Glow (by Flashpoint) 71" Grand Softbox

There are two things that need to be mentioned at the beginning of this review before anything else.

  1. This thing is HUGE. 71” maybe doesn’t sound that big (especially to those of us more familiar with the metric system), but 71” is 1” shy of 6 feet. That’s a heck of a lot of softbox. It’s big enough just in the carrying case, but once you get this thing set up, it takes up a LOT of room.
  2. It is a beast to assemble the first time. I’ve taken it apart and put it back together numerous times now, but it takes some time even with practice.

With that said, the parabolic design of the softbox creates some pretty fantastic lighting. It provides an even source of light by combining the strength of a key light while acting as a ginormous reflector. The results? An even stream of fantastically directed soft light. The highlights and shadows are negated well by the focus of illumination from the shape of the reflector (a reverse umbrella design).

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A softbox of this size is really only limited by the space you can use it in. It can unleash the potential of studio strobes, help illuminate live action by providing a giant area of light, or use it for typical softbox uses like portrait and fashion photography (assuming it fits in your space!).

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The softbox itself is made well, but is definitely not top-of-the-line (as is reflected in it’s more-than-affordable price tag - at the time of this review: $259.99). The rods, while tight, feel like they could bend (especially when trying to put it together!). The internal reflective fabric and front diffuser have a quality feel to them - more so than the fabric of the baffle. That being said, it feels sturdy enough that I would be comfortable occasionally bringing it on location (though the carrying bag provides little protection). The support rod pockets and Velcro closures make assembly straight-forward, though not necessarily easy.

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While the baffle, rods and carrying bag are included, you’ll need a compatible speed ring and stand to complete the set up.

Overall, for the price, this is a relatively inexpensive, yet effective, grand softbox solution. It’s huge, but provides fantastically even light. You may not want to throw this in the trunk of your car and use it every day, but as a starter Grand Softbox, you can’t go wrong with the Glow (by Flashpoint) 71” Grand Softbox.