I recently picked up a 60″ octabox and noticed how much weight the heavy softbox was putting onto my Godox AD600 Pro. I’ve seen the stand mount on monolights slip due to the strain a heavy modifier put on the light and at worst case actually snap the handle mechanism.
My goal was to find an adapter that could take the weight off my Godox light and put it onto the yoke.
I went in search of a softbox bracket (also known as a yoke) to fit my Bowens mount softbox and settled on a Cheetah Stand brand mount. When I received my “RiceBowl Color Coded U Bracket” from them, I realized the holes in the included speedring were not a large enough diameter to fit the rods from my Fotodiox octabox. After looking closely at the bracket against a few different Godox speedrings I already owned, I found one that would fit with a few modifications.
The RiceBowl Color Coded U Bracket came bolted onto the Cheetah Stand speedring with four M2.5 allen screws. I decided to instead mount the bracket onto my Godox speedring using machine screws, washers and lockbolts on each screw. Once I removed the allen screws, I placed the bracket over the speedring where I wanted it attached. Next, I simply drilled the four holes (to expand the bracket’s existing threaded holes) and went straight through the speedring so I could insert the four screws, four washers and lockbolts.
Here is a quick video review of the softbox bracket in use.
Links to various softbox brackets on the web:
Interfit Softbox Yoke for Large Softboxes MFR PART #: SBYOKE
Cheetah Stand RiceBowl Color Coded U Bracket (for Bowens S-Mount):
Foldable Softbox Stand Mount Adapter (for Paul C. Buff foldable softbox): https://www.paulcbuff.com/Foldable-Softbox-Stand-Mount-Adapter.html
Zeppelin Speedring & Bracket (godox, Profoto, Elincrom, AlienBees): https://www.fjwestcott.com/zeppelin-mount