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ElinchromOcta Light Bank for Flash - 74"
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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    (2)

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Pros

  • Durable (7)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Reliable (5)
  • Attach securely (4)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (6)
    • Studio (5)
    • General purpose (4)
    • Indoors (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (8), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    quirky but worth it

    I used one on a catalog shoot for about a week with a profoto kit. It takes a firm hand and a strong back to set one of these up, but the speed is...Read complete review

    I used one on a catalog shoot for about a week with a profoto kit. It takes a firm hand and a strong back to set one of these up, but the speed is worth it. The clients loved it, popping one is sort of a party trick.

    For a light of this size and quality to set up in just a few minutes is impressive. The build quality is also excellent. The pressure clamp on the back looks wimpy, but is not, it holds this thing fast. Also the handle that pulls out from the back helps a great deal when working this thing alone.

    My only complaint is that with a profoto kit, the speedring adapter lock runs in the same direction as the elinchrom unlock. So, when you put a profoto head in place and twist the ring to lock it in place, you are also unlocking the ring and head and detaching them from the octa-bank!! Not good!! I managed to catch it the first time and watched out for it after that, but I wished that someone had warned me.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great but did not last.

    This modifier does make beautiful light, but unfortunately all the spokes broke through the fabric... I had to patch the entire thing. Tried to get in touch with Elinchrom but still have...Read complete review

    This modifier does make beautiful light, but unfortunately all the spokes broke through the fabric... I had to patch the entire thing. Tried to get in touch with Elinchrom but still have yet to hear back from them.

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    5.0

    Beautiful Light

    By Kelly Kline

    from ATL-NYC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

        I've rented this dozens of times and it's great to finally own it! This is the most beautiful octabank light on the market! I highly reccommend this for any serious studio or location photographer. It's a bit pricy, but worth it if you're serious about portriats.

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        4.0

        Large Octa Bank

        By dave

        from Philly

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Not Durable

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

          I want to say it's one of the best, and my favorite light sources out there but there are some issues. While the light is truly beautiful and soft, the reflector is not durable. The diffusion cover lacks stitching and the mount is flimsy. We have modified the ones we have for about $100 additional. and it seems the repair department was out sourced to Monfroto who has know outsourced it to CRIS, so it's very difficult to speak to them about the repairs.

          Overall, there's nothing like it to my knowledge, but there is room for improvement.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By Rico NYC

          from Nyc

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

            Perfect light for standing full body shots!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            one of the best light modifiers around

            By scot

            from austin, tx

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great light
            • Well made

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors

            Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

            I've used the smaller elinchrom octa bank for years with great results. Over the past year I've had occasion to use the 74" and quickly understood why is so valued by so many photographers. Beautiful even light that offers great variety depending on where you place it in regard to your subject/subjects.
            The only modifier that I have used that trumps it is the broncolor hazy light.
            but the hazy light is much more expensive and confined to studio use.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Soft Light Tool!

            By P. Love Photography

            from Indianapolis, IN

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Need Profoto Adapter
            • Price

            Best Uses

            • Fashion

            Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

            This is a very nice and easy to use lightbank. It creates the softest light I have ever seen! Excellent for headshots, portraits or full length fashion.

            I have used other larger octabanks and this is the easiest to setup and breakdown after a photoshoot!

            Highly recommended!!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Octabank needs grip improvements

            By Tammy

            from Nashville Tn

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Not Durable

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

              Beautiful light but would love to have more substantial grip for the heaviness of the light bank

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              5.0

              Top notch!

              By [@]

              from Toronto, Ontario Canada

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Studio

                Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

                Perfect for full body

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                5.0

                Super soft light

                By Micalngelo

                from Mission Viejo, CA

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

                  Used for full length portraits in studio
                  Beautiful, soft even light
                  Well thought out and designed Extremely easy to set up for such a large softbox
                  A large "C" stand is required or similar heavy duty light stand to support the large Octa
                  Seems portable for outdoor use....no experience there however

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                  5.0

                  Great Light Modifier

                  By Andre the Giant

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Professional

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

                    This octa is a wonderful light modifier! I have used it in studio and on location, and this octa is a snap to setup, use and control, breakdown, and carry. It comes with its own carrying bag which is also nice. The soft wrap around light that is created is wonderful! Works best on a boom stand to get a 45 degree directional light.

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                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Great but did not last.

                    By hillcountryphotographer

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

                          This modifier does make beautiful light, but unfortunately all the spokes broke through the fabric... I had to patch the entire thing. Tried to get in touch with Elinchrom but still have yet to hear back from them.

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                          5.0

                          Outstanding Light

                          By Jon

                          from Frisco, Texas

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors

                            Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

                            This is a very high quality product that produces a wash of soft light that is easily used for sinlge light studio shots or in conjunction with multiple light set ups. I love this product and use it with other Elinchrom lights and softboxes of one kind or another.

                            One caveat--this MUST be mounted on a heavy-duty stand and I strongly recommend (and use) at least 20-30 pounds of sandbagging to ensure stability.

                            GREAT PRODUCT just like other Elinchrom stuff.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Wow what a modifier

                            By japb

                            from Birmingham, Al

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Large Very Huge

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

                            Great modifier for Portrait - very soft easy to control, be aware that this is very huge, and requires some calm nerves, and steady strong arms. You must align brackets as you open the umbrella and provide steady tension as you connect it, then you have to reach about 6 foot up to install the cover. Since Im 6'2" this was not a problem for me on my tip toes. Setting this up takes me about 2 minutes - thats after the stand is in place, and the bag is opened. Love what it can do... just wish I had more money - this is just the beginning of wanting more stuff like this...

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                            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            quirky but worth it

                            By kid

                            from New England

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Long-Lasting

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Models apparel

                              Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

                              I used one on a catalog shoot for about a week with a profoto kit. It takes a firm hand and a strong back to set one of these up, but the speed is worth it. The clients loved it, popping one is sort of a party trick.

                              For a light of this size and quality to set up in just a few minutes is impressive. The build quality is also excellent. The pressure clamp on the back looks wimpy, but is not, it holds this thing fast. Also the handle that pulls out from the back helps a great deal when working this thing alone.

                              My only complaint is that with a profoto kit, the speedring adapter lock runs in the same direction as the elinchrom unlock. So, when you put a profoto head in place and twist the ring to lock it in place, you are also unlocking the ring and head and detaching them from the octa-bank!! Not good!! I managed to catch it the first time and watched out for it after that, but I wished that someone had warned me.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              The big octa

                              By Fred

                              from France

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about Elinchrom Octa Light Bank for Flash - 74":

                                Everything has been said about this octa. Used by may pros. The best soft and wraping light. The light bnk is also very easy to setup and use despite his size.

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