PHOTTIX – New LUNA Softboxes & Beauty Dish Now Available

Phottix Luna Deep Octa

 

Phottix have added a new 100cm Deep Octa, Strip Box, and Large Rectangular Softbox to their popular Luna range of Folding Softboxes.

The Luna softboxes feature a strong internal fiberglass support frame, which also allows the softbox to pop open in seconds.

With octoboxes in particular this really saves a lot of time and hassle compared to assembling traditional octoboxes on location.

 

LUNA DEEP OCTA 100CM

 

Phottix Luna Deep Octa

 

The Deep Octa provides a more diffused light than regular shallow softboxes, and the 100cm diameter is a very manageable size on location and outdoors.

With heat resistant fabric the Luna softboxes will work well with studio lights, and should be a nice combination with the new Indra 360 and 500 TTL strobes.

As well as speedlites when mounted on a Bowens mount speedlight bracket like the Phottix HS Speed Mount II.

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With no obstructions in the centre of the sofbox, and flash facing directly at the front diffuser panel, the Luna Deep Octa should be very efficient with speedlites.

While the extra depth of the octa allows room for the speedlites beam to cover the front diffuser panel more evenly, providing a larger more diffused light source.

(A center cloth diffuser panel is also provided with the Luna softboxes if desired).

So the Luna Deep Octa 100cm should provide a good versatile studio and location modifier.

 

LUNA FOLDING STRIP & RECTANGULAR SOFTBOX

 

Phottix Luna Softbox

 

New Luna Folding Strip Box 30 x 150 cm, and Folding Softbox 80 x 120 cm are also now available. Featuring the same Luna fast set up fiberglass support frame.

 

The Luna Softboxes all come standard with a Bowens compatible speedring insert, though interchangeable inserts are also available for Profoto, Balcar, and Elinchrom.

 

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Phottix Pro Beauty Dish MK II 42cm (16″)

 

Phottix Pro Beauty Dish MK II

 

Phottix have also released the Phottix Pro Beauty Dish MK II, in 42cm (16″) diameter.

The MK II beauty dish features a soft white interior, and comes with honeycomb grid and cloth diffuser cover.

A Bowens’s compatible insert mount is provided with the Pro Beauty Dish, though inserts are also interchangeable, and compatible with the Luna softbox inserts above.

 

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Phottix Luna Softboxes and Pro Beauty Dish MK II are available now from around –

– $85 for the Luna Deep Octo 100cm, and $65 for the Luna Folding Strip and Rectangular Softboxes,

Adorama, B&H Photo, Phottix Store.

– $99 for the Pro Beauty Dish MK II with grid and cloth cover.

Adorama, B&H Photo, Phottix Store.

 

Phottix – Website

 

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48 Comments
  1. Ian Cheung 4 years ago

    Any mention of grids for the Lunas? I can’t imagine buying an Octa or Strip without a grid.

    • Joske 4 years ago

      Yeah, they need grids! Boy those prices are good for folding modifiers.

      For me Lencarta Profolding are the best in price and they all have grids available.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 4 years ago

        Hi Joske,

        The umbrella frame sofboxes like the Lencarta Profolding are nice with studio lights. Though they are they style I was referring to that block a lot of the light when using a speedlite, due to the frame right in the center of the softbox.

        That’s one nice advantage to the Luna design, as there is no obstruction in the center of the softbox at all.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Ian,

      No I don’t think there are any grids available at this stage unfortunately. That’s mainly an issue with the strip boxes for me. I’m keen to try the Deep Octa though.

      I don’t think it would be that hard to DIY a collar to hold a grid on the strip boxes, though I don’t find 4 rod softboxes all that hard to set up quickly anyway so I think I’ll wait on those for now.

      No doubt Phottix will get a lot of feedback along the same lines, so hopefully they will arrange some grids eventually.

  2. Darryl 4 years ago

    Does it fold like the Luna beauty dish? No other photos. Also would it work with the Lumopro LP739 double flash bracket?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Darryl,

      Yes they fold in the same way as the Luna beauty dish. You can just see the hinges in the center frame on the stripbox and rectangular softbox.

      The only way the Lumopro bracket would work is if you removed the outer speedring from that and placed the Lumopro bracket with speedring insert into the Luna outer speedring.

      So it would depend on the diameter of the Lumopro insert as to whether it would fit into the Luna speedring.

      I could measure the Luna insert, though I don’t have the Lumopro bracket to measure.

  3. Joske 4 years ago

    I hope the Indra’s will drop in price someday.
    If they would do 999$ for a light with Battery this would be a no brainer. And they would be the new Einsteins 🙂

  4. Mike 4 years ago

    Any idea where to get the non-folding beauty dish? It’s only on the phottixstore site, and their shipping rates are terrible.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Mike,

      Adorama actually have them available now for $89 with free expedited shipping in the US.

