Has anyone used the Photek Softlighter II with a Nikon Speedlight (SB800 or SB910)? I am getting varying opinions about the adaptability. (I don't have the luxury of a studio and have been looking at the Softlighter for it's portability).
I've never used one, but I know David Hobby of www.strobist.com uses the combination of SB and Softlighter in his work. Check out his recent "On Assignment: Cheap Portable Studio" posts in which he uses two Softlighters and two SB800s (he also tosses in a Lumiquest SBIII in one of the shots).
Seems like it would work and it certainly seems like something with a good bit of adaptability, especially if you can keep the light in relatively close and not have to fire it repeatedly at full power.
Not sure about that. It does look like folks have found solutions, though. You might also look into the Lastolite EZ Box line or the Westcott Apollo. Both seem like good options, although perhaps a bit more expensive.
I've used teh Doftlighter II adn they work pretty well. They are simple to use with a Speedlight, just use an umbrella bracket on your light stand and get a flash shoe for mounting the Speedlight to the bracket.
I've tried several, but the best flash shoe I have found are these: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/414166-REG/Crane_NCSLS_SLSN_Flash_Shoe_Mount.html/BI/4775/KBID/5289/ They are pricey, but sturdy and have a receptacle for the Speedlight's locking pin. Important if you don't want you light hitting the floor. Cheaper metal shoe mounts are not very consistent in their fit on the speedlight and can cause a short. The ones with thumbscrews to secure teh Speedlight to the foot can damage your Speedlight's mounting plate, this causes problems when mounting it on your camera.