Softbox accessories ( and repairs )

Softbox accessories ( and repairs )

21 posts
14 March 2015
ChrisD
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ChrisD
Seeking some help and advice please, I need to replace the protective end caps on two of my softbox rods. I lost the plastic/rubber caps and so far have not found a supplier of these online ( tried a google search )

Also the rod has gone through the fabric and I was wondering how best to repair the hole ? Thanks in advance, Chris.
Posted 14 March 2015
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
Contact softbox manufacturer

Posted 14 March 2015
HowardJ
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HowardJ
eosfan
Contact softbox manufacturer
+1 you may be surprised by their response. As far as repairing the fabric. You could try switching it by hand or find someone with a pro sewing machine and get them to fix it.
Posted 14 March 2015
paulford
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paulford
Do you have a local market as most have people that repair clothing (hem dresses turn trousers up etc) plastic caps try a camping store or maybe a plumbers merchants, Screwfix or toolstation. have web sites might be worth a look.


Posted 14 March 2015
stufreeman
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stufreeman
Try 'Maplin' electronic stores.


Posted 14 March 2015
RedChecker
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RedChecker
stufreeman

Try 'Maplin' electronic stores.


Well that's me well & truely confused.
Posted 14 March 2015
ChrisD
Photographer
ChrisD
Thank you everyone for your kind replies. It is a generic 150cm octobox, I can't find the invoice or remember now where I bought it ( or the make ) or I would have tried that avenue of enquiry regarding "spares". It's just damned annoying because its not seen heavy use and has been well looked after, in fact if it wasn't for the faults I've described it would be in excellent condition. Very unfortunate what's happened and has of course rendered it useless, at least for the time being.

I guess a seamstress is the answer for the repair of the holes, and maybe some material to reinforce the "pockets". Worst case scenario if I can't find protective ends for the rods I'll have to see if I can buy a new set complete with "end caps" from somewhere.
Posted 14 March 2015
Edited by ChrisD 14 March 2015
HowardJ
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HowardJ
See if you can get some rods on ebay

Posted 14 March 2015
photomane9
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photomane9
stufreeman
Try 'Maplin' electronic stores.
RedChecker

Well that's me well & truely confused.

Not sure if this is what stufreeman had in mind, but  Maplins sell stuff called Polymorph which would be ideal for repairing the ends of the rods. Chuck a heaped teaspoonful of granules in a pan of boiling water then once they've turned transparent and amalgamated, fish them out with a fork and mould the Polymorph into a suitable shape around the end of the rod using your fingers and leave to harden. Two minute job.
As for repairing the corner of the fabric, if there's room to get into the little pocket, push in a piece of duct tape, sticky side first. You will probably need a piece about one inch square. If the sticky side shows through from the outside. apply another piece of duct tape on the outside, sticky side to sticky side, cutting and trimming it so that it folds neatly round the corner of the softbox. 

Posted 14 March 2015
Edited by photomane9 14 March 2015
HowardJ
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HowardJ
Alternatively save yourself a load of grief and buy a new one. If its not a branded one it should be cheap.

Posted 14 March 2015
RedChecker
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RedChecker
HowardJ

If its not a branded one it should be cheap.


And IMO cheap ones are more likely to tear if you erect/dismantle the thing on a regular basis (ie. you get what you pay for in this regard).

Back to the OP:
What about a brolleybox if you take them apart regularly?  there's all manner of various ones coming out nowadays and aren't limited to cheapie unbranded manufacturers as the likes of Westcott & Lastolite as well as the some of the major flash manufacturers are coming out with various designs.
Posted 15 March 2015
Edited by RedChecker 15 March 2015
eosfan
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eosfan
What about a brolleybox if you take them apart regularly?  there's all manner of various ones coming out nowadays and aren't limited to cheapie unbranded manufacturers as the likes of Westcott & Lastolite as well as the some of the major flash manufacturers are coming out with various designs. I've been using Lastolite umbrella boxes for something like 5 years (or whenever they came out) and they're still only about £40 - well worth the cost Dave
Posted 15 March 2015
RedChecker
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RedChecker
And if you want to push the boat out, these look fecking awesome
Posted 15 March 2015
mph
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mph
Garden centre might have eye protection caps to go on the ends of canes?

Posted 16 March 2015
NATKINS
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NATKINS
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

Posted 16 March 2015
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