Deeppara90 "Parabolic reflector" and central focusing pole thoughts and mini review

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Re: Unique qualities of paras

Here are some shots comparing different modifies on an inanimate head.

Head and camera kept at same angle. Light is at aprox 45 degrees to better illustrate light falloff (even the beauty dish which you'd normally use in a butterfly position, I believe).

I thought I'd do this to better understand how the deeppara90 shapes light, so to know when to use it to achieve the look I'm going for.

Tried to keep exposures constant, though not easy when some of the modifiers are high in contrast. 105mm lens at 1/250, F8. Strobe: godox 400ws gs400II, except fwhen testing the deeppara90 where an AD600 was used.

1) 120cm octabox, 2 layers of diffusion, 120cm from bulb to head, Power: 1/4 + 0.7. Soft shdaow trnsition, as expected.

2) 55cm white Beauty dish and grid,110cm bulb to head , Power: 1/2
3) 55cm white Beauty dish; 110cm distance, Power: 1/8 + 0.7 110cm
4) 7 inch Reflector; 110cm distance, 1/32 (lowest setting for this strobe; 110cm distance; should have moved the light back, perhaps to reduce the exposure, though th end result was always going to be the hardest shadow transitions)

5) 7 inch reflector with a 10 degree grid; Power: 1/16 + 0.6.
6) Deeppara90, AD600 head reversed, closest distance to apex (aprox 10cm); power: 1/32 + 0.7
7) Deeppara90, AD600 head reverse), out a bit more than 6) 1/32 (this appears to be the

brightest position)
8) Deeppara90, AD600 head reverse), out a bit more than 7) Poer: 1/32 + 0.3

9) Deeppara90, AD600 head reverse), out a bit more than 8) Power 1/16 1439
10 ) Deeppara90, AD600 head reverse) at about 14cm, with 1 layer of inner diffusion Power: 1/16 0.3
11) 10 ) Deeppara90, AD600 head reverse) at about 14cm, with 2 layers of inner diffusion Power: 1/16 0.3

1) 120cm octabox, 2 layers of diffusion, 120cm from bulb to head, Power: 1/4 + 0.7. Soft shdaow trnsition, as expected.

2) 55cm white Beauty dish and grid,110cm bulb to head , Power: 1/2

3) 55cm white Beauty dish; 110cm distance, Power: 1/8 + 0.7 110cm

4) 7 inch Reflector; 110cm distance, 1/32

5) 7 inch reflector with a 10 degree grid; Power: 1/16 + 0.6.

6) Deeppara90, AD600 head reversed, closest distance to apex (aprox 10cm); power: 1/32 + 0.7

7) Deeppara90, AD600 head reverse), out a bit more than 6) 1/32 (this appears to be the brightest position

8) Deeppara90, AD600 head reverse), out a bit more than 7) Poer: 1/32 + 0.3

9) Deeppara90, AD600 head reverse), out a bit more than 8) Power 1/16 1439

10 ) Deeppara90, AD600 head reverse) at about 14cm, with 1 layer of inner diffusion Power: 1/16 0.3

11) 10 ) Deeppara90, AD600 head reverse) at about 14cm, with 2 layers of inner diffusion Power: 1/16 0.3

Here's a gif (never made a gif before). Hope it works. If you right click on it perhaps you can slow it down.

To my eye the deeppara90 give more of a sculpted look than the open beauty dish, and when fitted with the two diffusion panels it seems to giv a more defined soft look compared to the octabox (but that could be me),

EDIT: The GIF isn't working properly. Is there a way to upload GIFs onto DPR?

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