As photographers, we are always in search of that new unique lighting modifier to add to our bag of tricks. I recently saw this video on Strobist where Amber Gray claims her Broncolor Para FB could actually reduce the amount of post production on her models. That statement seemed a bit bold when I first heard it; usually I credit a great makeup artist for awesome skin texture rather than a specific light. I've never used a ring flash inside a parabolic reflector before but it just might make sense if you could essentially create a HUGE soft ring light that wrapped around your subject and created that flat ringflash look without the harshness often associated with a ring flash.
At more than $5,500, I still might prefer shipping my images to a retoucher but it does have me thinking a bit. Has anyone else used a nice focusable Parabolic Reflector in place of a large octobox for beauty and fashion work?