The 30-inch Moon Unit™ is a unique softbox-like accessory that attaches to the AlienBees™ ABR800 ringflash unit or retired Zeus™ ZRM1 Ringflash head with its own quick-release rotating speedring. Unlike conventional softboxes, the camera lens can "see" through the center of the Moon Unit™, thereby achieving a unique large-source light on the camera axis. Using the ringflash with the Moon Unit™ produces subtle, controlled, almost indiscernible shadows and large appealing catchlights at modest camera-to-subject distances. Its minuscule depth and weight allow handholding right along with your camera, or you can use it as a conventional off-camera compact softbox.
The Moon Unit™ is extremely lightweight, compact and easy to assemble. It consists of a reversible gold / silver reflector surface in an octagonal shape, a removable front nylon diffuser with center hole, a removable black fabric mask to convert the octagonal shape to a perfect circle, a rotating speedring, assembly rods and a special reflector that properly bounces the flash energy into the Moon Unit™ (instead of forward). If all the above elements are used, the result is a soft, round 30-inch aim-through light source - thus the name Moon Unit™. Remove the black mask and it becomes an aim-through 31-inch octabox. If the diffuser is removed, it becomes a silver or gold umbrella-like source for increased specularity. Finally, removing the center reflector yields an intense center light source surrounded by a dimmer 30-inch round or 31-inch octagonal halo of light, either diffused by the front fabric or bounced directly from the gold or silver umbrella-type surface. Each configuration yields a different catchlight structure as well as different styles of light formation on the subject.
Depth with the ABR800™ AlienBees Ringflash:
Depth with the retired ZRM1 Zeus™ Ringmaster:
31 inches without black edge mask / 30 inches with black edge mask
(note: the exposed diameter varies with the use of different masks)
the reversible gold / silver fabric backing
8 fiberglass rods (to form the frame of the unit)
the black speedring (attaches to the face of the ringflash)
the aim-through reflector
the white front diffusion fabric
the black fabric mask (fits over the front fabric)
your MU30 Owner's Manual
The MU30 30-inch Moon Unit™ is designed for use exclusively with Paul C. Buff™ ringflash units - the ABR800 AlienBees™ Ringflash
and the retired ZRM1 Zeus™ Ringmaster flash head. The MU30 cannot be used with any other flash units.
The MU30-MASKS Moon Unit™ Mask Set is designed for use with the 30-inch Moon Unit, with each die-cut mask fitting over the assembled face of the Moon Unit, held in place by the black fabric edge piece that arrives with each MU30 Moon Unit.
The MU30 30-inch Moon Unit™ disassembles to fit inside one compartment of the MUBAG Moon Unit™ Carrying Bag, leaving room in the two remaining compartments for a ringflash, other flash, an additional Moon Unit™ or other small accessory.
Each MU30 30-inch Moon Unit™ arrives with the rotating speedring for attachment. For replacement needs only, the ABRSR is available for purchase separately.