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ImpactQuikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24")
 
4.5

(based on 151 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (111)
  • Durable (67)
  • Attaches securely (63)
  • Good color value (28)
  • Long-lasting (25)

Cons

  • Flimsy (10)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (107)
  • Indoors (83)
  • Outdoors (50)
  • General purpose (49)
  • Low light (44)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (53), Photo enthusiast (44), Pro photographer (29), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (127), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simple and easy softbox for speedlites..

I primarily bought this softbox for my speedlite because I wanted to control where my light went, I wanted nice soft lighting for portraits and I wanted something portable. I first started shooting off-camera...Read complete review

I primarily bought this softbox for my speedlite because I wanted to control where my light went, I wanted nice soft lighting for portraits and I wanted something portable. I first started shooting off-camera flash with a shoot-through umbrella. I love shooting with an umbrella because it's easy. But I soon found that when I wanted to control where my light was going, I was going to need another modifier, a softbox.
What I like about this softbox is that it seems very durable. Popped open, this thing is solid and rigid. I was afraid at first to fold it flat because some of the rods inside didn't feel like they folded correctly to me, but once I figured out what corners to fold it was much easier.
Another thing I like is the silver lining in the inside, it sorta gives my flash an extra boost, like it's a tad more powerful than it really is.
The bracket that it comes with is very light and made out of durable plastic. One thing to note is that you cannot angle the softbox because the bracket is in a fixed position. That isn't an issue for me because I mount it on a pin at the end of a boom arm which I can point anywhere.
I also love that it is meant to be taken places easily. Getting it set up is painless and when it's windy outdoors, this handles it much better than an umbrella.
Again, if you own a speedlite, this is a great softbox for it. It provides great soft lighting for portraits. The last shoot I did with this was of two people, 2/3 of the body and this softbox provided more than enough light. Not sure how it would do with lighting full body shots of say 3 or 4 people, but for what I've done so far it is great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Price, Decent Light, Flawed Details

What I like:

• Decent quality light if you can get the outer diffuser to fit properly.

• Bracket is just large enough to use a...Read complete review

What I like:

• Decent quality light if you can get the outer diffuser to fit properly.

• Bracket is just large enough to use a Pocket Wizards Flex TT5 with a full size Speedlite mounted on top like the Canon 580 EX II. (see photo)

• Quality carrying case, in fact the case feels like it's better quality than the soft box itself.

What I don't like:

• The inner diffusion screen has a terrible hook system that can take a bit to attach.

• The outer diffusion screen doesn't completely fit leading to light leak from the corners or wherever you can't get complete coverage from it. I basically had to stretch mine to get it to almost fit, luckily I didn't rip it. (see photo)

• The box itself fits quite loosely on the mounting bracket, won't take much at all to knock it off. Still solid enough for outdoor use with minimal wind though.

• The mounting bracket does not tilt so if you need to angle the box at all you'll need another bracket.

Summary:

Overall it's not a bad purchase for the money but they need to pay more attention to the little details of this product. It's definitely a smarter buy than the Lastolite equivalent as I can't find hardly any difference between the two. A better outer diffuser and the inclusion of a tilting bracket and this would have been a four star product.

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5.0

Inexpensive, light weight and ready to go

By SamCollinsPhotographer

from OK Panhandle

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

    I use it to quickly set up a portable studio or exterior portrait situation.

    the kit makes it the perfect all in one answer.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Light weight and very mobil

    By Skutch

    from Central Washington State

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

      I got tired of carrying my heavy lighting set. This is my first soft box and am really surprised at the ease of setup and how well it works.

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      5.0

      Nice softbox

      By Cris

      from Fort Collins, CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Time
        • Portraits

        Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

        Small, light, portable soft box. Well made, works with my Nikon 910 flash.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Provides for softer, spread out light :)

        By Martina Giselle

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

          I use this item with Nikon SB-800 flashes for portrait work, both in studio and outside. Works well to provide softer, less glaring light :)

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          4.0

          Works nice...but..

          By Photo Pro Erik

          from Spokane,WA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • Seam Tore
          • Weak

          Best Uses

            Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

            The product worked just as we expected and the light was beautiful. Downside was as I installed the circle mount for flash the seam tore! Still able to shoot fine with it, but this was my first time using it and now it's damaged. I'm a pro and my equipment gets used...not sure if this will last all wedding season much less a few years.

