220ex for the G1 -- Don't laugh!

Started May 25, 2001 | Discussions thread
Richard Contributing Member • Posts: 924
Re: 220ex for the G1 -- Don't laugh!

Hi Linda--

The OmniBouce is very good. I also use a LumiQuest 80/20 bounce kit; I believe the kit is now called the ProMax System. You can see a description at

http://www.lumiquest.com/promax.htm#lq931d . They have also recently announced an attachment very much like the Sto-Fen OmniBounce, called the UltrBounce; see http://www.lumiquest.com/bouncers.htm#lq001d for more info. One of the main advantages over the OmniBounce (IMHO) is the ability to use the same fastenings as the Pro-Max system, essentially velcro straps mounted on the flash head. The Sto-Fen OmniBounce is designed to fit snugly over the head of the flash w/o anything holding it but the tight fit. I use an OmniBounce frequently and I'm very happy with it, but I'll probably get the UltraBounce soon since in crowded situations the OmniBounce has been knocked loose a few times.

Personally, I think the velcro of the Pro-Max (and now the UltrBounce), while not as clean-looking as the flash head by itself, has provided additional protection from bangs and bumps.

Whichever product you choose you will be very pleased with the results. I posted earlier today a pic taken using a 420EX bounced, with Pro-Max system with diffusion screen mounted. I have posted it here again for your examination of lighting quality. You will notice that there is absolutely NO searchlight look, nor are there deep shadows in eye sockets and under chins as is sometimes seen in pics with straigh bounce and no additional diffusion. The result is definitely much better:

http://www.fototime.com/ {6FD85957-8EA6-4A6F-8325-4567EDCC0B92} picture.JPG

Enjoy!
--rhb

Linda wrote:

I'm beginning to believe the 420EX is the way to go.
Especially, since there is an internal flash like you suggest!
I'll try to take a look at the Sto-fen Omnibounce.
Is there also a diffuser that would be appropriate for let's say
shooting candids at a gathering?
Thanks for all the good advice.

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