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Opteka SB-1 Universal Studio Soft Box Flash Diffuser for Canon EOS Nikon Olympus Pentax Sony Sigma by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Opteka SB-1 Universal Studio Soft Box Flash Diffuser for Canon EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Sigma, & Other...
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 740 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.5
Returned or considering to return: 2.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Photography4.6   average
Portable4.6   average
Light4.5   average
Fit4.3   below average
Camera4.2   average
Image4.2   average
Price4.2   below average
Size4.1   below average
Photo3.8   below average
Quality3.8   below average
Flash3.7   below average
Plastic2.8   average
Material2.1   mediocre
Strap1.6   mediocre


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Camera

Camera:
"Unfortunately I only bring my camera out once a month - and do shots requiring a diffuser even less than that."
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"It broke before I could even get it on the camera."
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"the Loops are all made awfully and one was even broken before i put it on my camera... not worth the cheep price to get a cheep product, but if you're desperate and on a budget, it will get the trick done... kind of."
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"Not top of the line and a tad flimsy so I'd be careful with it as you would any piece of camera equipment."
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"(However, it did make my flash sort of top-heavy, and my flash actually fell off the camera and broke.. so just a heads up, make sure its on tight.. but other than that, I was very pleased with this product when I got to use it for the short time! )"
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"It is cheaply made and after I superglued the loops that were not attached to be able to put on my camera, a few more came apart."
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"A nice light modifier that fits easily in your camera bag."
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"This product work well with my canon camera"
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"a Great add on of items to have in your Camera Tool Bag..."
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"It fits well onto my canon 580 EX2 speed-lite;It is very convenient to carry, folds up and fits into my camera bag making it very easy to travel with."
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"A good addition for camera buffs."
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Design

Design:
"Just what I was hoping for....Not the best design, but a good choice....arrived fast and in good condition."
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"Even had it not fallen apart the design is terrible."
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"OK unit, used with a Vivitar 383, simple to attach, basic design, doesn't seem to be as effective as built-in white card reflector"
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"You have to boost the flash level to compensate, and this has a limited range, but works great for what it's designed to do."
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"Great simple design, not bad for the cost."
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"Its simple yet functional design makes it a winner to carry in any camera bag for use in any number of lighting situations."
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"I also love how it is designed."
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"I thought this would be a neat accessory to have The idea and the design are cool, it is removeable and pretty universal BUT the loops that hold the velcro strap are very weak."
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Fit

Fit:
"Looks cheap and flimsy and does not fit right."
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"it does not fit on my flash right, or maybe I am using it wrong because it came with 0 instructions."
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"It fits my speedlight just fine but seems a bit flimsy, however for the price and for just learning to use one I would recommend it knowing you will need to upgrade later"
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"Really hard to fit on flash and results are no different than using a Bounce Cap which fits a lot easier and smaller"
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"I didn't expect perfection at this price but this doesn't even fit over a flash."
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"Pros: Small, Portable, Easy To UseCons: Hard to get a tight fit on some flashes, little help when using flash a full power."
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"A nice light modifier that fits easily in your camera bag."
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"Fits well with my Olympus 600FL."
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"Fits both of my flashes with no problem"
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"I use this a lot for fashion show shoots and, while it can be a bit of an insecure fit on the speedlight sometimes, it's a great little diffuser."
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"Fits the flash well, works great, easy to store."
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Flash

Flash:
"This broke soon after I put it on my flash."
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"I opened it up and it felt SUPER flimsy and it was a little hard to get on my flash but once I did it was stable and ready to go!"
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"Would be nice if the straps didn't break so easily to hold it on flash"
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"I have had a bit of a problem keeping it in place at times but over all better than just a flash or just a plastic diffuser."
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"The loops for the velcro strap are too flimsy and two of them came off on the first attempt to tighten the velcro strap around the flash! "
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"it does not fit on my flash right, or maybe I am using it wrong because it came with 0 instructions."
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"It does an excellent job diffusing the flash, and is easy to get on and off the flash."
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"Poor design,plastic wings which supports attachment strap delaminates easily making the attachment to the flash of the soft box virtually useless."
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"The build quality of this is good, however this is a useless flash modifier."
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"It doesnt stay on the flash very well."
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Image

