Some time ago, when one of my best friends had a baby, I decided to put my D800 to good use and embarked on a baby photography session with the studio strobes (Jinbei) and softboxes that I borrowed from a friend.
I fell in love with the soft light I could produce with a couple of softboxes.
So, after thinking about it for a long time, I decides to buy my own. (Yes, I guess that’s gear acquisition syndrome at work
). Around that time Elinchrom launched their new “RX 4 to go” starter set with two 400 Ws strobes, two 66cm * 66cm softboxes , two supports for the strobes and a radio trigger; all priced at an entry level price. Having read a lot of good reviews about Elinchrom and about this set I decided to buy it.
The one thing I still wanted to add was a nice big octa to use as a very soft main light so I recently bought the Rotalux Deep Octa 100cm (and am very pleased with the quality of the diffuse yet focused light it produces).
However, I am unable to fold it up after having assembled it (which I did according to the instructions in the manual).
Elinchrom’s website states “They are lightweight and unlike many other softboxes, fold down just like an umbrella and can be easily stored in the included carrying bag.” but I am unable to do this.
I assume that I have to remove the rod sockets from the speed ring but, because of the pressure caused by the rods, I am unable to do so. (The rod sockets are firmly held horizontally in the speed ring by the rods and the rods are too resilient to remove from the reflection cloth while the rod sockets remain in the horizontal position)
Does anyone have this product? If so, how do you get it to fold up like an umbrella?
I have looked at Elichrom’s website but I am unable to find a support email address. So here I am, looking for help.
Right now I takes up a lot of space and it's a nightmare to transport.