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    Flash accessories....choices choices

    Yesterday I bought myself a Sto-Fen omnibounce and a set of Cactus V5 triggers for my 430EXII flash !!

    Happy as a pig in mud and I can start experimenting a bit.

    But I wanna start doing a bit of portrait work. I have a 5 in 1 reflector diffusor, but I am looking at umbrella's/softboxes. In another thread Keith allready gave me some good advice on umbrella types and sizes.
    I just noticed though that in most books I read, they use softboxes and not umbrella's. Especially on location shoots. What would be the reason to choose softbox and not umbrella ?
    Are there many pro's/cons ?!?

    I would think Umbrellas would be easier to bring than softboxes, but do softboxes give better light ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FranDaMan View Post
    ..... What would be the reason to choose softbox and not umbrella ?.....

    .....I would think Umbrellas would be easier to bring than softboxes, but do softboxes give better light ?.....
    I wouldn't say softboxes necessarily give "better light", but would say the two devices provide somewhat different light. Softboxes provide more diffusion, but eat more light. Good softboxes have 2 diffusion panels, the front panel, and an interior panel.

    Softboxes allow better control of the light, and are a little more stable in the wind. Softboxes cost a lot more than umbrellas do, but umbrellas ar easier to set up. A brolly is sort of both an umbrella and a softbox: Photek 36" Softlighter, Diffusing Umbrella with Black Cover
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    Hmmm....since this is just hobby, and I am as lazy as can be.....Umbrella's are the way to go then.
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