PARABOLIX 35 DEEP – Reflector Now Available

PARABOLIX 35 DEEP

 

Parabolix have released a new deep version of their 35″ focusable indirect parabolic reflector, and they are available now from the Parabolix online store.

Based in the USA, and started in 2015, Parabolix have been developed a growing following, providing a more affordable alternative to indirect parabolic reflectors like Broncolor etc provide. While offering more refinements over the more basic versions currently available from China.

 

PARABOLIX 35 DEEP

 

The new Parabolix Deep 35 Reflector is 25″ deep, around 6″ deeper than the standard Parabolix 35. And therefore takes on proportions similar to the Broncolor Para 88.

(Though note the Parabolix are only 16 sides compared to Broncolor’s 24 sides).

 

PARABOLIX 35 DEEP

 

The Parabolix reflectors use an adjustable indirect strobe mount, which effectively allows you to change the size and spread of the light source.

So the one modifier can provide a range of lighting effects, from a small hard light source, to larger diffused light.

 

PARABOLIX 35 DEEP

 

And with the light source set in the focused position, light is projected out of the reflector in an even and directly focused beam, with little spill to the sides.

 

PARABOLIX 35 DEEP

 

The Parabolix indirect focusing mount arm (available separately or as a package with the reflector) can be used with the complete range of Parabolix reflectors.

The Parabolix reflectors all use a Profoto style speedring insert at their base, which simply clamps over the focusing mount arm.

And the sturdy arm can also be made use of as a stand alone mini boom.

 

PARABOLIX 35 DEEP

 

Most studio strobes can then be mounted to the arm using an appropriate cage mount adapter (again available separately or as a package).

An adjustable universal mount is also available, as well as speedlite mounts.

 

 

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And if the unique contrasty light provided by the bare Parabolix reflector is not always what you’re after Parabolix do now also offer optional inner and outer diffuser panels, as well as a 40 degree grid.

So the Parabolix reflector can then also double as more of a regular softbox.

(That is generally still using an indirect mount. Though if not using Profoto strobes, you could likely source your own speedring insert for regular direct strobe mounting).

 

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The Parabolix reflectors use a snap open speedring design similar to most of the Chinese parabolics, so assembly should be fairly quick and straight forward, even on location.

 

 

 

Parabolix reflectors are also available in a full range of sizes, currently from 20″ to 55″ diameter

 

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PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Parabolix 35 Deep Reflectors are currently available directly from Parabolix at an introductory price of $399.

With the full kit package with indirect mount available from $821.60.

 

Parabolix – Website

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8 Comments
  1. Tony A 5 months ago

    Any key differences with the Cononmark ones relased earlier in 2016?
    Not sure which one to pick.

    • Mark Kitaoka 4 months ago

      Hi Tony,
      Modifiers, cameras, lenses, lights you name it, how you use gear can result in varied results. I have used CononMark modifiers for over a year now and have achieved excellent results. I tend to stay away from forums except for this one and one other because so many seem to ‘talk’ about the theory or physics of gear and need to be right rather than produce imagery that is both compelling and imaginative. I have rented and used the Broncolor Para line of modifiers (when I finally found a house that would rent them) and they are excellent modifiers. But like all things they too have downsides, one of them being their price point.

      I always encourage people to rent or borrow gear they hope will help them achieve the results they seek. The number of variables that affect a final image is infinite and includes things like how one uses lights or modifiers. I plan to purchase one of Parabolix’s Deep 35 reflectors to try. I try NOT to purchase any items based solely on name recognition or theory, but how it performs for my uses. If you’re interested I wrote a short review of the Cononmark you can view here:
      http://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/review-cononmark-indirect-deep-parabolic-softbox-120cm/

      And I’ve used a wide variety of modifiers for my personal work which include hard modifiers, inverted modifiers along with others here:
      http://www.markkitaoka.com/conceptual/

      I always try to show results of gear I review rather than just ‘test shots’ as I personally don’t appreciate reviews which don’t include ‘real’ shots. I’m not a review site, but a working shooter.

      Hope this helps you decide what to purchase for your needs.

  2. Cec P. 5 months ago

    @Tony A:

    This seems like a true parabola, while the Cononmark, is certainly not. That is the reason why it is never shown directly from the side, but alway in a slight angle – so people can’t notice the “fake” shape of it. It is more elliptical than parabolic, hence it is not capable of creating the stunning light quality Parabolics are known for – even if you can “zoom/focus” them.

    The only true parabolics i know of are:

    Briese Focus
    Broncolor Para
    Profoto Giant
    and the shown Parabolix

    Some that look parabolic, but are not true parabolas:

    SMDV – SPEEDBOX-90
    Hensel Grand
    Mikrosat ParaDise
    Elinchrom Litemotiv
    Aurora Litebank
    Westcott Zeppelin
    RiMe Lite Grand Box
    Illuminate PRO Parabolic
    Jinbei Sun Umbrella
    ASIS Illumus Parabolic Umbrella
    Westcott Parabolic Umbrella (and all kinds of “parabolic Umbrellas” including those from Profoto, Broncolor, Elinchrom etc.)

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      Flash Havoc 5 months ago

      Hi Cec P.,

      In reply to Tony I would have said one of they key things is that, like you mention, Parabolix have likely given more attention to providing a true parabolic shape to the reflector (and also the bracket is more refined),

      Though there is a lot more to the resulting lighting effect than whether there is a true parabolic shape or not. As you know when dealing with highly reflective material there are a lot variables, the texture and finish of the material itself, how tightly its stretched, the number of facets / sides the reflector has, and the strobes flash tube configuration, can all have an effect on the resulting light pattern,

      So I’m just saying you really need to look at the results from each modifier, and I wouldn’t want people to completely disregard all the modifiers you mention as not being truly parabolic, just becasue of that, because having a directly focused light may not always even be the priority anyway.

      I’m not wanting to get into much of a discussion or argument with this because I don’t have experience with a lot of these modifiers. I have seen a number of the forums threads on this though, and they are quite interesting, though there is also often a lot more theories being discussed than actual examples or direct comparisons.

  3. ramin 4 months ago
  4. Mark Kitaoka 2 months ago

    Today I received my 35D and plan to test it this coming Saturday to determine if I plan to keep the unit. You can read my initial findings on my blog.
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/parabolix-35d/

  5. Mark Kitaoka 2 months ago

    I have completed my initial review of the Parabolix 35D
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/parabolix-35d/

  6. Mark Kitaoka 2 months ago

    I have released some dance session photos where I have used the Parabolix Deep 35 along with other modifiers.
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/publicity/why-i-use-what-i-use-xplorcheetahstandparabolixpcbcononmarkwestcottetc/

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