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Best on-camera speedlite diffuser?

 
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Jul 04, 2012 09:33 as a reply to  @ post 14669291 |  #16

And the results

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It gets messed up I make a new board. I test different sizes also and thats why I use the size I do.



  
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Jul 06, 2012 09:08 |  #17

Green Li wrote in post #14667729 (external link)
have you tried googling best flash diffuser? :)

Yes

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Then you'll just find the company with the best SEO.

....and Tim is correct....


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Jul 06, 2012 09:09 |  #18

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It gets messed up I make a new board. I test different sizes also and thats why I use the size I do.

Thanks for sharing!


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Jul 06, 2012 09:19 |  #19

So far as I've found, the Lumiquest 80-20 (external link) works best. You can either let a little or a lot of light get thrown forward, and you can use the inserts to temper the light color coming off the flash, as well as still use flash gels when necessary.


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Aug 12, 2013 16:10 |  #20

That looks pretty good.

I am also trying to find the most ideal on camera light diffuser for candid event portraits, indoor and outdoor, dark with little to no bounce availability. LIke OP, I am looking for an alternative to the fong.

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So far as I've found, the Lumiquest 80-20 (external link) works best. You can either let a little or a lot of light get thrown forward, and you can use the inserts to temper the light color coming off the flash, as well as still use flash gels when necessary.


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Aug 12, 2013 16:33 |  #21

cousinschris wrote in post #16202115 (external link)
That looks pretty good.

I am also trying to find the most ideal on camera light diffuser for candid event portraits, indoor and outdoor, dark with little to no bounce availability. LIke OP, I am looking for an alternative to the fong.

Look at the rogue flash benders. They Can do several different thing with one "modifier" (flag, snoot, bounce card) and you can also but a small diffusion panel to attach to it to turn it into a small softbox.




  
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Aug 13, 2013 05:21 |  #22

i find myself using Rogue FlashBenders more and more, but there are quite a few good modifiers that you can get today: from "classy" LumiQuest units to things like PRESSlite Vertex, which is a bit complex, but can be amazing :)

You may want to look at this list (about 30 on-camera flash modifiers reviewed): best flash diffuser (external link)

If you can DIY, try that. the earlier suggested "super.nova" diffuser has a pretty good design. fong's are good for the bare bulb effect, but they are not the most versatile modifiers as you already encountered.

also, consider getting your flash off the camera. this can mean higher cost, but even better results :)...


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Aug 13, 2013 06:41 |  #23

cousinschris wrote in post #16202115 (external link)
That looks pretty good.

I am also trying to find the most ideal on camera light diffuser for candid event portraits, indoor and outdoor, dark with little to no bounce availability. LIke OP, I am looking for an alternative to the fong.

I've been using this in situations where I can't bounce and the flashbender won't do:

http://www.lastolite.c​om/ezybox-speedlite-softbox.php (external link)


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Aug 13, 2013 11:17 |  #24

It is better to bounce light off camera than on camera. What if you hold a Lasolite Trigrip reflector ( http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …flector_Silver_​White.html (external link) ) with your left hand, tilt it forward, and raise it, Statue of Liberty style, than bounce the on camera flash off this reflector? I think the results would be much better than any on-camera flash modifiers. I am thinking of getting this 30" trigrip reflecter just for this purpose.


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Aug 13, 2013 14:48 |  #25

mystik610 wrote in post #16203794 (external link)
I've been using this in situations where I can't bounce and the flashbender won't do:

http://www.lastolite.c​om/ezybox-speedlite-softbox.php (external link)

you could use a flashbender with a diffusion panel:

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Aug 13, 2013 15:24 |  #26

Green Li wrote in post #16204976 (external link)
you could use a flashbender with a diffusion panel

Part of the reason I love the flash bender. Put the diffusion panel on and boom, small softbox :D




  
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Aug 13, 2013 15:48 |  #27

mystik610 wrote in post #16203794 (external link)
I've been using this in situations where I can't bounce and the flashbender won't do:

http://www.lastolite.c​om/ezybox-speedlite-softbox.php (external link)

I'm not certain you understand how this works. Size determines softness, bigger is better. The large rogue flashbender, bent in the forward position would be as large a surface as this "diffuser" only much more versatile. In that you can use it as regular bounce card, as a flag, and a snoot as well. On camera softboxes are just to small to be effective beyond a few feet.




  
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Aug 14, 2013 18:55 |  #28

gremlin75 wrote in post #16202171 (external link)
Look at the rogue flash benders. They Can do several different thing with one "modifier" (flag, snoot, bounce card) and you can also but a small diffusion panel to attach to it to turn it into a small softbox.


Thanks! That seems to be just what I was looking for.


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Aug 15, 2013 10:50 |  #29

uneek78 wrote in post #14659867 (external link)
Good info! I will take all this mind. Thanks for the knowledge. And you're definitely correct about the "more challenging" part. I can't quite afford a Mark 5D II at the moment even though I hear they help really well with higher ISO in low light situations. I was leaning more toward the 60D since it will be more achievable for the near future.

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Aug 16, 2013 06:37 |  #30

gonzogolf wrote in post #16205171 (external link)
I'm not certain you understand how this works. Size determines softness, bigger is better. The large rogue flashbender, bent in the forward position would be as large a surface as this "diffuser" only much more versatile. In that you can use it as regular bounce card, as a flag, and a snoot as well. On camera softboxes are just to small to be effective beyond a few feet.

I've got both the large and small flash bender. I'm a big fan of the flash benders actually use the flash benders more frequently, as I like to have control of the spill of light, but reach for the ezybox when there are no surfaces to bounce off.


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