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VelloMini Softbox
 
4.3

(based on 215 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (114)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (164)
  • Lightweight (157)
  • Packs small / compresses (118)
  • Reliable (65)
  • Compact (53)

Cons

  • Poor quality (13)
  • Flimsy construction (9)
  • Unreliable (7)
  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (142)
  • Weddings (96)
  • Travel (40)
  • Landscape/scenery (17)
  • Wildlife photos (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (77), Photo enthusiast (50), Pro photographer (37), Casual photographer (12), Photography student (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (174), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Close-up Lighting Tool

When doing close-up photography and you need additional soft lighting, what can you use. There are a number of products made but among the best is the Vello Mini Softbox! It slides over...Read complete review

When doing close-up photography and you need additional soft lighting, what can you use. There are a number of products made but among the best is the Vello Mini Softbox! It slides over your flash and does exactly what it says it will do. Provides a soft light without adding any weight or combersome to your camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's Okay

I haven't had to many chances to use this, but the few times I have it put out decent results. The biggest complaint I have it that the softbox doesn't have a strap around...Read complete review

I haven't had to many chances to use this, but the few times I have it put out decent results. The biggest complaint I have it that the softbox doesn't have a strap around the back to hold the box in place. Right now it's ok since it's brand new, but I can fore see the box slipping off in the future. Personally I'd just get the bounce dome and save the [$] you'd spend on this for an umbrella kit for your flash.

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5.0

LCD Monitor Protection Film for the Canon EOS Rebel T5i Came

By Lucas Sosa

from Argentina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

LCD Monitor Protection Film for the Canon EOS Rebel T5i Camera

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4.0

Easily assembled and disassembled

By LSC

from Sg

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

it is easily assembled and disassembled. Small size for easy storage in the bag. The diffuser material is thinner than expected

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4.0

Good value, but could attach better

By Matt

from A

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

I use these for closeups of small critters. They do the trip, but would benefit with velcro to reinforce the elastic band that holds the softbox on the speedlight.

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5.0

Folds Flat

By Almost In The Desert

from Sedona, AZ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

Great product and really diffuses the light from my on-camera flash

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4.0

Good little flash modifier

By acnomad

from Saint Charles, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

Elastic hood fits securely over the flash head and is snug enough to hold a precise position. The softbox folds flat and is extremely compact.

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5.0

Great little product!

By Sarge

from Mason IL

Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

Used this at a wedding and was very happy with the results. Really softens the light from a flash. Well worth the money.

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5.0

Easy to carry. Good enough for macro photography

By ERIK RUIZ

from SAN FRANCISCO

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro

    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

    I used it for light insects in macro photography and it works great, is super light and it folds it. so is really easy to carry even in your pocket

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    5.0

    Cello Mini Softbox

    By Chris

    from San Antonio

    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

    This little box works great! You can't beat the price and its easy to carry in your bag! So glad I bought it. Took pictures of my new grand baby and made a nice soft look to the pictures.
    Thanks Chris

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    3.0

    Impractical

    By Wade

    from Tulsa

    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

    Just get a normal diffuser. While this seems like a great idea, it's just a bit impractical to me. It's not big enough to be significantly different than a slip over plastic diffuser. This will leave you frustrated despite being well made. Maybe handy one day, but not today

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    2.0

    Diffuses, but very small

    By artbsn

    from Seattle

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos

    Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

    This does provide some diffusion, but it is very small, and I would actually recommend a larger diffuser, of which B&H has several.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Pretty much what you expect

    By Josh from Illinois

    from Champaign, IL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro

      Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

      I've done a lot of tests with and without and with the flash's built in diffuser. It's an improvement, but no a miraculous one. I do bug macros and need to diffuse the light to keep the exoskeleton's from being too sparkly, and this helps. A slightly bigger one might be better still. But it's cheap, folds up small, and improves the quality, so it's fine. A little hard to get on with the elastic opening as opposed to some kind of velcro, but stays on well once it's one.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Extramely Convenient

      By Captain PDP

      from NYC, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

        Extremely portable

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Good product

        By Experimental Unit

        from Quebec

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

          Easy to use

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Just wha I wanted

          By Picture maker

          from Coastal Oregon

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

            Easy on, easy off, stores well, durable. Adds to my collection of flash accessories

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            2.0

            Not much better than nothing

            By Edward Downer

            from Kingston, Jamaica

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Cheap
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy Construction
            • Small

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

              When attached to a flash it is very floppy. Due to its small size it doesn't diffuse the flash beyond about 2-3 feet though it will widen the flash for extremely wide lenses at the expense of gain. It will also bring the emitting point of the flash forward which can help with long/wide lenses block light.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Perfect

              By SP

              from Ohio

              Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

              Perfect addition to the speedlite and a great price

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              5.0

              simple but essential

              By AL

              from Jersey City, NJ

              Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

              quick and portable softbox. does exactly what the larger ones do. provides even lighting. keep one in my bag, good as a backup.

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              2.0

              eeew, its ok

              By camdude

              from green bay, wi

              Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

              Does a decent job, but it does not secure to your flash to well, it is saggy. If you have your flash on the side, it will droop down, or direct flash, it will droop down. I did a test with this and a little dome diffuser, the dome worked much better and more secure and the light was a bit softer. But what do you expect for [$]bucks?

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Works Good

              By Rocket

              from Los Angeles

              Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

              Yep it's a diffuser and Yep it works and yep it's cheap

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              5.0

              Works Perfect

              By Bob

              from Sequim, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos

                Comments about Vello Mini Softbox:

                Easy to use and great results.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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