GLOW – ParaPop Grids – Now Available

GLOW ParaPop Grid

 

Due to popular demand Adorama now have egg crate grids available for the Glow 28″ and 38″ parabolic softbboxes.

And at $39.95 and $49.95 respectively, the new grids are considerably more affordable than any previously available alternatives.

The grids will fit 28″ and 38″ Glow ParaPops sold from approximately February 2016 onward, as these have the required Velcro mounting already sewn inside.

GLOW ParaPop Grid

 

 

The Glow ParaPop (originally reviewed here) provide an ideal location modifier, due to their ability to snap open and closed very quickly without removing diffuser panels etc.

And their very low weight also makes them ideal for use with small speedlites, bare bulp strobes like the Flashpoint StreakLight, and larger studio lights and cordless strobes like the new XPLOR 600 TTL.

 

 

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The ParaPop come supplied with a hotshoe flash bracket, as well as your choice of speedring insert for either Bowens, Alien Bees, Elinchrom, StreakLight, or Profoto strobes.

With Grids now available the ParaPop should be at home indoors and in the studio as well as outdoors no location.

 

 

ADORAMA LIGHTING DEALS  (UPDATE – NOW EXPIRED)

 

Adorama have some great deals on their house brand lighting gear for just 2 days only.

These include the best price we have seen on the TTL Flashpoint Streaklight 360 for Canon and Nikon, at just $419.95.

And the powerful Bowens mount RoveLights are also just $369.95.

See all the deals HERE.

 

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PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Glow ParaPop 28″ and 38″ egg crate grids are available now for $39.95 and $49.95 respectively.

Glow ParaPop 28″ Softbox

Glow ParaPop 38″ Softbox

 

Glow ParaPop 28″ – Review

 

 

 

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10 Comments
  1. John 1 year ago

    Is the grid compatible to smdv softbox 90/70?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi John,

      I just received a sample of the 38″ grid, and its really a little bit big for the 38″ Glow ParaPop. So SMDV are probably going to hate me for saying this, though think it may probably fit the SMDV softboxes a bit better if anything. (As far as I understand the Glow 38″ is a bit smaller than the SMDV Speedbox).

      For $49.95 it has to be worth a try. The grid is actually made from nice nylon type material, not that cheap fabric used for reusable shopping bags etc like 90% of the grids from Ebay etc use. Comes in a nice pouch as well.
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      Regarding the grid size when used with the 38″ Glow ParaPop for anyone that may be concerned about that. I do think the grid is definitely a little bit bigger than it could be for an ideal fit with the 38″ ParaPop.

      Though I found the trick to installing it is to simply line up the 10 joins sewn around the edge of the grid with the 10 rods ends of the softbox. That gets the grid quickly and evenly spaced on the softbox without extra material gathering up at the bottom.

      So the edge of the grid puckers up a bit between the rods, though the face of the grid is all quite even across the softbox. Its not particularly pretty around the edges, though for $50 it does a great job.
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      I did also manage to collapse the ParaPop with grid in place. Its probably not something you would normally need to do, though in a pinch you could have it folded up, or ready to go pretty quickly.

      A 38″, 12 sided softbox, easily popped open ready to go in less than 20 seconds, with 2 diffusion panels and grid in place is pretty impressive.

  2. Andy 1 year ago

    I bought Parapop 28″ a few days ago and took out for first client session. One light wind blows the softbox on the ground, The fabric cover outside the rod damage badly. If you don’t mind and super careful ( which is hard as you have to work fast on location), then parapop is for you. THe built quality is really bad , IMO. I think I would much better spend $ on Westcott Octabox for Bowen mount.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Andy,

      That’s a major bummer to happen in just a few days, though surely it must have fallen on some pretty abrasive concrete or similar to damage that quickly. And do you think it would have really been that much different in the same situation with another softbox?

      SMDV have pointed out a few times their original softboxes are made from a different fabric (presumably somewhat sturdier), though you pay considerably more for the SMDV versions.

      The fabric strips sewn over the rods are different to the softbox material though. And Flashpoint may be interested in this if it is a regular issue, as I would think those strips could pretty easily be upgraded.

      Also being sewn on the outside it should be pretty easy to repair, even if you had to do a little hand sewing. Not ideal I realize, though at least its not a terminal issue like broken frame components.

      Personally I’m really happy with them. I wouldn’t say the build quality is bad at all.

      The Westcott Apollo’s are nice, though they lose a stop of light if your bouncing the flash of the back of the softbox. And they went through durability issues with the rods etc as well.

      I’m not sure about the rapid boxes, though I think the metal frame in the centre would block a lot of the light from speedlites, and I’m not really sure about any advantage in their frame either.

  3. Jacques Cornell 1 year ago

    For those not familiar with parabolics, this is really just a nearly round softbox. It is designed in such a way that you don’t actually realize the unique benefit of a parabolic. Said benefit is that a parabolic reflector can throw a very focused cone of light – nearly a column – that starts with a diameter equal to that of the reflector and that spreads very little over working distances. However, to do this, a parabolic reflector must be undiffused (silver interior and no internal baffle or diffusion material on the front), and the light source must be IN FRONT of the reflecting surface , positioned at the parabola’s focal point, and aimed INTO it.

  4. D 1 year ago

    Please help, do the Godox AD360IIC work seamlessly with the Flashpoints Streaklights 360? I have the Godox…

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi D,

      Sorry I’m a bit a late with the reply if you were after the deals. Though yes the AD360II-C are exactly the same as the Streaklight TTL.

      I have listed all the Flashpoint versions of the Godox gear in the overview post here.

      At this stage all the Flashpoint branded versions are fully compatible with the Godox versions, and basically the same thing other than the branding.

      Flashpoint do provide a nice case the Xplor 600 strobes though, and now they are supplying their own custom made 7″ reflector, either of which the Godox versions do not provide. So FlashPoint are making some upgrades and changes of their own, though the lights and radio system should remain fully compatible with Godox units.

  5. Bryan Hudson 1 year ago

    I’ve been waiting for this 🙂

    Quick question, I can’t seem to find replacement rods for the 38inch. They are all listed as two inches shorter?

  6. Rob 4 months ago

    Since the Glow 38 grid is on the large size, anyone know if it would fit the larger SMDV Speedbox Alpha 110cm?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 months ago

      Hi Rob,

      I just tried stretching the grid over a 43″ (110cm) Westcott Apollo, so I dare say it would stretch over an Alpha 110cm as well then if in a pinch.

      All its doing is pulling in the sides of the softbox though, so you’re not really gaining anything in size if that’s the goal, its still going to be closer to 90cm diameter with the grid mounted.

      The Speedbox-100 would likely be a better compromise if that’s an option.

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