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Vello Mini Softbox

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Vello Mini Softbox

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Product Highlights

  • For Shoe Mount Flash Units
  • Held in Place with Built-in Elastic Band
  • Creates Soft, Diffused Light
  • Softens Shadows
  • Silver Interior Increases Contrast
  • Folds Flat for Easy Storage
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You Pay: $7.50

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The Vello Mini Softbox is designed to increase the quality of light from your shoe mounted flash unit. The softbox has a silver interior lining that increases contrast, and the white diffuser front creates a soft diffused light with soft shadows. It fits most shoe mounted flash units, and is held in place with the built-in elastic band. You can also use it without the diffuser front for a bare bulb effect. The softbox folds flat to conveniently fit in your gear bag.

Fits most shoe mount flash units, held in place with built-in elastic band
Silver interior lining that increases contrast
Creates soft diffused light with soft shadows
Use without the diffuser front for a bare bulb effect
Folds flat to conveniently fit in your gear bag
Dimensions 3.9 x 3.6 x 3.6" (100 x 91 x 91mm)
Vello Mini Softbox
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    VelloMini Softbox
     
    4.3

    (based on 172 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (88)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (141)
    • Lightweight (140)
    • Packs small / compresses (118)
    • Reliable (65)
    • Strong construction (44)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (13)
    • Unreliable (7)
    • Flimsy construction (6)
    • Difficult to use (4)
    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (123)
    • Weddings (85)
    • Travel (36)
    • Landscape/scenery (15)
    • Wildlife photos (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (70), Photo enthusiast (41), Pro photographer (31), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (148), Yes (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Close-up Lighting Tool

    When doing close-up photography and you need additional soft lighting, what can you use. There are a number of products made but among the best is the Vello Mini Softbox! It slides over...Read complete review

    When doing close-up photography and you need additional soft lighting, what can you use. There are a number of products made but among the best is the Vello Mini Softbox! It slides over your flash and does exactly what it says it will do. Provides a soft light without adding any weight or combersome to your camera.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    mini is better than none

    This little soft box does exactly what you would expect, except stay in place. It diffuses, packs easily, flips open to expose the silver backing and slides around. I have tried it...Read complete review

    This little soft box does exactly what you would expect, except stay in place. It diffuses, packs easily, flips open to expose the silver backing and slides around. I have tried it on flashes of two different sizes and shapes and it just doesn't want to stay put. It slides and droops downward due to its own weight and is a real pest. I would recommend a diffusion dome that clicks in place instead if flat packing and and an exsposed silver lining isn't high on the priority list.

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    4.0

    Little powerhouse

    By Kim KW

    from Charlottesville, VA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • On The Go Flash Situ

      Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

      I've spent a lot on light diffusers for my flashes, and have never really been satisfied, not because they haven't worked, but because they are large, cumbersome and ridiculous looking. This little light box lays flat in my kit, is inexpensive and works great. It doesn't even looks that silly because it is mostly black with a white face, so basically looks right on the end of the flash. Wish I had found this sooner!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      A must for portrait shoots

      By MabMog

      from Loveland, CO

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

        Stows away nicely. Provides good soft light.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        2.0

        Be glad it's so cheap

        By Islandboy

        from Dallas

        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

        Ok, the price is great for what you get, but what you get is cheesy. It drops down, so your flash doesn't stay centered it the soft bix. The elastic band is not enough to keep it on the camera... Why they didn't use the standard hook and loop design most accessories work with is beyond me. This thing will fall off your flash... a lot. It will work great for macro. It is extremely portable. The fold up design is great. The down side is that being such a small softnox you have to be right up on your subject for the light to remain soft sincerely it's still coming from a small point. If you do a lot of macro or tabletop light work or leave the speed light on a stand and want just a bit of diffusion then it will work, but there are better ones out there for under [$]. Because I have had too many issues keeping it on my flash just walking around the room I'm giving it two stars. I will keep the product, and modify it to work for me.

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        4.0

        little but effective

        By MsPhotoKLD

        from Scottsdale, AZ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Small Range

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

        have only used a little bit so far, but it does the trick. diffuses nicely especially for portraits.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        3.0

        Inexpensive Quick, Easy, and Portable

        By Billy R.

        from New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

            Does a decent job diffusing light. The fact that its flat means that you can stick it in your back pocket. Not as versatile as a light sphere but still good.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Works Great

            By MrJc

            from Chicago Il

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

            • Small

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

            Works great but a little small still though does a great job.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Decent effect for the price.

