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Old May 21st, 2004, 11:14 PM   #1
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medium vs. large softbox

I am interested in doing interviews of 1 to two people on average. I'm trying to make a decision to purchase either a medium softbox (24x32) or a large one (36x48).
Thanks for any advice.
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Old May 21st, 2004, 11:24 PM   #2
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Welcome Allen,
The medium should do fine for your application.

Here's a fun fact to bear in mind when looking at soft lighting: the larger the "source" the softer the light. In this case, the size of the source is the area of the soft box's front panel.

In a pinch, if you have a light instrument such as a tungsten lamp you can create a soft source by simply bouncing it off of a white board, thus creating a larger source.

Have fun!
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 01:42 AM   #3
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The large will not fit through doors and will be difficult to handle in a confined space.

I've had no problems with the medium.
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 07:57 AM   #4
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I agree. The medium has worked fine for everything I've worked on. After you've hauled the medium around all day, you'll be glad you didn't get the large.
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 11:39 AM   #5
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medium vs large softbox

Thank you so much for the fast, courteous, and experienced advice. I agree with you and it makes more sense to me now.
Thanks.
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Old May 23rd, 2004, 04:17 PM   #6
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I got a large softbox and am not happy with the unwieldy size. Unless you are planning on keeping it in a studio, get the medium. It's a pain in the @@S to move around, thorugh doorways, etc. And since it's not exactly so simple to take down and reassemble like a Rifa would be, you don't want to have to do that often. Go for the medium
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Old May 24th, 2004, 08:48 PM   #7
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The large is cumbersome, but what a beautiful light.

I have also sold my large and gone with the medium. Now I hang a larger piece of white diffusion about 18" in front of the softbox with a boom. This gives me the softness of a large box and the portability of a smaller one.
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