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VelloMini Softbox
 
4.3

(based on 166 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (136)
  • Lightweight (136)
  • Packs small / compresses (118)
  • Reliable (65)
  • Strong construction (44)

Cons

  • Poor quality (13)
  • Unreliable (7)
  • Flimsy construction (6)
  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (120)
  • Weddings (83)
  • Travel (36)
  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Wildlife photos (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (68), Photo enthusiast (40), Pro photographer (29), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (145), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Close-up Lighting Tool

When doing close-up photography and you need additional soft lighting, what can you use. There are a number of products made but among the best is the Vello Mini Softbox! It slides over...Read complete review

When doing close-up photography and you need additional soft lighting, what can you use. There are a number of products made but among the best is the Vello Mini Softbox! It slides over your flash and does exactly what it says it will do. Provides a soft light without adding any weight or combersome to your camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

mini is better than none

This little soft box does exactly what you would expect, except stay in place. It diffuses, packs easily, flips open to expose the silver backing and slides around. I have tried it...Read complete review

This little soft box does exactly what you would expect, except stay in place. It diffuses, packs easily, flips open to expose the silver backing and slides around. I have tried it on flashes of two different sizes and shapes and it just doesn't want to stay put. It slides and droops downward due to its own weight and is a real pest. I would recommend a diffusion dome that clicks in place instead if flat packing and and an exsposed silver lining isn't high on the priority list.

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4.0

Decent effect for the price.

By BDehr

from Ft. Wayne, IN

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Comes Off Easily

Best Uses

  • Close quarters
  • Family Photos
  • Inside Photography

Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

For this cheap thing it works pretty well. Some have said that the elastic doesn't hold it in placed which is more or less true. All you need is a rubber band or two or maybe a strip of velcro. It's a nice effect for the price. Small enough to not get in the way.

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  • No

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5.0

Small and easy to carry

By Amber

from NYC

Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

Softens shadows well

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5.0

I wold buy this product again .

By Ben FotOeye

from Washington DC

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Flimsy Construction

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

Very well made !

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4.0

Worth the little cost!

By Krystal

from Redmond, OR

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

    This little thing is so simple. I think it has more of an amateur application than the pros, as my instructor would likely say it is just wasting batteries in my SB-600, but it prevent me from having to perfectly predict the exact amount of flash power to set. When I am walking around a room with some people closer to me than others, this little handy item makes the flash much more forgiving, offering light but not harsh light on faces. It looks a bit silly on an already obtrusive flash unit on a big camera but who cares when it improves my pictures! Also worth keeping in a camera bag since it folds flat!Worth every penny and it isn't that many pennies!

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    • No

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    5.0

    It's Portable!!

    By Albert D

    from San Antonio, Tx

    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

    This mini soft box is perfect! I photograph a lots of senior high school portraits mainly 1/4 frame and thiis mini comes in handy . I do not however recommend it for full body shots, but I expected this given the size of the mini box. It's small, compact and fits perfect in your photo bag

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    5.0

    Great price, great product!

    By Mike

    from New York, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

        Easy to set up and great for a very portable soft box.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent Flash Modifier Excellent Price

        By Jonah

        from Columbus, IN

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Compact Storage
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Lighting
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Little Support

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Fill flash
        • Fill Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

        This flash diffuser will provide your images with a softer light from your flash. I highly reccommend this product for anyone shooting in low light or shooting portraits. For low light, it will light your shots without glare. For portraits, it will add a soft glow to your subjects face and allow you to use the sun as a hairlight.

        It is small, durable, and versatile. Not only does it diffuse a flash, it can be used as a reflective "umbrella" for your flash just by unhooking the velcro! It will also work on some continuous on-camera lights for video to provide better lighting.

        The only real downside is its tendency to lay across the top of your flash, due to the fact it is held on solely by elastic. This is easily remedied, however.

        I use this for photographing portaits, sporting events, and as a fill light in landscapes.

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        5.0

        Great Close-up Lighting Tool

        By The f/stops here

        from San Antonio, NM

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Audio Quality
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Butterfly Insect Photos
          • Close-up Photos
          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

          When doing close-up photography and you need additional soft lighting, what can you use. There are a number of products made but among the best is the Vello Mini Softbox! It slides over your flash and does exactly what it says it will do. Provides a soft light without adding any weight or combersome to your camera.

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          • No

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          5.0

          compact and easy to use

          By Lisa the Nature Photographer

          from Yorktown, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

            Love how it collapses neatly. Fits neat and snug over my Nikon SB-910.

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            • No

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            5.0

            LOVE IT

            By Charlie

            from Lexington, KY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos

              Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

              Wow, this softbox made a big difference to my flash photography. There was no need to bounce the flash anymore, and on-camera usage of the flash became that much more practical. The softbox is very inexpensive, fits onto the flash easily and securely, folds up nicely, and seems like it will hold up well over time. It is hands down one of the best accessory purchases I've ever made.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Simple Softbox

              By MinAZ

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

              This is a simple basic softbox which is better than no diffuser but is nothing fancy. It is well built enough and diffuses enough light that it is worth having in your backpack.

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              • No

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              4.0

              It is okay

              By Hopsing

              from AR

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos

                Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                Not bad, you get what you pay. Cheap

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                • No

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                1.0

                Could be good

                By Photo finish Mike

                from Elgin, IL.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact

                Cons

                • Flimsy Construction

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                  Sorry but I wont use this again. It could be good but it slips of very easy and because it is just held on by elastic it rotates alot. My niece asked me if it was a toy. I will stick to my Stoffen plastic diffuser. Oh well, Live and learn.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic

                  By Audioblind

                  from Montrose, co

                  Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                  No Velcro needed, has a tight fitting elastic setup. Surprised by just how well it works considering its small size! Also very well made, feels sturdy! Great product for an incredible price!

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                  2.0

                  Not quite what i thought

                  By Jeff

                  from Columbus

                  Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                  It fits weird on my bolt flash. The elastic that is suppose to keep it on does not exactly do this. I decided to keep it, i have used it once with a light stand and it worked ok.

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                  5.0

                  Great Value, Extremely Easy

                  By 804 Photography

                  from Richmond, VA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos

                    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                    This small accessory is a great addition to any flash. The quality is great for the price and folds up nice and compact for travel. Overall construction is nice.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good product for the price

                    By willard6969

                    from Detroit, Mi

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                    Use for fill flash and close up pictures.

                    Softens the flash so you do not get flash blow out.

                    Elastic band is weak, doesn't hold it in place real well. Recommend using a Velcro strap to solve the issue.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Droops a little but works well

                    By DC Shooter

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                      The way softbox attaches to the camera allows it to droop off the flash. Also, if you bump into anything or move the flash too quickly the softbox will fly off. The softbox could use more support and stronger elastic to attach it to the flash. Just precarious trying to set your angle. That said, it works well for flash dispersion and softening up the light.

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                      5.0

                      great little addition to flash

                      By Pentaxuser86

                      from Wisconsin

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                        I got this in addition to a pentax shoe mount flash. It is a great way to soften the light and the lining on the inside keeps the output very high. Folds down to easily fit in camera bag and very easy to use.

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                        5.0

                        love this

                        By clanc15

                        from cedar rapids, ia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                            I used this for a selfie and it did a fabulous job. Nice lighting extra.

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                            • No

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