            By BDehr

            from Ft. Wayne, IN

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Comes Off Easily

            Best Uses

            • Close quarters
            • Family Photos
            • Inside Photography

            Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

            For this cheap thing it works pretty well. Some have said that the elastic doesn't hold it in placed which is more or less true. All you need is a rubber band or two or maybe a strip of velcro. It's a nice effect for the price. Small enough to not get in the way.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Small and easy to carry

            By Amber

            from NYC

            Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

            Softens shadows well

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            5.0

            I wold buy this product again .

            By Ben FotOeye

            from Washington DC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy Construction

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

            Very well made !

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            4.0

            Worth the little cost!

            By Krystal

            from Redmond, OR

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

              This little thing is so simple. I think it has more of an amateur application than the pros, as my instructor would likely say it is just wasting batteries in my SB-600, but it prevent me from having to perfectly predict the exact amount of flash power to set. When I am walking around a room with some people closer to me than others, this little handy item makes the flash much more forgiving, offering light but not harsh light on faces. It looks a bit silly on an already obtrusive flash unit on a big camera but who cares when it improves my pictures! Also worth keeping in a camera bag since it folds flat!Worth every penny and it isn't that many pennies!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              It's Portable!!

              By Albert D

              from San Antonio, Tx

              Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

              This mini soft box is perfect! I photograph a lots of senior high school portraits mainly 1/4 frame and thiis mini comes in handy . I do not however recommend it for full body shots, but I expected this given the size of the mini box. It's small, compact and fits perfect in your photo bag

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              5.0

              Great price, great product!

              By Mike

              from New York, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                  Easy to set up and great for a very portable soft box.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Flash Modifier Excellent Price

                  By Jonah

                  from Columbus, IN

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Compact Storage
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Lighting
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Little Support

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Fill flash
                  • Fill Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                  This flash diffuser will provide your images with a softer light from your flash. I highly reccommend this product for anyone shooting in low light or shooting portraits. For low light, it will light your shots without glare. For portraits, it will add a soft glow to your subjects face and allow you to use the sun as a hairlight.

                  It is small, durable, and versatile. Not only does it diffuse a flash, it can be used as a reflective "umbrella" for your flash just by unhooking the velcro! It will also work on some continuous on-camera lights for video to provide better lighting.

                  The only real downside is its tendency to lay across the top of your flash, due to the fact it is held on solely by elastic. This is easily remedied, however.

                  I use this for photographing portaits, sporting events, and as a fill light in landscapes.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Close-up Lighting Tool

                  By The f/stops here

                  from San Antonio, NM

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Audio Quality
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Butterfly Insect Photos
                    • Close-up Photos
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                    When doing close-up photography and you need additional soft lighting, what can you use. There are a number of products made but among the best is the Vello Mini Softbox! It slides over your flash and does exactly what it says it will do. Provides a soft light without adding any weight or combersome to your camera.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    compact and easy to use

                    By Lisa the Nature Photographer

                    from Yorktown, VA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                      Love how it collapses neatly. Fits neat and snug over my Nikon SB-910.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      LOVE IT

                      By Charlie

                      from Lexington, KY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                        Wow, this softbox made a big difference to my flash photography. There was no need to bounce the flash anymore, and on-camera usage of the flash became that much more practical. The softbox is very inexpensive, fits onto the flash easily and securely, folds up nicely, and seems like it will hold up well over time. It is hands down one of the best accessory purchases I've ever made.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Simple Softbox

                        By MinAZ

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                        This is a simple basic softbox which is better than no diffuser but is nothing fancy. It is well built enough and diffuses enough light that it is worth having in your backpack.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        It is okay

                        By Hopsing

                        from AR

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos

                          Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                          Not bad, you get what you pay. Cheap

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Could be good

                          By Photo finish Mike

                          from Elgin, IL.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy Construction

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                            Sorry but I wont use this again. It could be good but it slips of very easy and because it is just held on by elastic it rotates alot. My niece asked me if it was a toy. I will stick to my Stoffen plastic diffuser. Oh well, Live and learn.

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic

                            By Audioblind

                            from Montrose, co

                            Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                            No Velcro needed, has a tight fitting elastic setup. Surprised by just how well it works considering its small size! Also very well made, feels sturdy! Great product for an incredible price!

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