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Review: Pixapro 105cm 16-sided Easy-Open Rice-Bowl Softbox

The post Review: Pixapro 105cm 16-sided Easy-Open Rice-Bowl Softbox first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by John McIntire.

Studio photographers and other users of flash units outside the camera live a bit of a renaissance. New, innovative and (perhaps most important) affordable lighting and modifiers keep popping up – and many of them are fantastic. One of the companies at the forefront of this movement is Godox.

The Rice Bowl is a large soft box with an unusual shape.

It seems that every time you turn around something new is released. Enter the Pixapro 105 cm (41.34 ") 16-sided Easy-Open Rice-Bowl Softbox (say that five times quickly). Pixapro is Godox, a name change for the UK market. As soon as I saw this thing, I was thrilled. Not only it is huge, but the shape means that it is almost perfectly round (for all purposes) and as such will form light differently than your standard rectangular rectangular softboxes and octaboxes. I bought it and as this review shows you, it wasn't wrong.

What is it?

To make it easier, the Rice Bowl is a large umbrella softbox. It is called an umbrella softbox because it opens like an umbrella, but functions as a softbox thanks to two layers of diffusion material that cover the front. The reason that this is a big problem is that it removes the enormous pain that standard softboxes put together and pull apart. I have more than a few that I have put together and swore that they would stay that way until the end of time. With the Rice Bowl, all you have to do is pull the metal bar and open it like an umbrella and screw the reflector plate into place. It takes seconds.

Although shaped like an umbrella, the two layers of diffusion make the Rice Bowl an effective and portable softbox.

As mentioned, the shape of the rice bowl also distinguishes it from its cousins. Because it is 16-sided (by the way, it's called a hexadecagon.) If you want to call it a hexadecabox, I won't judge you if you don't judge me), it seems almost completely round. This means that the way it shapes the light and wraps it around your subject is quite different from other softboxes, which can offer you another tool in your lighting set.

Pros

The Rice-Bowl softbox does a few things well.

Size

The Rice Bowl is huge, so the quality of the light is great for portraits.

Here the rice bowl is compared to a 22-inch beauty dish.

With more than 41 "(which is slightly less than four feet), the rice bowl is a huge modifier that is still packaged in a portable package. Of course, there are always giant octaboxes and parabolic umbrellas for when you really need very soft light, but they don't get this easily in the neighborhood, for fans of big modifiers this means two things:

  • Once you're done with it, you can pack it up and store it neatly with ease.
  • It travels well and is fairly light, so it should not be taxed under normal circumstances. I probably wouldn't walk a few miles to a location with it, but short distances should be fine.

Form

The 16 sides of the Rice Bowl make it almost perfectly round, so that the light is shaped differently than rectangular and square softboxes.

The unique Hexadecagon shape of the Rice Bowl gives you a rounder light source than your traditional softbox. The light produced is beautiful and soft and ideal for all kinds of portrait lighting. If you like square and rectangular catchlights, this can be the modifier for you.

Easy to set up

Setting up the rice bowl is very simple. Simply open it, place the reflector in place and attach the two diffusion layers to the velcro.

As mentioned, placing the rice bowl is as easy as opening an umbrella. Further on you have to screw a little to the end of the rod to hold it and attach the diffusion panels. It doesn't take long. Add to that the fact that there are no awkward loose rods that can bend and help, and that nothing can come out with great force and hit you in the eye. The rice bowl is a real treat.

Carrying bag included

The Rice Bowl is not only supplied with a handy carrying case, but also fits easily into it.

Because it is well suited for the location, it should come as no surprise that the Rice Bowl comes in its own carrying case. An extra bonus here is that, unlike other modifiers that collapse, once it is out of the bag, it is easy enough to go back in and it still fits.

price

For a price of $ 110 this thing is pretty cheap. Huge modifiers (especially well-made ones) usually come for a huge price. Compare the Rice Bowl with any Elinchrome and Broncolor offer if you are in doubt.

Adaptability

Because I have invested in the Bowens system (RIP), I opted for the S mount. Pixapro offers mounts for almost every system that you want.

Pixapro sells the Rice Bowl with just about any desired holder, so no matter which lighting system you prefer, you should be able to work with this modifier without any problems.

Cons

Maybe nothing can be too perfect, and that is the case with the rice bowl. Fortunately, the list of disadvantages is only short.

Depth

Because of its shape, when mounted on a normal light standard, you can't get much of a downward angle with the rice bowl.

In terms of the light produced, the depth and shape of the rice bowl is excellent. Where it goes down is when it's on a stand. Because it is so deep and large that it is in a normal light position, you cannot very easily point it downwards. This is quite restrictive when it comes to designing your lighting with it. Certain lighting patterns such as butterfly light become a challenge.

To work around this, you need to buy (or already own) a light tripod with an arm. This is not a problem, but if you want to get the most out of the Rice Bowl, you may need to be willing to make other purchases.

To get the most out of the Rice Bowl, you want a boom to ensure that you can place it at any angle.

That one bad story

The screw that secures the reflector in place is small and easy to lose.

Remember when I said you had to screw a little bit of metal to secure the Rice Bowl once it was set? That one piece is very small and very easy to lose. I keep a close eye on mine.

Examples

At the end of the day I can tell everything about the Pixapro 105cm Rice Bowl Softbox, but the most important thing is the proof. Here are a few examples of what the Rice Bowl can produce in the studio.

That is it

I love this thing at the end of the day. Not only does it produce beautiful light that flatters a whole range of subjects, it is light, easy to set up and just a pleasure to use. I would definitely recommend the Rice Bowl to any photographer who wants to add something different to his lighting set. If you think the 105cm version might be a bit big for you, then Pixapro makes a smaller version that costs 65 centimeters for $ 90.

The post Review: Pixapro 105cm 16-sided Easy-Open Rice-Bowl Softbox first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by John McIntire.

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