Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox (Medium, 5' Diameter)

Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox (Medium, 5' Diameter)

Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox (Medium, 5' Diameter)

B&H # PHOD5Q MFR # 870361

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  • For Use with Strobes Only
  • White
  • Removable Front Diffuser
  • Removable Inner Baffle
  • 4 Each: Silver & Gold Removable Panels
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Photoflex 870361 overview

  • 1Description

The Photoflex (Medium, 5' Diameter) OctoDome³ softbox is designed for use with strobes only, with modeling lights up to 500 watts. Its circular design provides diffused light that is as wide as it is tall. It has an internal baffle that eliminates hotspots with smooth, natural light. Its narrow profile gives you more versatility in small rooms.

Use this size for 3/4-length portraits of 1 or 2 people.

A Series 900 Speed Ring is required for mounting the OctoDome to your light, and is not included.

Quick Release Corners (QRC) relieve pressure on support rods for quick and easy softbox set up and breakdown
Use both the face and the baffle for the softest, most diffused light
Use the OctoDome without the face or baffle for a broad, high-contrast light
Using the included gold and silver panels results in a warmer, more natural image
OctoDome optional grids provide precise control of light
UPC: 799245009052
In the Box
Photoflex OctoDome3 Softbox (Medium, 5' Diameter)
  • Rods
  • Front Diffusion Panel
  • Baffle
  • Storage Bag
  • 4 Each: Silver & Gold Removable Panels
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
  • Note: Series 900 Speed Rings are NOT INCLUDED, and are required for your light

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    • 1Description

    Photoflex 870361 specs

    Shape Octagon
    Interior Gold, Silver, White
    Requires Speed Ring Yes, Not Included
    Accepts Grids Yes
    Removable Front Face Yes
    Removable Interior Baffle Yes
    Circular Dimensions : 5.0 x D: 1.5' / : 1.5 x D: 0.5 m
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.0 x 9.0 x 5.0"

    Photoflex 870361 reviews

    OctoDome3 Softbox (Medium, 5' Diameter) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 45.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Softbox In my small studio, the large diameter coupled with the space saving flat depth are a great combination. The light is even from edge to edge (though I never metered it), and looks beautiful. The quality of construction is perfect, absolutely perfect. A little time consuming changing out the internal color reflectors, but worth the work.
    Date published: 2008-07-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product, great price Here is something that works, and at the same time gives you a little more than it's competitors at a reasonable cost. Considering the Profoto 5'octabox is almost 3x as expensive with not much difference in light quality, I'm pretty happy with my choice. I've used both in several fashion shoots. Great wraparound light with space for grids. Set up is same as others. You get used to it, and it's not that hard. Fabric isn't as hearty as the Profoto, but how much do you really beat up a softbox? Great value here.
    Date published: 2011-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT I discovered this while modeling on a shoot, I noticed the photographer standing in front of the light at one point and I was still surrounded by light! It's amazing. I bought the 5ft one for my husband, he's a professional photographer, and he loves it! It's so big, yet so compact. We purchased the 7ft one first, and realized it was too big, even for a large studio.. the 5ft is just perfect!
    Date published: 2014-07-02
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Invest In Something Better I've been using Photoflex products since 2002, and prior to purchasing my 5' Octodome, I was very happy with my Medium Silverdome NXT as well as my two Small Cinedome softboxes from Photoflex. The products were priced well, held up well to vigorous use on location, and did exactly what I needed them to do when lighting everything from interviews to music videos to indie features. I was quite disappointed, then, when the 5' Octodome didn't live up to the same positive Photoflex track record. The unit is very difficult to set up, but once you get the hang of it, the unit performs nicely. The problems arise when the poor build quality begins to compromise the unit's usability. The third shoot I used the unit on, one of the rods snapped while I was fighting to insert it into the speed ring (remember: hard to set up). Photoflex promptly sent me a replacement rod at no charge, but the rod they sent me was different than the rods that originally came with the unit (more flexible and made from a different material), meaning that the Octodome didn't sit level in the speed ring when using the replacement rod. By the tenth or so location shoot I'd used this on, the Velcro tabs that hold the ends of the rods into the Octabank (the same ones you flip open to take the tension off the rods when tearing the unit down) began to develop holes, and the rods began to penetrate through the tabs while fighting to set up the unit (remember: hard to set up). Without these tabs, the unit cannot stay assembled under tension. I managed to cobble together a quick fix on location with additional pieces of Velcro to patch the holes and hold the rods in place. Another issue is the way the rods are held into their pockets within the skin of the unit. It is very easy for the rods to come out of their pockets at the bottom of the unit (at the doomed Velcro tabs) during transport. If you forget to check all 8 rods before you begin inserting them into the speed ring, and a rod is not in its pocket, it is very likely that you will stab through the front diffusion baffle (as I did) as you begin to add tension. Ask anyone I work with, and they'll tell you that I baby my gear, and I'm very meticulous when it comes to transporting and storing things safely. If I had this many issues with this unit, I can imagine the nightmares someone might have who's less careful. I'll be looking for a replacement unit from Chimera in the coming weeks.
    Date published: 2010-12-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice large light source This product hooks up nicely to the Profoto speedring that I already had. It gives off a very nice soft light, as expected from a source its size. It can be a struggle to set up and take down, as some people have mentioned in other reviews, but if you undo the velcro straps on the front, it will relieve the tension on the poles and make your life much easier!
    Date published: 2009-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality Of Light I own both the 3' and now the 5' versions. The 3' is perfect for quick location set-ups. I leave the 5' unit in the studio that has 12' ceilings. The light this unit produces with my Dynalites is not to be believed! Used in close, just out of the camera's view, portraits have a glow that I was not able to achieve before! Great catchlights in the eyes! I haven't been disappointed with any Photoflex product...ever! And I have extensive experience with them!
    Date published: 2010-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy & Worth The Money Purchased this softbox to use with my Einstein great. It was very tough to put together the first time, but I left it set up for a few days to allow it to stretch out a bit. It is very easy to assemble now. My only complaint is getting it to fit back into the bag...obviously if you have a permanent studio opposed to a portable one, this will not be an issue.
    Date published: 2011-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I have found the Octodome 3 to be easy to assemble (after reading the instruction)and easy to handle while attaching it to my flash unit. It is well constructed and gives a nice soft light. I perfered not to attach the optional gold and silver lining because I like the softer light a white lining produces. I love this product and would highly recommend it.
    Date published: 2010-09-13
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