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28" Beauty Dish Efficiency, Speedlite?

 
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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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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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