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Dec 11, 2012 15:15 |  #1

Curious if anyone has tried this out. Seems awful cheap, but easy to carry...might be worth ordering one and trying it out.

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Dec 11, 2012 15:35 |  #2

Looks like those cones on dog heads.:)

I never have problem carrying my kacey dish but then I drive to my shoots in my car.


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Dec 11, 2012 22:35 |  #3

bobbyz wrote in post #15354412 (external link)
Looks like those cones on dog heads.:)

I never have problem carrying my kacey dish but then I drive to my shoots in my car.

Bobby, its not to the shoot, its all over the golf course that's the pain. :-)

For $15 its worth testing. Can't be any worse than direct flash in the face. :-)

Or a StoFen and I think they cost that much too.


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Dec 11, 2012 22:41 |  #4

Ya, that would be interesting. What's the cost including shipping?


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Dec 11, 2012 22:46 |  #5

dmward wrote in post #15356047 (external link)
Bobby, its not to the shoot, its all over the golf course that's the pain. :-)

Kacey dish is quite light. Camera/lens will weigh more than it.


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Dec 11, 2012 22:51 |  #6

I think I'll give it a try just to see.


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Dec 11, 2012 22:56 |  #7

Okay Scott, please give us a review.


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Dec 11, 2012 23:07 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #8

Read about the only reviews on it on Amazon, about 4 total is all I could find, and every one of them said that the snaps broke when putting it together, and they say it was a waste of their money. i didn't bother.




  
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Dec 12, 2012 00:40 as a reply to  @ guitarjeff's post |  #9

Id say no to this one.


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Dec 12, 2012 00:47 |  #10

Even if the snaps broke, its worth $15 to try.
I ordered one tonight.
We'll see.


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Dec 12, 2012 00:50 |  #11

bobbyz wrote in post #15356083 (external link)
Kacey dish is quite light. Camera/lens will weigh more than it.

And what about the light stand etc.

When I'm traveling with the bridal party I try to keep it down to a nano or cheetah stand, a speedlite and camera bag with a couple of lenses.
That's what make this collapsable stuff intriguing. It fits into the pocket at the back of the camera bag and offers another option.


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Dec 12, 2012 03:54 as a reply to  @ dmward's post |  #12

What I found comical was the "You save $84.XX", then I went, what??? WTF did they hope to get for it and I read it. $99.XX for that? What a bunch of horse **** asking that kind of money...


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Dec 12, 2012 08:18 |  #13

Ron Hu wrote in post #15356652 (external link)
What I found comical was the "You save $84.XX", then I went, what??? WTF did they hope to get for it and I read it. $99.XX for that? What a bunch of horse **** asking that kind of money...

Which is probably why the first we've seen of it on the fora is now when its offered for its sellable price. :-)

The MRSP an ego thing for some of these companies I think. It does not take much imagination to understand what the value is in the buyer's mind.


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Jan 10, 2013 17:44 as a reply to  @ dmward's post |  #14

So an update? How did this turn out?




  
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Jan 10, 2013 18:28 |  #15

I got it, put it together and haven't taken the time to mount it on a speedlite.
Its an integrate set of pieces that need to be assembled as they are being attached to the speedlite. Way too complicated to use in the field. Which is were one would suspect they intended it to be used. Otherwise why make it collapsible.

I'd send it back but the cost of postage would negate the refund. And I may still take the time to get it onto a speedlite just to see what kind of light is makes.

Bottomline, if one wants a beauty dish for a speedlite get one that is metal with a bracket. Starting with the smaller cheap ones from China and ending with the really nice Kacey dish.


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