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DIY Light Bender...The Tiger-Lite

 
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Aug 22, 2010 16:06 |  #1

As promised in another thread last week, here is my DIY one-piece, speedlite modifier. I call it the Tiger-Lite. Lite...because it weighs about an ounce completely assembled, so you can easily use it on camera if you wish. I pattered this using a 580EXII which has a width of about 2.75". It can be used on or for any flash. If your flash head is significantly wider or narrower however, you might wish to adjust the "spine" dimension.

Here is all you need to do it...

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Cut 3 squares to the dimensions shown. The mesh cuts easily with sizzors. Staple a doubled over piece of mesh about 3" high to act as a reinforced spine dead center at the bottom of the mesh square approximately the width of your flash head.
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Start stapling. Try to stay close to the edge so you can cover the staples with electrical tape later.
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Make 2 cuts 1.5" from the bottom and about 4.25" in (until you reach the spine).
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Now tape and add velcro to strap...
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Add snoot velcro...
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Bend to any configuration you need or...
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use as snoot...
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...and there you have the Tiger-lite. Happy shooting!!!

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Aug 22, 2010 17:25 |  #2

i'm impressed! very well done.


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Aug 23, 2010 08:18 |  #3

jeromego wrote in post #10768060 (external link)
i'm impressed! very well done.

Thanks! Glad you like it. I've learned a lot here. Just trying to give back a little.


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Aug 27, 2010 14:30 as a reply to  @ Celtic Tiger's post |  #4

Not to bump my own thread...BUT I received this PM from Down_Shift who encouraged me to answer in the Forum.

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Hi Celtic

Amazing diy. Exactly what I was looking for!!

Now do you mind listing where you got all the supplies. Like the reflective material?

I was thinking of buying a large sheet of chicken wire fencing to use as the mesh.

What exactly is the fun foam material? Guessing a crafts store?

Do you plan on making more of these? I have a feeling you could make a little side business making these! I would definitely buy one!!

Thanks

oh and if you want, please post the answers in the thread for future reference for people. Afterall it is a forum!

Thanks alot
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Matt,

Sorry for the delay in getting back...I was out of town. The reflective material is simply a square of white satin fabric purchased at a fabric store for about $8 a square yard. Since the dimensions are slightly larger than a square foot ie. 12.5" you probably can't get 9 of them out of a square yard; but pretty close if you make some medium size deflectors as well. At that rate the material cost is about $1 for the fabric.

The black fun foam was purchased at Michaels for less than $1 per 12 x 18" sheet. I learned about that stuff from this forum. It is very lightweight and easy to work with yet fairly sturdy.

The mesh was also purchased at Michaels for less than $5 for 2 square ft. That makes the material cost for that $2.50.

Rubber inner tube was about $5-$6 bucks but you can use it for other diy projects so that isn't much either.

Other stuff was odds and ends that any self-respecting DIY'er would have lying about anyway.

All in you are substantially less than $10 material per Tiger-Lite; but if you are ONLY going to make ONE, you may want to reassess your make or buy decision.


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Oct 08, 2010 22:20 |  #5

What I don't understand is why you use cloth instead of something...reflective​? :)


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Oct 08, 2010 22:24 |  #6

SuperHuman21 wrote in post #11061678 (external link)
What I don't understand is why you use cloth instead of something...reflective​? :)

Since when is white not reflective? But if you are asking why not some silverized material. It helps to even out the bounce panel, less hot spots.




  
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Oct 08, 2010 23:12 |  #7

It's just that it's cloth that doesn't seem suitable for it. Something a little shinier seems to make more sense to me. Rip-stop nylon comes to mind but otherwise, I do like this design.


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Oct 09, 2010 15:44 |  #8

SuperHuman21 wrote in post #11061912 (external link)
It's just that it's cloth that doesn't seem suitable for it. Something a little shinier seems to make more sense to me. Rip-stop nylon comes to mind but otherwise, I do like this design.

Actually, my first design used ripstop. However, the white satin seemed to be a bit more reflective believe it or not. Hold up a squre of white satin; its quite reflective. Frankly though, I think either one would work.


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Oct 09, 2010 19:01 |  #9

Hmm. Hard to believe but then again, I'm no fabric expert. Glad it works well though. Any chance on some sample shots?


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Nov 17, 2010 20:00 |  #10

I can't believe I just found this! so making this on the weekend!


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