recommendation for Speedlight Beauty Dish

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Andrea Crema
Andrea Crema Contributing Member • Posts: 844
recommendation for Speedlight Beauty Dish

I've been looking at a Soft box for my Nikon Speedlight.

Although I might still go that route (Already have a couple of umbrellas), I was interested in a beauty dish which seems to give a more edgy but still flattering light.

One such attachment I've seen is :-

http://www.strobeam.com/strobeam/on-camera-flash-accessories/mini-beauty-dish-for-on-camera-flash-with-honycomb-fita.html

Anyone have experience with such a device?

Thank You

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ScratchDisk Veteran Member • Posts: 3,321
Re: recommendation for Speedlight Beauty Dish

Hi,

The light from a 12" BD at say 4 ft is pretty hard - your link points to an even smaller BD, so at common working distances, you are going to get rapid light to dark transitions.

As mentioned in another current thread, an omnibounce or stofen device can help if direct light spills around the edge of the primary reflector.

Certainly a grid is useful with a bd - but your speedlight is likely to be working quite hard given the inefficiencies involved. Cheers

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Andrea Crema
Andrea Crema OP Contributing Member • Posts: 844
Re: recommendation for Speedlight Beauty Dish

Thanks ScratchDisk.

Do you think then the Softbox would be better?

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Denton Taylor Regular Member • Posts: 349
Re: recommendation for Speedlight Beauty Dish

That's not a beauty dish, that's a toy. You probably have some money in the flash, spend a little more and get the flash off the camera either with a synch cord or radio trigger, and get one of these or similar.

http://fotodioxpro.com/index.php/fotodiox-pro-beauty-dish-beautydish-22-40cm-for-nikon-flash-sb-900-sb-800-sb-600-sb-400-sb-80dx-sb-28-sb-27-sb-26-sb-25-sb-24-sb-23-sb-22.html

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Andrea Crema
Andrea Crema OP Contributing Member • Posts: 844
Re: recommendation for Speedlight Beauty Dish

Yes  your right, definitely more fit for the job

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ScratchDisk Veteran Member • Posts: 3,321
Re: recommendation for Speedlight Beauty Dish

Hi, I did buy a couple of Ezyfold Ebay Speedlite Softboxes, a 24 X 24" & a 30 X 30". They are easy to use - I would go for a recessed front panel design. Remember you can mask off the diffusion surface to create different shaped catch-lights. Feathering across a subject works well.

I'm still working on BD setups. Even BD designs specifically for Speedlites do have their wrinkles. Many give nice light on-axis (their axis), but throw uneven light off-axis, which typically falls on the backdrop.

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davmoto Junior Member • Posts: 27
Re: recommendation for Speedlight Beauty Dish

Hi Andrea,

How much are you looking to spend? I highly recommend the Mola Lumi bracket mounted on their Demi beauty dish. It's an expensive package but in my opinion it's the best. Later on if you want to upgrade to higher power studio strobes all you need is a different speedring. So the investment will last you in the long run. I've shot most of the stuff here with a Nikon SB-800 flash mounted on the Mola Demi.

http://www.yamamotofoto.com

David

Andrea Crema
Andrea Crema OP Contributing Member • Posts: 844
Re: recommendation for Speedlight Beauty Dish

From a practical point, maybe an Exybox clone would be a start for location shoots. I also have Hensel strobes which I would think would benefit a proper beauty dish In the studio.

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