SPEEDRING.

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