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LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes

B&H # LUSBMQ Mfr # LQ-108
You Pay: $22.95

The LumiQuest Mini SoftBox enlarges and diffuses the light with the flash in the direct flash position. Unobtrusive and low profile, the Mini SoftBox is ideal for press and other fast-moving situations.
Fits most on-camera shoe-mount flashes.

Softens shadows and eliminates unpleasant red eye
Folds flat to 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
Light Loss Approximately 1 stop
Dimensions Folds flat to 3.25 x 4.5"
LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    LumiQuestMini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes
     
    4.6

    (based on 39 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attach securely (21)
    • Durable (18)
    • Good color value (13)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Easy to use (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (21)
      • Low light (17)
      • General purpose (14)
      • Outdoor events / games (10)
      • Outdoors (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (10), Pro photographer (6), Enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Nifty Concept

      Saw this product in a photography book and it got my attention. This really does work. It is bulky when on but flattens down when in storage which makes it befeficial when going location...Read complete review

      Saw this product in a photography book and it got my attention. This really does work. It is bulky when on but flattens down when in storage which makes it befeficial when going location to location. The biggest "con" that I read about was that shooters were upset about haveing to mount this softbox to their flash heads with velcro(hook/loof fasteners). What I did was, I already had a SBM supreme flash diffuser(around $15 BH) that was my standard diffuser. I took a razor knife and cut the end off to be flush w/ the end of my Canon 430EX flash. Then I put the velcro on the remaining portion of the SBM diffuser that, you guessed it, has a perfect fit to my particular flash. Now I can attatch my mini softbox to my flash and I always have a perfect fit w/o any velcro being applied to my expensive flash. I also have the Gary Fong Light Sphere II and it works great but sometimes I just like the light produced from the mini softbox. It just depends what your looking for in your exposure. Don't expect to get any real distance exposuer from this unit either. It is exclusively a close-up portrait product and should only be used as such.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great Diffuser - Cheaply made

      The Mini Softbox produces great results but it's basically cardboard and vinyl. In just a couple of years the joints where the panels meet have started to tear. Other good things about it is...Read complete review

      The Mini Softbox produces great results but it's basically cardboard and vinyl. In just a couple of years the joints where the panels meet have started to tear. Other good things about it is that it's super portable in that it folds flat and the "barndoors" help to focus your light instead of sending it in all directions.

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      4.0

      Diffuser/Good. Velcro/Bad

      By Frank

      from New York City

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Velcro Application

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

      Decent quality for the money. The velcro used to attach it to the flash unit is asking much of customers to do. Just a black non-slip elastic band would of solved the problem. Giving us Velcro to permanently attach to our expensive flashes seems like such a lazy solution that annoys the owner in the end. Im actually using a rubber band instead (see photo). A bit ghetto but its less annoying than having velcro permanently on my flash.Does a good job of diffusing considering how small it is.

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      5.0

      Compact and easy to mount

      By Mike

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

        Use for portraits and snapshots at family events. It is compact and easy to mount on the flash.

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        • No

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        4.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Sara Saretta

        from Piacenza, Italy

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Party
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

          very useful, quick & easy to use

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          • No

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          5.0

          A great addition for your Flash!!!

          By Tazmo

          from San Diego

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits

            Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

            I needed a compact, easy to use flash diffuser for my indoor photography. The Mini Softbox worked perfectly. It attaches to my Canon Flash with the velcro provided and folds up for easy storage. You will see a definite difference with your flash photography. It softens the light beautifully.

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            5.0

            Great Diffuser

            By ratchley

            from Clarksville, TN

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Fragile with heavy use

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • Portraits

            Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

            Nice lighting. Easy to attach either with velcro or a couple of rubber bands. Folds up neat and small but as time goes on the folding to store may cause the plastic to crack or tear. I believe that for my use it should hold up well.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great little gadget!

            By MissyM

            from North Carolina

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                Although I despise using an on-camera flash, sometimes it is convenient. This allows me to walk around a dark reception hall and take photos without the stress of where my light source is. It softens the harsh shadows and spreads the light nicely. It is portable and easy to use.

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                5.0

                It actually works GREAT!

                By PhotographersOnUTube

                from New Jersey

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Cheap build
                • No velcro to attach

                Best Uses

                • Diffusing direct flash
                • Fill Flash
                • Night Photography

                Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                I tested this indoors. Sometimes when you're shooting events, you can't bounce everything off the ceiling specially on dance floors where they could have huge domes in dark color.

