When working on location, softboxes are not always the best choice as they can be quite cumbersome to assemble. Umbrellas tend to be a lot faster to set up. Thanks to Elinchrom and its Snaplux range, you won't have to choose between the light quality of a softbox and the ease of use an umbrella.
Elinchrom is well known for its high-quality light shapers. Their Rotalux and Litemotiv ranges are top notch and used by some of the best photographers in the world. Both lines of softboxes already offer very intuitive and easy to use folding and opening systems. However, nothing can beat an umbrella when it comes to speed.
This is where the new Snaplux line truly shines. It takes all the experience of Elinchrom creating high-end softboxes and combines it with the ease and speed of use of an umbrella.
The new Snaplux line is great because of its folding and opening system, but not only. It comes in three shapes: strip (22x30"), recta (14x30"), and octa (24"). All of them are delivered with their diffusers, but also with a 30° grid. The latter is so useful when working on location or in small home studios, and the Snaplux softboxes are aimed exactly at those photographers who shoot outdoors or in small locations.
Moreover, even if you are not an Elinchrom user, you can use these beautiful light shapers. They have an interchangeable mount that's easy to swap out. The Swiss flash manufacturer offers six different mounts, essentially giving the option to any flash photographer to use the Snaplux softboxes. The Snaplux speed rings currently available are:
- Elinchrom standard
- Elinchrom Q mount (ELB 400 and ELB 500)
Pricing wise, they are quite affordable. The strip is available for $149.99, the recta for $169.99, and the octa for $189.99. They are also available in kits, which make them even more attractive. The mounts are priced between $34.99 and $79.99, depending on the mounting system you need.
For more information, you can visit Elinchrom's official website.
Lead images by Yuliya Panchenko used with permission of Elinchrom.