I’m slowly catching up on equipment reviews I’ve been putting off, my schedule has been all over the place. I posted this 4 CFL softbox awhile back, started using it for product lighting and forgot to post a full review. I’ve been using it for a few months without any problems so that’s a pretty good sign of how well it works.

Basically assembling the softbox is like building a tent, you have to lock in each of the flexible rods then try and force them into little pockets at the end of the soft box.  It takes some time, but once you’ve finished you’re left with a decent affordable softbox. This sort of setup is fine if you only need to assemble the unit once, but it’s probably not the best way to go if you plan to take these lights on the road.

The head does offer up the option to use an umbrella mount in the center which could make it a little more travel friendly. Just make sure you have a good way to transport all of those CFL bulbs. Maybe an old camera bag might be a good choice for that.

You can pick this up in two basic flavors, $35 for the softbox and head only (no lights or stand), or $120 for a 3 peace kit which includes heads, stands and lights. Personally it seems like the kit version is a better deal, but remember some of the CFL’s included in these kits are substandard at the these prices and the light stands included usually don’t have a very wide base which makes them easy to tip over. If you want these lights to last you a long time it might be worth it to spend a little extra on some heavy duty light stands. I’ve had pretty good luck with Linco stuff.

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