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sherlock
11-07-2005, 02:18 PM
Hey guys,

Can anyone suggest a good flash diffuser for under US $50? Thanks!


Andrew S.

cdifoto
11-07-2005, 02:27 PM
Hey guys,

Can anyone suggest a good flash diffuser for under US $50? Thanks!


Andrew S.

Depends what kind of flash you have. External (shoe mount), onboard only? If external, what make & model (most diffusers are custom fit)....

sherlock
11-07-2005, 02:34 PM
Depends what kind of flash you have. External (shoe mount), onboard only? If external, what make & model (most diffusers are custom fit)....

thanks for the quick reply cdi

The flash is external, a Nikon SB-28 used with my F100 (film u say??:eek: yea, im still using it since i don't have a dSLR)

thanx

cdifoto
11-07-2005, 02:51 PM
thanks for the quick reply cdi

The flash is external, a Nikon SB-28 used with my F100 (film u say??:eek: yea, im still using it since i don't have a dSLR)

thanx

I paid $39.95 plus shipping for my Lightsphere. It's pretty awesome. They came out with a new version called the PJ (Photojournalist) but I haven't tried it. It's perfect for bouncing but the PJ doesn't have a dome for direct-flash like mine does.

http://secure.mycart.net/catalogs/catalog.asp?prodid=4282948&showprevnext=1

According to the chart you need the size P3.

You could also try the Sto-fen Omnibounce. I have one of those too and it's good for direct stuff and 45 degree bouncing. The Lightsphere throws the light all over the place though for better effect, IMO.

sherlock
11-07-2005, 03:03 PM
Thanks, I'll check out both

Clyde
11-07-2005, 03:13 PM
Hey guys,

Can anyone suggest a good flash diffuser for under US $50? Thanks!


Andrew S.

Check out:

http://www.deviantart.com/view/13594995/

And if that doesn't do the trick, google "homemade flash diffuser" or "home made softbox".

Jamison55 posted a link to a similar beast not too long ago, but I couldn't find the post easily. If he posts anything in response here... Just do whatever he says, that's my advice...


Hope this helps,

Clyde

cdifoto
11-07-2005, 08:52 PM
For what it's worth, here are some samples with the Lightsphere. If I remember correctly, only a small table lamp was lit in the corner. I could be wrong and the overhead light may have been on instead...but it's only a standard 40 watt bulb. At any rate, this would have been approximately ISO1600 1/25th shooting at f/2.8 without flash (just to give you an idea of how dark it really was).

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/nftn/2470L/20051022-009.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/nftn/2470L/20051022-013.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/nftn/2470L/20051022-012.jpg

ktixx
11-07-2005, 09:15 PM
Here is an article I came across on www.fredmiranda.com on how to make small softbox for your camera flash.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/A18/

nwpoland
11-08-2005, 12:09 AM
I recently purchased the lightshpere photojournalist and have been very happy with it. The inventor, Gary Fong, is about to release an addition to it that would serve the same purpose as the original lightsphere's dome...although it's concave and will fit down inside the top of the lightsphere.

Go to his site and read through some of the articles. Obviously he's biased but the articles he shows seem to say that many top photogs are using this thing. I'm not one of them ;) but I like it a lot.

And for that little amount of money I'd prefer buying something that looks good isntead of going through the trouble of making something on my own that might not function as well and likely won't look anywhere near as refined.

http://secure.mycart.net/catalogs/catalog.asp?prodid=4282948&showprevnext=1

Norm in Fujino
11-08-2005, 01:19 AM
And for that little amount of money I'd prefer buying something that looks good isntead of going through the trouble of making something on my own that might not function as well and likely won't look anywhere near as refined.

I also have the Lightsphere II, but here's a backup I built with two containers from the 100-yen store a few weeks ago; I sanded the insides to increase the diffusion effect. Total cost: 210 yen = about US $1.85

I mount this on an old Panasonic PE-381SG flash and use it for slaved fill flash in still-life type situations where looks don't matter.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/Pb043788a.jpg

jamison55
11-08-2005, 04:38 AM
Jamison55 posted a link to a similar beast not too long ago, but I couldn't find the post easily. If he posts anything in response here... Just do whatever he says, that's my advice...

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Clyde. My 2nd shooter followed my advice and now he's spent $4000 on equipment:eek: His words to me: "You just love to spend my money, don't you".

As for diffusers: My favorite is the FlipIt! I use it exclusively on my primary flash/body and love the results. It is also smaller and more convenient than the other diffusers I've used. www.joedembphotography/flipit

I also have OmniBounces for all of my flashes, and use them quite often.

I haven't used a LightSphere, but am always impressed by the pictures I see where one was used.

cdifoto
11-08-2005, 07:08 AM
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Clyde. My 2nd shooter followed my advice and now he's spent $4000 on equipment:eek: His words to me: "You just love to spend my money, don't you".

As for diffusers: My favorite is the FlipIt! I use it exclusively on my primary flash/body and love the results. It is also smaller and more convenient than the other diffusers I've used. www.joedembphotography/flipit

I also have OmniBounces for all of my flashes, and use them quite often.

I haven't used a LightSphere, but am always impressed by the pictures I see where one was used.

Uh oh! Jamie typoed! :p

I'm thinkin it's probably:

www.joedembphotography.com/flipit

But the point is...use what gives you the results YOU like! It's really hard to go wrong as long as you aren't using harsh direct lighting. ;-)

jamison55
11-08-2005, 07:32 AM
Thanks for the typo catch! Just goes to show that you shouldn't always follow my advice! :D

cdifoto
11-08-2005, 07:53 AM
Thanks for the typo catch! Just goes to show that you shouldn't always follow my advice! :D

hmmm no problem! But we all know my advice is dead on perfect every time so....

:D :eek: :p j/k!

nwpoland
11-08-2005, 08:05 AM
I also have the Lightsphere II, but here's a backup I built with two containers from the 100-yen store a few weeks ago; I sanded the insides to increase the diffusion effect. Total cost: 210 yen = about US $1.85

I mount this on an old Panasonic PE-381SG flash and use it for slaved fill flash in still-life type situations where looks don't matter.


Cool Norm. Looks like it would work great! Have you ever taken side-by-sides against the LSII?? I'd be curious to see how that worked out. My bet is that it would be a close race.