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            5.0

            Fine

            By M R Morand

            from Rio de Janeiro

            Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

            Works fine. Portable. Well manufactured.

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            5.0

            Great Portable Solution

            By Bikeguy

            from New York City

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Night Time
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

              Sets up easily and provides nice soft light for headshots and portraits. I love using it outdoors.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Quickbox Softbox 24 x 24

              By Flash

              from Portland, Or

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good For Light Use
              • inexpensive
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • See Written Comment

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Low Light
              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

              My only real complaint at this time is the softbox bracket that attaches to the stand does not allow any angular adjustment for the softbox. In other words if you want to extend the stand all the way up and then point the box in any downward fashion; it will not. It is always at a right angle to the stand. The assembly comment from another user warning about the over tightening and the placement of the flash adopter to the box is very good information.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Pleasantly Surprised

              By Josh

              from Olympia, WA

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

              This was much nicer than I expected it to be. I also have the Lastolite version which was quite a bit more expensive and didn't include the swivel or stand and honestly I think this Impact version has a higher build quality.

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              5.0

              Great Portable Box

              By Kyle Spradley Photography

              from Laramie, WY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Portraits
                • Special Events

                Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                Really love the Impact Quickbox. Super lightweight, portable and easy to setup. Great for flash setup.

                My only drawback is sometimes when you don't 100% properly fold the box back up it can screw up the metal edges. Take careful steps in folding up properly.

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                5.0

                Great product

                By vinniec

                from Syracuse, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                  I use this for a hair light. It was easy to setup and is well constructed.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great compact light

                  By TimV

                  from Florida

                  Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                  This is great to use with a portable flash unit. Provides a double layers to spread the light out. Be sure to install the bracket on the back correctly...it must remain outside the soft box between the wire rims.

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                  4.0

                  so far so good

                  By jonesh529

                  from little rock, ar

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                    I haven't fully put it all to use but I made sure I liked it and tested it out. it was easy to set up and worked great to me. it is lightweight but don't feel cheap.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good buy

                    By TimGinAZ

                    from Scottsdale AZ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                        I am not a pro so I can't give any kind of comparative analysis, but I can say that as a serious amateur working from home this works very nicely. It is a good size when open and folds up very flat when not using. Setup is EZ and intuitive. Works fine with the stands I bought. Worth the money from my perspective.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great deal!

                        By JRod

                        from Saratoga Springs, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                            Bought the Impact Quikbox Softbox (24 x 24")as a kit, together with the Air-cushioned Light Stand (Black, 8')and umbrella bracket. or what I paid, I can't really complaint at all ...The quickbox was easy to assemble (just required a little patience) and its light (from a EX580 II) is very very good for 1-2 person headshots.I think the weak link is the flash holder; it is all plastic and not terribly sturdy. It has been fine, it just feels a little flimsy.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Quality and Price are important factors

                            By JSDPhoto

                            from Olympia, WA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good value

                            Cons

                            • Plastic Structural Mounts

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                            Everything looks good and assembled well. The little inner clips are a bit strong for their purpose and hard to manipulate. The velcro on the outer diffuser was a bit loose in the corners, so I added a stitch there. The bracket that holds the Quikbox is made of hard plastic and I wonder if it will fatigue and break over time or in the wind.

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                            5.0

                            Just what I was looking for!

                            By minja12345

                            from Canada

                            Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                            Produces nice soft light, seems sturdy enough to last forever if you don't drag if on the ground or trash it on purpose.

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                            5.0

                            Sturdy & Fairly Easy to Assemble

                            By Jessica

                            from Augusta, GA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                              This was the first time I've purhased or used a softbox. I found this one easy to assemble and was happy to see that it allows for adjustments to flash size/placement/height.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Nice

                              By Don

                              from Co

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Color Value
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                                Use this for portrait shots and product shots. Diffusers a little tough to get correctly placed with the velcro. Overall great deal.

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                                3.0

                                Just what I needed

                                By ortiznyc

                                from bronx, ny

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors

                                  Comments about Impact Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24"):

                                  Nice size for portraits

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                                  • No

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