                Your only option is to flash the subject directly which I hate as it casts harsh shadows, but with this mini softbox it really made a huge different. You do have to increase the power a little but the picture looks 10 times better.

                The construction is a bit cheap. For this price, they could have added the Velcro or something. Who wants to tape their expensive flash? I still gave it 5 star because in the end, you do get the results. Would love to try the other sizes one day.

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                • No

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                3.0

                Great Diffuser - Cheaply made

                By Mike in DC

                from Washington, DC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Portable

                Cons

                • Cheaply made

                Best Uses

                • Nightlife Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                The Mini Softbox produces great results but it's basically cardboard and vinyl. In just a couple of years the joints where the panels meet have started to tear. Other good things about it is that it's super portable in that it folds flat and the "barndoors" help to focus your light instead of sending it in all directions.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                great box

                By Sam

                from Cambridge, MA

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                This softbox is helpful for accent lighting...good product.. works fine.

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                5.0

                Does a great job

                By Bob Mitchell

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                  Easy to mount velcro. Easy on-off. Very secure on flash. Softens bounce nicely.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  good for outside

                  By allison

                  from shamong nj

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use

                    Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                    This would be good for outside work I think. For indoor work, just bouncing off the ceiling seems to work best for me. Even with this small softbox, it's still too harsh for inside.

                    As for construction, I'm not a huge fan of putting velco on my flash to make this work. I had to peel it off once already to make sure I could put my diffuser on top when not using this softbox.

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                    4.0

                    Great mini softbox

                    By Shayna Lee

                    from Lisle, IL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                      This mini softbox by Lumiquest works really well. I can see a huge improvement in shooting with it as opposed to without it. I won't be taking any flash shots without it anymore actually! I have used this for some indoor baby shots & the pictures turned out phenomenal & just as if I had studio lighting set up.
                      This mini-sofbox is nice & flexible & can be folded pretty flat when its not used to easily fit in my camera bag.
                      The only downside to this particular mini softbox is that the packaging said you can use the velcro to attach it to your flash, or use the strap for it. I never got a strap w/ mine. The instructions mention this so I am not sure if it was supposed to have one come with it, or if this was something extra you need to buy. I wound up using the velcro due to time & needing to use my new mini softbox for some photo shoots, but I think I would prefer to use the "strap" that was indicated as I prefer not to have velcro on my flash permanently.
                      Overall great product & the price is right!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      LumiQuest mini

                      By Rainman

                      from Columbus, Ohio

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                        Love It! I looked at lot's of light diffusers and decided this one would work well in my repetoire. I was a little skepitcal at first. Seemed a little flimsy and attaches with velcro? hmmmmm So i went ahead and got it and put it on my new 580 EXII. The difference between shooting with and without it is remarkable. Great diffused light just adds another level of choices for me. Folds totally flat for easy storage. Well built of good quality materials. LOVE IT!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again

                        By Cynthia N.

                        from Connecticut

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Outdoors
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                          It's so much more convenient than the Gary Fong. It folds up and fits in my pocket.

                          I use it for outdoor portraits and it eliminates shadows on faces without harshness.

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                          5.0

                          really good

                          By aclk

                          from midille villagre

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Night Time
                            • Outdoors
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                            no red eyes
                            nice soft light

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                            5.0

                            Soft touch.

                            By Dusty One

                            from Minnesota

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Color Value

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro
                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                              Light and easy to use..

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                              5.0

                              GOOD INVESTMENT

                              By YAGIT80

                              from SAN DIEGO

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                AWESOME

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                                5.0

                                Was sceptical

                                By B

                                from Hanford, ca

                                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
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                  I love this product.

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                                  5.0

                                  Good Diffuser

                                  By NJ

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attach Securely

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors

                                    Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                    To me it works a little better than the Stofen Diffuser because it has a slightly larger surface. I do not know about the durability. It would seem that it may start to tear in the corners after a while.

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                                    3.0

                                    too little

                                    By Akoala

                                    from Erie,PA

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Small compact size

                                    Cons

                                    • Too Focused

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light

                                    Comments about LumiQuest Mini SoftBox - for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                    This softbox was too small to do any major difference. If you're more than 5ft away it does a lot better. But for close ups it's not nearly big enough to disperse the light from a flash gun. You also have to tape Velcro on the flash which i didn't want to do so i just used a rubber band.

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