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.
The next size up from the StrobiStrip 50 is the metre long StrobiStrip 100.
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.
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.
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.
The greater length provides a more even distribution of light in one direction, giving a very pleasing result.
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.
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.