Image:
"I was disappointed in comparison with the photo ."
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"I'll just say that it works well for me and that it would be very frustrating to try to stretch it over the soft box as in the photo."
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"When I do use this, it does produce softer images, overall I am happy with the results of the product, but not the product itself."
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"It's advantage over some other similar diffusers is that it folds up into a neat package and is easy to store in the photo bag."
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"I purchased this soft box diffuser as it was recommended from an article I read in a photo magazine."
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"Fast delivery, end result images are good."
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"I recommend it for photo enthusiasts."
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Light

Light:
"I would not recommend this to anyone as it barely defuses the light and differently than the factory defusing panel."
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"This product is kind of flimsy, the corners do not all meet and light escapes through there."
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"Why I disliked it: cheap material, banding to hold it on flash was flimsy at best, worst of all on all 4 corners it let light out of the soft Box instead of pushing it out the front, creating extraneous light out all 4 sides."
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"For those complaining of the light still being hard you really need to learn your equipment."
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"This product does diffuse the light sure but it came missing a friction band or how they spelled it on the package frivtion band."
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"Second, the tabs are made from thin pliable plastic ...so if your not careful and you rip a couple tabs, it might make it hard to keep the soft box on your light."
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"Great way to soften light for portraits and low light shots."
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"Sides arent completely closed so there is some light leak, but for $10 you can't go wrong! "
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"Great for soft light shots of couples."
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"A nice light modifier that fits easily in your camera bag."
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"It softened the light perfectly and I am so glad I got this!"
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Material

Material:
"They are made of a flimsy plastic-ish material and ripped after just a few uses."
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"I was quite gentle putting the velcrow strap through it and onto my external flash and the crappy plastic material stretches then snaps."
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"This literally broke after one use and it NEVER stayed on especially with the flimsy velcro strap-- not made of great material and haven't used since then but I guess you get what you pay for."
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"Why I disliked it: cheap material, banding to hold it on flash was flimsy at best, worst of all on all 4 corners it let light out of the soft Box instead of pushing it out the front, creating extraneous light out all 4 sides."
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"The material is cheap, and a loop broke immediately, even with gentle handling."
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"I pulled a little too hard away from the material and broke two of them off."
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"Why I disliked it: cheap material, banding to hold it on flash was flimsy at best, worst of all on all 4 corners it let light out of the soft Box instead of pushing it out the front, creating extraneous light out all 4 sides."
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"Te material is plastic, quite a cheap one but I'm happy with the results."
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"It is perfect for travel because of it's soft material."
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"Made of good quality materials."
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"The material and velcro band are nice and it fits my small sunpak rd2000 nicely, which is the flash I bought it for."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"I was very disappointed to open the package and see a different brand than what is described."
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"This product does diffuse the light sure but it came missing a friction band or how they spelled it on the package frivtion band."
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"Although, it did arrive quickly & packaged nicely, it is not a product I would recommend."
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"the product is good, the only flaw is that the package it will put an elastic band and this orange mess the white part of the diffuser"
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"package was great, the diffuser was easy to put on and to take off."
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"It's advantage over some other similar diffusers is that it folds up into a neat package and is easy to store in the photo bag."
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"I saw some reviews that said theirs came with staining on it, well mine did too but it's from the way it's packaged and it doesn't effect anything except maybe your OCD but it's very portable, works great, keeps the harshness of the brightest setting of my flash out of peoples faces."
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"I received this product quickly, it was packaged well and it looked fine and it seems to perform as I needed."
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Photo

