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LumiQuestSoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes
 
4.0

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (34)
  • Easy to set up (28)
  • Consistent (22)
  • Reliable (22)
  • Attach securely (9)

Cons

  • Flimsy (5)
  • Short lifespan (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (27)
  • Photography (23)
  • Artificial lighting (20)
  • Weddings (17)
  • Indoors (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (18), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (5), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (43)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Compact and well designed.

The LumiQuest shoe-mount softbox is ideal for achieving softer look with reduced shadow definition. It works very well with the diffusion dome mounted on.

Its well thought of design allows the AF-assist...Read complete review

The LumiQuest shoe-mount softbox is ideal for achieving softer look with reduced shadow definition. It works very well with the diffusion dome mounted on.

Its well thought of design allows the AF-assist illuminator and the ready light in my SB-900 to function unobstructedly.

It is entirely made of plastic with its sides appear to be cardboard reinforced. Its lifespan solely depends on how well you care for it.

The best thing about it is, if not in use, it can be folded completely flat for easy storage.

I paid extra for the cinch strap (with its price it should come free with the softbox) to avoid the sticky mess of the velcro patches on my strobe.

The trick I did in strapping the cinch strap firmly with minimal possibility of movement (which is sliding back and forth or around) is placing three large rubber bands side by side as a base. Now, I can walk around confidently knowing the softbox won't move even if I accidentally bump it off the table corner.

Overall, I am happy with the purchase and the results I get with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Flash diffuser

I've tried several diffusers and this was recommended to me. I like that one can use it while pointing the flash forward. I didn't like that it cut the light by what seemed like...Read complete review

I've tried several diffusers and this was recommended to me. I like that one can use it while pointing the flash forward. I didn't like that it cut the light by what seemed like a couple of stops. It works okay, but only at close range. All in all, I like the Demb diffuser better and probably won't use this diffuser very often.

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5.0

Awesome product!

By Molly Riley Brady

from Webster, MA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artificial Lighting
    • Photography
    • Portraits

    Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

    I just love the softbox. It is light weight, fit beautifully on my 580 flash, but I also bought the LumiQuest UltraStrap Accessory Mounting Strap so I didn't have to use stickies on my flash and it worked beautifully. Very stable. I shot a prom and it worked great. Nice soft light. Just great. I would definitely recommend it. Best of all, it was made in the USA!!!

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    1.0

    Unable to use the first one

    By Sylvia L

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

          Unfortunately I received my Softbox in damaged condition. One of the side flaps was torn halfway down from the seam. B+H is sending me a replacement and I'll update my review if this one works.

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          4.0

          Great little Product for your camera bag

          By Steve

          from Michigan

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

            I love this product. Easy to set up, great diffusion and manages to feel like a very geeky tool to have in my kit. Folds flat and fits in the bag very well. I've been pleased with the look in my photos. I would perhaps recommend adding a few more bits of velcro or getting the elastic velcro add on sold by LumiQuest.

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            3.0

            some drawbacks to product

            By tvgramps

            from Highland Illinois

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting

            Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

            light leaks out of sides of unit spectral highlights on any side objects of unit

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            5.0

            Just what I wanted.

            By JK

            from Kansas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photography

              Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

              The LumiQuest SoftBox is exactly as it was described.

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              5.0

              Lightweight, Compact & Affordable

              By B Lance

              from Hilton Head Island, SC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Weddings

                  Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                  A "must have" accessory for evenly lit portraits on the go. It's compact design allows for easy stowing. It's easy on the wallet as well!

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                  1.0

                  Waste of money for portraits

                  By Karl

                  from Earth

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                      Just use a hankerchief

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for the average user!

                      By Gem204

                      from Green Bay, Wisconsin

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                        I use the softbox for portrait photography. It's very convenient because of the size and it's ability to attach and detach/compress in size. You can see a significant difference between using the soft box & the flash as is.

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                        4.0

                        works great!

                        By llw

                        from detroit, mi

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Hard To Attach To Flash

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                        Does a great job when dealing with harsh flash light. Very durable, well constructed. Love it!

