"Dynaphos" products by Amvona?
Posted 13 July 2007 - 08:30 PM
Here's a link to their website: http://www.amvona.co...c456948a52f8ebf
Their stuff is REALLY cheap on eBay, and I'm considering the "Octagonal Light Bank" to go along with a second Photoflex StarLite that I got through a promotion they were having through last month.
Posted 13 July 2007 - 08:50 PM
I've never measured out with a light meter to determine the photometrics or its evenness of distribution, though I guess that would be the most useful data to you.
Posted 13 July 2007 - 09:01 PM
Posted 13 July 2007 - 09:37 PM
Posted 14 July 2007 - 07:25 AM
Posted 19 July 2007 - 01:01 AM
Managed to score the octagonal softbox (basically identical to Photoflex's OctoDome) w/ light & stand for $50 and a well sized case for $36 (not including shipping).
Seriously, can't beat those eBay prices. If it's as good quality as I'm hoping, I'll be buying from Amvona more often.
The light itself looks a little cheaply made, but if it works well I'll probably use it more to save the lifetime of my Photoflex StarLites a bit
Posted 19 July 2007 - 03:24 AM
Edited by Kieran Scannell, 19 July 2007 - 03:25 AM.
Posted 19 July 2007 - 09:25 AM
Posted 19 July 2007 - 01:23 PM
Looks like most of those reviews are for backdrops & tripods. I took one look at their tripods on eBay and instantly knew they were crap, so I'm not surprised at those reviews. The rest are mainly order processing issues.
Like I said though, I know the lighthead is cheaply made. I mainly got the kit for the softbox. We'll see how well put together it is when it gets here.
And, I'll surely post my assessment
Posted 24 July 2007 - 03:58 PM
Posted 26 July 2007 - 12:54 AM
I immediately got to assembling it, which seemly took FOREVER. It was easy to figure out, for someone who's already very experienced in assembling softboxes, but for a first timer it might be daunting.
In a nutshell, I got what I paid for. It's all quite cheaply made, here's a piece by piece assessment.
Lighthead: Plastic housing and "speedring" seem somewhat fragile and not built for the long haul. In fact, the entire lighthead gets quite warm after I had the light on for just a few minutes, which is something I don't experience with Photoflex StarLites.
Speedring: Attaching the softbox to the speed ring is a pain with one of the tentpole holes being made for one with a ballend that's supposed to lock in...but it doesn't lock in, quite the design flaw. And as said, it's made of some cheap plastic, I'm expecting it to break at anytime.
Softbox: The black outer fabric is fine, slots where the tentpoles go are fine and the inner muslin fabric is fine. But the reflective inserts are a pain to put in and not of the highest quality. The reflective fabric is the same you'd find on a prom queen's dress, but it seems to hold out alright over, under and near the 500w lamp I had in there. I'll use them until I see some burning. The velcro that holds them in place is quite cheap and noticeably hand-sewn with very little care. Also, the inserts don't really set in too flat or contoured to the dome, so what results when I took the diffusion off the front were some strange double shadows behind my test subject (wife).
Diffusion & Baffle: It's a thinner material than Photoflex & Chimera's diffusion, but it works. The baffle is a little loose inside and too close to the bulb, I could probably only use it if I plan on having the light up high and tilted downwards.
Grid: Almost worthless, the squares are so big they don't really make a difference in the spread of the light. I noticed a tightening of the spread by maybe 4 inches all around. I'd hoped it would be worth buying just for the grid, but it sucks. It's also a pain to velcro onto the front.
Lightstand: As good as any, solid construction, air cushioned with some good quality casters. I'd buy the entire kit again just for them!
Lamps: I got two 500w bulbs, somewhat solid construction, the glass might be a tad thinner than other E39 base bulbs. But their light quality and color temp were quite good.
So, to sum things up. I got what I expected. It's still very much useable on shoots, I'll just need a little more setup time and some modification and compromise might be needed in the future. In the meantime, I'm shopping for a real Photoflex OctoDome, which leaves this softbox in the dust!