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ElinchromSoftlite 27'' Reflector (White)
 
4.5

(based on 16 reviews)

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Pros

  • Durable (12)
  • Good color value (11)
  • Long-lasting (9)
  • Attach securely (8)
  • Good power output (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (9)
    • Indoors (9)
    • Outdoors (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Portraits (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fantastic Beauty Dish

    This reflector is an excellent beauty dish. It produces beautifully even lighting with the nice falloff you expect from a beauty dish. The construction is typical Elinchrom, top quality as always. Keep in...Read complete review

    This reflector is an excellent beauty dish. It produces beautifully even lighting with the nice falloff you expect from a beauty dish. The construction is typical Elinchrom, top quality as always. Keep in mind this is a 27" dish so it is quite large and has a little weight to it as a result, so I would recommend a heavy duty light stand and/or a sandbag to keep it from tipping over.

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    Overpriced piece of aluminum

    I have no idea what makes this sort of thing so expensive but I guess it's a captive audience. The beauty throws very nice light, it is a bit difficult to keep off the...Read complete review

    I have no idea what makes this sort of thing so expensive but I guess it's a captive audience. The beauty throws very nice light, it is a bit difficult to keep off the background as the beam is very very wide but once you get the hang of it it's very nice. Note that I have recieved 2 damaged dishes before settling on a "less damaged" one. Elinchrom does a horrible job of packaging donut looks as if most come with dented edges and the speed ring crushed a bit.

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    4.0

    Great Beauty dish

    By Juan

    from Palm Beach, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

        I used it for portrait, the quality of the light is just amazing!

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good beautidish

        By Roger

        from roger.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

        A bit bulky if not in studio. Good light. Good quality.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Overpriced piece of aluminum

        By Johnny

        from new York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

          I have no idea what makes this sort of thing so expensive but I guess it's a captive audience. The beauty throws very nice light, it is a bit difficult to keep off the background as the beam is very very wide but once you get the hang of it it's very nice. Note that I have recieved 2 damaged dishes before settling on a "less damaged" one. Elinchrom does a horrible job of packaging donut looks as if most come with dented edges and the speed ring crushed a bit.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect Product

          By MIMI

          from QUE,CAN

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Too Diffused

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

          Good quality ,Easy to use

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          • No

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          5.0

          Provides Beautiful Light

          By Dean of Photographers

          from Cary NC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Color Value
          • Great light
          • Light can be punchy
          • Long-Lasting
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Be careful when storing
          • Wish they had a case

          Best Uses

            Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

            This is an extremely wonderful light modifier. If you are seeking something that provides a more punchy light, then should be your choice. With the sock diffuser on the dish, it gives a beautiful softer light. It is large but extremely light weight. I have found that due to its size it is preferable to place it on a boom arm because on a straight light stand can point it down a limited distance.

            It includes several colored reflectors (small circles) which provide versatility in the type of light delivered.

            Need to be careful when storing it because it will bend. This is a great light for portraits.

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            5.0

            Simply Awespme

            By adguy31

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attach Securely
            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Outdoors
              • Special Events

              Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

              I bought this to work with my Ranger RX and my Quadra systems on location shoots. I had been using my 39" Deep Octa but when shooting in high wind areas that softbox acts as a massive sail and makes it difficult, at times, to work with that piece. I needed something a little lighter and less likely to blow my assistant away during a shoot.

              This Beauty Dish works really well, produces a fantastic light and has some great throw. But, like all BDs, if you get too far away the light is really harsh on models with blemishes in their skin. I would highly recommend the cloth diffuser Elinchrom sells that augments this reflector. It does make a difference. All in all, this is a great piece that needs to be added to your arsenal of modifiers.

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              1.0

              add a grid

              By matgay

              from huntington

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                  If you have this beauty dish, you must also add this grid: Flashpoint II 20° Grid for 27" Beauty Dish, part number FP2BDG2720. It will complete your dish.

                  It is a perfect fit diameter, but you will need slight modification of the three mounting clamps, to bend them to curve backwards and wrap around the thick round rim of the elinchrom dish. I stuck a fat pen through it to keep the same roundness on the three clamps, and pressed the clamps backwards.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic product

                  By Shot by Carl

                  from Troy, MI

                  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
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                    The light from the beauty dish is soft and yet crisp; perfect for glamour shots. I use it every day in studio and I don't know how to live without it for a day now.

                    It's big and it would be nice if we have a big bag to hall the dish and the parts around.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Does size matter?

                    By hutchette

                    from Australia

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                      I bought the beauty dish to enhance my fashion photography.At first I was overawed by the actual size as my studio is not large but once I started using it I found that even though it throws a very large light it has a beautiful wrap-around quality and creates a great effect.

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                      5.0

                      S W E E T !!

                      By David

                      from Maple Grove, Mn

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                      Great tool to achieve gorgeous light!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Big dish, beautiul light

                      By Phil

                      from Orange County, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                          When I got the box for this dish I was a little taken back by the size of it. At 27 inches it is 5 inches bigger than the Profoto dish I have used in the past, but what it lacks in transportability it more than makes up for with quality of light. It gives you a flattering soft light while maintaining a fairly quick fall-off to sculpt your subject.
                          I do wish that Elinchrom offered grids and a case for this dish. The lack of those accessories is the only downside I can see.

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                          5.0

                          Soft, Crisp Light

                          By Bill

                          from Santa Fe, NM

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value

                          Cons

                          • No grid

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                          Used primarily for location portraits as a main light, the (included) 4 deflectors help to tailor the output to any given situation.
                          The size is a bit challenging to travel around with, but is totally worth the results. Exceptional as a high-front, but equally good when flagged from high-to the side.
                          Has a lip for a grid, but Elinchrom doesn't make one.
                          Custom 25° grids can be ordered for a reasonable price.

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                          5.0

                          It's a great modifier!

                          By Kris

                          from Georgia

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Light weight
                          • Long-Lasting
                          • REALLY BIG

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                            This modifier is great!
                            Puts out a really nice super soft light, the interchangable deflectors are really good. I wouldnt recommend the gold one though because it bends the light a bit toooo yellow.

                            NOTE to all Genesis 400 users... this is one of the only modifiers NOT compatible with the Genesis series at this point in time. Maybe later on, but not now. Anything that requires the use of the "modifier hole" or whatever it's called that is in the elinchrom strones, is out of play. I had to purchase some Elinchrom strobes after I purchased this dish! Not mad at all... because the dish is awesome.

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                            5.0

                            Stellar!

                            By Mick Motor

                            from Honolulu, HI

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Beach
                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Night Time
                              • On Location
                              • Outdoors
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                              I've used the others. Now I've got the best. The beast as we call it is in use on-location and in the studio. We sock it some times and other times we feather it. It is big and I like to deliver it that way. I need full body coverage and this does just that. This unit is well built.

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                              5.0

                              I always use this product when I shoot

                              By IEC Studios

                              from Washington, DC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light

                                Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                                I used the elinchrom beauty dish at all times in studio. I love the way it creates light against my subject when shooting. I highly recommend this product to any and all studio photographers.

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic Beauty Dish

                                By Boyer Photography

                                from Oceanside, CA

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Outdoors

                                  Comments about Elinchrom Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                                  This reflector is an excellent beauty dish. It produces beautifully even lighting with the nice falloff you expect from a beauty dish. The construction is typical Elinchrom, top quality as always. Keep in mind this is a 27" dish so it is quite large and has a little weight to it as a result, so I would recommend a heavy duty light stand and/or a sandbag to keep it from tipping over.

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