FAQ

General

As the originators of Soft Egg Crates (Original Black), and Ultra Soft Egg Crates (33% Grey), ez[POP] Soft Egg Crates, and CUfocus Soft Egg Crates, we are the world leader in soft light control. 

We offer:
•  An extensive range of soft light control tools.
•  Models to fit all manufactures' light banks.
•  Large inventory and in-house manufacturing which results in a quick turnaround, even for custom orders.
•  Unparalleled quality assurance, dependability, and a three-year warranty
•  Personal support with product selection, technical specifications, and photometric data.

Lighttools Soft Egg Crates control off-axis light at right angles to the diffuser. A secondary effect is that Soft Egg Crates reduce the near-to-far light ratio, creating more even lighting which is ideal when a subject is moving towards or away from the light and when subjects are at different distances from the light. This more even lighting occurs due to increased occlusion by the cells that block light at closer distances.

Ultra Soft Egg Crates (33% grey) block the same amount of light as Soft Egg Crates (original black) with a slightly more graduated transition to shadow. Ultra Soft Egg Crates are made with a specialized 33% grey reflective material in what we have found to be the optimum grey.

Lighttools ez[POP] Soft Egg Crates combine all the light control benefits of the Soft Egg Crates with a built-in tensioning frame for faster set-up. ez[POP] Soft Egg Crates remain taut and in perfect formation regardless of how your softbox is angled.

 

As the inventors of Original, ez[POP] and CUfocus Soft Egg Crates, we are the world leader in soft light control.

We provide:
•  A complete range of soft light control tools.
•  Models to fit most manufacturers' lightbanks.
•  In-house manufacturing.
•  Unparalleled quality assurance, dependability and a three-year warranty.
•  Personal support with product selection, technical specifications and photometric data.

CUfocus® Soft Egg Crates light the subject at very close distances with 100% of the source and tightly block light around the desired subject area. This is achieved by the design of cells angled to a specific close distance, based on the diffuser size. Most of our close focus Soft Egg Crates are angled to a distance .75 times the diagonal dimension of the diffuser size.

CUfocus, with angled cells, are the only egg crates that block light tightly around a subject at close distance without resulting in occlusion reducing the effective size of the source. Full-source illumination at close-distances is not possible with right angle egg crates due to occlusion.

†Occlusion: Refers to the blocking of light by Soft Egg Crate cells at close distances.

CUFOCUS:THE OCCLUSION REVOLUTION

TECHNICAL

The off-axis blocking of the light is controlled by the cell dimensions.

Cell size, measured in degrees, describes the maximum angle of the off-axis light. A 20° Soft Egg Crate is our narrowest model, giving you the greatest ability to aggressively control light. At the same time, this model creates the most significant occlusion at close distances. The 60° is the widest cell size making it the most modest light-blocking tool.

The 30°/50° model offers two variations in a single Lighttools Soft Egg Crate. You can easily vary the amount of soft light spread in four directions by rotating these models.

A specific Lighttools cell size designation gives the same cut-off of light whether it is on a lightbank or an overhead frame, regardless of its size. The only difference is the square footage of light coverage determined by the light source size variation.

The amount of light loss depends entirely on the distance from the light source to the subject(s). With Soft Egg Crates (original black) and Ultra Soft Egg Crates (33% grey), the light loss at a distance greater than three times the diagonal dimension of the light source is minimal¾less than a 1/4 f stop. At closer distances, there is a greater loss of up to two stops due to the occlusion of cells that block some of the light source.

Lighttools Stretch Frames are a one-piece, collapsible frame. When inserted into the softbox they eliminate sag on Soft Egg Crates that do not have the built in tensioning frame. This gives you complete control regardless of the size of the light source or how much your lightbank is angled downward.

Stretch Frames are not required for Lighttools ez[POP] Soft Egg Crates as the ez[POP] stretch frame is built-in.