Large softbox? Speed lights?

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So I've been looking for a larger soft box. The majority of soft boxes for speed lights don't exceed 36 inches. I can be wrong but I haven't seen any. I would want something to light the entire body. I planned on using two flashes inside of the box. Would a box for a monolight work? If so, what kind of speed ring will I need. I'm so close to making one but I need it to break down to put away after. I was looking at the fotodiox 36 inch octobox as well but I would want something longer. Thanks!
 

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There are adapters for that...
ACB222SM Photoflex Accessory Hardware for X-Small LiteDome (fits most shoe mount flashes) This is in particular for the westcott small box, but I am seeing how it could be used and adapted.

Here's a great DIY set on flickr: DIY Project: Softbox Speedlight Adapter - a set on Flickr It looks much sturdier and probably a lot cheaper than any bracket/speedring combos I have ever seen.

I know there are other products out there, but I haven't a clue where to look at this point. I am sure one of the guys will know.
 

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So I've been looking for a larger soft box. The majority of soft boxes for speed lights don't exceed 36 inches. I can be wrong but I haven't seen any. I would want something to light the entire body. I planned on using two flashes inside of the box. Would a box for a monolight work? If so, what kind of speed ring will I need. I'm so close to making one but I need it to break down to put away after. I was looking at the fotodiox 36 inch octobox as well but I would want something longer. Thanks!

There are companies that sell mounts for light stands that a speed light will mount on and a speed ring will moun to that mount. As far as coverage, I think it would cover the entire thing due to the light bouncing around in the box, but you would probably lose more of your power than you would with a smaller box. It of course won't be as effecient or may not even have total coverage like a bare head in a softbox would, but most Dynalite heads and Profoto mono lights have built in reflectors and still manage to work with larger boxes; just make sure your speedlights are zoomed out all the way.
 

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Why not use 2 smaller softboxes on top of each other like a strip box, then you can alter the ratio for different effects
 
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Thank you all for your help. Gary, good idea and to piggy back off of village idiot's post, it might make more sense for even light distribution. I made a strip box that is about 6"x 48"x 5". It works pretty good. I mocked it up with barn style doors to control spill and it works but the fall off is noticeable lol. I used a bare flash at 1/16 power to light the bottom of the legs up. Thanks again!
 
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Ok thank you :)The 580 is strong. How does it do with that box? If I considered it, I would have to use two flashes. Lol
 

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You can use a strobe with it too. I have used my photogenic lights with it fine.
 
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Thanks. I haven't ventured into monolights yet. I might but still indecisive at the moment.
 
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