Storing octa softboxes

7 posts
12 April 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
I was wondering how people store their octa soft boxes.

The elinchrom ones can be collapsed/folding and stored in a bag but you still get a bit of rubbing of the metal rods against the silver lining which eventually leads to tears in the lining.

Alternatively you can dismantle them completely but then you can get damage to the lining from the fitting ring slipping out while you're putting the first complete of rods in when you're putting it up again.

Has anyone got any tips?

Posted 12 April 2014
magpie1
Photographer
magpie1
I 'store' mine fully assembled, just taken off the head, and hang them up on cords, dangling. I have the luxury of some free space! My experience with all makes of soft boxes, including very expensive Broncolor, is that lots of assembly/dismantling/assembly wears the fabric.

Posted 12 April 2014
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
In the studio I just use those double clip trowser/skirt holders you get when you buy them. They clip on the face and it can then be hung on the wall fully open face to wall.

Another studio I know uses the long galvanised 'L'shaped straps you can buy from builders merchants bent so the short leg goes through centre hole and the strap does not rub on the fabric. They are intended as restraint straps in roofs and floors to tie them in with the main structure.

Posted 12 April 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
I'm thinking of the scenario where you need to travel with them to locations for shoots.

Posted 12 April 2014
Spike
Photographer
Spike
I've got a couple of elichrom octas I bought in 1992 keep them folded in ther cases,they seem in pretty good nick.

The soft boxes seem to suffer more with the foil rubbing of, however a good repait is pieces of foil survival blankets like they give out at the end of the London marathon glued with contact adhesive.

Posted 12 April 2014
magpie1
Photographer
magpie1
If you want to travel with them then as little dismantle as possible, the Elinchrom Rotalux can be folded but still left pretty much assembled, and if you are transporting in a car ok.

Posted 12 April 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
magpie1
If you want to travel with them then as little dismantle as possible, the Elinchrom Rotalux can be folded but still left pretty much assembled, and if you are transporting in a car ok.
Yep that's what I do but you still get a bit of rubbing against the foil in the centre.
Posted 12 April 2014
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