« on: January 24, 2015, 06:12:45 AM »
For use on weekends umbrellas cost a lot less, are easier to set up and take down, produce very similar results and travel easier because you don't have to keep track of so many delicate parts. I find my entry level Elinchrom soft boxes control the light a touch better but, are not easy to set up or pack up on location. For use with speed lights on stands I'd choose umbrellas.After I upgraded to using profoto, umbrella was the first light mod I bought. It's easy to carry and fast set up, and turns into an octa with just a sock. Only problem I discovered its durability, way more fragile when compared to a softbox construction...say if your stand/light falls in strong wind, there's quite some chance the softbox will take the fall and without and damage whereas umbrella rod would most likely bend or break. Just my 2c..