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ElinchromSoftlite 27'' Reflector (White)
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (16)
  • Good color value (14)
  • Long-lasting (12)
  • Attach securely (8)
  • Good power output (8)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (14)
  • General purpose (9)
  • Outdoors (8)
  • Portraits (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Beauty Dish

This reflector is an excellent beauty dish. It produces beautifully even lighting with the nice falloff you expect from a beauty dish. The construction is typical Elinchrom, top quality as always. Keep in...Read complete review

This reflector is an excellent beauty dish. It produces beautifully even lighting with the nice falloff you expect from a beauty dish. The construction is typical Elinchrom, top quality as always. Keep in mind this is a 27" dish so it is quite large and has a little weight to it as a result, so I would recommend a heavy duty light stand and/or a sandbag to keep it from tipping over.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works great, but......

after using this beauty dish on a few shoots I have to say that I was really happy with the results. The dish isn't as heavy as I thought it would be and it...Read complete review

after using this beauty dish on a few shoots I have to say that I was really happy with the results. The dish isn't as heavy as I thought it would be and it actually does have an area around the edge to put a grid which is not visible in pictures of the product. but that brings up a problem, there are no grids available for this. I've tried to find aftermarket grids and even looked for alternative materials to use, but nothing to fit this dish. and this is becoming a problem because the dish really throws light everywhere. until I find a grid, I will probably just use this for headshots

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5.0

VERY IMPORTANT!

By TR

from South Carolina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

I bought this with a grid. The stick holding the round diffuser is too long and when used with a grid damages the grid. It is wonderful like all Elinchrom stuff, but the darn stick is too long.

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4.0

Worth the investment

By Matt Loncar Photography

from Brisbane, AU

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Built Well
  • Durable
  • Gorgeous Light
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

  • No Transport Bag
  • Slightly Heavy

Best Uses

  • Beauty
  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Portraits

Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

I use the product for portrait work. It creates a beautiful light with falloff that you would expect from a beauty dish. A bit expensive, but you get what you pay for.

The extra 5" makes for a bigger softer light at the cost of portability and weight. Couple it with a diffuser or grid for added versatility.

For those with D-lites, be weary that you will have to clamp your light harder to stop it from drooping down. Mine also doesn't lock into place as easily as it does with reflectors and softboxes. Minor things to note, but important.

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5.0

I Really Like this Modifier

By Stuart B.

from Greenwich, CT

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Good Color Value
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

    I am very pleased with this modifier. I love the light. You will find the grid a useful accessory. It is my first beauty dish, so while I love it compared to other modifiers, I can't provide great insight.

    27" is a large dish, so you will need to be careful if transporting. Likewise, need to be careful when mounting on your light so as not to bump the flash tube. I use a C-stand and boom arm. I found it best to first mount the monolight flash tube facing up at waist level. Then mount the dish so you can see what your doing and let gravity provide an assist.

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    4.0

    Great Beauty dish

    By Juan

    from Palm Beach, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

        I used it for portrait, the quality of the light is just amazing!

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        • No

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        5.0

        GREAT REFLECTOR! LOVIN THIS DISH SO FAR!

        By Scott Naurath Photography

        from Los Angeles CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fashion
          • Fashion Headshots
          • Headshots
          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (Silver):

          This dish is great! Larger then I had expected! It does come with a gold, silver, clear and white deflector which is awesome however they are made of plastic with the silver and gold painted on it appears. Not sure how long they will last but they seem to get the job done. I've been using it for fashion shoots to get an edgier look and definitely like the outcome so far. Used it for the shoot below.

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          4.0

          Good beautidish

          By Roger

          from roger.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits
          • Studio

          Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

          A bit bulky if not in studio. Good light. Good quality.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Overpriced piece of aluminum

          By Johnny

          from new York

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

            I have no idea what makes this sort of thing so expensive but I guess it's a captive audience. The beauty throws very nice light, it is a bit difficult to keep off the background as the beam is very very wide but once you get the hang of it it's very nice. Note that I have recieved 2 damaged dishes before settling on a "less damaged" one. Elinchrom does a horrible job of packaging donut looks as if most come with dented edges and the speed ring crushed a bit.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Perfect Product

            By MIMI

            from QUE,CAN

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

            • Too Diffused

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

            Good quality ,Easy to use

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            • No

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            5.0

            Provides Beautiful Light

            By Dean of Photographers

            from Cary NC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Color Value
            • Great light
            • Light can be punchy
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Be careful when storing
            • Wish they had a case

            Best Uses

              Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

              This is an extremely wonderful light modifier. If you are seeking something that provides a more punchy light, then should be your choice. With the sock diffuser on the dish, it gives a beautiful softer light. It is large but extremely light weight. I have found that due to its size it is preferable to place it on a boom arm because on a straight light stand can point it down a limited distance.

              It includes several colored reflectors (small circles) which provide versatility in the type of light delivered.

