The Firefly Beauty Box from Aurora Lite Bank is a very well designed and constructed octabox build for use with speedlights. It has a unique silver-gold pattern on the inside reflective surface to create a medium warm color cast to your subjects that works fantastically for portrait work.
The design of the Firefly is a brilliant cross between a traditional softbox with speedring and an umbrella style softbox without the long mounting stem. It is the absence of the stem that really makes this design work. You have the quick setup time like an umbrella but you also have the stemless appearance of a traditional octobox. So, you are able to get your light source in as close as you need to without having to worry about impaling your subject with the umbrella stem.
The Firefly Beauty Box also ships with its own carrying case that can accommodate the Box, front diffuser panel and the super strong light stand bracket, which are also included with the Firefly. The octabox mounts onto the light stand bracket via a rotating arm that is attached to the main housing ring of the octabox and pivots back into a retracted position for storage.
When I first took the Beauty Box out to shoot I thought that I was going to get a much harsher light that what I did due to its 26” size. I was also not sure what color cast of light I was going to get with the dual silver-gold color and what it would do to my cameras color balance.
Once I got shooting I was very impressed with the Firefly Beauty Box. The quality and color of the light it created was just great and very flattering to my subjects and did not have any adverse affect on my cameras white balance at all. Its 26” size proved to be more than versatile enough for most of my shooting situations and the Firefly Beauty Box has easily become my go to medium sized light modifier.
I honestly have nothing bad to say about the Firefly Beauty Box from Aurora Lite Bank. There are a few things that I would love to see in the next design, but as is this is a fantastic light modifier. The design and build are perfect for taking out on location and offers extremely fast setup and tear down. The fact that it comes with a carrying case is also a bonus.
In my opinion you will be very hard pressed to be disappointed with the Firefly Beauty Box from Aurora Lite Bank. If you are shooting with speedlights I wholeheartedly recommend that you pick one up.