Photo:
"My photos did not come out as great as I would've like them to be."
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"I used this to take photos with and after 4 months it broke."
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"Somehow I still don't feel satisfied though... it looks much more solid in the photo; in reality it's just cheap plastic that I don't expect will hold up well."
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"It appeared to be working as it should, although test shots of rooms aren't quite as easy to tell as if it were photos of people."
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"This was a great purchase it took that glare off of the photos from the flash making it easy to photograph items that have a mirrored type background look."
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"It heip to get well expossed photos and not reflections, glare spots, or deep shadows that distract viewers."
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"I had seen the unit used at an overlook in Tenn and then used it to take photos of the owner and his girl friend, liked what I saw."
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"I have been shooting photos for fun and profit since way before digital so I knew the name Opteka."
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"I've taken great photos with it without breaking it or it falling off my flash."
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Photography

Photography:
"I love cats and I love photography, but I hate photographing cats."
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"My dad used this lighting for his photography and said it was wonderful"
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"Great for my macro and food photography."
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"Did some macro photography using this diffuser and the results were really good."
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"i recommend this to everybody thats into photography."
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"After research, I found that Gary Fong's Light Sphere is the latest and greatest in flash photography, but be prepared to pay 600% more than the cost of this soft box!"
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Plastic

Plastic:
"With only one use to do a few test pictures, while taking it off the flash carefully, one of the plastic strap retaining loops broke off."
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"I was quite gentle putting the velcrow strap through it and onto my external flash and the crappy plastic material stretches then snaps."
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"The only problem i had, is the velcro belt (little plastic rings on the neck of the box to pass velcro belt through) support to keep the box on the flash breaks off very easy, the solution was to keep the box using the rubber ring that cames in the package, It's indicated to use the rubber ring on the flash to avoid box to slip, but i had to use over the box neck to keep it on place."
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"The plastic straps are a little flimsy and one has already torn, but overall a good buy."
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"Broke on the the plastic loops almost immediately, but nice to have around."
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"This is a flimsy piece of plastic!"
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"And the plastic is no more than 1 3 a cm thick and breaks very easy."
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"It just came in a plastic bag that was clear with nothing on it and no indication of how to use it."
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"Item works great as intended, annoying that it takes more time then I would like to place onto flash, I took one star off because plastic loops holding on the velcro ripped easily after several uses over the last couple months, making this not a very probable long term product."
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"Te material is plastic, quite a cheap one but I'm happy with the results."
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"The fit is good on the Speedlight i purchased with it, My only concern is the Plastic belt loops that are used to hold it on the flash head are really thin, good for the price but next time ill buy a sturdier one."
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Portable

Portable:
"Pros: Small, Portable, Easy To UseCons: Hard to get a tight fit on some flashes, little help when using flash a full power."
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"Easy to attach, works like a mini-softbox, very portable."
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"Nice soft shadows for portable shooting."
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"Perfectly portable, and it perfectly defuses harsh light."
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"Great diffuser and very lightweight and portable."
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"Great portable soft box which easily fits in the camera bag."
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Price

Price:
"straps broke as soon as I opened it, ended up in the trash along with the money I spent on it- Horrible"
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"Not a fan of this product, it was made cheap and folded in on itself and was unable to maintain it's shape."
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"Looks cheap and flimsy and does not fit right."
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"I wasn't expecting much for the price, unfortunately it went from okay.... to not going to buy it again."
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"It fits my speedlight just fine but seems a bit flimsy, however for the price and for just learning to use one I would recommend it knowing you will need to upgrade later"
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"Sorry, but this is a cheap, flimsy did I mention 'cheap' plasticy cover for your flash."
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"Awesome little tool, for a good price"
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"Good value for cheap price, works fine, but while the flattening is space efficient, the assembly is fussy."
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"Being inexpensive is its best quality."
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"Good price, easy to attach, effective."
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Quality