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                        2.0

                        lumiquest softbox

                        By nurse on call

                        from cleveland, ohio

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • "fiddly"
                        • Flimsy

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                        after i received it i didn't want to affix it to my flash unit with the velcro tabs provided so i tried to work around it and use a rubber band around the flash unit. this did not work at all so i ended up using the velcro tabs after all. the product borders on cheap. only good thing i had to say about it is that it works, it does do its job so i guess i shouldn't complain.

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                        4.0

                        Okay so far

                        By Steve

                        from Rochester, NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                          No surprises. They're a good brand, and the thing is easy enough to use.

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                          5.0

                          This is great.

                          By Old Man

                          from Clayton, Indiana

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                            This works great and looks so much better than a milk bottle and duct tape.

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                            5.0

                            Soften up your photos

                            By Ken's shot

                            from Peterborough, On.

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                              Use this with my Nikon SB800 flash. Mostly for portraits on location or when travelling. Will look at using it with my other lighting fixtures when I get home.
                              Softens shadows as it claims. Does a much better job then the plastic dome that came with the SB800.
                              Does take a few more seconds to attached to flash, but not really an issue.

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                              5.0

                              compact

                              By madiaz

                              from kalamazoo,mi,u.s.a.

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                Made in the USA. Folds compactly to store in a flat pocket in camera bag. fast set up. pretty good results for macro and portrait photography.

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                                1.0

                                flimsy

                                By Rocky Mike

                                from Birmingham, AL

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult to attach
                                  • Flimsy

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                    Flimsy construction and very difficut to attach without the "optional" velcro strap.

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                                    3.0

                                    Good to have just in case

                                    By McMedia

                                    from Toms River, NJ

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Photography
                                      • Weddings

                                      Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                      I'm not too crazy about this. I thought it would work a little bit better than it does, but it does what it's supposed to. You can't expect miracles from a "soft box" this size. As with most LumiQuest products, it folds flat so I generally just leave in it the bag with the rest of the LumiQuest flash attachments I have. It's rare that I need it, but when I do it's just there. Otherwise it doesn't make a big enough difference in my style of shooting to use more often. Obviously, makes a difference at closer ranges if you need to use direct flash.

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                                      1.0

                                      Less Bang for your buck

                                      By sdfoto

                                      from Hawley PA & NY,NY

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up

                                      Cons

                                      • Inconsistent Output
                                      • Short Lifespan

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Weddings

                                      Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                      After reading all the mixed reviews I decided to test it for myself.
                                      Although the manufacturer says "The light is softened and more evenly distributed as it passes through a center-weighted frosted" panel- there by reducing any hot spot one might get when using direct flash, I found that if your subject is near a background you still get a hot spot either to the left or right of the subject while at the same time reducing the strength of the flash by more then 1 f stop. While quick to attach using either the glue on velcro pieces it comes with I spent the extra 9 or 10 dollars to by the wrap around velcro strap that should really be included in order to avoid attaching sticky glue velcro to my 580 EX II that would just get messy on a very hot day anyway. Construction is shabby at best and I could easily see having to buy 3 or 4 of these boxes a year. At the same time I purchased the softbox I also bought a simple slip on dome diffuser for under $10 and was much happier with the result then with the Lumiquest softbox.

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                                      5.0

                                      This softbox is simple yet effective!!!

                                      By B

                                      from HI

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Artificial Lighting
                                        • Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Strobe Lighting
                                        • Weddings

                                        Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                        Effective in diffusing light.It makes your camera flash head magnificient and magnified.It also easy to carry along into your bag.Buy it and you wont be disappointed.Lumiquest rocks.Thanks BNH.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great item and will buy a 2nd one.

                                        By Julie R

                                        from Atlanta, GA

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Weddings

                                          Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                          What a wonderful product. I have used other items and this is the best. It does a wonderful job when photographing a large group. I shot weddings.

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                                          4.0

                                          Great Product

                                          By Joe

                                          from Chicago IL

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artificial Lighting
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about LumiQuest SoftBox for Shoe-Mount Flashes:

                                            Easy to use

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