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Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small)

B&H # VEFD300 MFR # FD-300
Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small)

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Product Highlights

  • Softens and Diffuses Light
  • Reduces Shadows and Hot Spots
  • Fits Most Portable Flash Units
  • Folds Flat for Easy Storage
  • Includes Six Colored Gels
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The Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small) spreads and diffuses the light from an on-camera flash in the direct flash position. It's lightweight, unobtrusive and easy to attach--ideal for any fast-moving shooting situations. It attaches to most on-camera shoe-mount flashes using the included touch-tab fasteners.

In addition, the FD-300 will also accept gel filters, and includes an assortment of six colored gels: blue, green, yellow, red, orange and purple. This allows the photographer to quickly and conveniently colorize the light output for a variety of special effect applications.

Universal - fits most portable flash units
Softens and diffuses flash light, producing soft, even illumination
Accepts colored gels which allows you to color the light output of the flash unit
Reduces harsh shadows and hot spots
Folds flat for easy storage
UPC: 847628028951
Approx. Light Loss 1 stop
Dimensions Front diffusion area: 4.4 x 3.2" (11.17 x 8.12 cm)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.18 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.9 x 3.8 x 0.8"
Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small)
  • Colored Gel Kit: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red & Purple
  • Touch-Tab Fasteners
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    VelloUniversal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small)
     
    4.1

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (25)
    • Easy to use (23)
    • Packs small / compresses (18)
    • Reliable (12)
    • Compact (7)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (9)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (26)
    • Weddings (16)
    • Travel (7)
    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Wildlife photos (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (9), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (30)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Little Softbox!

    Easy to install on flash, takes less than a minute and less than that to take off and store away! SUNSET65.ZENFOLIO. COM

    Easy to install on flash, takes less than a minute and less than that to take off and store away! SUNSET65.ZENFOLIO. COM

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not particularly effective as a diffuser

    Although this product is a decent value, particularly if you want to use colored gels with your flash, it doesn't really accomplish its core goal, which is to act as a softbox.Read complete review

    Although this product is a decent value, particularly if you want to use colored gels with your flash, it doesn't really accomplish its core goal, which is to act as a softbox.

    The diffusion effect is very subtle compared to other "real" diffusers. If you're using a particularly powerful flash setting, it's almost as if the flash cuts through the diffusing material with almost no diffusion.

    I've found that you can improve it somewhat by draping pieces of tissue paper over the front and securing them with a rubber band.

    Reviewed by 33 customers

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    4.0

    Soft, direct light

    By David Moore

    from St Petersburg Florida

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

      I use this Small Vello Softbox on a Canon 600EX-RT with a 5D mkII.
      I use this softbox/flash combo in two ways: atop the camera, and next to the camera on a Vello CB-600 Straight Flash Bracket.
      I use it mainly when I need to point the flash directly at the subject, not bouncing the flash off a ceiling or wall. Along with the Softbox, I also use the flip-up diffuser built into the flash. This set-up gives me soft, yet direct light for outside, in a room where the ceiling is black or too high for bounce, or in a room where I do not want the bounce to hit colored walls and affect my color balance. It gives beautiful, direct light for both horizontal and vertical photos.
      PROS: It weighs nothing. Looks professional. Costs very little.
      CONS: Very awkward to mount to the flash. I do not use the velcro: I use an elastic band. I'll probably order the band that Vello sells next time I order something from B&H. I believe their solution might be better than mine, and I wish they would include the band in the Softbox package.
      All in all, I really like this Softbox, and I'm glad I bought it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      perfect for my needs

      By cesar

      from Matawan, NJ

      Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

      Was exactly what I was looking for and at a good price. One of my favorite things about B&H is the free expedited shipping. Instead of waiting up to 10 days for my orders, the majority of mine come the next day.

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      5.0

      Great buy

      By Cajun baby

      from Live Oak, FL

      Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

      When you need a small amount of faded light or just a hunt of color this is the way to go. 2 thumbs up.

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      5.0

      In Love

      By Techfreak

      from Bremerton,WA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Price

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

        Indoor and Outdoors, and the colored inserts make great for accents

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great tool to have in your camera bag

        By Whisper Skipper

        from Annapolis, MD

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

          A great addition to anyone's camera bag. I did a color wheel experiment under fluorescent light with a set camera on a tripod and ran through all the gels, no gel, no softbox and bounced between the AWB and the Fluorescent setting. The results were impressive (and fun to do.) Although it is not a great softbox alone (hence, the 4 stars,)it is a great tool to compensate for various light conditions. Camera was a Canon Rebel T3i with a Speedlite 430X II flash. The fact that this item folds down flat to about 1/4" thick makes it a no brainer addition to my bag. The price is a bonus.

