Up until recently, I’ve been using the small Photoflex Litedome Q39 (16×22) (B&H) at my flash photography workshops. However, since I try to instill the idea that the larger your lightsource, the softer the light, a larger softbox became necessary. I therefore managed to re-arrange the lighting case that I travel with when I present the workshops, and now use two of the medium Photoflex Litedome Q39 (24×32) softboxes (B&H), instead of the small ones.
Aside from the size, what makes the medium sized Q39 better than the smaller version, is the additional baffle inside that diffuses the light even more. But frustration with the flimsiness of the Photoflex Connector had me looking at alternatives. (The Photoflex Connector is the one that keeps the Speedlight mounted to the softboxes’ speedring.)
After looking at various options, I settled on the Westcott Magic Slipper (B&H), designed by Bruce Dorn. Although it is spendy, and a little more bulky than I would’ve preferred, it is sturdy. Solid. And better yet, simplicity itself in setting up. (The Magic Slipper also comes with an umbrella clamp which I don’t use in this specific setup.)
This configuration of the better design of the Magic Slipper made a big difference at the most recent workshops I presented, in allowing me and my assistant to assemble the items much faster than before. In the end, a slight rethinking of the other bits & pieces I take with me, allowed me to still keep the light-case under 49 lbs and not be hit by the overweight charges from the airlines. phew!
The one thing that I did change with the Magic Slipper, is that I replaced the hotshoe with the better built Nikon AS-10 flash adapter. (B&H)
Now both softbox assemblies that I use at the workshops will each consist of the monopod, a Manfrotto quick release .. on which rests a Magic Slipper, with a Nikon AS-10 holding the speedlight in position to emit light into the medium Q30 softbox.
Here is a close-up shot of the Magic Slipper. Click on the photo to bring up a larger image.
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