Wednesday, June 26, 2013

REVIEW: Rogue XL Pro Lighting Kit by ExpoImaging

ExpoImaging Rogue XL Pro Lighting Kit
ExpoImaging Rogue XL Pro Lighting Kit

When the ExpoImaging Rogue Small Soft Box Kit came out I was an instant fan as it’s a nice compact alternative to my EzyBox. As much as I enjoy it, I did wish it was much bigger so I was pleased when I found out that a larger version was coming in the XL kit. With a surface area that’s nearly as big as my portable softbox, I can get nice studio light with a configuration that easily fits in my Think Tank Photo camera bag.

Sample Images

I managed to talk my wife into stepping into the studio for a quick 15 minute shoot so I could show you what kind of light you can expect to get from the Soft Box featured in this kit. The following images were taken with a Canon 1D X but would have looked the same way had they been taken with a 6D, 5D Mark III, or even a Nikon D600. I used Canon 600EX-RT flash so I could take advantage of the radio trigger from my Canon ST-E3.

I chose to shoot in Manual instead of ETTL just so I could have a little more control of my light power. My flash was set to 1/32 power most of the time and my camera was set as shown. I intentionally went a little hot with the flash on these as the brighter light makes my wife happier than lighter light which brings out more skin detail. ;-)

I had my black background already up so I decided to go for a dark one-light look just for fun, so don’t let the dark look fool you – it had nothing to do with the lighting modifier.


Canon 1D X 1/160 sec at f/4.5, ISO 100 at 70mm (24-70mm f/2.8L II)

In the Shadows
Sepia Toning done with Topaz
B&W Effects (bundle on sale here)
Canon 1D X 1/125 sec at f/4, ISO 100 at 70mm (24-70mm f/2.8L II)

Here’s the basic I used for the two images above, but I moved the
soft box to the opposite side & to the side for the Sepia shot

Canon 1D X 1/160 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100 at 70mm (24-70mm f/2.8L II)

The shot above was done with a Lastolite Triflector (now only available as a kit),
but any reflector would do if positioned properly.

Configurations

Strip Box
Strip Box

Soft Box
Soft Box

Reflector
Reflector
(Silver & Black attachment not shown)

Conclusion

Personally I had no use for the strip box, but that’s a personal preference other photographers most likely do not share with me. I supposed if I wanted to I could have used it as a hair light or used it for the In the Shadows shot, but I didn’t feel the need to. I consider the strip box to be an extra included in a kit that I consider to primarily be a big portable soft box/reflector kit – which is a good thing!

I liked the compact size, but I did find that with the Rogue FlashBender being this larger that weight becomes a bit of an issue so it would slide down on my flash head from time to time while I was shooting. I found this to be annoying, but I eventually tightened it up enough where it stopped. A piece of gaffer’s tape would have done the trick too. It also means that you’ll probably want a sandbag on your stand to avoid it tipping over (a problem I didn’t have indoors), but realistically you should always do that when you use stands anyway.

Those issues aside, I was very happy with this product and the results. I’m glad to have a more compact and portable option to my EzyBox.

Where to order

Click here to order the ExpoImaging Rogue XL Pro Lighting Kit from the B&H web site. My friends at Adorama have it available here.

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