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VelloUniversal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large)
 
4.2

(based on 22 reviews)

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    (10)

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    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (17)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Packs small / compresses (13)
  • Reliable (8)
  • Strong construction (5)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (13)
  • Family photos (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome for outdoor and indoor lighting

I use this with my Canon Speed light, It's fantastic and I don't have to worry about lugging around portable lighting equipment. I used it primarily for fashion freelance work and studio photography.

I use this with my Canon Speed light, It's fantastic and I don't have to worry about lugging around portable lighting equipment. I used it primarily for fashion freelance work and studio photography.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hmmm, not sure yet..

Modifies light very nicely, but it feels a little clunky still and may attract strange looks from your subjects who are not used to a visually large object bearing down on them for a...Read complete review

Modifies light very nicely, but it feels a little clunky still and may attract strange looks from your subjects who are not used to a visually large object bearing down on them for a photo. I haven't used it in a professional gig yet only because I'M getting used to carrying this thing around, even though it will give me better light. Can use some structural rigidity even when properly attached to flash. It is a relatively light object, but once mounted onto your flash, it will flex under its own weight and not align so well with the flash head. I relied on attaching top velcro pad further back to keep its face pulled up a bit. I am likely going to attach velcro strips to its "triangular" sides to keep them from moving in relation to each other and make a more rigid structure. Otherwise it works well for what it is, you can hand hold the flash with it mounted, even, and definitely worth the money.

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5.0

Beautiful diffused light

By Kaw2279

from Texas

Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

This soft box is light weight, very portable and does exactly what it is suppose to do! I have used it both on and off camera..it works well!

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5.0

Great gadget!

By SA

from NYC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

    For what it is, this is a great accessory to have on the road. It's small, durable, and does an amazing job. I always pack it in the camera bag if I know I'm working in tight spaces.

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    3.0

    Good but big

    By mucho

    from NYC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

    For shooting frogs.

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    3.0

    Great photos, challenging to attach

    By AJ

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

    Really like the portability and quality of photos this softbox yields. The Velcro adhesive melted off my flash the first time using, which will likely prove to be an ongoing issue. Some sort of thick rubber band or wrap to attach may have been a better method.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Small but effective

    By Mlanz

    from New York

    Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

    This is a great addition and produces some soft light from a small package. The only problem is to use effectively you really have to tape the Velcro to your speed light. Not a terrible thing but doesn't work as we'll with a Velcro strap.

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    3.0

    Hmmm, not sure yet..

    By gusphoto

    from Scenic Edison, NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Unwieldy

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

    Modifies light very nicely, but it feels a little clunky still and may attract strange looks from your subjects who are not used to a visually large object bearing down on them for a photo. I haven't used it in a professional gig yet only because I'M getting used to carrying this thing around, even though it will give me better light. Can use some structural rigidity even when properly attached to flash. It is a relatively light object, but once mounted onto your flash, it will flex under its own weight and not align so well with the flash head. I relied on attaching top velcro pad further back to keep its face pulled up a bit. I am likely going to attach velcro strips to its "triangular" sides to keep them from moving in relation to each other and make a more rigid structure. Otherwise it works well for what it is, you can hand hold the flash with it mounted, even, and definitely worth the money.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Works great, should have bought a medium

    By MN Blayne

    from Rochester, MN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

      This fits on my Sony flash, it works great at diffusing the light just like designed. I should have paid more attention to the dimensions, I could have gotten a medium. The large rests on top of the lens and sags quite a bit when the flash is pointed anywhere but straight. None of my size issues have anything to do with the product, just adding it in case someone else can benefit from my lack of research.

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      4.0

      Good Value, Compact for Storage

      By MarkL

      from Hartford CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Mounting

      Best Uses

      • Portrait

      Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

      Works as listed. Simple & light. It would be nicer if there was a better mounting method than Velcro. Get a strap or rubber band if you don't want to use the Velcro on your flash.

