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Nov 18, 2007 23:01 |  #1

Hi I'm new here, thought I would post something up and say hi at the same time.

I have been experimenting with diffusers for my onboard flash until I can afford a proper off camera flash setup. I am basically using the side of a milk/juice bottle and so far I have been getting ok results.

Setup: 30D + 60mm F2.8 Macro + home made diffuser.

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Any more tips/advice would be greatly appreciated :)

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Nov 18, 2007 23:39 |  #2

Cant complain, it looks like its working:D


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Nov 19, 2007 00:04 |  #3

What do shots without the diffuser look like for comparison?
And those are inside where you may be getting some flash bounce off walls/ceilings. What's it perform like outside?


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Nov 19, 2007 00:07 as a reply to  @ troypiggo's post |  #4

Too bad i don't drink milk. :(
Thats a nice idea. Kinda reminds me of the Gary Fong point and shoot diffusers.


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Nov 19, 2007 00:10 |  #5

that is similar to the method used by owners of prosumer cameras with no hot shoe - seems to work well.


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Nov 19, 2007 00:52 |  #6

Lovely DIY- seems to work well :)
Tom Hicks on FMforums uses a similar method with an onboard external flash and a 180mm macro lens (and gets excellent shots).
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Nov 19, 2007 02:02 |  #7

troypiggo wrote in post #4342986 (external link)
What do shots without the diffuser look like for comparison?
And those are inside where you may be getting some flash bounce off walls/ceilings. What's it perform like outside?

I dont have any online but they have harsh specular highlights and darker backgrounds. The diffuser reduces the amount of light a bit making the exposure longer and giving more ambient light to the scene.

Out side this system still works well adding fill light, its not an ideal setup but it is an improvement over no flash at all.

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Nov 19, 2007 02:46 |  #8

Well that's pretty impressive for such a simple solution!


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Nov 19, 2007 03:15 |  #9

Hey MacGyver congrats for that difuser. Well done.
Seems to be working fine, and cheap... congrats ;-)a

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Nov 19, 2007 04:16 as a reply to  @ devil350's post |  #10

Thanks, it only cost me two dollars and came with 2 free litres of milk, cheapest camera accessory I have ever bought. I do get funny looks though at the park. :oops:


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Nov 19, 2007 08:15 |  #11
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Ignore the looks in the park - it seems to work very well, tempted to try this myself ;)

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