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ElinchromRotalux Softbox Octa (53")
 
4.8

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (32)
  • Durable (31)
  • Reliable (18)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Good color value (11)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (43)
  • Indoors (21)
  • Studio (16)
  • General purpose (12)
  • Photography (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (18), Semi-pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-professional (7), Enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This light modifier is a game-changer!

I purchased this softbox based on several recommendation from the Elinchrom user thread on POTN. My intention for the Midi Octa is for portrait work. I previously only had two small softboxes which did...Read complete review

I purchased this softbox based on several recommendation from the Elinchrom user thread on POTN. My intention for the Midi Octa is for portrait work. I previously only had two small softboxes which did not create enough light for the look I wanted on people.

The sheer size of the modifier creates staggeringly beautiful light for close-up portraits (Think Head & Shoulders or closer) but it can absolutely work for 3/4 length or full-body shots as well.

The first time I tried to set up the octa I had some difficulty, the instructions included weren't terribly clear and it wasn't until AFTER I figured it out that everything made sense. Same issue with tearing it down. The instructions actually don't even cover this part. (Tip: press down on the speed-ring with one hand and press down on the metal rib with the other, this will loosen the tension enough for you to release the collar)

All-in-all I am absolutely pleased with this purchase, and I will happily recommend it to anyone with an Elinchrom lighting system!

(Note: I am using this modifier with BXRi 500 lights)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice LightSource but Product Quality not

I've used this midi on many situations but after a few months the zipper (on case) came apart in chunks. The metal felt like was made cheaply and literally came apart in chunks...Read complete review

I've used this midi on many situations but after a few months the zipper (on case) came apart in chunks. The metal felt like was made cheaply and literally came apart in chunks like a cheap piece import from a dollar store. A few months later the rods went through and fabric, I had to have someone resew the fabric with a machine. It came with two extra rods but it's an irony that the extra pieces weren't used before the whole thing starting to break. For the price I could just buy about four or five 51" umbrellas.

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5.0

Very much worth it!

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

The light quality of this product is unparalleled! This is my new favorite softbox!

It was easy to figure out how to put it together. And I could't believe how lightweight it was. Very transportable for corporate work.

 
5.0

Great softbox.

By Curtis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

Gorgeous light quality with my Elinchrom 500 ws monolights. Initial setup is easiest if an assistant is available. After that, very easy to set up and take down. Typical good Elinchrom build quality. I'm just getting in to Elinchrom, but this paid for itself on the first shoot.

 
5.0

Packs like umbrella but sturdiness of a traditional softbox

By Marcos

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

Once built you only have to partially unassembled it! its like an umbrella but much sturdier. I love it!

 
4.0

I would purchase this product again

By JMT

from South Bend,IN

Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

I am using this box with my Dynalite Bajas. I have used it on 3 shoots so far and I really light the look of the light it produces. It does take some effort to close when on location but well worth the effort.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it!!

By Ken

from Laurel, MD

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

Great for portraits....I waiting too long to get it. It wraps around my subjects from Head to toe.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome softbox

By ChrisO

from Orlando

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

    Great for portraits.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I like this octa so much, I'm buying another one

    By TP Chap

    from Lawrenceville, Ga

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

      I am very happy with this octa. I use it with the diffusers and I use it without the diffusers as I would a large beauty dish. It took me a couple minutes to figure out the assembly. However, once assembled, it can be deployed or taken down very quickly.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      beautiful even light

      By thiternik

      from Yerevan, Armenia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

        I use this both indoor ad outdoor and I love the versatility of this product. It even goes as a great beauty source. The size is really nice. It first it is a bit hard to set up, but after a little use things fall into place, probably material streches to its required size and the wires don't bend. I had to put a lot of effort strength wise in the beginning as I am a woman of average height and don't have extra long hand or strength, but now it is like 1-2-3.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Nice Octa box

        By dj

        from green bay wi

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

          Does everything it needs to do and is a good price. Setting it up on day one is a little annoying. I think speedotron's speed ring and soft box set up is simpler and probably faster, but this is well constructed and does the trick!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          If you don't have one, GET ONE!!!

          By Event Shooter

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Controlled Diffused Light
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

            I used the Midi Octa for the first time for a New Year's Eve event; the way the light is applied to subject(s), like BUTTER BABY! If you provide on-location services and are using just umbrellas, I should have done this a long time ago. It's worth the investment to upgrade.

            Several reviews mention the difficulty in assembling the octa box. The key to the assembly PROCESS is having the speed ring close to you. Then you can apply the needed pressure to the assembly rods and you will be inside the box.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            A+++++++++++++++++++++++

            By JR

            from Sneedville, TN

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Portraits

              Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

              This is my favorite piece inthe kelby kit by far. Great light and it works really good with small children.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Lovely Light Modifier

              By YubiPhoto

              from San Pedro Mexico

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

                This is my second rotalux modifier, my first one was the deep octa one, so I knew how to build this one not like the first time that I had to figure it out how to build it.

                It is really well made, is not heavy at all and the light is superb. This modifier is really big, I was thinking of getting a bigger rotalux one, but I reckon this size is perfect.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                A MUST HAVE

                By MPP

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Hard to set up alone

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Night Time
                • Outdoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

                It's an incredible modifier. Well built, very transportable. Difficult to set up and mount alone. Light quality is fantastic.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Great modifier, but difficult to set up

                By tom

                from chicago

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                • Set Up Is Difficult

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

                The modifier produces very soft light. It would be great for a studio, but not for location shoots due to the fact that it is very difficult to set up and to break down.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Perfect

                By Ashkan

                from Houstom

                Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

                Totally satisfied easy to set set up ,high guiltily totally worth of money

                 
                5.0

                The best octa for it's size

                By Elij

                from Western MA

                Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

                This basically my key light. The best of the best. Everyone knows what Elinchrom is. It's all about quality and effectiveness of beautiful light coming from this medi octabox :)

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent size very good light

                By Keith

                from Eugene Or

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

                  Excellent size very good light distribution. I found it relatively easy to set up. Some of the reviews said they had difficulty setting up the octa. With the ability to collapse it it made it ideal for taking out in the field.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful Light

                  By Paulie

                  from San Francisco Bay Area

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

                    Been waiting a while to get this and it's totally worth the wait. Gorgeous light, easy setup, comes with a great bag.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    The Perfect light for everything!

                    By Gary Davis

                    from Ridgeland, MS

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

                      The perfect size for studio use . Beautiful wrapping light makes the photograph look great!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Works for me

                      By Boudoir Babe

                      from Alexandria, VA

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa (53"):

                        I did so much research before purchasing this kit from B&H and I'm glad I did. I initially wanted to purchase the octa light bank that so many professionals use in their lighting setups but I thought this was a great value. This 53" octa is enormous and almost touches the ceiling in my studio. I can't imagine how I would have managed with something larger.
                        It provides beautiful soft light from head to toe and has been a welcome addition to my boudoir studio.

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