              Need to be careful when storing it because it will bend. This is a great light for portraits.

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              5.0

              Love my beauty dish!

              By Evil Girl

              from Rochester, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Excellent light mod

              Cons

              • Wish it came with a case

              Best Uses

              • Indoors

              Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (Silver):

              The Elinchrom 27" beauty dish is a great addition to my light mod toolbox. I just started using it for children's portraits and it is fantastic when using it for fill alongside my Elinchrom Octabox.

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              5.0

              Simply Awespme

              By adguy31

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attach Securely
              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Outdoors
                • Special Events

                Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                I bought this to work with my Ranger RX and my Quadra systems on location shoots. I had been using my 39" Deep Octa but when shooting in high wind areas that softbox acts as a massive sail and makes it difficult, at times, to work with that piece. I needed something a little lighter and less likely to blow my assistant away during a shoot.

                This Beauty Dish works really well, produces a fantastic light and has some great throw. But, like all BDs, if you get too far away the light is really harsh on models with blemishes in their skin. I would highly recommend the cloth diffuser Elinchrom sells that augments this reflector. It does make a difference. All in all, this is a great piece that needs to be added to your arsenal of modifiers.

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                1.0

                add a grid

                By matgay

                from huntington

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Color Value
                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                    If you have this beauty dish, you must also add this grid: Flashpoint II 20° Grid for 27" Beauty Dish, part number FP2BDG2720. It will complete your dish.

                    It is a perfect fit diameter, but you will need slight modification of the three mounting clamps, to bend them to curve backwards and wrap around the thick round rim of the elinchrom dish. I stuck a fat pen through it to keep the same roundness on the three clamps, and pressed the clamps backwards.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By Photog

                    from AZ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (Silver):

                      Great product. Had to decide between white and silver. Very happy with silver. More distinct kind of light. Should have bought it long ago. Plan on using it pretty much as my primary light instead of a softbox. Actually comes with Silver, Gold, White and Frosted deflectors. [...]Excellent quality of light!! Well worth the investment.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic product

                      By Shot by Carl

                      from Troy, MI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Night Time
                        • Outdoors
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                        The light from the beauty dish is soft and yet crisp; perfect for glamour shots. I use it every day in studio and I don't know how to live without it for a day now.

                        It's big and it would be nice if we have a big bag to hall the dish and the parts around.

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                        5.0

                        Does size matter?

                        By hutchette

                        from Australia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attach Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                          I bought the beauty dish to enhance my fashion photography.At first I was overawed by the actual size as my studio is not large but once I started using it I found that even though it throws a very large light it has a beautiful wrap-around quality and creates a great effect.

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                          5.0

                          S W E E T !!

                          By David

                          from Maple Grove, Mn

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Color Value

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                          Great tool to achieve gorgeous light!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Big dish, beautiul light

                          By Phil

                          from Orange County, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                              When I got the box for this dish I was a little taken back by the size of it. At 27 inches it is 5 inches bigger than the Profoto dish I have used in the past, but what it lacks in transportability it more than makes up for with quality of light. It gives you a flattering soft light while maintaining a fairly quick fall-off to sculpt your subject.
                              I do wish that Elinchrom offered grids and a case for this dish. The lack of those accessories is the only downside I can see.

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                              5.0

                              Soft, Crisp Light

                              By Bill

                              from Santa Fe, NM

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Good Color Value

                              Cons

                              • No grid

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                              Used primarily for location portraits as a main light, the (included) 4 deflectors help to tailor the output to any given situation.
                              The size is a bit challenging to travel around with, but is totally worth the results. Exceptional as a high-front, but equally good when flagged from high-to the side.
                              Has a lip for a grid, but Elinchrom doesn't make one.
                              Custom 25° grids can be ordered for a reasonable price.

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                              5.0

                              It's a great modifier!

                              By Kris

                              from Georgia

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Good Color Value
                              • Light weight
                              • Long-Lasting
                              • REALLY BIG

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                                This modifier is great!
                                Puts out a really nice super soft light, the interchangable deflectors are really good. I wouldnt recommend the gold one though because it bends the light a bit toooo yellow.

                                NOTE to all Genesis 400 users... this is one of the only modifiers NOT compatible with the Genesis series at this point in time. Maybe later on, but not now. Anything that requires the use of the "modifier hole" or whatever it's called that is in the elinchrom strones, is out of play. I had to purchase some Elinchrom strobes after I purchased this dish! Not mad at all... because the dish is awesome.

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                                5.0

                                Stellar!

                                By Mick Motor

                                from Honolulu, HI

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Long-Lasting
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Beach
                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Low Light
                                  • Night Time
                                  • On Location
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about Softlite 27'' Reflector (White):

                                  I've used the others. Now I've got the best. The beast as we call it is in use on-location and in the studio. We sock it some times and other times we feather it. It is big and I like to deliver it that way. I need full body coverage and this does just that. This unit is well built.

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