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    cattyal
    cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 12:48 PM

    I'm trying to disassemble my octagonal softbox - it's going to take as much effort to pull it apart as it did to put together Sad I think a coffee and something to eat is called for.............. spinach maybe!!!

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    RoyBoy
    RoyBoy  9171 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 1:18 PM

    Hi Alison
    Yer they can be a right pain in the rear end. A few years ago I bought a Lencarta octagonal softbox that opens and closes something like an umbrella. It is brilliant. Easy to out up and take down and of very good quality. Here is a link
    http://www.lencarta.com/studio-lighting-shopfront/non-folding-softboxes/profold-...

    cattyal
    cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 1:28 PM

    Oh I've given up for now and made a coffee instead. It's just too big and I have nowhere to store it so time to tuck it away somewhere.

    The Lencarta boxes look nice - possibly a bit too expensive right now but a couple will go on my 'want list'. I thought I might try one of the el cheapo Walimex brolly boxes for the time being as I have a voucher ready to be spent - nothing ventured....... Smile

    cattyal
    cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 1:43 PM

    Blimey - I've dunnit!!!!! Now to find the bag it came in Smile

    brian1208
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110269 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 1:50 PM

    I've given up - mine sit in the garage (framed picture store in reality Grin ) ready to go at a moments notice (well, that's what I tell myself to cover my incompetence at disassembly / reassembly, it always looks so easy in the vids )

    cattyal
    cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 1:54 PM

    A major clear-out of the garage is on the cards plus the addition of a decent shelving system etc so a lot of stuff can be moved in there. Plus the garage itself is in need of some TLC - there's always something that needs doing!

    indemnity
    indemnity  6329 forum posts
    29 Dec 2013 - 5:36 PM

    Assembling/dismantling 1.4m+ octaboxes single handed, is like trying to wallpaper your hall through the letterbox.

    AndS
    AndS e2 Member 2855 forum postsAndS vcard England
    29 Dec 2013 - 5:44 PM

    Looks as much fun as putting my Base Seconds tent away GrinGrin

    cattyal
    cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 6:16 PM


    Quote: Looks as much fun as putting my Base Seconds tent away GrinGrin

    Ha - I like : "Folds away in under 2 minutes once you get the hang of it" Smile

    cattyal
    cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 6:17 PM


    Quote: Assembling/dismantling 1.4m+ octaboxes single handed, is like trying to wallpaper your hall through the letterbox.

    Brute force and ignorance won in the end - I've still to find something to put it in but at least it's in bits now Smile

    janeez
    janeez e2 Member 61193 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 8:03 PM

    I gave up trying to un-assemble my softbox. Seriously thinking about using it as a lampshade!

    keithh
    keithh e2 Member 1023041 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 8:22 PM

    Always the sign of a cheap box. Wink

    cattyal
    cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Dec 2013 - 8:48 PM


    Quote: Always the sign of a cheap box. Wink

    well it was part of a kit so certainly wasn't expensive Smile

    JackAllTog
    JackAllTog e2 Member 53627 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Dec 2013 - 11:00 AM

    On some of the tighter more tricky softboxes (including my octbox) i tend to pull the tensioning rods to the side into a curve before trying to get them out the retaining pocket at the edge of the fabric, this tends to give just enough movement for release.
    One of my cheapest rectangular softboxes has a super idea - a velcro strap that goes over end of the tensioning rod to create the pocket, it means you just undo the velcro and the rod slides out leaving less tension on the other 3, super idea.

    You could just also get a Parabolic umbrella thing and add a diffuser to it instead http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Flash-Umbrella-White-Parabolic-Type-59-64-150-162cm-diameter-arc-Z3-/161159762851 I like round/oct reflectors for the catch light shape they give.

    cattyal
    cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Jan 2014 - 10:29 AM

    One of the rods on the softbox does have the velcro strap which indeed works well. However all the rest are pockets for some reason. I may well modify it in due course - another thing on my list of things to do.

    I have bought a couple of inexpensive brolly boxes - I had a voucher to spend so it made sense to buy something useful. If I can get my act together today I'll give them a go!

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