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SNAPBAG Softboxes with the SNAPGRID.

I wanted to take look at a new approach to the softbox… the SNAPBAG.   They’re a versatile, easy to setup and affordable softboxes for both LED panels and LED Fresnel lights.  The reason they’re called SNAPBAGS is that you simple “snap” them open and they’re ready to be mounted onto your lamp.

I got them for my  Lupo SuperPanel and the Lupo Fresnel lights; the DayLED 2000 and DayLED 1000.

The SNAPBAG LED Panel 1x1 fits my SuperPanel nicely and will also fit almost any 1x1 panel
The SNAPBAG Flex Big fits both my DayLED 2000 and 1000 Fresnels.

SNAPBAG FLEX Softbox

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The SNAPBAG Flex is a really unique solution.  It’s the first self-tightening softbox.  Instead of mounting the softbox on a typical speed ring (which can be a pain), the SNAPBAG flex attaches directly to your lamp.  You simply put the softbox over the face of the lamp, pull the bungee tight and secure it with the built in cinch clamp.  Really simple, really fast and it eliminates the need for an expensive speedring.

Before I found this solution I was actually looking to buy a speedring for my Lupo DayLED 2000 to use with an existing softbox that I own, but the speedring alone was going to cost just under $400.  The full SNAPBAG Flex softbox is only $300!

What’s also cool about the SNAPBAG Flex is that it fits both my Lupo DayLED 1000 and DayLED 2000.  One softbox can fit many different lamp diameters.  So you can swap the softbox between different LED Fresnel lights.  Really versatile!

 

SNAPBAG LED Panel 1x1 Softbox

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The SNAPBAG LED Panel 1x1 attaches to the fixture through heavy-duty Velcro straps and can snug up to the corners through separate Velcro straps.  This makes for a solid mount that won't fall off when mounted in a grid or outside in the wind.

The front of the both SNAPBAG Flex and SNAPBAG LED Panel 1x1 are exactly the same.  They have a removable diffusion cloth that can come in a quarter, half, full and Magic Cloth.  It ships with half diffusion and you can buy the other densities separately.  If you haven’t heard of Magic Cloth, it's a highly reflective material that magnifies and evenly spreads the light across its face,  eliminating the center hotspot!  This is really nice because there’s no need for an internal baffling.

 

SNAPGRIDS

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The SNAPGRID is made out of stainless steel covered by a heavy-duty fabric.  It you’re familiar with the old snap bracelets – it basically the same technology  - now adapted to grip gear.  So it simply snaps open and it’s rigid and ready to mount.  This really makes for a hassle free setup.  But more than that, it eliminates the sagging you get from standard grids.  For example you can hang your light pointing straight down and you won't get the sag, the tummy, you get from standard grids.

 

DIFFUSION GRID CLOTH TEST

Here is a practical test of the effects of the different levels of diffusion grid cloth on my SNAPBAG LED Panel 1x1 softbox with and without the SNAPGRID.

The SNAPBAGS and SNAPGRIDS are kind of the evolution of the softbox with their innovative pop-up design.  So if you’re looking for a quicker to setup, lighter weight and more affordable softbox and grid, check them out!

The LED Panel 1x1 SNAPBAG sells for around $240 US and the SNAPBAG Flex is $300.  The corresponding SNAPGRID is $210.

You can get them in the US at The Rag Place and in Europe from POPchoice.

About Scott Leslie

Scott Leslie is a respected award winning TV Producer with 20 years experience and owner of Eugene Scott Productions, Inc. Since graduating from UCSD in 1993, Scott has been immersed in the film and video industry. In his early years he worked on several films a an assistant cameraman, b-camera operator and eventually a director of photography. In 1996 he opened Eugene Scott Productions, which mainly focuses on direct response commercials but is also involved in music DVDs and documentaries, a children's show, and health show programming. Scott directed over 50 episodes of Responsible Health, a weekly health talk show, and Eugene Scott Productions was responsible for all the post production. He has also produced and directed a children's fun and education DVD, Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse. Scott also directed and produced Sign of the Dragon, an award winning kid's action adventure/magic short film. Scott has garnished several Telly Awards as a Producer/Director and as an editor for clients such as Jenny Craig, Vistage Connect and others.

2 Responses to "SNAPBAG SOFTBOX WITH SNAPGRIDS"

  • ROBERT POKONSKI
    August 19, 2017 - 5:31 pm Reply

    WOULD YOU KNOW WHERE IN THE USA I CAN RENT A LUPO KIT. THE 1X1 AND DIFFUSES

    • Scott Leslie
      August 20, 2017 - 3:39 am Reply

      Hmmm… not sure about rentals. Talk to Ken Oots. He’s the US LUPO rep from Brightlines. He’s great guy. Total straight shooter. He’ll probably know where you can rent them. Here’s his email: koots@brightlines.com.

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