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What's the best ON CAMERA flash diffusor ?

 
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May 21, 2012 16:17 |  #1

What is the best ON CAMERA flash diffusor, which diffuses most light around for portraits ?

I have this simple one :
http://www.benl.ebay.b​e …in_77&hash=item​1c26d40a04 (external link)

I once saw this one at an event, but it looked ridiculous :
http://www.benl.ebay.b​e …meras&hash=item​3a5c165ebe (external link)

Other :
http://www.benl.ebay.b​e …_trksid=p3984.m​1423.l2649 (external link)

any suggestions ?


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May 21, 2012 16:25 |  #2

since you have multiple threads with similar questions I'll try to answer in this one. The only thing that softens light is to increase its apparent size in relation to the subject. The best (on camera) option is to bounce light because you turn the ceiling or nearby walls into large light sources. On camera resources all have a failing in that you cant really increase the size of the light source much. The various softboxes, and other add on stuff might make a minor difference at 6ft or so, but not much. The most useful are the bounce card style devices like the rogue flashbender, Demb Flipit, or lumiquest bounce devices. These allow you to bounce light when you can, and redirect some or all of if forward when no bounce surface is avaliable. Skip any plastic device that slides over the front of your flash.




  
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May 21, 2012 16:36 |  #3

I've had many. Most of them are sold off as they mostly disappointed and were just a waste of space in my bag. The one remaining diffuser that has made the cut is the stofen omnibouncer. It's compact, and gives you about the same results as the rest. The only advantage with all of these "diffusers" is that unlike typical ceiling bounced light, it throws in a little on-camera fill. Bottom line is that they are all generally small light sources and they don't exactly diffuse light any differently than the old fashioned ceiling bounce technique.


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May 21, 2012 16:39 |  #4

get the gary fong lightsphere. :D


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May 21, 2012 18:45 |  #5

You will get as many answers as there are POTN users and it obviously depends on the portrait application, so I don’t think there is a “best”.

GONZOGOLF is a smart guy, with logical good advice!

I am only one comment, but after numerous years of many product iterations, the ROGUE is my favorite - for its practical, very flexible solution for both on camera or off camera flash needs.
ROGUE FLASH BENDER:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …r_Large_Positio​nable.html (external link)
It works as a creatively pliable/bendable bounce, snoot and grid(with a Rogue grid).
Also, I have found Neil Van Niekerk techniques and perspective useful:
http://neilvn.com/tang​ents/ (external link)

Rogue Flash Bender sometimes combined with STOFEN Omni BOUNCER [a.k.a. your "simple one" & as PEARLALLICA commented and I too have found provides pleasant soft light], for pleasing results (inside or occasionally outside) by any criteria.

Others will praise other products, everyone has their own preference.

Pardon me for commenting on a basic point – Strategy: start with what portrait image you want to achieve and work backwards, as to what light behavior is needed and then what technique or product aid to achieve that image. You may want to rethink your view i.e. from on camera to off camera (even without an assistant).

Good luck on determining a solution that works for YOU and YOUR style.


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May 21, 2012 19:09 as a reply to  @ happy2010's post |  #6

The best ON Camera flash diffuser is a Demb flip and a wall.


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May 21, 2012 20:30 |  #7

have u tried googling it? :)

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May 22, 2012 08:55 |  #8

I roll with this.

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May 25, 2012 00:02 as a reply to  @ digital paradise's post |  #9

I use this:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …e_Diffuser_for_​Canon.html (external link)
And read good reviews about this:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …timate_Light_Bo​x_Kit.html (external link)


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May 25, 2012 00:31 |  #10

There are no good on camera diffusers. You can't make a modifier big enough to give soft light and still have it be practical to use on the camera.


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May 25, 2012 12:37 |  #11

umphotography wrote in post #14465510 (external link)
The best ON Camera flash diffuser is a Demb flip and a wall.

I agree but I also use the Gary Fong Lightsphere too. White walls and ceilings really work well.


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May 25, 2012 13:15 |  #12

tkbslc wrote in post #14482066 (external link)
There are no good on camera diffusers. You can't make a modifier big enough to give soft light and still have it be practical to use on the camera.

dependson the distance to the subject


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May 25, 2012 13:24 |  #13

if it's attached by a E-TTL cable, it's still "on-camera" right? :p

http://www.amazon.com …F8&qid=13379702​25&sr=8-26 (external link)

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May 25, 2012 13:31 |  #14

PLLphotography wrote in post #14484168 (external link)
if it's attached by a E-TTL cable, it's still "on-camera" right? :p

http://www.amazon.com …F8&qid=13379702​25&sr=8-26 (external link)

j/k :lol:

That actually looks pretty good....until the wind gets ahold of the umbrella...:D


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May 25, 2012 13:31 |  #15

they also make a softbox version :lol:

http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1337970​706&sr=8-4 (external link)


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