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          2.0

          Not great, but cheap

          By susie

          from frederick, md

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

          Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

          Not impressed with the peel and stick velcro needed to attach it to the flash.

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          • No

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          5.0

          compact

          By J O

          from Illinois

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

            fillin flash

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            • No

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            2.0

            Not particularly effective as a diffuser

            By Chris

            from Ottawa, ON

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

            • Poor Image Quality

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

            Although this product is a decent value, particularly if you want to use colored gels with your flash, it doesn't really accomplish its core goal, which is to act as a softbox.

            The diffusion effect is very subtle compared to other "real" diffusers. If you're using a particularly powerful flash setting, it's almost as if the flash cuts through the diffusing material with almost no diffusion.

            I've found that you can improve it somewhat by draping pieces of tissue paper over the front and securing them with a rubber band.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Good softbox for the money

            By Heidi

            from Bay Area, California

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy Construction

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

            It is lightweight, inexpensive, and does the job. Yes, you can get a more expensive product, but it does the job. The big issue is the velcro. Since I sew, I got some velcro, and sewed elastic around it. I then have it velcroed to my flash, and then this velcros to the velcro part on the flash. That way, I do not have any sticky garbage on my flash or on this part.

            I highly recommend heading to the fabric store for some items, to help out with flashes, backdrops, or anything else that might need velcro or sticky cloth labels.

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            5.0

            Outstanding Value

            By JP

            from Richmond, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

              I used this product to take pictures of my dog. It cut down the red eye effect in the pictures. It is a bit fragile. Easy to install on the flash.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Universal Softbox

              By haasrw1031

              from Gainesville, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Might Try Rubberband
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

                I don't like the idea of sticking velcro around my Speedlite. It should function just fine however.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Fabulous!!

                By Chassi the W3dding Ph0t0g

                from Sevierville, TN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

                  I'm a full-time wedding photographer, and this works great for softening the flash when I need a little more light but don't want harsh shadows.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Impressive portable softbox

                  By Through my eyes

                  from Merced, Ca

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Weak Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

                  I don't have to worry about carrying alot of equipment. This fits into one of my pockets. It does the job & it reduces the harshness of the flash.

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                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Small box, small value

                  By BOND66

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Cheap

                  Cons

                  • Unreliable
                  • Weak Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Nothing

                  Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

                  The Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit (by Vello)This product was very disappointing. It ended up in the trash. It was hard to fit on my flash and was not flexible at all. I did not need it at all. I have been happy with all my B and H purchases except this one.

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                  4.0

                  Gotta love it

                  By Cindi

                  from Fort Worth, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

                    Works well on all my flashes and use it a lot with my photoshoots. Lightweight and does what I need it to do.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great addition to any flash

                    By Kazoo Jim

                    from Kalamazoo, MI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos

                      Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

                      This miniature softbox is perfect for closeup flash--especially with people. Gives a professional quality.

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                      4.0

                      I think I love it...

                      By Tripod6720

                      from Cleveland, OH

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • In Home Pets
                        • Portraits
                        • Self portraits

                        Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

                        I definitely like having this little piece of equipment. What I don't know is how much I would like it compared to similar items or more expensive, more professional items. It's pretty small and I bet I'd love it at close to twice the size.

                        That said, cheap as dirt, nice filters included, folds flat (0 space taken in the camera bag).

                        Glad I bought it and have no regrets

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                        5.0

                        El Cheapo!!!

                        By Icapturelights

                        from Burlington, Vermont

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

                          The unit is light weight and travels well. I love the size. It happens to fit inside the case for my SB-910. That is extremely handy. I like anything that is compact and makes me more organized. I am using two rubber bands to keep the soft box tight on the Speedlight. I always keep rubber bands around on jobs and I choose not to use the Velcro that came with it. I prefer to be minimal. This works really well and has decent gels. I use the colored gels to enhance performances and to create warm tones for commercial work.

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                          3.0

                          On Second Thought....

                          By CG Lawrence

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Weak Construction

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

                            I liked the concept of having a softbox with pre-cut gels for the portable flash. The gels are a nice grade of plastic and do add a nice color tone to the pictures. The softbox itself is rather poorly made. Would prefer if the softbox came with a wrap-around velcro strap as opposed to the little strips that you attach to your flash unit. Opted not to go that route. I would consider spending a few dollars more for a better made softbox and just get gels separately.

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                            4.0

                            Nice diffuser

                            By Dave

                            from Long Island, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit for Portable Flash (Small):

                              It's a nice diffuser, that helps prevent harsh lighting. The colored gels adds to the creative possibilities, without having to pay a lot of money to experiment. I haven't glued the velcro onto my new flash yet, instead I attached it with a rubber band and it still worked great.

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