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What diffuser would you recommend?

 
Bonito
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Jun 02, 2009 11:32 |  #1

I have a 580 EXII, what diffuser would you recommend?
I will have the flash on the camera or on a bracket, looking
for something in the mid range size, not huge, but not tiny.
Does that make sense? Using for portraits, in and outdoors.
Thanks.


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Jun 02, 2009 19:51 |  #2

Do you understand how diffusers work? They make the light source larger, which softens the light. The difference between a diffuser the size of the flash head and a diffuser with four times the surface area is pretty much irrelevant if you're more than a meter or two from the subject. Plus most diffusers waste light.


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Jun 02, 2009 19:56 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #3

A nice compromise is http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …sh_Diffuser.htm​l#features (external link)

This really works well in allot of different applications.


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hypertech
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Jun 02, 2009 20:03 |  #4

A lot of people seem to hate them (and I think its because of the guy not the product), but we have found the fong dome to be quite useful under certain conditions including some that you describe.


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Jun 02, 2009 20:17 |  #5

Bonito wrote in post #8035456 (external link)
I have a 580 EXII, what diffuser would you recommend?
I will have the flash on the camera or on a bracket, looking
for something in the mid range size, not huge, but not tiny.
Does that make sense? Using for portraits, in and outdoors.
Thanks.

NONE of the 'tupperware' diffusers (Stofen, Fong-ware, etc.) are useful out of doors or in large indoor venues with no nearby white surfaces (walls, ceiling) to reflect light back toward the subject.

The one package that I have found useful in a variety of situations is the LumiQuest Promax System (external link). Its various components can be assembled in different ways to make it effective both indoors and out. It is best used with a bracket that keeps the flash directly above the lens all the time, regardless of the camera orientation.


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Jun 02, 2009 20:21 |  #6

If that MilaGrid that butterfly linked to works it would be a piece of cake to make, a piece of "plastic canvas" (i think thats what that grid stuff is called) and an elastic at a craft store and you could try one out for about 2 bucks. I think that might be on my list of DIY projects now actually.


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Jun 02, 2009 20:22 |  #7

hypertech wrote in post #8038423 (external link)
A lot of people seem to hate them (and I think its because of the guy not the product), but we have found the fong dome to be quite useful under certain conditions including some that you describe.

Nope, it's because of the product, but also because of the way it's marketed at people who don't know better. It can help in certain situations, but you can do just as well with a rubber band and a piece of paper.

Check out the flipit - basically a nice rubber band and piece of paper.


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hypertech
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Jun 02, 2009 21:18 |  #8

I'll agree that the marketing is totally bogus. I find it very useful doing real estate photography in medium sized rooms. It spreads the light very well.


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