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01/22/2015 03:29:52 PM · #1
The listing says fitting is for EX and EXD, is either one of those Bowens-compatible?
01/22/2015 03:25:05 PM · #2
Sounds like it'll fit, but do they accept returns if it doesn't?

Softboxes are pretty cool. Haven't gotten much mileage out of mine but it comes in handy sometimes. I'd probably use it more if I had a battery pack for the strobe light.
01/22/2015 02:50:51 PM · #3
afternoon bump
01/22/2015 08:05:26 AM · #4
Quick question...looking to buy the following item...(sorry don't have time to parse linky) Interfit INT484 36Inch Octobox Softbox

Says in the comments that...'octobox came with an s-type speed ring. It is good to note that this could also be used for Bowens monolights.'

So what I want to know is, will it fit my strobeheads is what I want to know as they are Bowens-compatible.
01/20/2015 08:10:51 AM · #5
@ kiwinick...once we, or rather Dave, figured out that half of the softbox's struts are closed at one end and the other half are open til the flap of velcro is closed over them, and you have to alternate the order in which you put the rods in, all made sense. Though I take the credit for finding the holes in the outer ring of the metal thingy :-) And I made sure I took apart the softbox and put it back together so I now know how to do it.

Thanks all for your help, now all I have to do is get a lot of practice in.
01/20/2015 08:09:02 AM · #6
.see above.

Message edited by author 2015-01-20 08:11:59.
01/20/2015 02:58:49 AM · #7
Originally posted by snaffles:

Thanks for the help and feedback comments, very useful in helping me figure things out. Thanks esp MattO on the tether cord, though now I need to find where on the SB-910 that cord end goes...yes I did originally try to find a compatible port for it on the D7100 body but there isn't one.

I can see that I need to remove the baffle to mount up the softbox, but now I need to figure out how to assemble the softbox and attach it to the strobe head.

@ kiwinick...the diagrams help a little but I still can't see where/how the ends of the struts of mine go to attach to the elastic end of the box and/or metal ring Frustrating, cause there are so few pieces but the most crucial ones are the ones that make no sense!


the rods have to bend to go in the metal ring its confusing but once done never forgotten!!!!
01/19/2015 07:25:03 PM · #8
I know it could be more cumbersome with another cable snaking across the floor, but that's why gawd invented painter's tape ;-) I hear what you're saying, Mike, I tend to learn best by just mucking around with as many different options as I can til I figure out what works best for me, and same goes for pretty much everything I do! :-)
01/19/2015 12:23:30 PM · #9
Originally posted by snaffles:

Originally posted by Mike:

not all speedlights have the port, my canon 430s dont have one.

why are you tethering it to your speedlight? just put the radio transceiver in the hotshoe.


Actually did just locate the port, so glad it's there...and just so I know that I can tether it. I wouldn't have minded having a little more light in certain areas when I was playing around, but only have two baffles so just used a snood on the third light but don't think it helped much, too small an area :-/ Ah well I'm figuring things out as I go along, with my best friend Dave's help - he's an excellent handyman - - we got the softbox assembled. So now I can use it too!

Oh yes apparently the baffles can be used with the umbrellas...there is a slot in the side of the baffles and apparently you put the rod of the umbrella through it and into the slot on the side of the strobe head.


i see, i find it easier to just set the speedlight to a slave and set it off optically or get a radio trigger for it so you dont have wires all over the place. the one provided looks just like the cowboy studio triggers.

and yes the baffle has a slot for an umbrella to help you control light spill when using an umbrella.
01/19/2015 11:27:11 AM · #10
Originally posted by Mike:

not all speedlights have the port, my canon 430s dont have one.

why are you tethering it to your speedlight? just put the radio transceiver in the hotshoe.


Actually did just locate the port, so glad it's there...and just so I know that I can tether it. I wouldn't have minded having a little more light in certain areas when I was playing around, but only have two baffles so just used a snood on the third light but don't think it helped much, too small an area :-/ Ah well I'm figuring things out as I go along, with my best friend Dave's help - he's an excellent handyman - - we got the softbox assembled. So now I can use it too!

