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VelloMini Softbox
 
4.3

(based on 171 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (88)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (140)
  • Lightweight (139)
  • 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 (123)
  • Weddings (85)
  • Travel (36)
  • Landscape/scenery (15)
  • Wildlife photos (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (69), Photo enthusiast (41), Pro photographer (31), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (147), Yes (7)

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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5.0

A must for portrait shoots

By MabMog

from Loveland, CO

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

    Stows away nicely. Provides good soft light.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    2.0

    Be glad it's so cheap

    By Islandboy

    from Dallas

    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

    Ok, the price is great for what you get, but what you get is cheesy. It drops down, so your flash doesn't stay centered it the soft bix. The elastic band is not enough to keep it on the camera... Why they didn't use the standard hook and loop design most accessories work with is beyond me. This thing will fall off your flash... a lot. It will work great for macro. It is extremely portable. The fold up design is great. The down side is that being such a small softnox you have to be right up on your subject for the light to remain soft sincerely it's still coming from a small point. If you do a lot of macro or tabletop light work or leave the speed light on a stand and want just a bit of diffusion then it will work, but there are better ones out there for under [$]. Because I have had too many issues keeping it on my flash just walking around the room I'm giving it two stars. I will keep the product, and modify it to work for me.

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    4.0

    little but effective

    By MsPhotoKLD

    from Scottsdale, AZ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Small Range

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

    have only used a little bit so far, but it does the trick. diffuses nicely especially for portraits.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    3.0

    Inexpensive Quick, Easy, and Portable

    By Billy R.

    from New York

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

        Does a decent job diffusing light. The fact that its flat means that you can stick it in your back pocket. Not as versatile as a light sphere but still good.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Works Great

        By MrJc

        from Chicago Il

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Small

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

        Works great but a little small still though does a great job.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • 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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              • No

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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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • 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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • 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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