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Softbox type question (help me choose quickly)


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Hi all,

can't really make up my mind and need to choose as soon as possible.

Options I'm tinkering about

Octabox 150cm with grid (and inner diffusion layer) (only around 50 cm deep which is a good thing)

Ball / lantern softbox 120cm with curtains

Balloon / lantern softbox 65cm (no curtains)

 

What I'm getting it for?

Mostly for round catchlights as I don't have any softbox type for that at the moment.
Portraits / Fashion
Film, table scene top down softbox

What I'm currently leaning most to?
Octabox 150 cm and Balloon / Lantern softbox 65cm

Am I right in thinking that the 150cm octabox and ball lantern 120 cm will produce pretty similar results?
The octabox will probably create larger catchlights, which is most of the time a little more pleasant.
The ball lantern is a lot deeper, don't know how much, which can be a big disadavantage for those table scenes or such.
Is there anything I'm missing?
What is your opinion?

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On 12/29/2021 at 12:18 PM, Rhood said:

Hi all,

can't really make up my mind and need to choose as soon as possible.

Options I'm tinkering about

Octabox 150cm with grid (and inner diffusion layer) (only around 50 cm deep which is a good thing)

Ball / lantern softbox 120cm with curtains

Balloon / lantern softbox 65cm (no curtains)

 

What I'm getting it for?

Mostly for round catchlights as I don't have any softbox type for that at the moment.
Portraits / Fashion
Film, table scene top down softbox

What I'm currently leaning most to?
Octabox 150 cm and Balloon / Lantern softbox 65cm

Am I right in thinking that the 150cm octabox and ball lantern 120 cm will produce pretty similar results?
The octabox will probably create larger catchlights, which is most of the time a little more pleasant.
The ball lantern is a lot deeper, don't know how much, which can be a big disadavantage for those table scenes or such.
Is there anything I'm missing?
What is your opinion?

The lantern will spill light everywhere (unless you flag it).

An octabox will be more focused with the light throw.

Ideally, you would want an octabox (or round softbox) as a key light and maybe a lantern as a fill light.

If you want to light from overhead, then maybe the lantern is the best.

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