Holy smokes. This 24” octa softbox is a game changer. The MagMod MagBox is the best softbox I’ve seen in a very long time. MagMod is unapologetically my most recent obsession with camera gear. They make other game-changing products like the MagSphere, MagGrid, MagGels, and several other very unique products. Ultimately, there are 5 reasons the MagMod MagBox is the best softbox for photographers, in my opinion of course. These key reasons are: Easy setup, quality light modification, it’s flash stackable, has plenty of accessories to choose from, and it has no Velcro anywhere on the softbox. In this review, I’ll cover all five as well as the various accessories you’ll want to check out.
1: The MagMod MagBox Can Be Setup Faster Than Any Other
MagMod has used magnets, hence the name, in all of their major products since the begining. That’s no exception for the MagMod MagBox 24” Octa You would think that this would cause for a connection that you can’t trust. Interestingly enough, this is quite the opposite. I can set my MagBox up anywhere between 15-30 seconds if I’m in a hurry. This is a game changer considering the fact that traditional softboxes are known for being troublesome when on the go. Especially those pesky umbrella mounted softboxes.
2: The MagBox is Quality Light Modification
Unlike it’s “competition” of cheap light modification from companies like Neewer or LimoStudio. This is quality light modification at it’s best. I won’t dive into all the downsides to cheap softboxes and umbrellas in this post though. One major thing that makes this quality light modification is the included diffusion cloth that comes with the MagMod MagBox. I’m not quite sure what kinds of sorcery that they’re using over at MagMod, but it works. It works really well at that.
The included diffusion cloth does what it should. Softens light and spreads the throw. The biggest difference with this material vs competition is how much focus and be achieved. Unlike something like an umbrella for example, which spills light everywhere, the MagMod MagBox will focus your light to your target, allowing for a good deal more control. Obviously an umbrella is a bad example for comparison, but rest assured that the spill with this box is far less than it’s competitors like Neewer, LimoStudio, or even my experiences Wescott boxes.
If you’re looking for even more focus with the MagMod MagBox, you can purchase their MagBox Octa FocusDiffuser for an additional fee. We’ll talk about that a little more further along this post though.
3: Studio Strobe Output When Stacking Speedlights
This isn’t really something I ever wanted to try, considering the plethora of mounts and adapters required to do this on a traditional system. The MagMod MagBox 24” Octa makes this as easy as simply throwing up against the mount.
Coming from somebody who has two Paul C Buff Alien Bees sitting on a shelf because of a lack of wanting to deal with the huge payload, this is great. I can finally get a similar output when only using a single Canon EX600RT.
If you’re not convinced that this is the best softbox for photographers, wait until you see number four.
4: So Many Accessories
Unlike those cumbersome Neewer, Cowboy Studio, and Westcott softboxes… the light modifiers that can be added to this 24” Octa are many. For example, a few are actually required to use the MagMod MagBox. These required modifiers can actually bundled when you purchase the MagBox though. These required hardware pieces would happen to be the: MagGrip, MagShoe, and the MagRing. Here are a few of the additional products MagMod offers for their 24” MagBox. Check out the following list of accessories that prove this is the best softbox for photographers.
Official Description from MagMod: The revolutionary MagGrip harnesses the powers of magnetism to provide a quicker, easier and stronger attachment method for speedlite flash modifiers. Say goodbye to noisy velcro, sticky adhesives and bulky straps forever.
Official Description from MagMod: The MagShoe is a universal, ergonomic cold shoe bracket you can operate with one hand. Just slide in your flash, turn the lock 90 degrees and you’re golden. It’s a must-have for any photographer who wants to work faster, easier and awesome-er.
Official Description from MagMod: The MagRing is a magnetic speedring that makes attaching larger modifiers like the MagBox to smaller hot-shoe flashes super simple. With a MagGrip on your flash, attaching a speedlight* to the MagRing takes literally 1 second. Beefy and durable, the MagRing keeps your flashes secure so you can work quickly and confidently.
Standard MagBox 24” Fabric Diffuser (included with the MagBox, not sold Separately
Official Description From MagMod: The FocusDiffuser offers a whole new way to modify your softbox. With magnets allowing for easy setup, the FocusDiffuser lets you control light like a grid, but also focus it like a lens—all while keeping your light super soft. Your old school fabric grid can’t multi-task like that! You’ll love how simple it is to limit spill and increase the effective output of your softbox by 2 stops (vs. MagBox with Fabric Diffuser).
Official Description from MagMod: You’ve invested a lot in your gear. We designed the MagBox Case to protect and organize it all. Semi-padded sides and hard top and bottom shells provide protection from impact while allowing the case to stand up on its own. There’s a place for everything inside, including a rigid inner core for a FocusDiffuser and a zipper pocket for storing gels. Throw it over your shoulder, and you’re ready to shoot.
Official Description from MagMod: This set of 8 rigid polycarbonate gels makes color correction and creativity with your MagBox super simple. Pop up to 2 gels into the MagBox’s built-in gel holder to balance your softbox’s color temperature instantly, or to create custom hues that add drama to your images.
Official Description from MagMod: With a MagBox Speedring Adapter for your Bowens, Paul C. Buff, Elinchrom or Profoto strobe, your softbox becomes a super versatile soft light source—and a crazy good investment for your photography business. Our durable, powder-coated speedring adapters set up and tear down in less than 1 second so you can switch between speedlights and strobes with ease.
5: No Noisy, Obnoxious Velcro
Not really something common to read about in a review but this was really one of the biggest features for me. I hate the sound of Velcro, especially as a wedding photographer. In addition to the lack of noise coming from my light modifiers, I enjoy the fact that these boxes can literally be thrown agains the MagRing and BOOM, donzo’. The MagMod MagBox also has a dedicated zipper to get into the already set-up box (for adding your gels). It’s amazing how fun it is to attach diffusion material with a magnet vs attaching with velcro. Bravo guys, bravo.
It may sound like a first-world problem to be concerned about noise and ease of access when dealing with a octa modifier, but I’m spoiled to it with no chance of going back. Just another reason that this is the best softbox.
Magbox 24” Octa from MagMod, FTW
I love mine so much that I purchased two. Well, that’s not entirely true. See, I was actually so excited about this that I purchased two at once. The guys over at MagMod didn’t disappoint though. This is a revolutionary photography product that changes the entire game. The MagMod MagBox 24” starts at $180 for the stand-alone box with no required hardware. Their starter kit is priced at a very reasonable $290, including everything but the required MagGrip. They also have a killer deal for those of use who are insanely wild about their products, the OctaPro Kit comes with a case, color correction gels, both diffusion cloths. You can get this bundle for right at $500. That’s truly a deal like none-other. The MagMod MagBox is the absolute BEST Softbox for Photographers.