The Chimera OctaPlus 57 - Say goodbye to the Elinchrome Octabank!
A while back Chimera sent us their OctaPlus57.
This is a great new “Octa type” light bank. And for everyone that has been using the Elinchrom Octa bank for the past 15 years or so, it’s time to make that long over due upgrade to the OctaPlus.
The first thing to note is that it can be assembled as either a 5 foot or 7 foot light source, with diffusion panels for each section.
Another GREAT feature? No more pinched or smashed fingers during setup or break down like you get with the Elinchrom Octabank. And the reflective silver in the OctaPlus is the same durable reflective silver that comes with all Chimeras; not that Christmas tinsel type plastic that Elinchrom uses. And no more worrying that the collar holding the strobe head is securely attached either.
The OctaPlus is available in a 3 foot or 5 foot version which is great for studio or location photographers or those corporate portrait shoots where you get stuck in a 10×12 foot room with 7 minutes to shoot a CEO. With the addition of the 7 foot expansion section you get a great versatile light source that beats the Elinchrom and is in many cases better than then Briese.
Now the best part about the OctaPlus57 is the price: $796.95 online at Adorama
versus the 6 foot Elinchrom Octabank which retails online for $1109.95
With out question this is our new favorite light source to play with.
I highly recommend renting one of these and trying it out for yourself some time soon.
The slide show below shows the complete OctaPlus 57 setup and with both diffusion panels.
The images below were taken at Sand Box Studio in NYC. using the Octaplus57 above with both diffusion panels installed; and a 3" wide strip of CTO. The ambient to strobe ratio was 1 stop. Hasselblad H2/ 120mm lens / Phase One P25+ / F11.5