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PhotoflexOctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • Durable (9)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Reliable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (11)
  • Studio (8)
  • Travel (6)
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    • Professional (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent light control & flexibility

This is a great small light source. With the grid, it makes for a beautiful, soft but directed light source, and without the grid it is beautiful for portrait work with its round...Read complete review

This is a great small light source. With the grid, it makes for a beautiful, soft but directed light source, and without the grid it is beautiful for portrait work with its round catch light. It is a little awkward to set up--a lot of parts--but it is very solidly built. Nice to have the option for the gold interior.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice light

I wanted a softbox for use with my nikon sb-600 flash. This was my first softbox (I have umbrellas and equipment needed for those.) So far I am a little disappointed....Read complete review

I wanted a softbox for use with my nikon sb-600 flash. This was my first softbox (I have umbrellas and equipment needed for those.) So far I am a little disappointed. The light is relatively soft but I have yet to really see the difference from my umbrellas and they are much more portable and fast to set up. In addition it was confusing trying to figure out what other equipment I needed to use. The speedring was relatively easy but I also needed to order a photoflex adjustable shoe mount to xs-litedome connection, which was not clear to me. I already owned a lightstand and pocket wizards. I need to try it out in more situations because the blocking of light from the back (in contrast to umbrellas) may be more useful in indoor settings where shadows on the background can be a problem. I may also try some more light modifiers such as a grid. I do like that there are silver or gold (reversible) reflectors inside to modify the color. It is fairly easy to set up when you have the right extras, as mentioned. A little expensive but most other softboxes are similarly priced. The size is good for small spaces so I may yet find more use out of it.

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5.0

Very Good!

By Nishihara

from Tokyo

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

      nice and fastest shopping.
      Thank you very much!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Love it!

      By Hermance Imaging

      from Dover Delaware

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Bit pricey

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

      It is compact and provides just the right type of light for it's given size. A must have..

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      • No

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      3.0

      Nice light

      By Enthusiast

      from Williams, AZ

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

      I wanted a softbox for use with my nikon sb-600 flash. This was my first softbox (I have umbrellas and equipment needed for those.) So far I am a little disappointed. The light is relatively soft but I have yet to really see the difference from my umbrellas and they are much more portable and fast to set up. In addition it was confusing trying to figure out what other equipment I needed to use. The speedring was relatively easy but I also needed to order a photoflex adjustable shoe mount to xs-litedome connection, which was not clear to me. I already owned a lightstand and pocket wizards. I need to try it out in more situations because the blocking of light from the back (in contrast to umbrellas) may be more useful in indoor settings where shadows on the background can be a problem. I may also try some more light modifiers such as a grid. I do like that there are silver or gold (reversible) reflectors inside to modify the color. It is fairly easy to set up when you have the right extras, as mentioned. A little expensive but most other softboxes are similarly priced. The size is good for small spaces so I may yet find more use out of it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect for baby and children portraits

      By Dukes

      from Pa

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Light and easy to set up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

        Gives great soft light with a SB800 flash.
        Light enough to hold in one hand and camera in other if necessary (tight spots)
        Happy with the results.

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        3.0

        Great product .. BUT...

        By Sixgun

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Color accurate
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Fit and finish is sloppy
        • Not easily collapsible

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

        This is a nice OCTO, and has some nice features, but seems the price tag is a bit excessive for what you get. Not sure how they justify it actually, but it is what it is. Does the job nicely and no complaints otherwise. We use this mainly as a portable SB for on location lighting we purchased speed rings for Hensel and Buff strobes, thinking we could use it for both but I would not recommend this as a portable unit, setup and teardown is truly painful..!! We have one of the Buff Octos and its as nice, half the cost and it folds up like an umbrella - unfortunately, its only for Buff products - so now we have one of each.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Size

        By maku

        from Toronto, Canada

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

          It is great for lighting my subjects for portrait. I bought it to check out the quality before I go up to the 5 foot version for full body work. It is great to have the choice of white, silver or gold interior. The instructions are well laid out and make it simple to setup. Great purchase!

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          • No

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          5.0

          octodome

          By The Mann

          from Columbus, Ohio

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

            I have been using the dome with canon 580 EX II speedlite and once you get your shooting angle figured out the Octodome produces very nice soft light. Glad I made the purchace.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Size for portraits

            By Red Seat Photo

            from Upstate, NY

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

              This softbox is well worth the money. An added bonus is the ability to vary the amount of gold reflective material to warm up your subject. I used it recently to shoot over 100 executive portraits for a Fortune 500 company as the main light with an SB-900. Only issue is the back cover hides the speed light from triggering but a pocket wizard solved that. Plenty of light with one SB-900. Although not as sturdy as my Profoto boxes the speedrings are cross compatible!
              For a much cheaper alternative to the Photoflex Adjustable Shoe Mount Connector bend a peice of bracket material to fit between a stud and the ring and then bolt a Stroboframe Flash Mount Adapter to the bracket.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Versitile

              By f8stop

              from Seattle WA

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

                It is great for softly lighting my subjects for portrait. I bought it to check out the quality before I go up to the 5 foot version for full body work. It is great to have the choice of white, silver or gold interior. The instructions are well laid out and make it simple to setup.
                I have no complaints.

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                4.0

                Well made with heavy duty materials

                By MaxR

                from Norfolk, VA

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

                  It gives a great catchlight. It seems a little high in price given its size, but it is durably made.
                  Narrow profile helps in tight quarters.

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                  5.0

                  Best quality

                  By JEE - San Francisco

                  from San Francisco, CA. USA

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

                    I use this both indoor and outdoor. It's not heavy. But this is I can put in my back seat. But one thing about the white cloth at the front seem fragile and a little too thin. Also the price a little than I expected.

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                    5.0

                    Quality made

                    By Tonetta

                    from Miami, FL

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Well made

                    Cons

                    • Bag too small

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

                    I use indoors. Not in a studio, so i need something to be easy to put together and take it apart...

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                      4.0

                      Excellent light control & flexibility

                      By Steve

                      from Milwaukee, WI

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Portrait work

                        Comments about Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox, Small - 3' (91cm) Diameter:

                        This is a great small light source. With the grid, it makes for a beautiful, soft but directed light source, and without the grid it is beautiful for portrait work with its round catch light. It is a little awkward to set up--a lot of parts--but it is very solidly built. Nice to have the option for the gold interior.

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