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"Relatively Cheap" Beauty Dish for speedlight

 
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Sep 16, 2009 18:22 |  #1

I've done the DIY beauty dish for a vivitar 283, using the gutter downspout and a plastic bowl (in my case an old reflector from a floor lamp.)

It was ok, but only 12 inches.

I wanted one bigger, and I also wanted one for my JTL mobilite 300.

Here's what I came up with. Not as cheap as some, but still less than $50 and quite versatile, imo.

Start with 1 e-bay 16 inch beauty dish - around $40. I sprayed it flat white inside - it came with just metal finish.

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It has an s channel speed ring incorporated - notice the 1/4 inch hole I drilled in the side - I'll use that later.

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Add 1 interfit strobie mount for a 580EXII (note the little clips on the front)
I also have one for a Vivitar 285. These are about $8.

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Take a 1/4 inch screw and 1/4 inch threaded union and make a light stand connector. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN or you will deform the ring. I need to find some felt washers to help with this.

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The Interfit strobie merely clips onto the speed ring.

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Insert the speedlight and attach a light stand/etc to the 1/4 inch union.

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It also fits my JTL mobilite 300 after a touch of grinding on the mounting studs. (It's made for a Bowen's calumet)
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Sep 16, 2009 18:29 |  #2

Looks good but it doesn't seem as if the flash head on the Speedlight is actually inside the dish or even close to the throat of the dish.


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Sep 16, 2009 18:37 |  #3

I agree with TMR. I've found that my dish works best when I put a stofen omnibounce-type diffuser on the speedlight then insert it until the diffuser is completly inside the dish. The strobe fits all teh way inside so that the dish is reflecting both light that comes forward from the bulb and hits the dish's center deflector and light emitted out to the sides. Using the diffuser and getting it deep all teh way up in there seems to give the results closest to the strobe.

But YMMV and it's the end results that count.


Also, about protecting the ring from deforming when tightening the nut, I used rubber washers on mine and seems to work well.


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Sep 16, 2009 18:39 |  #4

Aww damn the speedlight install shot is down for me.

TMR: isn't that what the reflector is used for?


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Sep 16, 2009 18:46 as a reply to  @ DisrupTer911's post |  #5

In any beauty dish the flashtube is at the entrance or inside the throat of the dish. There should be light going in all directions, not just forward and into the deflector.

I'd be curious to see your results but I have a feeling it's not going to be the same quality of light as in a dish that has the flash tube in the correct position.


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