Invest in quality or go cheap? Best Soft boxes for Photo and Video production?

How much should you spend on your gear, and what do you get for your money? Is a high-dollar item better than a less expensive item with similar features?? Like every photographer in today’s market, I ask myself that very question when putting down cash for equipment.

With different productions and locations come the same challenge: How do I light my subjects, and which tools do I use to get the job done?

Less expensive modifiers break, tear, and fail. They can be hard to setup, or even break when working on set. While we don’t want to admit it, staging a light that looks like its been in a car wreck, doesn’t instill confidence in your model or client.

A big question I get about the gear that I use is, “Is that really worth the money?” And for most of the gear I have, the answer is, “yes.” Photography and video are the way that I pay the bills. So the gear I use most work every time I pull it out of the case.

This is also true of my lighting modifier. I could and have gone with less expensive soft boxes. But in choosing Chimera, I have invested in a company that is committed to not only the quality of the light that their products produce and innovating ways to setup and modify that light, but they’re also committed to making those products as durable as possible, with a high level of quality control.

Less expensive modifiers break, tear, and fail. They can be hard to setup, or even break when working on set. While we don’t want to admit it, staging a light that looks like its been in a car wreck, doesn’t instill confidence in your model or client.

There’s also the added benefit of versatility that comes with Chimera products. Take my Video Pro Softbox: this soft box came as part of a kit with my Triolet, but is not limited to working with continuous light. I can use that same soft box on my Profoto, or even a different continuous light, like a Lowel DP. Not only does the soft box perform, is doesn’t fail due to heat issues.

With more and more stills shooters moving to film work, its good to know that you can invest in gear that’s doing to work for you, even as all your other gear changes. There is more and more affordable gear to use, from lenses to lights and modifiers; and certainly the quality of many of those products is up to the task for professional shooters. But there’s also something to be said for investing in high quality that will take the abuse of working on location work, hours on set, traveling and shipping, and still perform as if it were right out of the box, every single time.

For me I know that my Chimera modifiers are going to perform for years to come. If something does happen, they carry a five-year warranty, have replaceable parts, and customer service that is top in the industry. So when you are looking for perfect light, choose Chimera.

There’s also something to be said for investing in high quality that will take the abuse of working on location work, hours on set, traveling and shipping, and still perform as if it were right out of the box, every single time.