First Impressions HWAMART 60cm 24” Foldable Softbox
I’m always aiming to keep my gear light and portable. After selling my Nikon gear and investing in Fujifilm, two Lencarta Safari 2 and now just purchasing the Godox AD200. To go with the Ad200 I bought the HWAMART 60cm 24" foldable softbox to use as a beauty dish, after using the HWAMART I decided to do this first impressions.
What do you get?
- Canvas carry bag.
- The soft-box.
- Outer and inner diffuser
- Two attachment rods, plate and screws and thumb screws for using as a beauty dish.
- Honeycomb grid.
The Build Quality
Straight out of the bag, the Hwamart 60 looks and feels well built, I was pleasantly surprised as it costs under £70 (at the time of writing this). The outer canvas appears to be of high quality, snuggly wrapping around the sixteen heat resistant rods. It comes with velcro flaps at the base of the canvas that are useful when opening and closing the Softbox. The rods attach to a Bowen S-Fit mount and have a clever push-pull system keeping the rods securely in place. The inner and outer diffusers are made of strong nylon, hopefully standing the test of time. The honeycomb grid is like most grids I’ve used but the stitching seems better quality. To transform from the softbox into a beauty dish, the well crafted aluminium metal rods and reflecter can easily be attached to to the inside of the box. Once open the Softbox is rigid and feels like an expensive piece of kit.
Setting up the softbox for the first time proved to be a bit of a challenge. The sixteen rods are really strong, by the time I had put half the rods in place using the push-pull clips, it was becoming more and more difficult. So, I started from scratch and discovered that after securing the first rod, then the second rod directly across, and then following this pattern clockwise it made the securing of all the rods a breeze.
I opted for the silver lined Softbox, as I bought it primarily to use as a beauty dish, and I prefer the contrast a silver dish gives to images.
The inner diffuser easily attaches to the inside of the softbox using eight elastic anchors, the outer diffuser is attached by velcro and the same for the honeycomb grid.
So after using the HWAMART for a day I was really impressed with the build, how lightweight it is, the portability and the ease in which I was able to setup and take down. I was extremely happy with the results of the images above, so much so it is sure to become my most used softbox/beauty dish.
Images of HMAMART created by Damien Mcglade at www.studiosphere.co.uk