Oh yes apparently the baffles can be used with the umbrellas...there is a slot in the side of the baffles and apparently you put the rod of the umbrella through it and into the slot on the side of the strobe head.
01/19/2015 11:14:30 AM · #11
not all speedlights have the port, my canon 430s dont have one.

why are you tethering it to your speedlight? just put the radio transceiver in the hotshoe.

Message edited by author 2015-01-19 11:15:26.
01/19/2015 11:08:50 AM · #12
Originally posted by MattO:

I have SB900's and other Nikon flashes. But on all of them down on the side there is a small rubber cover that pulls out and it goes in there.


Uhhh I don't know if my flash has that, I can't see anything...but there is a small recessed hole in the front that looks like it's meant to be a port, and it looks like it's meant to fit...but I went to put the tether end in and didn't fit! Going to check it out.
01/19/2015 09:51:08 AM · #13
I have SB900's and other Nikon flashes. But on all of them down on the side there is a small rubber cover that pulls out and it goes in there.
01/19/2015 09:32:05 AM · #14
Thanks for the help and feedback comments, very useful in helping me figure things out. Thanks esp MattO on the tether cord, though now I need to find where on the SB-910 that cord end goes...yes I did originally try to find a compatible port for it on the D7100 body but there isn't one.

I can see that I need to remove the baffle to mount up the softbox, but now I need to figure out how to assemble the softbox and attach it to the strobe head.

@ kiwinick...the diagrams help a little but I still can't see where/how the ends of the struts of mine go to attach to the elastic end of the box and/or metal ring Frustrating, cause there are so few pieces but the most crucial ones are the ones that make no sense!
01/18/2015 10:19:15 PM · #15
Added a few additional comments as well.
01/18/2015 09:13:32 PM · #16
Added a few comments to your photos. Hope it helps.

Matt
01/18/2015 07:18:11 PM · #17
this ends that don't fit into anything should fit into your camera. you don't need them if you use the radio trigger (which sits in the hot shoe of the camera). you have the option to use the radio triggers or hardwired. the wire is so long because its made to attach to your camera and to the strobe.

the umbrella setup look correct.

to attach a soft box you will most likely remove the metal baffle on the front of the strobe and mount it there.

Message edited by author 2015-01-18 19:22:38.
01/18/2015 06:09:43 PM · #18
I have only set up a flash unit for photo's with Santa at work but Susan I beleive the cable from your transmitter would fit into an external flash connectoion on a camera. the bad part is the D7100 does not have this. I had to buy a differnt transmitter from Henry's I can check the system out for you when I am at work tomorrow.

eta the transmitter wourd off the shoe for the flash unit.

Message edited by author 2015-01-18 18:13:00.
01/18/2015 06:04:52 PM · #19
double post

Message edited by author 2015-01-18 18:06:53.
01/18/2015 06:04:21 PM · #20
Ok here's a couple images: added text so peeps know what my questions are.
01/18/2015 05:54:10 PM · #21
have emailed diagram hope it helps,
01/18/2015 05:37:46 PM · #22
sent you a PM re softbox which may help
01/18/2015 05:11:27 PM · #23
Ok had somethin of a hairpin learning curve over the last 24 hours. Will post pix of cords etc soon.

But for the most part, once I was able to figure things out, was able to pull off what I think was a decent shoot with a good image to show for it.

So now it's trying to learn how to put together the softbox etc and various mounts that I need to learn.

Apparently this gear is compatible with Bowen(sp?) gear so I assume it's mostly based on that.

Let me go put some images up...back soon.
01/18/2015 03:13:45 PM · #24
To check the ambient simply take a photo using the same settings but don't let the lights fire.
If the test image is black then no ambient lighting is in the photo.

The faster you can sync your shots for the lights the easier it is to remove ambient light.
01/18/2015 11:07:23 AM · #25
Can't you just post a shot of the heads so we can see exactly what you're dealing with? Also, take photos of the individual cords

LOL. Isee kiwinik beat me to it...

Message edited by author 2015-01-18 11:08:15.
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