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Elinchrom39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox
 
4.5

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (39)
  • Durable (35)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Reliable (19)
  • Attaches securely (13)

Cons

  • Flimsy (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (34)
  • Indoors (20)
  • General purpose (19)
  • Outdoors (15)
  • Travel (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (26), Semi-pro photographer (17), Professional (8), Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great modifier

This is a great modifier- bought it to use with my profoto acute head ( needs a elinchrom to profoto adapter). I found it pretty versatile (3 diffuser- only 2 can be...Read complete review

This is a great modifier- bought it to use with my profoto acute head ( needs a elinchrom to profoto adapter). I found it pretty versatile (3 diffuser- only 2 can be used when using the elinchrom to profoto adapter because of the offsetting in the adapter ring umbrella hole)

Most people rating this product simply talk about how complicated it is to set it up but realistically, after a couple setups it becomes extremely easy.

The 1st time you insert the rods, it takes time and might fraustrate you a bit but afterward, you do not need to re-install the rods; you can simply keep them installed and fold the rotalux along with the adapter ring into the bag it comes with ( impressive design). Once you re-open it to re-use, it should literally take you 30sec to 1min to install ( no brainer after a few trials) simply set it up on a flat surface and click each rod tip into the ring it comes with and add the diffusion panels and its a wrap.

The rotalux itself is a wonder, very well built, the material does not feel cheap and it is pretty sturdy and wont easily rip. for a more punchy image I would recommend having it with the circular plastic diffuser or the 1s panel diffuser and for a softer feel to your images, my recommendation would be to use both diffusion panels. Excellent modifier , you wont regret it at all. It is very very light weight even with the bag.

* check out the photo ( test) put it up 16 feet in the air with my avenger boom stand ( lots of wind but it did not really twitch! )

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good light modifier, terrible to set up

I love the lighting I get with the deep softbox, also the amount of control I have over the light is great. I can take off the cover if I need the light to...Read complete review

I love the lighting I get with the deep softbox, also the amount of control I have over the light is great. I can take off the cover if I need the light to be stronger but still diffused, and I can remove the inner panel to basically have a deep umbrella with harsh dramatic light. They are large enough to light an entire person, but not so big as to be cumbersome. The only down side I see here is the speed ring system. Elinchrom's gotta find something better. It's like trying to pitch a tent in a pitch black cave. I never take them apart because putting them together takes about 20 min a piece and I don't have time for that, but therefore they take up a lot of space in the car if you need to use them on location. If they were easier to collapse down and reassemble they would be perfect, but not being able to do so makes these soft boxes a pain, and deserve a 3 star rating in my book.

Reviewed by 78 customers

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4.0

Excellent modifier

By Wale

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

Once set up, the modifier is amazing. The quality of light is perfect and I love that there's also an inner diffuser included. I used it with an Alien Bee (bought the ring adapter for it) while I wait for my profoto (also bought the ring adapter for it).

The only issue is actually setting up and breaking it down. I'm assuming anyone that can put this together on one try, for the first time, is a genius. If possible, I'd suggest leaving it open- but I have a small studio and plan on using it on location...so I am practicing.

 
5.0

The best modifier I own!

By Peter

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

AMAZING. I should have purchased this years ago. Such a fantastic, multipurpose modifier. 10/10

 
5.0

Amazing quality of light

By RudeBoy

from Austin, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

Beautiful quality of light with a small footprint makes this a wonderful option for portraits.
I should have added to my toolbox long before now

 
5.0

deep octal elc

By Viviana

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

Excellent light quality, very good in quality.
To be able to arm and untruco that I learned was to mount the ring in the flash and from there the irons are put and followed step to place each in position to take the deep of the flash

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I DON'T liked

By Dacevedo888

from Undisclosed

Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

For my Activity this accesory is dont indicated i DON'T look diference with my softbox

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this one

By J. P. Bialade

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

All in all, this light shaper is great.. it makes a homogenous soft light. I use it on a Profoto B1

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Horrible build quality

By JP

from Austin, TX

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Weak

    Best Uses

      Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

      In less than 3 months and minimal use, the softbox has already ripped. I've set up the modifier only twice and it has only seen interior, climate-controlled, studio use.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I'm a believer.

