For 7 years or so, I have been shooting exclusively with Alien Bee B800 lights. I have put together a nice collection of Paul C Buff's softboxes and striplights. I have recently started to make the move over to using Nikon Speedlights. I am hoping I can find a way to convert my current softboxes and striplights to work with the Nikon Speedlight.
Is this possible?
I still love my Bees, but I really want to slim down my kit. I am getting way too old to keep slugging around 4+ lights.
Thank you in advance.
A Nikonian in Cincinnati, Ohio
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All of the Buff light modifiers stuff is made to work with Buff lights by mounting to the faceplate of the light. There is no adapter for a speedlight. You might be able to have something made, but I know of no commercially available adapter.
>Greetings, > >For 7 years or so, I have been shooting exclusively with Alien >Bee B800 lights. I have put together a nice collection of >Paul C Buff's softboxes and striplights. I have recently >started to make the move over to using Nikon Speedlights. I >am hoping I can find a way to convert my current softboxes and >striplights to work with the Nikon Speedlight. > >Is this possible?
IIRC, the Buff lights use the Bowen's mount. There are lots of adapters, just do a google search on Bowen mount to speedlights.
>Hi Craig, > >The Buff Alien Bee/White Lightning/Einstein strobes are >compatible with Balcar Speedrings. While I am not positive, >Bowens/Calumet Speedrings are different than Balcar/Paul Buff >Speedrings.
You are correct! What you have to do is get an adapter for Balcar to Bowens, then use the above links for Bowens to Speedlight.
>Hi Craig, > >OK, Speedlight to Bowens / Calumet adaptor to Bowens / Calumet >to Balcar / Paul C. Buff adaptor to Paul C. Buff / Balcar >Softbox. > >While not elegant, it should work. >
Has anyone put these together yet in practice? Just wondering how successful it was... I'm thinking of picking up a couple of PCB softboxes for the Einsteins (the folding portability seems attractive...) but would like to be able to use them with a Speedlight on occasion. The bungie idea is an option, but not sure about the weight of it all once a PW Flex is added.
The strobist had an article with a DIY mount. They took a pair of bungee loop ties and formed an "x" with them. In the intersection of the crossing, they stuck their speedlight. It sort of works like a microphone shock mount.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member