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Ventures

I'm going to attempt to use the new Photoflex strobe and 3x4' softbox for PenWAG on Saturday.

On the smart side, I've set up and disassembled the softbox itself twice this evening. It's a little, well, I can't say futzy, because futzy doesn't really describe springing 4 heavy fiberglass rods into an aluminum mounting rig. Once I sorted out which holes not to use (this is the mounting ring for the 7' octagonal softbox, and it's got a few threaded holes that I need to avoid) it turned out to be manageable. Packaging it back up is a bit more of a nuisance. It doesn't just collapse down into a sensible compact form like an umbrella does. That's a lot of material to wrap around just 4 (removable) rods.

I haven't tried actually using the head yet. I have tested it to make sure it works and installed the modeling light. I will need a few extra test shots to dial in the exposure. I expect I'm going to be using a much tighter aperture with the lumens this thing puts out. I'm also going to have to get used to full-manual no-remote-control optical trigger lighting.

Nobody ever said it would be easy...

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