Quality:
"Junk quality!"
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"That could be my fault but the quality alone is enough to warrant 1 star."
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"not good quality control from manufacturing side here.. my white diffuser sheet had black spots on top right corner.. am an amateur so I am not sure how much it will affect the shots."
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"The quality is that good, very disappointed."
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"The quality of pictures are disappointing too, due to its size it is not possible to do any of the same things that you could do with a regular softbox."
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"I guess it is not that expensive and it works in theory but quality isn't that great and it is tough to get it to attach to a flash even remotely firmly."
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"Being inexpensive is its best quality."
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"Great quality, I love it"
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"The build quality of this is good, however this is a useless flash modifier."
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"Have a nice quality and it's really easy to use."
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"The quality of the diffuser is good and the White panel was clean and without marks."
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Rubber

Rubber:
"The rubber band that came with the product broke the first day."
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"The only downside is there is a separate rubber piece that must be installed to help keep this on, seems it could be molded into the modifier itself."
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"Both are a little wonky, but the thing stays on with a regular rubber band or 2 even if the rest fails."
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"The little rubber band broke after about 6 months of use, but I just found an o-ring at OSH and it works just as well."
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"It doesn't stay on well, and is bulky (it includes a rubber band, I suppose for friction around where it attaches to the flash)."
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"The only thing that is a negative is that even though a rubber band thing comes with it that is supposed to ensure that it stays on the flash it often comes off when you move the flash around a lot."
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"Rubber strap would've been easier than Velcro."
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"The only problem i had, is the velcro belt (little plastic rings on the neck of the box to pass velcro belt through) support to keep the box on the flash breaks off very easy, the solution was to keep the box using the rubber ring that cames in the package, It's indicated to use the rubber ring on the flash to avoid box to slip, but i had to use over the box neck to keep it on place."
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"Well after puttin the rubber band on and going to slip the velcro through the loops to keep the flash shape i noticed 2 of the loops were not attached on one side."
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"Now I just use fat rubber band to keep it in place, which is much easier, faster, and more secure."
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"I was able to attach the diffuser using the rubber band included."
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Size

Size:
"The small straps are weak and broke easily,"
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"I do not recommend this item unless you are working with a small budget."
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"The quality of pictures are disappointing too, due to its size it is not possible to do any of the same things that you could do with a regular softbox."
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"Pros: Small, Portable, Easy To UseCons: Hard to get a tight fit on some flashes, little help when using flash a full power."
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"I took this out of the packaging and immediately two small plastic parts where the strap fit through broke off."
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"): The big flash guns really challenge this size softbox and tend to blow thru at higher power ending up with harsh light."
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"Nice for small family jobs, this is not a professional soft box...."
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"The light from the flash now looks great after being diffused and more evenly distributed by this small soft box."
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"This is nice and able to fit on my different size flashes, works great."
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"It's a good size for taking macro shots outdoors and folds up small so it can go in a back pocket."
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"It serves its purpose well, and collapses nice and small."
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Strap

Strap:
"Met all my needs, both inside and outdoors... Until the day the little black straps broke."
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"It slides around, even with the strap tightened, and the little loops are very flimsy, and they tend to break at the most inopportune times."
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"straps broke as soon as I opened it, ended up in the trash along with the money I spent on it- Horrible"
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"Would be nice if the straps didn't break so easily to hold it on flash"
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"With only one use to do a few test pictures, while taking it off the flash carefully, one of the plastic strap retaining loops broke off."
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"The loops for the velcro strap are too flimsy and two of them came off on the first attempt to tighten the velcro strap around the flash! "
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"Rubber strap would've been easier than Velcro."
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"Poor design,plastic wings which supports attachment strap delaminates easily making the attachment to the flash of the soft box virtually useless."
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"Works great, but strap loop brooke after first photoshoot..Now i just tightly wrap the velcro strap to hold it in place."
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"So, you have to be careful with it because the rings for the straps are very easy to tear, however, for the price of this diffuser can't expect a very sturdy one."
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"Although it folds down nicely you must unthread the Velcro strap in order to do so."
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