Glass dome prices?

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Currantos Senior Member • Posts: 1,448
Glass dome prices?

I just tried finding some replacements for the glass domes that go over the flashtube.

Prices? Out of this world, some over $200.

No way.

Wow

Nikonparrothead Veteran Member • Posts: 5,931
Re: Glass dome prices?

Glass domes for which brands?

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Re: Glass dome prices?

It depends on the brand, but those sort of prices sound like you are looking for replacement domes  for Profoto Pro series heads.

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I am in the same boat, I have a b600 flash head that I bought with no glass globe and I refuse to pay $180. I have been watching the forums for used and eBay but no luck so far.

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B600? Again what brand?

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Re: Glass dome prices?

Profoto Acute

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Thanks!

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Ellis Vener wrote:

It depends on the brand, but those sort of prices sound like you are looking for replacement domes for Profoto Pro series heads.

Have you looked into buying a used Acute head on eBay? It might be less expensive  than buying a new dome by itself and you’d have other spare parts like an extra modeling light, flashtube, and cap as well.

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Currantos wrote:

I just tried finding some replacements for the glass domes that go over the flashtube.

Prices? Out of this world, some over $200.

No way.

Wow

yeah, but I bet shipping is free.

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Simon Barker Contributing Member • Posts: 939
Re: Glass dome prices?

Only way you're getting cheaper new is by buying a Phoxene but other than that as has already been suggested, buy a used head.

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Replacing the dome or outer protective envelope of a flash tube could be problematic for several reasons. If the modelling lamp is also enclosed in the dome it has to be made of Pyrex or another brand of heat-resistant glass and some are ventilated through a number of holes. They are not necessary of a standard size (height and diameter), some are UV coated and others are frosted or made of an opal-like glass for additional defusion.

The tubes are not usually manufactured by the same makers at the flash units they are fitted. Years ago, most of the domestically made flash units had flash tums made by Amglo or Kemlight and some replacement envelopes were available for those companies; See this link- they may stock parts or it may be more economical to buy a new tube.

XENON FLASHLAMPS - Amglo

I have had to replace several broken or missing domes. I have transplanted or scavenged them for burned-out flash tubes, By overnight soaking the base of the dead tube in alcohol or lacquer thinner, the glue is released and the dom can be re-glued on the damaged tube.

I cases where there was no enclosed modelling lamp or heat issues, I have improvised domes with a jar or ordinary drinking glass.

In digital work, there is no need for UV coating.

If the function of the dome is not difussion, but just to protect the tube and prevent electrical shock from toucingh the electrodes in the tube, y can use the flash tube without an outer envelope. You can install a diffusion sheet or a sheet of Plexiglas on the reflector and use the tube as is. If the lamp head is used in a softbox, it can be used without the outer dome.

It seems they are lots of use, new, used and vintage flash tubes listed on eBay.

Here is another source to check out:

Replacement Light Bulbs-Discontinued and hard to find Flash Tubes

Ed Shapiro- Commercial and Portrait Photographer. Ottawa, Ontario Canada

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Re: Glass dome prices?

Currantos wrote:

I just tried finding some replacements for the glass domes that go over the flashtube.

Prices? Out of this world, some over $200.

No way.

Wow

Ouch.  Now, if you were using PCB products, for example, the pyrex dome on the E640 is $9.95 plus shipping.

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