I happened to try out the StellaPro Bowens mount adapter for my Reflex S. I used it recently with my new magmod XL products. Picture setups are attached in my review. I haven't tried it yet with larger soft boxes but it did fit well with my mag box 24 inch including the bowens mount. I am using my westcott extension arm in most of these pictured setups. The pin on the adapter helped the magmod products/reflex S work properly on the lightstand including when I had to use it in a downward position. Looking forward to using it again in future photoshoots.
I wonder what the old version was like.
For me, the biggest thing is, while it's not necessarily meant to take large modifiers, I wish it did a better job of handling them for the times when it's just easier to use what's available. I think it could still use a bit more tension (or maybe have that part made of metal so I'm more comfortable torquing it down). That maybe would not be a complaint if there was a little more guidance on how large a modifier could realistically be used. Also, I wish the angle between the mount and the battery grip was a little bit larger.
Other than that, not bad!
I've tried using this Bowens Mount adapter with my Glow EZ Lock Strip boxes (12x56) along with the Stella Pro Reflex S light and it would not hold the position of the light. I had to really tighten the thumb screw as tight as I could get it and my light still dropped down. Today, I tried using my 28" Glow EZ Lock Deep Parabolic softbox with this same Bowens mount adapter and it wouldn't even stay locked in place. It came coming off. I then tried my Aputure Lite Dome Mini II which is small softbox and it worked great! It did not easily come off and was locked in place. I've been trying to ask other photographers how they are using their Stella lights in Softboxes because I am not having much luck. Light and Motion suggested I set up the softbox only on a light stand using the Bowens mount adapter then set up my Clx10 or Stella Pro Reflex S on another stand and shoot through to the softbox. Just be forewarned that depending on the size of your softbox you want to use, it will most likely not hold its position and drop down or might not stay mounted and will easily detach itself from the softbox and nobody wants that to happen in the middle of a shoot. I asked L & M about their High Leverage Handle that they sell and they seem to think it would not have made a difference.
With so many Bowen mounts out there it seems like a connector should be made that is strong and fits perfectly. This does neither. This is not capable of working with large softboxes. It doesn't tighten nearly enough. And getting the mount to connect with the softboxes is tricky as well.
A rep from Stella did reach out to me and help me with a fix to get the mount to work with one of my softboxes - a smaller one - but the work-around didn't hold my larger one. The lights are very expensive and the mount should be included with a kit. And for $99 I would think that the product would hold and be strong enough to hold larger softboxes.
Looking at the pictures (they say to see second product image) I’d say I have the second gen. But still unable to use a simple umbrella with it. The mount comes with a hole, but you can’t put the rod of the umbrella through it since gets covered with the outer round component. C’mon L&M, your doing one of the greatest products out there and can’t figure out how to align a hole?