I have two Flashpoint monolights from Adorama and matching speed rings for these strobes. I want to rent a Paul Buff softbox and a Bowens strip box. Physically, are these light modifiers compatible with my lights, or can they be made to work with my lights? How? To what level of success?

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    \$\begingroup\$ It will be impossible to tell you what level of success these two modifiers will allow since you have not shared anything regarding what kind of image you wish to create with the modifiers in question. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Aug 29, 2016 at 19:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ What I mean by success is how well the rods of the soft boxes will fit into my speed rings without damaging the soft box. Some light spill or leak out the back is ok. That's what gaff tape is for. \$\endgroup\$
    – dperry1973
    Aug 29, 2016 at 19:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ As long as the modifiers you are renting do not have built-in speedrings, you should be able to insert the rods into your Flashpoint speedrings without incident, though it will be worth investigating the rod size on those boxes vs. the hole size on your speedring. \$\endgroup\$
    – Matt Owen
    Sep 1, 2016 at 18:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ This might be a good question for tech support at Adorama. They are a pretty sharp bunch. \$\endgroup\$
    – Stan
    Apr 7, 2018 at 19:07

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Your Adorama monolight is designed for modifiers using a Bowens S mount, so the Bowens stripbox should work just fine. The Bowens mount has 3 tabs on the modifier that you twist to lock into place on the light itself. It'a very solid fit and the modifier won't move once it's locked in place.

Paul C Buff uses a different mount (Balcar). This is a grooved ring on the modifier, and there are four spring-tensioned clips on the light that grip this groove and hold the modifier to the light. I've used this with Einsteins and the advantage is that you can angle the modifier any way you like vs. being fixed in one of 3 positions with Bowens.

To use the Buff softbox with your Bowens light, you will have to buy a new Bowens mounting ring ($10-$15), take the Balcar ring off the Buff softbox, and then fix the Bowens ring to the softbox. It's not that difficult -- Buff lights use thumb screws to hold the ring onto the softbox, so you don't even need a screwdriver -- but remember you are doing this with a rented softbox, so be careful not to mess it up. And don't forget to convert it back before you return the softbox.


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