      • Mike 4 years ago

        Awesome, thanks I ordered it, and the grids for the indra are now available too! Great site, keep up the great work!

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 4 years ago

          Ok great thanks Mike.

  5. Donald 4 years ago

    Mike that exact BD is all over Ebay – the surface is reticulated white. In the UK one source is:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310699407264?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
    (the photo is misleading as long as the description says white).

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Thanks Donald,

      The only thing you have to be careful with is that the speedring inserts and mount often vary with these dishes. Surprisingly there are a number of different designs for the mount. And the images shown in the listing may not be exactly like the dish you receive.

      This only matters if you want to exchange inserts. Its pretty handy though to keep them standard if using the Luna softboxes as well.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Just a follow up on this. My Godox dish I ordered a while back just arrived, and it doesn’t really have easily exchangeable inserts at all. Though it is quite nicely made with the Bowens mount otherwise.

      Though this reminds me, the main issue I have now is that I can’t use my dual speedlite bracket because the Bowens insert is not easy to remove (to fit 2 flash heads though the opening).

      So the dishes like the Phottix Pro with quickly removable inserts are more versatile in that regard.

  6. Donald 4 years ago

    Hi Elv, Yes, point taken. The buyer has to be careful esp with Ebay listings. The BD linked to does have easy to swap inserts and that vendor answers emails and even created a personal unique listing to meet my exact requirements!

  7. Chuck 4 years ago

    Do you know when the LUNA DEEP OCTA 100CM is available in Europe? Shipping prices via the Phottix site are ridiculous.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Chuck,

      Sorry I’m not sure on that. You would be best to contact the UK distributor directly, as they should be able to keep you updated.

  8. Craig 4 years ago

    I’d really like to see measurements and what the softbox and stripbox look like when folded up. Also what do these weigh? I imagine these are designed for traveling photographers and for them those are important factors! I liked the Luna beauty dish I ordered, but ultimately I returned it because it was too bulky folded up compared to a traditional softbox.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Craig,

      That is a good point. As you mention the Luna beauty dish softbox is quite heavy for its size. And the rectangular softbox and stripbox are going to have considerably more length folded (though possibly a few less rods weight than the octo).

      To be fair though, most of the fast pop up umbrella frame softboxes are similarly large when folded (some may be smaller diameter).

      The Glow ParaPop is very lightweight, and smaller diameter folded, though it is over twice the price. And only 28″ at this point. I’m not sure what happened to the 38″ ParaPop version, they are over 3 times the Luna price in the SMDV version.

      But yes traditional rod and speedring softoxes do fold considerably flatter. This is also why I think the main advantage is time saving with octobox set up rather than the simple 4 rod softboxes.

      I think its safe to assume the folded diameter will be the same as your Luna beauty dish softbox was though.

    • Ian Cheung 4 years ago

      I find it baffling how crazy bad the product shots are on the Phottix online store are. You would think that they would show products from different angles, and folded up etc. There are product listings like this one:

      Phottix 2 in 1 Strip Softbox With Grid
      http://www.phottixstore.com/store/softboxes/35x140cm.html

      where they don’t even show the grid! Additional shots of the interior, the carry bag, the whole set of items you get would be normal.

  9. Vardhan 4 years ago

    i need strip boxes for the neewer 850 flashes. If I buy these ones do I need to buy the Bowens compatible bracket as well. Are there any strip boxes for flashes which can be used without the Bowens mount ?

    • Ian Cheung 4 years ago

      Vardhan,
      Yes, you’d need a Bowens compatible bracket.

      There are three options I know of that attach directly to a speedlight: GamiLight Strip, Rogue Flashbender XL, and the Saberstrip. All of them are pricey, but portable. The length of the strip with these isn’t very long but the new Flashbender XL2 does come with a grid.

  10. Easy Mark 4 years ago

    So is there any way to mount a dual flash bracket (two speedlights) to the Deep Octa?

    With the availability of so many reasonably priced yet capable speedlights out there, it really seems that manufacturers should start designing their equipment to be compatible with two or three or even four speedlights.

  11. Chuck 4 years ago

    It seems like the Luna Deep Octa is removed from the Phottix store?

    • Mikhail 4 years ago

      Yes, I noticed that as well.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Guys,

      I’m not sure on this, has anyone sent an email yet?

      • Chuck 4 years ago

        Finally got an email back:

        “Answer: Thank you for contacting us. Currently it is unavailable. Thank you”

        • Mikhail 4 years ago

          Same response I got here.

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 4 years ago

            Thanks, Steve is away for a couple of weeks, so I’ll find out what’s happening once hes back in.

  12. Earle 4 years ago

    Hmm got one from B&H a couple weeks back. Maybe they’re sold out.

    • Mikhail 4 years ago

      How do you like Earle? Was it a worthwhile investment? Any outstanding pros or cons about it?

