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Dec 28, 2013 23:00 |  #1

Hey everyone, I often shoot at an event center with a 100 foot ceiling, which means no bounce.... it's often poorly lighted and i make it work with a t3i pushing 800 iso, a moderate shutter, and a medium aperture of 4.0, sometimes i use my 50mm 1.4, they are often group shots for the paper so I use my 17-40. I use a 430 with a gary fong attached but im curious at the prospect of using a rogue flashbender to create a bounce. Do these things work?




  
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Dec 29, 2013 07:13 |  #2

They are not the perfect solution for all situations but I like it. The following was shot in a dark room. ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250, 16-35mm at 35mm. I handheld the camera in my right hand and the Flashbender/flash in my left. I have added the diffuser panel since then.

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Dec 29, 2013 07:35 |  #3

I think in your situation it would work better than the what your using. I use mine at weddings sometimes for outside fill. It spreads a fair amount of light so its decent for small groups. I also use mine for macro and it works great for that as well...




  
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Dec 29, 2013 10:15 |  #4

Zivnuska wrote in post #16561345 (external link)
They are not the perfect solution for all situations but I like it. The following was shot in a dark room. ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250, 16-35mm at 35mm. I handheld the camera in my right hand and the Flashbender/flash in my left. I have added the diffuser panel since then.
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Dec 29, 2013 10:19 |  #5

I find that all of the Speedlite modifiers have there sweet spots. The Rogue Flashbender has produced some really nice images for me and a friend. We both have had really nice results with the diffusion panel applied as well. A really nice system.


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Dec 29, 2013 12:54 as a reply to  @ Nick5's post |  #6

is it useful for use in the 100 foot ceilings to create an artificial bounce.




  
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Dec 29, 2013 13:24 |  #7

aratari wrote in post #16561965 (external link)
is it useful for use in the 100 foot ceilings to create an artificial bounce.

There are numerous videos on youtube that may answer your questions regarding flashbenders. http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=um5zUbJBDhI (external link)


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Dec 29, 2013 13:46 |  #8

I have the flashbenders and they work ok but I found them to be unwieldy and tiresome to handle.

I much prefer the Spinlight 360 system. It's the best on-camera speedlight modifier I've used yet.

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Dec 29, 2013 13:53 |  #9

I'm quite happy with my flashbender system. They fit in the laptop slot of my bags and work well outside when there is nothing to bounce off of (I use the large with the diffusion panel) and inside I use the small if I'm bouncing the light sideways or up. I use the bounce panel as a flag.

Here's a shot taken outside with the large Flashbender, no diffusion panel. . .

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Dec 29, 2013 14:19 as a reply to  @ Scatterbrained's post |  #10

will the large one fit ok on a 430 exII




  
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Dec 29, 2013 15:02 |  #11

aratari wrote in post #16562154 (external link)
will the large one fit ok on a 430 exII

They will BUT THEY WILL outweigh and move your flash head towards gravity if you use the large one. They're a hassle to use on the go because of the way they bend etc. Best to use a Stofen or Fong




  
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Dec 29, 2013 15:29 as a reply to  @ Brea's post |  #12

and the small one is not going to really give me much of an artificial bounce right




  
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Dec 29, 2013 15:33 |  #13

A piece of white card attached to the flash with an elastic band is cheaper, lighter and does pretty much the same thing.....



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Dec 29, 2013 16:24 |  #14

Brea wrote in post #16562249 (external link)
They will BUT THEY WILL outweigh and move your flash head towards gravity if you use the large one. They're a hassle to use on the go because of the way they bend etc. Best to use a Stofen or Fong

Use them with the flash head up or at 90* (portrait orientation) and it's not an issue. Even then that's only with the large and extra large, the small and bounce don't have that issue.

The Sto Fen is great, if you need something to hold your spare change. :lol: It doesn't increase the size of your light source, it just wastes power by throwing light everywhere. Same for the Fong Dong. If you're in a situation where you can't bounce and have to use direct flash, best to a large modifier like a flashbender or just not bother. If you're just going to use the Sto Fen you might as well just pull the bounce card out of the flash head and use it.


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Dec 29, 2013 16:32 |  #15

cool man, thanks for the informative responed , so i guess the smaller one is a good option for my small flash,




  
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