      By findyourreason

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Excellent Light Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • None Yet

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

      I had heard good things about this modifier, but the quality of light is gorgeous. I bought this with an Elinchrom speedring adapted to Buff's Einstein. There is no comparison between this unit and the Buff Octabox, Elinchrom wins hands down.

      Assembly was a bit challenging, but I'm glad I have one.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Stunning Light

      By CircusPix

      from New York

      Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

      After thorough research, I am so glad that I purchased this mod. The light is stunning, as it wraps around each subject. It took me an extra amount of time to build, but once it was in place, it has been a snap to set up. this has become part of my on-location base Kit. Just stunning.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Modifier

      By Pertech

      from Omaha, NE

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

        I just received this modifier, and while I was concerned about all of the negative reviews on setting up the system, I must admit that it went together seamlessly for me. I also didn't pay attention to the fact that it comes with a soft carrying case when I ordered, so that was a nice surprise.

        The quality of light from this octabox is unmatched.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic

        By Saitoogata

        from NY

        Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

        Am professional
        Without it,can't work
        This is perfect for portrait

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great light

        By Steve Wylie

        from Trabuco Canyon, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Amazing quality of light
        • Attaches Securely
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Difficult to assemble

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

        I will use this for studio and environmental portraits. The quality of light from this modifier is so good; it's worth the incredible difficulty in first assembly. My first exposure with this Octa was impeccable. It can be highly directional or "the light you don't see" until you remove it. Hands down, the best modifier I own, and I own a lot!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        I'd buy this again

        By Nathan

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Great light
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

          I've used this for a couple of shoots now. Love the light that comes from it. It's a solid product that does what it's supposed to do.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Beautiful light quality, premium build quality.

          By James A

          from OC, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

            Portraits

            Soft, even, diffused glow

            Versatile

            I can't think of any negatives- Any minor difficulties are within reason for a modifier of this size.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Pain in the Butt to set up, but still a good octabox

            By Gregory

            from New York, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

                Following the Elinchrom instructions won't help setting up this octabox. I wrestled for two hours trying to put the octabox together. I watched videos to how to set it up, and loved the videos of how fast they could part it together in seconds, but they don't tell how to break it apart. Elinchrom needs a better construction of the 39" Rotalux Deep Octabox, who wants to spent time setting this octabox on location, for example, a wedding. The Beauty of the octabox is when you see the result in your photos. Hate the set up, but Love what it does.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Beautiful light, tough setup

                By The Wildman

                from Milwaukee, WI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Amazing light quality
                • Attaches Securely
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Really Hard To Set Up

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

                So, this provides a beautiful soft light. But... man, not easy to get set up initially, and not a whole lot easier to go from case to ready to use. I'm not a big guy (other than around the middle) so it's a challenge to reach inside and get things to line up correctly. Once it's setup, very light and easy to deal with.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Light

                By Stuart B.

                from Greenwich, CT

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

                  The quality of light is great and the fall off is easy to work with. Thus far, I have only used it with the diffusion panels.

                  The speed ring system works reasonably, but it takes a little getting used to before one can set it up confidently and quickly. The box itself is made of a thin lightweight material. I hope the material is strong enough to be long lasting.

                   
                  5.0

                  Deep 6 your dish for the Deep Octa

                  By Tom K

                  from Tampa, FL

                  Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

                  Hi folks. Just wanted to provide you a review of my experience with the Rotalux Deep Octa. I had been shooting with beauty dishes for several years and I loved the light but hated the size of it and dealing with the awkwardness while traveling. This deep Octa compresses into a nice small travel bag and weighs next to nothing. Double baffled light is gorgeous. There are also several other brands out there so you may be able to save some bucks.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great.

                  By cuwallace2

                  from Haleiwa, HI

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

                    Love the light this produces. Using it with my Ranger Quadras.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    I WOULD BUY ANOTHER AGAIN

                    By JOSE

                    from ELMONT NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Elinchrom 39" Rotalux Deep OctaBox:

                      I USE THIS WITH MY STUDIO LIGHTS

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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