Collapsible Square Studio Softbox Flash Diffuser


Link Posted 07/01/2018 - 16:06
I've been asked by a family member to photograph their baby, so I'm thinking about lighting.

Just wondered if anyone has any experience of the type of softbox on a standard flash, like the Pentax 540?

Too Old To Die Young


Link Posted 07/01/2018 - 17:00
no experience myself but it will limit you to direct (although diffused) lighting direct from the camera axis, unless you plan to use it off camera when to be honest a stand mounted softbox would be more flexible.

Perhaps the image is distorted but it appears to me that it may take up half of your frame if this is camera mounted !

It also looks like it will suffer a bit from droop !

This is what I use

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Last Edited by pschlute on 07/01/2018 - 17:03


Link Posted 07/01/2018 - 17:01
Hi Barrie. I don't feel that kind of diffuser will be very nice really. It does not increase the effective size of the light source by much, and its still going to be a 'full frontal' assault of light onto the subject (if on camera, although as Peter said can it fit on the camera?) so there will be shadows behind if there are any surfaces behind the subject.

The 'softness' quality of flash light is determined by the relative size of the light source in relation to the subject. This diffuser would create a soft light for a macro shot of a bug (like Derek does very effectively), but not for a baby. Even off-camera it will still be a fairly hard light source for a subject the size of a baby.

You're best to go for a flagged and bounce technique. Here's a link to a thread with some of my examples plus shots of the equipment that I hope might be helpful ....

My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver
Last Edited by McGregNi on 07/01/2018 - 17:04


Link Posted 08/01/2018 - 13:04
Thanks for the link Nigel, some interesting ideas there. I'll definitely have a look at those flash benders
Too Old To Die Young


Link Posted 08/01/2018 - 16:19
Grab it while you can 1970's Flashguide by the great Peter Gowland....

Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff



Link Posted 02/02/2018 - 06:31
Perfect chance for you to make the most of it
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