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Cheetahstand Quick Lantern and Quick Strip Box review – updated 1-28-18

UPDATE January 28 2018

The client’s use of my publicity work for bus banners. The Cheetahstand Quick Lantern and Quick Strip Box were two of the three modifiers I used for this campaign. 

 

UPDATE December 21 2017

I conducted a dance session using both the Quick Strip Box and Lantern. Below is one of the images I created using just the Lantern with my DIY skirt to control spill.

UPDATE December 9 2017

I recently used a Quick Strip box combined with other modifiers for a studio session. The unit is both quick to set up and provides an excellent quality of light.

I was using the quick strip box as a tandem key light with the CononMark 120CM focusing octa.

Straight out of camera.

UPDATE October 20 2017

My client has incorporated some of my publicity imagery into their marketing campaign.

Original Post

I HATE putting together softboxes, always have. And the worst are strip boxes! Wrestling with those damn rods drives me crazy. So when I heard about Edward’s “Quick” softboxes I thought “Oh sure, just another cheap gimmick from someone….” And boy was I wrong! When I received two of his Cheetah 12″x55″ Quick StripBoxes I was blown away at the design of how they go together. By literally pushing down on a central collar the box is all done! And using Velcro to attach the inner baffle is genius rather than those silly little baby snaps! I leave two of the Velcro tabs attached to the inner baffle and simply fold up the strip box once I’m done. It’s as easy as an umbrella. Oh and the quality of light it produces is excellent. And unlike so many other manufacturers he supplies a quality grid with his units. What’s not to like?

Then there’s his Cheetah 26″ Quick Lantern. I have always used an overhead light for almost all of my dance/portrait imagery. But I was never quite pleased using a strip box, a Fresnel or an umbrella. I often have limited ceiling space so the modifiers I was formerly using made my space too low for dancer’s jumping or they didn’t produce the quality of light I desired. When I first received the lantern I loved the way it assembled and the quality of light it produces. I believe his intent when producing this modifier is to allow even light to be thrown out across a room. It’s great for that, but I wanted to be able to control the light from spilling when that’s the effect I was after. After researching what film people use for overhead lights I found the Chimera Pancake Lantern Softbox with Skirt. So my solution was to cut an old PCB umbrella and make it into the ‘skirt’ for my strobe lantern. I control how the spill flows using old fashion wooden clothespins  to roll up the side of the skirt I want to be exposed. It works great! He produced his own video which shows how the lantern is assembled. 

For my most recent dance sessions my clients wanted to shoot against black seamless. Black seamless is much less forgiving than shooting against other colors. Separating the talent from the background means how one uses light will determine how much separation occurs. So for this session, an overhead and rim lights were absolutely necessary in addition to a key light. The form of dancers is the most important so losing any parts of their body due to poor, insufficient or uneven lighting would be completely unacceptable by me or my client.

My four lighting instruments for this dance session. In the background is the Cheetahstand lantern with my PCB DIY ‘skirt’ to control spill. Then two of his Quick Stripboxes and my trusty CononMark 120cm focusing octa. The lights are all AD/xPLOR600s and the eVOLV200s in a Flashpoint eVOLV Dual Power Twin Head on a boom. The Flashpoint Junior Steel Wheeled Stand which holds the boom and the lantern is INVALUABLE. See how large the footprint is on that sucker!? I would not use anything less for a boom. Plus it goes up to 12 feet!

Lantern and skirt above Azzaza and out of frame are the two stripboxes. Camera left out of frame is the Cononmark. The lantern is the key light in this shot.

Final cropped and edited image.

Lighting test before beginning.

Lantern as key light above, Strip boxes as rim lights

CononMark as key light camera left fully focused at a high elevation, lantern as overhead and strip boxes as rim lights

CononMark as key light camera left partially focused, lantern as overhead and strip boxes as rim lights

CononMark as key light camera left partially focused, lantern as overhead and strip boxes as rim lights

CononMark as key light camera right fully focused, strip boxes as rim lights

CononMark as key light camera left fully focused, lantern as overhead and strip boxes as rim lights

Lantern as key light above, Strip boxes as rim lights

I’m happy with the quality of light produced by his modifiers. The assembly design of these two products is excellent. Edward produces fine products and I never hesitate to use them when they are the right tool for the right job.

4 thoughts on “Cheetahstand Quick Lantern and Quick Strip Box review – updated 1-28-18”

  1. I can’t find that clamp that mounts the xplor unit to the nightstand. Did you have to custom make an adapter to mount the 5/8″ peg so that it is parallel to the light stand riser? I can only find clamps where the peg mounts 90 degrees to the riser.

    • Hi Scott, when I got this message I thought “Hum, did I really write a post about mounting an xPLOR600 to my nightstand?” LOL. Because you are the umpteenth person to ask me I’ve decided to post an article specifically about those brackets. You can find it here. Thanks for asking!

  2. A visitor named Eric wrote to me via private email, but I wanted to post his question here along with my opinion so others can benefit if they have the same question. Eric’s question:

    “Hey Mark, I saw your post about using the twin head eVOLV 200s and the 12”x55” Cheetah Quick Stripbox for a shoot. I was wondering if you thought ONE of the eVOLV 200 lights could produce enough light to effectively use the stripbox in studio? My plan was to ditch my Alien Bee B800s and get one AD/XPLOR 600PRO, two eVOLVs and two of the big Cheetah stripboxes.
    Thanks,
    Eric”

    Yes one single eVOVL200 is more than sufficient to fill the 12×55 modifier. Just keep in mind that using one in studio and not using HSS makes a difference. A studio is a much more controlled environment and using HSS reduces the amount of actual power that is produced due to the pulsing action to maintain sync speed. I use a single 200 quite a bit with the bare bulb. Hope this helps.

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