  13. Chuck 4 years ago

    Earle: Can you measure how deep the Phottix Luna Octabox is. I was looking to get a cheaper model of the Elinchrom Rotalux. I just found out the brand “Impact” makes one but it’s only 66cm deep compared to the Elinchrom which is 100cm deep.

  14. Earle 4 years ago

    Hi Chuck, sometime this weekend I’ll break it out and my own Elinchrom Deep Octa and do a direct comparison. I think the Impact one is deeper than you think. A friend of mine has one at his studio. Not sure if I can check up on that one too.

  15. Chuck 4 years ago

    Earle: Thanks. I was using the data off of B&H as a comparison. Your help is much appreciated.

  16. Earle 4 years ago

    Chuck: according to my tape measure and metric conversion, the Elinchrom Deep Octa is 59.38 centimeters deep (The 100 cm refers to the width, just as it does for beauty dishes).

    The Phottix is roughly 76.85 centimeters deep, thanks to a deeper collar. However that’s based on the portion I got assembled. I was having trouble expanding it completely (I did it once when I opened the box) because the rods are held in groove by little Velcro loops that kept getting undone so it may be a touch shorter. It’s heavier than the Elinchrom (heavier duty fabric and the fiberglass toggles). From memory it’s lighter than the Impact.

    For my purposes, I’ll keep it with the Bowens mount and use it with my RoveLight.

    For portability the Rotalux still wins but for value the Impact makes sense since you can get a grid for it fairly i expensively.

  17. Earle 4 years ago

    Almost forgot, perhaps Phottix is redesigning the loop and that’s why its pulled.

  18. Chuck 4 years ago

    Earle: THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I was actually considering getting the Elinchrom because it was listed on the BH site as being 100cm deep. (39 x 39″ (1 x 1 m) Diameter x Depth ….perhaps I am reading it wrong). Seeing how the Impact version is actually deeper, and cheaper, I think I will opt for that. I would have purchased the Phottix one, but they are out of stock for awhile (Which as you stated, is because they are redesigning the loop)

    Once again thank you. I am located in Europe, and alot of my purchased are online as there isn’t much selection in the country I reside. Your help was much appreciated.

  19. Earle 4 years ago

    Glad I could help you Chuck!

    I’m not sure Phottix is redesigning that system because of the velcro loops — but I’d be welcome if they did. I may opt for some strategically placed white gaffer tape.

    That Impact one is a bargain, especially with the grid. I suspect that the cloth will last longer than the Elinchrom if you do any type of location work.

    Take care,

    Earle

  20. keano 4 years ago

    Elvis,
    Are you familiar with Phottix softbox 2 in 1: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1118362-REG/phottix_ph82680_2_in_1_softbox.html/prm/alsVwDtl these look great but I don’t know if they have the same foldable speed? http://www.amazon.com/Phottix-Folding-Interior-30x150cm-11-81×59-06/dp/B00USTTUQS/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1427856842&sr=1-7&keywords=phottix+luna
    Do you have experience with the 2 in 1. Or if Phottix will create grids?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Keano,

      These appear to be regular softboxes, with speedring sold separately.

      I have the Phottix speedrings, though I’m not sure if I have the softbox.

  21. Nicolas 4 years ago

    I just received a luna softbox 80 cm by 120 cm and 2 indras and others stuffs.
    The built quality is really nice. The softbox is really easy to mount, the 2 layers diffuser are easy to set. The front is flat ( which is good)so seems difficult to use a grid. For that kind of softbox i don t mind that much, bother more for the stripbox. Once collapsed it takes more room than a normal softbox. Hurry to use it. I might make a video to lightly review all those gear.

  22. Tim Kyle 3 years ago

    I can’t find this in their store. Like most of their products there is little information displayed and no reviews…

    Phottix is dropping the ball big time when it comes to customer service… in general.

  23. Gregg 3 years ago

    I purchased the LUNA DEEP OCTA 100CM about a week ago. It seemed to be fine but the first time I used it one of the rods snapped in half. It was very difficult to unfold and does not seem to be put together very well. I would recommend staying away from Phottix modifiers. I also have the Indra500 and so far that seems to be working.

  24. Fab 3 years ago

    Hi, above it says “The Deep Octa provides a more diffused light than regular shallow softboxes”.

    Shouldn’t it be the exact opposite, the deep octa FOCUSSING the light more? ^^

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Fab,

      I don’t have one, though that’s not necessarily the case. It really depends on the shape of the parabolic curve and position of the light source etc, not just the depth.

      You could well be right though as well.

    • Ryan 2 years ago

      late reply but I totally agree with your point here and can confirm your findings. I bought it 2 months ago and like the light it gives. The light certainly is soft but much more focused than this is the case from a normal wide octabox.

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