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Phottix Announces New Collapsible Beauty Dish

By Anthony Thurston on July 8th 2013

Beauty Dishes are great light modifiers, their only disadvantage is their size. They can be rather large in most cases and can be a pain to travel with, their shape does not lend well to fitting in tight places. But have no fear, Phottix has released a new collapsible Beauty Dish that aims to remedy that problem and make travel and storage of the dish much easier.

This new Beauty Dish from Phottix runs for only $79, much cheaper than the only other alternative which runs around $230. The design looks to be very “softboxy”, so I am curious about how the light would look when compared to your average beauty dish. This Phottix collapsible beauty dish is also a bit larger than your standard beauty dish at 70cm.

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An interesting thing to note is that Phottix is marketing a similar device as the “Luna Octabox”, which is basically the the same as the beauty dish version except without the middle plate that makes it a beauty dish. It also measures at 110cm rather than 70cm like the beauty dish.

You can purchase the Phottix Luna Folding Beauty Dish directly from the Phottix Store. But beware, they do ship from China so travel time can be a bit longer than one would like in some situations.

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What do you think of this new Beauty Dish, will it work well enough to replace your standard all metal Beauty Dish? Let us know in a comment below!

 {via Phottix}

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Sharrie Sampson

    I purchased two of these items (and the very expensive speed light adapter right x 2) in anticipation of a great product.

    Sadly this is not the case. The material used in this beauty dish that is supposed to make it flexible is not. The first dish broke after only 5-6 uses. The second one broke on the first use. They were treated well.. they were not mishandled.

    Another product on the market that I own- a folding Octabox by different vendor uses flexible rods in their design and they work really well.

    I am sad to say this folding beauty dish is does not live up to the claims in my experience. It is also not that easy to fold – its quite stiff and rigid.

    Even though both dishes are still under warranty I am having issues with Phottix not getting back to me. They did send a replacement for the first dish..but as I advised them from the offset that I felt the design and material used was at fault, I suspected that the second dish would fail also.. and it did, this one on its first use.
    I have advised them of this via email and have send two reminder emails over a period of about nine days and have only so far got silence from them.

    I would prefer to pay $250 for something that lasts!

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    Saw this demonstrated on Creative Live and was impressed. Too bad I already have a Beauty Dish.

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  3. Joe Gunawan

    There is also the smaller 70cm version that retails for $65:

    http://www.phottixstore.com/store/studio-accessories/phottix-luna-folding-beauty-dish-70cm-white.html

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