The StrobiStrip is the slimmest speedlight strip light adapter available and it’s collapsible

Apr 20, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The StrobiStrip is the slimmest speedlight strip light adapter available and it’s collapsible

Apr 20, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Strip lights have become quite popular over the last couple of years, and we’ve seen numerous options released compatible with both speedlights, as well for continuous light.

The StrobiStrip from Strobius presents something unique, not seen in these types of light modifiers before.  As well as being extremely thin, and usable with pretty much every speedlight ever made, the StrobiStrip is also collapsible, with the StrobiStrip 50 breaking down into a small pouch not much bigger than your average 105mm lens.

Available in three sizes (50cm, 100cm, and 150cm), the StrobiStrip range are extremely inexpensive and look to be a great option for those who need to pack light for location shooting, although they appear very versatile in the studio as well.

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The next size up from the StrobiStrip 50 is the metre long StrobiStrip 100.

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Having multiple StrobiStrips presents all kinds of options in the studio, especially if you’re attempting to create a certain headshot look with those distinctive square shaped catchlights.

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For those using optical slave systems such as Nikon’s AWL/CLS (which is currently in the transition of being replaced by Nikon’s new radio wireless system), you might have some issues triggering your flashes when placed inside the StrobiStrip units, so for best results, definitely use speedlights with built in radio receivers.

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The StrobiStrip 50 and 100 are priced $39 and $53, respectively, and everything you need to get up and running with either of those is included.

When a 100cm strip softbox isn’t quite big enough, there’s always the StrobiStrip 150.  This system utilises a pair of speedlights, one in each end, to produce an extra long striplight for your subjects.

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The greater length provides a more even distribution of light in one direction, giving a very pleasing result.

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The StrobiStrip 150 is priced at $69, but does require the separate purchase of a mounting system if you want to easily use it with a light stand.

The mounting system for the StrobiStrip 150 does essentially double the cost, however the components that make up the mounting system can also be used on their own, and they’re the kind of brackets and boom arms that can come in extrenely handy for other uses, too.

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At these prices, if you were looking to add a striplight to your setup then you can’t go far wrong with these.  They’re cheap enough that if you end up not using them a lot, you’re not too much out of pocket, and if you absolutely love them, you’ve bagged yourself a bargain.

It’d be interesting to see how these would handle on location, particularly the StrobiStrip 150 and its mounting system, and how much of your flash power they actually eat up.

You can find out more information and order on the StrobiStrip website.

Do you have a strip light in your lighting setup?  Which do you use?  Let us know in the comments.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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16 responses to “The StrobiStrip is the slimmest speedlight strip light adapter available and it’s collapsible”

  1. Stereo Reverb Avatar
    Stereo Reverb

    Very nice find. Being collapsible is a huge bonus :)

  2. Dan Avatar
    Dan

    Definitely the most dramatic music I’ve ever heard on a product demo. Otherwise, neat adapter when space is tight.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I’ll admit, I expected a fight scene to break out halfway through the videos. Some kind of epic light saber ermm… Strobistrip duel. ;)

  3. Joe Avatar
    Joe

    Hipster designed for the faux-tographer…

    1. DarkEagle Avatar
      DarkEagle

      spoken like a true snob

      1. Sean Avatar
        Sean

        Please do not feed the trolls.

  4. DIY Home And Garden World Avatar
    DIY Home And Garden World

    Who else <3 upcycle projects ?

    1. Strobius Avatar
      Strobius

      What do you mean?

  5. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
    Gvido Mūrnieks

    I think, that something like 75cm version could be cool, when shooting in venues, instead of using Fong dong, or LumiQuest softbox.
    Could be held in hand both vertically and horizontally. Would give as good light as the large LumiQuest softbox, but without the bulk.

  6. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    Easy setup, affordable. But some of those catch lights in the eyes look like lizard eyes.

    1. Strobius Avatar
      Strobius

      Reptile eyes..))

  7. ajfudge Avatar
    ajfudge

    It looks easy to DIY. But for the StrobiStrip’s price I think I’ll save myself the hassle and just buy one.

    (OT: The music used in the promo video is more suitable to a movie montage where the character experiences hardship. Just a little annoyed by it, I guess).

    1. Sean Avatar
      Sean

      Just purchased two. I’ll post a review once I get them. Coming from the Ukraine so might be a couple weeks. Opted for Air Post since it was only $2 more and cut 10+ days off delivery time. :)

      1. udi tirosh Avatar
        udi tirosh

        Oh, let us know how it goes. We would love to share

  8. Matt Owen Avatar
    Matt Owen

    Just got mine yesterday. I thought I would set them on an angle to get funky catchlights and the weight of the unit just about ripped one speedlight out of its shoe. Vertical and horizontal orientation were better, and using the 1/4-20 socket on my LP180 was rock solid in any orientation (one more reason to buy LumoPro). I need a little more practice before I can share anything but I’ll let you know.

  9. David Rufo Avatar
    David Rufo

    Hi John I have no current strip Lighting I have using remote flashes on my Nikon D600. The system you recommend is awesome and is something I think I can handle for my first time out.I would buy two strips related Booms etc. Start out using my current speed lights.