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LumiQuestPromax Softbox III
 
4.5

(based on 114 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (61)
  • Lightweight (53)
  • Durable (47)
  • Attach securely (34)
  • Packs small / compresses (29)

Cons

  • Flimsy (5)
  • Poor quality (5)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (36)
  • Portraits (35)
  • Indoors (31)
  • Family photos (24)
  • Low light (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (41), Semi-pro photographer (34), Pro photographer (28), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (60)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I like it.

I use a SB600 hand-held up and to one side for people-pictures and this softbox really does a nice job. I hope to use it soon on a stand, but for the time...Read complete review

I use a SB600 hand-held up and to one side for people-pictures and this softbox really does a nice job. I hope to use it soon on a stand, but for the time being, it's spur of the moment pictures (people at a reception or party and children) and I like the quality of the light I'm getting. It's not for the group shot. Best used for individual shots.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works pretty well, not well made

One of the best "tiny softbox" accessories currently available as far as convenience and light quality...but they need to improve the build quality. After a short period of only...Read complete review

One of the best "tiny softbox" accessories currently available as far as convenience and light quality...but they need to improve the build quality. After a short period of only light use, one of the velcro tabs tore loose on mine, and the inner white vinyl layer is separated from the outer black layer due to weak welds along the sides. So now I can only secure it on 3 sides of the flash. If I add a rubber band, it's fine - just a nuisance. They need to re-engineer the velcro attachment points because they are not durable enough to stand up to much pulling - and they are the main stress points. And no, I was not rough with it, if anything I babied the thing because I was worried about the durability. Turns out I was right. Hopefully they'll get it ironed out with the Promax IV.

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3.0

Good, but not for MFT camera users

By JerryJ

from Kennewick, WA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Pack
  • Easy to Use
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

    Summary: I'm only rating this 3 stars because it is not a good on-camera flash diffuser for Micro 4/3rds camera users like myself. I recommend going with the smaller version.

    I bought this for both on-camera flash diffusion and as a diffuser for an off camera hair light (I use 43" diffusers for front lighting). It is too large and heavy for my Olympus FL-600R; it obscures the lens and the weight is such that the flash won't stay in an angled position. It works okay on-camera with my Yongnuo flashes, however.

    Build quality seems okay to me. Some reviewers have expressed concern about the hinges, but under normal use I think they will hold up just fine. I like the compact size. It fits nicely into the tablet sleeve on a LowePro bag I use to carry my three speedlights and other flash accessories.

    I purchased the LumiQuest Ultrastrap and recommend that over the included stick on Velcro bits.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Tiny & Awesome

    By FilteredEmpire

    from New York, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Small
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Plastic
    • Requires Velcro

    Best Uses

    • Backlighting
    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Night Photography
    • Portraits

    Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

    Stick some velcro on your speedlite and pull this thing out of your bag, and you can really up your image quality. It weighs nothing and will definitely save the day once in a while.

    The best part is that it folds flat and is easy to keep in the pocket or laptop section of a photo bag. I've used it outdoors as a fill flash and on a stand as a backlight with a pair of studio strobes, and it's been fantastic.

    Time will tell how durable it is, but it seems well made enough (in the USA!) and will be cheap to replace if I manage to break it.

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    • No

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    4.0

    works for on-camera flash

    By fitzwilly

    from winter park fl

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • Portraits

      Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

      works in a pinch for an on-camera flash

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      • No

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      4.0

      Light leaks

      By Product shooter

      from Georgia

      Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

      I like the results from this light modifier but I do find it a bit difficult to align the edges exactly, so there is some loss of light from the back. Also, it is a bit big to use while the flash is on a bracket with the camera. Works good with a light stand though. Alternate choice is westcotts pocket box, 8-inch round.

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      5.0

      Nice compact light mod

      By jrf

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

        Great for what it does- small, compact, easy to use light modifier. Works well as a fill light or in conjunction with a gel for nice soft background effect. No durability issues so far.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good Softbox.

