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Using small flashes for off-camera lighting has become ever popular, probably because of the portability and ease of which the equipment can be set up in a hurry. The Honl Photo line of light modifiers are purpose-built accessories to help achieve the look you're after with the minimum of fuss and bulk to carry around.
Here we'll take a look at the Traveller8 softbox, which is the latest addition to the Honl Photo range, most of which we took an earlier look at here.
Honl Photo Traveller8 Softbox: Specification
- Size: appr. 11in x 9in folded
- Materials: nylon ripstop, nylon taffeta, low density polyethylene
- Weight: 3.75oz/107g
|The Traveller8 folds flat for storage.||It only takes a couple of seconds to setup, popping into shape as the front panel is velcro'd into place.|
This accessory costs £59, which seems quite steep to me, although the quality of materials used is excellent throughout. The main body of the softbox is constructed from stiff nylon, which snaps into shape when unfolded. The softbox is designed to create a circular light, which apart from diffusing the light, should give nice catch lights in people's eyes. The one supplied for review tended to prefer forming a diamond shape instead though, although this didn't seem to impact on the overall performance of the item.
Unfolding the Traveller8 is as straightforward as can be. The white diffusion material simply needs to be vercro'd in place around the front of the softbox and it holds it's shape. All that's left to do now is to attach it to the front of a flashgun via the supplied velcro speed strap. I found it amongst the easiest of these kinds of accessories to setup, taking literally a couple of seconds.
The light produced is soft and even, falling off gradually. Due to the relative small size, and the fact there is only one layer of material to diffuse the light, there isn't much light loss to the softbox, making it suitable for use outdoors in daylight for fill. For a bit more diffusion and evenness of light I found it helps to use the plastic diffuser cap often supplied with many flashguns inside the softbox, although this certainly isn't necessary, and robs you of a little more light.
|Honl Photo Traveller8 Softbox: Click on the thumbnails for larger images.|
|With the Traveller8 the light is soft and even.||The same setup without the Traveller 8 shows harsher shadows and less even lighting.|
Honl Photo Traveller8 Softbox: Verdict
In use I found the Traveller8 to be a very good product on the whole, producing a good quality of light whilst remaining efficient, which can be so important when using small flashes. Even though the £59 price tag may seem a little expensive, the build quality is excellent, so much so that this accessory will probably outlast your flashes.
Overall I found it to be a useful product that is built to last.
Excellent build quality
Compact when folded
Very efficient output
Good quality of light
Honl Photo Traveller8 Softbox: Cons
Maybe a touch expensive
For more information on the Honl Photo Traveller8 Softbox please visit the Flaghead Photographic website.