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ninetwentynine
23rd of August 2009 (Sun), 18:51
i'm thinking about buying my first diffuser, and i'm leaning towards the 80/20 lumiquest promax system.

http://lumiquest.com/images/931-promaxkit.jpg

but i have a question, it seems like you can't take photos vertically with this diffuser unless you do some sort of mod.

so my question is:

how can i shoot shots vertically with this diffuser? would i need to buy something, and what?

thanks.

SnlpeR
23rd of August 2009 (Sun), 20:49
the quikbounce makes you shoot vertically

or you can use that if you have a flash bracket

Roy G. Biv
23rd of August 2009 (Sun), 21:36
Check this out.. He tells you how to make these. You can make 3 of them for about 10 bux. You can use it in landscape or portrait mode.

http://www.abetterbouncecard.com/abbc-ultimate-bounce-card/

ninetwentynine
23rd of August 2009 (Sun), 21:43
the quikbounce makes you shoot vertically

or you can use that if you have a flash bracket

thank you very much!

even though the quik bounce is more versatile, is it as good as the promax?

kibipod
23rd of August 2009 (Sun), 21:57
Hi,

I saw your original post. Was late in answering. I hope you saw the Lumiquest Softbox III.

I use that and I tell you what - it works great. I don't want you to get confused or become undecided though.

If you have already decided for the promax, then go for it. Otherwise get some feedback about softbox III.

ninetwentynine
23rd of August 2009 (Sun), 21:59
if i get a promax, can't i mount it like the quik bounce? has anyone tried that?

wouldn't that be the better buy since it comes with all those inserts + diffusion screen?

CliveyBoy
23rd of August 2009 (Sun), 22:24
It may be possible to cut some of the plastic to mount it narrow, but it may not be secure. I often use mine outside with a white insert and usually the diffuser. It is about the width of a face then, and does soften light if close up. However, there is a loss of power.

I shoot landscape with on-camera flash. I like "environmental" portraits fortunately, but happily crop to portrait - 20MB files from the 50D mean little loss of resolution.

ninetwentynine
23rd of August 2009 (Sun), 23:36
hm. alrighty, thanks CB.

Titus213
23rd of August 2009 (Sun), 23:40
I really like the Lumiquest ProMax system but use it with a camera rotating bracket. And for around the house stuff I generally use A Better Bounce Card.

CliveyBoy
24th of August 2009 (Mon), 04:12
I really like the Lumiquest ProMax system but use it with a camera rotating bracket.
I like it, too. A rotating bracket was always high on my list, and tried several DIY versions. But despite looking and hovering over "Buy" I never proceeded, and have retired without the means to purchase one now. Should have moved when I could!

If in doubt, Buy!

KRUSH
24th of August 2009 (Mon), 09:46
I have both the Promax and the Quik Bounce systems. I enjoy both.

The Quik Bounce allows you to shoot in portrait. It would work better if you had a bracket though.

aadiliscool
24th of August 2009 (Mon), 10:03
You could try this, it's a bit cheaper and can be used in both portrait and landscape.
http://www.dembflashproducts.com/flipit/

Titus213
24th of August 2009 (Mon), 10:41
I like it, too. A rotating bracket was always high on my list, and tried several DIY versions. But despite looking and hovering over "Buy" I never proceeded, and have retired without the means to purchase one now. Should have moved when I could!

If in doubt, Buy!

CliveBoy - it sounds like your retirement in NZ is not that much different from mine in the US. The idea was that the photography should pay for all that expensive equipment.:confused:

Green Li
24th of August 2009 (Mon), 15:35
i'm thinking about buying my first diffuser, and i'm leaning towards the 80/20 lumiquest promax system.

but i have a question, it seems like you can't take photos vertically with this diffuser unless you do some sort of mod.

so my question is:

how can i shoot shots vertically with this diffuser? would i need to buy something, and what?

thanks.
LumiQuest ProMax review (http://photo-tips-online.com/review/lumiquest-promax-system-flash-diffuser/): "...Attaching to a narrow side is less secure, but is still usable and allows the light source to be above the camera lens axis when shooting vertical..."
http://photo-tips-online.com/review/lumiquest-promax-system-flash-diffuser/images/small/lumiquest-promax-system-flash-diffuser-13.jpg

Quik Bounce (http://photo-tips-online.com/review/lumiquest-quik-bounce-flash-reflector/) was designed to be used on a narrow side of the head. And it is, actually, compatible with the ProMax inserts. You have to adhere few Velcro pieces to the Quik Bounce reflecting surface to be able to use the inserts. That's, of course, if you want to use the silver or gold insert...
http://photo-tips-online.com/review/lumiquest-quik-bounce-flash-reflector/images/small/lumiquest-quik-bounce-flash-reflector-1.jpg

ninetwentynine
25th of August 2009 (Tue), 15:28
dang, just got outbid for one on eBay.

if anyone has a used one, feel free to PM me. lol

ninetwentynine
25th of August 2009 (Tue), 21:50
nevermind guys, got one for 45 shipped on ebay after Bing Cashback.

Green Li
25th of August 2009 (Tue), 23:12
nevermind guys, got one for 45 shipped on ebay after Bing Cashback.
does this include shipping and taxes?

ninetwentynine
25th of August 2009 (Tue), 23:47
yes, unless you're from NY (then there's a tax charge).

questcouch
26th of August 2009 (Wed), 10:05
Thanks to everyone for the efforts to determine which LumuQuest model is best for a particular job. For the most part, the posts were on target, I just thought I’d add my two cents.
-The ProMax System offers maximum flexibility…with or without ceiling bounce, with or without the diffuser, with or without white, gold and silver inserts. Use it on location to deal with a variety of different circumstances. It is designed to work in a horizontal position or with a flash bracket.
-The QuikBounce is designed for SPEED. You can convert from horizontal to vertical and from “card” bounce to ceiling bounce in seconds. It’s not as versatile as the PMS but much faster…great for weddings and events.
-The SoftBox lll does not use the ceiling. It refracts the light through a diffusion screen that is roughly 20 times the size of the flash head itself. It produces the softest light of the three UNLESS a low, neutral ceiling is available and can be used.
Essentially it’s a matter of using the right tool for the job.
I hope this helps!