        By Fdo Diaz

        from Monterrey, México.

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Not Interchangeable

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

        It is very practical, versatile and easy to transport.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great soft light

        By Jimmy

        from Moore, OK

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

          Great for dynamic portraites useing speed lights

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          • No

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          4.0

          Decent Light from the SB-III

          By Jamesy

          from Toronto, ON, Canada

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Photojournalism

          Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

          Good light modifyer - super easy to pack and bring along on most shoots.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Softbox review

          By ChrisB

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • Portraits

            Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

            The product is easy to set up and use, however, it didn't offer as much light dispersal as I was hoping for. The price is great for a flash diffuser, but I would recommend spending a bit more and getting something larger.

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            3.0

            So and So

            By Chris Nigul

            from Weehawken, NJ

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Small

            Cons

            • No Attaching Strap

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

            Cute little soft-box and diffuses the light properly. My only problem is the way you have to attach it to the speedlite. If I hadn't had a strap from a previous Lumiquest kit, there wouldnt been a way to attach it to the speedlite. That being said, I did not return this item cause I still find it handy.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Wish I had bought these years ago

            By gerrywt

            from Mayer, MN

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

            Use the Softbox III (2 of them) for shooting individuals and small groups indoors - work well, easy to mount on the strobe, appear to be reasonably stable and give a nice quality of light - nice even light. Might not be quite stable enough using outdoors with more than a light breeze.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great little softbox!

            By shutterbugger

            from Washington State

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

              This is a fantastic little softbox that is so easy to use. Attach to the end of the flash and it just softens the light enough. I use it for doing portraits of one to a few people. Folds down flat for easy storage. A great piece to add to the camera bag!

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              5.0

              Love this Softbox

              By L Murphy

              from Hebron, Md

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

                This little SoftBox works great, Does a good job when you need somethine to diffuse the light on off camera flash. Fits in my backpack with no problem.

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                5.0

                Works Great

                By twolabs

                from North Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Pack
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

                  I've only used it for shots of my Labrador so far but I'm really looking forward to trying some people portraits with it. When you need more than a diffuser and less than a full size softbox, this is a great alternative.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  So so

                  By Gus

                  from New York, NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

                  It was hard to attach to the flash, looks like you need to tape velcro on to the flash which I'm not a fan of doing. The photos did not come out that good either.

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                  5.0

                  Great little softbox for headshots

                  By Francis

                  from Toronto, Canada

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Head shots

                    Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

                    Got the SBIII after seeing David Hobby's (a.k.a. Strobist) samples and am very pleased with the results I've gotten holding the SBIII in my left hand about 2-3 feet from the subject with my SB-800. Great catch lights and soft quality of light.

                    Fits in the back pocket of my Think Tank Retrospective 10 and now has a permanent home there.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Portable Softbox

                    By TOM

                    from Melbourne Auatralia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Stick On Velcro

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Studio
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

                    Produce soft diffused lighting with my Nikon spotlight SB700. I used it together with another SB700 with umbrella. Very good portable unit. Only thing I don't like is the stick on velcro.

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                    5.0

                    No Complaints - Super Satisfied

                    By rajiv

                    from Edison, NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Pack
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos

                      Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

                      I am a beginner and this is my first purchase of studio equipment. In spite of Super Storm Sandy, i got my package on time and am super happy with the quality of all items in the package!!!

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                      4.0

                      Good for portraits

                      By CYL

                      from Wisconsin

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

                        like that it's compact and folds perfectly to fit into my camera bag.

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                        5.0

                        Great and easy to use

                        By Matt

                        from Perth, Australia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos

                          Comments about LumiQuest Promax Softbox III:

                          Used on a SB-800 and Sunpak 120J and with the ultra-strap puting it on and packing it away is really simple and easy.

                          Good quality make and the size makes it quite stowable in most camera bags.

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                          • No

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