The newly released Profoto Clic Softbox is a modifier that is designed to fill in the void that the A1 system had: no soft modifiers. Find out now how Profoto created the first Clic softbox that you can assemble in one second and whether this softbox is even any good.
The problem I had with Profoto A1 series flashes was that adding modifiers was a nightmare. I mean, just think about the OCF adapter for the A1 series. Not only was it overpriced, by a lot, but it was also bulky and not exactly the best thing to take on a trip where each gram counts. The only benefit it offered was the ability to add OCF modifiers you wanted. But the cons outweighed the pros significantly. I tried using the OCF adapter for a review at some point, but I didn’t like the idea of it at all. So, until now, people were stuck with their A series flashes, which are great but have no modifiers, unless you bought into the Clic modifiers, which are also expensive for what they are.
As you can tell, I was waiting for something like Clic softbox to appear on the market. But I didn’t quite expect it to be something as cool as this.
What separates this softbox from the bunch is the fact that you can build it in a second. Literally. It is the reason I love this modifier. Building on the legacy of Clic accessories, this one also attaches via magnets and holds in place. The trick is that it attaches the flash to the softbox, and then, the softbox is attached to the modifier.
The magnets inside the Clic softbox are incredibly strong. I wobbled mine as if it was on a flight to London (pretty violently, basically), and it didn’t come off.
The rods that are used in the Clic softbox are also very well made. Having bent them almost in half, I had nothing break. It is fair to say that, again, Profoto has made a durable product that will hold in place.
Another useful feature of this softbox is, as I mentioned, it attaches to the light stand directly, eliminating the need for a bracket. Profoto designed a simple spin-lock mechanism that is also very sleek and low-volume. You can adjust the softbox up and down using a push mechanism integrated into the handle. In order to build the softbox, you simply pull on a part of the speedring. Disassembling, press a button. Adding accessories such as Clic gels is also possible if you attach them inside the speedring. I also broke down the softbox and used the handle as a holder for a bare-bulb A1 flash.
From experience using it, it is lightweight, which lets me handhold it with one hand and shoot with the other. Alternatively, you can give it to an assistant, who would be happy to know that it’s made to be handheld and not attached to a stand. The Clic softbox is made for people who shoot weddings, on-location portraits, and travel with their gear. Although with that said, there is no reason for you to not use the Clic softbox in the studio. Being lightweight and cordless, it is a great modifier to boom or place in a weird position.
It produces good quality light. When bought new, it won’t noticeably tint your flash and will produce a clean spill. The light from the Clic Softbox Octa is exactly the same as the light from any 2’ octa softbox. What makes this modifier special is that it is made for portability.
Unfortunately, there is no way to remove the diffusers from the softbox, which is a disappointment to a light control freak such as myself.
Here are some sample images I shot with the 2’ octa.
What I Liked
- Clever, brilliant design
- Well priced
What Could Be Improved
- Ability to remove diffusers
Overall, the Profoto Clic Softbox is a modifier that made their OCF adapter for the A1 obsolete. Designed to be portable, it delivers on that promise and would be a great addition to a photographer’s kit. Coming in at $299, it is also priced fairly well, for Profoto products at least. In one sentence, this modifier offers more versatility and further expansion to your A1 series flashes that enable you to get soft light more easily.