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      4.0

      Works as intended

      By Fully-Ripe Studios

      from Indio, Ca

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

        I use this for action sports and portrait photography. Works just as intended, it attaches well to the flash and stays pretty well. Had to add extra velcro pieces to get it to stay as i would like but its an easy fix. folds nicely and flat, I do wish the pieces that attached to the flash was a little longer. But i plan on buying another soon.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (La

        By Gerard Kuzawa

        from Sacramento, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

          An impulse buy for Myself... one of those accessory suggestions. However My Figlia (Daughter) decided to try it while shooting a wedding that I assisted Her with. Realistically I have no chance of getting it back for She loved it then and loves it now. As a matter of fact, My Figlia has not taken it off of Her flash since She and I put it on (just to test if She would like it).

          Note: The velcro is not addiquate. I secured the softbox further with electrical tape (one of the several tools I carry within My photo-accessory bag.

          Though possibly a 4-star rating would be acceptable, the work-around was simple enough in comparison to the price of the produuct to warrant a full five stars.

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          5.0

          Portable and convenient

          By Daniel

          from Florence, SC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

              Pros: Seems to be well made. It's easy to use. It's easy to carry along since it folds up, and fits nicely in a camera bag.

              Con: You have to put Velcro on your flash.

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              5.0

              Perfect

              By photogirlie

              from Bellingham, WA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos

                Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

                I used this for an indoor party at in a dark bar and it was light weight, versatile and useful.

                I was easily able to angle the soft-box for different and desired affects.

                Haven't used it on top of my flash as a stationary soft-box yet but looking forward to how it performs in that manner too.

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                5.0

                Must Buy

                By WJ

                from San Jose, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

                  Easy to use very soft light.

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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Only so-so

                  By Coast_West

                  from Utah

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • inexpensive

                  Cons

                  • Unreliable
                  • Weak Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

                  First off, I must admit it was cheap. And it does modify the light from the flash, making it softer in photos versus direct flash. Also works better than bounce flash which tends to light from above.

                  The structural integrity of the product is week. It depends on velco tape that you stick on your flash. Then you velcro the softbox to your flash. The weight of the soft box is a lot for the velcro tape. In my case it let the soft box droop down. I found I needed to hold it up to get an even lighting effect.

                  Next time, I'd save my money and buy something that will work in a variety of situations.

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                  4.0

                  EXCELLENT PRODUCT

                  By Rockdog48

                  from springdale ar

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

                    easy to install

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Compact and Effective

                    By Colin F

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

                      This is used on my Nikon SB600 flash, and does the job well. It does not compare to the higher-end soft-boxes with dedicated bulbs, but it is also not supposed to.

                      It is portable and works on a standard hotshoe flash, which is important to remember when buying this. For long treks, or where you have no alternative or are on a limited budget, this is an excellent alternative to the standard un-restricted flash.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome for outdoor and indoor lighting

                      By E.H. Taguiam

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

                        I use this with my Canon Speed light, It's fantastic and I don't have to worry about lugging around portable lighting equipment. I used it primarily for fashion freelance work and studio photography.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Big softbox at a great value

                        By Darin H.

                        from Toledo, OH

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

                        I use this for event photography and grabbing quick portraits. It is a little bulky and whatever flash/speedlight you use needs to have velcro applied first before using it. You can't just move it from light to light. Gives great soft even lighting.

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                        4.0

                        I would buy this product again

                        By Isis

                        from Mar del Plata, Argentina

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Reliable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Bulky
                        • Not easy to put it togeth

                        Best Uses

                        • Studio Photography

                        Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

                        Is a little bit difficult to put it together but once you do it you have amazing results.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Nifty Little Softbox

                        By Pris

                        from SC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large):

                          It is definitely better than direct flash. The only complications I've had is with the adhesive on the velcro slipping off the flash, granted it is extremely hot and humid right now. So, that may be contributing to the problem.

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                          • No

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