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Testing Cheetahstand gears… 09/2010

by Administrator on Sep.16, 2010, under Glamour, News

Hello there,

I have recently acquired new light gear from Cheetahstand. I tested them on a lovely model recently.

I have used the Speed Pro bracket attached to a beauty dish and a QB24. Amazing result from both of them. The QB24 is a very portable 24″ double baffled soft box.  It looks very durable. It provides a very soft light but not as broad as an umbrella. Exactly what I needed for a soft feminine portrait. The beauty dish is fantastic; the light pattern is configurable: you can have different light spread depending how you place the internal reflector and the flash head. And it seems to have the right diameter (16″)  for my type of work. Armed with a collapsible reflector, it is a beauty to work with for portrait.

I hanged the QB24 and the beauty dish on a Cheetah boom. This boom is solid. It does not slip and stays easily configurable while on the job. It has a white base when opened, it will hardly fall off when equipped with sand bag. Thanks to the Speed  Pro bracket, it is so easy to change from a Beauty Dish to a QB24 in merely a few seconds.

For my flashes, I used the TD381 battery packs sold by Cheetahstand. Equipped with the Powergenix 1.6V batteries, it provides me light equipment with fast recycle time for my 580EX.

The background was illuminated by a Cheetahstand reflector + barn door set with different color filters, mounted on a Cheetahstand C12 stand. I had the grid fitted on the reflector to focus the light a bit. The barn door seems robust.

I like the Cheetahstand equipment. And the price is very competitive for the quality I have seen so far! Notwithstanding the quality, the support is excellent! I have AB that I am about to dump, so I can shoot on location in a much lighter way with still power and a lot of flexibility. Next thing to try will be the strip box and fitting my AB octabox on the Speed pro bracket.

Anyway, here are the pictures:

Beauty Dish

QB24

QB24

Beauty Dish

QB24

QB24

Beauty Dish


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