Softboxes and Octaboxes


A selection of Softboxes in various sizes and shapes is part of the basic equipment of any photographer.
As a general rule, large light sources – in particular large Softboxes – create softer light than small light sources. It is important to understand that it only to a certain extent depends on the absolute size of the light shaper – decisive is the subjective size viewed from the model (or object). A small Softbox placed close to the model may appear larger than a large box standing further away. The light from the smaller, but closer box is in this case softer. Softer light manifests itself by slower transitions from light to shade. Also, shadows visible on a background are less clearly defined.
 
Light loses its intensity with increasing distance, more exactly by the square of the distance. If one removes a light source by, for example, a factor of 3, the light inten­sity is reduced to one-ninth. This is the reason why the contrast increases with small lighting setups, as any brightening reflexes via the surrounding walls can be neglected more and more.
 
Softer lights also create less dominant glossy areas on skin without make-up and for example on eyeglass lenses.

Softbox

33.560.00: 35 x 60 cm
33.561.00: 60 x 60 cm
33.562.00: 60 x 100 cm
33.563.00: 100 x 100 cm
33.564.00: 30 x 120 cm
33.565.00: 90 x 120 cm
33.566.00: 120 x 180 cm

Light grid 40°

33.580.00 for 35 x 60 cm
33.581.00 for 60 x 60 cm
33.582.00 for 60 x 100 cm
33.583.00 for 100 x 100 cm
33.584.00 for 30 x 120 cm
33.585.00 for 90 x 120 cm
33.586.00 for 120 x 180 cm

Additional diffuser

33.590.00 for 35 x 60 cm
33.591.00 for 60 x 60 cm
33.592.00 for 60 x 100 cm
33.593.00 for 100 x 100 cm
33.594.00 for 30 x 120 cm
33.595.00 for 90 x 120 cm
33.596.00 for 120 x 180 cm

Octabox

33.600.00: Ø 75 cm
33.601.00: Ø 150 cm

Light grid 40°

33.587.00 for Octabox 75 cm
33.588.00 for Octabox 150 cm

Additional diffuser

33.597.00 for Octabox 75 cm
33.598.00 for Octabox 150 cm

Accessories for Softboxes


The light of a Softbox can be decisively influenced with several variations by means of size, shape, distance and orientation. However, the accessories available for all Softboxes and Octaboxes also considerably extend their possibilities:
 
Textile honeycomb grids: These reduce the light coverage angle from 180° to about 40°. As a result there is less stray light in the studio and the shadows become darker, the contrast higher. If a large Softbox with honeycomb grid is used over a very short distance (to obtain a soft light) it must be taken into account that possibly not the whole of the diffuser is visible from the model (or the object). Consequently the active surface is reduced and the light becomes harder.
 
Additional diffusers: Additional diffusers, which are available for all broncolor Soft­boxes and Octaboxes, guarantee an even more homogeneous and sharply defined illuminated area. Above all, when shiny surfaces (glass, jewellery, watches, chrome, spectacles, etc.) form part of the photograph it is advisable to use these third diffus­ers.
 
Edge Mask: For rectangular Softboxes, broncolor also offers an Edge Mask. This is mounted in place of the main diffuser and is characterized by a black, completely lightproof central area. Placed directly behind a model or an object, it illuminates its contours perfectly against a dark background.
 
Strip masks: These are available for the inherently narrow 30 x 120 cm and
30 x 180 cm Softboxes and narrow their active light coverage area by roughly a further two-thirds.

Edge Mask, Strip Mask

Edge Mask
33.612.00: 35 x 60 cm
33.613.00: 60 x 100 cm
33.614.00: 90 x 120 cm
33.615.00: 120 x 180 cm
Strip Mask
33.610.00: 30 x 120 cm (7.5 cm)
33.611.00: 30 x 180 cm (10 cm)

Light grid 40°

Edge Mask
33.580.00 for 35 x 60 cm
33.582.00 for 60 x 100 cm
33.585.00 for 90 x 120 cm
33.586.00 for 120 x 180 cm
Strip Mask
33.584.00 for 30 x 120 cm
33.586.00 for 120 x 180 cm

Additional diffuser

Edge Mask
33.590.00 for 35 x 60 cm
33.592.00 for 60 x 100 cm
33.595.00 for 90 x 120 cm
33.596.00 for 120 x 180 cm
Strip Mask
33.594.00 for 30 x 120 cm
33.596.00 for 120 x 180 cm

Beautybox 65

33.568.00: Beautybox 65
33.579.00: Light grid 40° for Beautybox 65

Siros special reflector


Standard reflector L40

33.115.00 standard reflector L40
33.194.00 honeycomb grid for L40, set of 3 pieces
33.119.00 barn door with 4 wings for L40
33.318.00 colour filters for Siros, set of 9 pieces
33.319.00 colour correcting and diffusion filters for Siros, set of 8 pieces

More compatible accessories

33.120.00 Conical snoot
33.640.00 Spot attachment
33.626.00 UV attachment
33.110.00 Softlight reflector P-Soft
33.111.00 Beauty Dish reflector
33.107.00 Standard reflector P70

Umbrellas


Like the Softboxes, most broncolor umbrellas are available in various sizes – the softness of the light to be expected also behaves in relation to their diameter, as described above in the Softboxes section.
Umbrellas are also characterized by the reflector material used. Silver coated umbrellas have a somewhat more focused light than white coated umbrellas, as the whole of the surface does not always reflect light. Furthermore the coverage angle of a silver coated umbrella is smaller than that of a white coated umbrella. There is therefore less stray light, as a result of which darker shadows can be expected.
 
As regards their light characteristics, transparent umbrellas primarily resemble white coated umbrellas; it should however be noted that not the whole of the light is dif­fused through the umbrella, but a decisive amount is reflected away from the object. Due to the resulting increase in stray light brighter shadows can be expected. Trans­parent umbrellas have advantages if the light source should be very close to the model – due to their design, reflecting umbrellas always have a larger minimum dis­tance.
 
broncolor also offers a special umbrella: the focus 110. This has a diameter of about 110 cm, is silver coated and characterized by a very deep shape. By moving (focus­ing) the umbrella rod, various light distributions (from homogeneous to strong centre emphasis) can thus be achieved.
 
Incidentally, it is not necessary to purchase an umbrella reflector with Siros. The all­round reflectors included in the scope of delivery also serve as umbrella reflectors.

Umbrellas

33.576.00: Focus 110 umbrella silver Ø 110 cm
33.574.00: Umbrella silver Ø 85 cm
33.570.00: Umbrella silver Ø 105 cm
33.573.00: Umbrella white Ø 85 cm
33.571.00: Umbrella white Ø 105 cm
33.575.00: Umbrella transparent Ø 85 cm
33.572.00: Umbrella transparent Ø 105 cm