Anybody used Lambency Flash diffuser with Canon 580EX II ?

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mjoshi
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Anybody used Lambency Flash diffuser with Canon 580EX II ?
Aug 17, 2011

I'm in process of deciding which flash diffuser to get for my 580EX II. Found following on ebay -
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=580ex+diffuser&_frs=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m359

Anyone used this particular diffuser ? or recommendation for anything better to go with 580EX II ?
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In reply to mjoshi, Aug 17, 2011

I had one but rarely put in use. It is ok for indoor and subject is not to far. Easy to fall off from speedlight, you need to use wide rubber band to hold it in place. This is China product (copy of Gary Fong that make a lot pro and con debates). I make my own similar to demb flip it
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Lambency Flash diffuser? What a complete waste of money.
In reply to mjoshi, Aug 17, 2011

So much light is lost and wasted by sending light in all other directions including towards your subject.

A few things that will get you miles further....

  • Learning to bounce your flash. The 580exII's head can tilt and swivel

  • Look at those walls and ceilings and think.....big umbrella's

  • There's nothing wrong with direct flash, learn to see the existing light and let your direct flash act as highlights or as fill to push out shadows.

  • Or get a diffuser which projects all the light forward.

Here's a great little diffuser that will work awesome with your 580EX. Website is by a fella named Chuck Gardner.

http://super.nova.org/DPR/DIY01/

I made mine using a spray on adhesive vice stapling the edges.

Best Regards, Mike

mjoshi wrote:

I'm in process of deciding which flash diffuser to get for my 580EX II. Found following on ebay -
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=580ex+diffuser&_frs=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m359

Anyone used this particular diffuser ? or recommendation for anything better to go with 580EX II ?
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In reply to Port Royal Dad, Aug 18, 2011

Port Royal Dad wrote:

So much light is lost and wasted by sending light in all other directions including towards your subject.

Some excellent advice here

A few things that will get you miles further....

  • Learning to bounce your flash. The 580exII's head can tilt and swivel

Many new flash owners start to think about diffuser before they even know why
the head tilts and swivels.

  • Look at those walls and ceilings and think.....big umbrella's

+1

  • There's nothing wrong with direct flash, learn to see the existing light and let

your direct flash act as highlights or as fill to push out shadows.

If I have to I shoot direct flash. Flash goes on a bracket and ISO goes up.

  • Or get a diffuser which projects all the light forward.

Here's a great little diffuser that will work awesome with your 580EX. Website is by

a fella named Chuck Gardner.

This diffuser took me about 45 minutes to make and cost about $5. The Demb flip it is a good tool.

Whatever you do don't get caught up in the quest for latest and greatest diffuser. Most are expensive gimmicks.

http://russellspixelpix.blogspot.com/2008/11/flash-diffusers-no-need-to-spend-big.html

Learn about light. Take a lighting course if you can. This is a very good book.

http://www.amazon.com/Light-Science-Introduction-Photographic-Lighting/dp/0240808193

http://super.nova.org/DPR/DIY01/

I made mine using a spray on adhesive vice stapling the edges.

Best Regards, Mike

mjoshi wrote:

I'm in process of deciding which flash diffuser to get for my 580EX II. Found following on ebay -
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=580ex+diffuser&_frs=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m359

Anyone used this particular diffuser ? or recommendation for anything better to go with 580EX II ?
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In reply to Port Royal Dad, Aug 18, 2011

Thanks for sharing - I know Chuck but did not look at his website - thanks for pointing me in right direction.
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In reply to Zee Char, Apr 15, 2012

Please confirm how you made that cool tool! Materials used, template etc.

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In reply to Port Royal Dad, Apr 16, 2012

Same unit I made (4 of them) and they are amazing on camera or off. I still take umbrella softboxes on location if I do a test shot with these and if it does the job (and most often does), I leave the softboxes closed.
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My Canon speedlight diffuser is the bottom 4 inches of an alcohol bottle... the Velcro loop panels on the flash hold it securely for most apps... can't beat the free aspect! And the bottle plastic is not as dense as these caps... therefore, more light efficiency!
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You can only lose $20.00 if you do not like it. Just remember, the GF cloud has to be used with low white ceilings, at a max of around 10 feet, f/4 at ISO 400. After that distance, you are hindered by light loss.

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In reply to Zee Char, Apr 18, 2012

Here's a 39 person group shot using only a DI 866 MkII on camera with the same diffuser as Mike has shown. That was a very dimly lit room too.

With a Stoffen, or those other units that blow light all over the place I wouldn't have got this shot at all and just using bounce off the cieling would have lost way too much light. I simply opened the diffuser up to spread the light while keeping the top and side lips curled slightly forward. The ones I make have a plastic mesh inside between the white and black layers so they can be very accurately shaped.

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