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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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