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28" Beauty Dish Efficiency, Speedlite?

 
MalVeauX
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Dec 05, 2017 20:26 |  #16

Update,

Received my 2nd hand 28" beauty dish today. White inside. It's a PhotoSel, similar to Fotodiox, a clone of some kind with a Bowen's mount so it hooks to my S-Bracket great. Came with a diffuser sock.

So far:

Flashpoint R2 TTL Zoom at Manual 1/1 is producing F2.8 at approximately 5 feet with the sock on.

So judging from that, with ETTL & HSS, I will probably be able to muster around F1.4 or F1.2 at 4~5 feet. Should do it. Barely!

Obviously I would be way better off with an AD200 or equivalent, and I have my 600Ws of course still that is battery, but still, looks like I might be able to actually use this with a speedlite with my fast glass.

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MalVeauX
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Dec 12, 2017 18:11 |  #17

Update with real world use:

A quick last minute session, we received a snow suit in the mail for a trip next week and of course we had to try it on and play in it. Never mind this is Florida! I wanted to test out the 28" beauty dish with its sock to see how it handles things. I set it up in the wind, fairly windy day all day, which is the point of me getting the beauty dish to have a more rigid kit that was smaller that could take more gusts more often. I also wanted something that could take a speedlite and have a lighter smaller kit for a quick run & gun type setup. Since we were solo, used the boom stand, otherwise this would be set up on a hand holdable light stand/pole.

Granted, this was fairly dark ambient light with a strong light source present (sun) at golden hour. But, it still represents a lot of what we often deal with. The speedlite was plenty powerful enough at nearly 3~4 feet to do the job. It handled the wind great, and it was fairly windy. So far, this is a success.

I would still need the AD200 for brighter days, and plan on getting it eventually. For now though, the speedlite does the job as the 28" BD is fairly efficient.

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Dec 13, 2017 00:30 as a reply to post 18503573 |  #18

Hi. How do you like the image quality of Fotodiox 28 inch? Is the deflector plate sufficiently large enough to cover the flash of the tube (in photos it looks smaller than Elinchrom and Profoto)? Is it a frosted plastic (some light gets through) or a metal deflector? Have you compared it with other dishes?


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