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Originally posted by arrow34 arrow34 wrote:

The magmod system is great. I switched over to it years ago. The mag bounce and sphere are great. ... The magnet system is stupidly simple and strong.

Fyi -both of my hvl-f58 flash units have a semi open battery door like yours ;) still work fine lol



Thanks. I've shot this event for years and have tried a lot of combinations. One year I had two flashes (one on-camera, one off-camera shooting through a soft box). Or a softbox strapped to flash-head.
It's tricky because it's shot often in large campus lecture theatres, so no windows for natural light, very high ceilings and white-boards in awkward places.

And a bit annoyed the battery door won't fasten properly anymore to be honest. Haven't had the problem with any other alpha flash. It still works fine, but, given I got it when the NZD was particularity weak, it should be more robust...
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Originally posted by bharnois bharnois wrote:

Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:

   
In the end the Gary Fong didn't arrive in time, so I used a bounce card and push-on diffuser.


I love a big bounce card. You can get differing results using different zoom settings on the flash and different tilt angles.


Definitely- for something that is basically fairly cheap, it is remarkably versatile with the results you can get.
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Ahoy there!

I'm in no way proficient enough to offer qualified advice about your question, but I'm doing so based on personal experience and choices made in relation to a specific requirement.

For example, there's the Gary Gong Lightsphere but that's not cheap, so for close up portrait use, I found the 3x colour Lambency Dome did the trick perfectly for that specific purpose and didn't cause hard shadows being so close to your subject.

You'll find a ton of video's on YouTube about various diffusers. There's the Sto-Fen clip-over diffuser that may work well for fill-flash daytime use that can neutralise shadows and create a more even caste.

I also used the Lumi-Quest 80-20 diffuser kit which has 3x colour reflector colours which you can change to suit your desired results as 80% of the light is diverted elsewhere and it worked like a charm.

I'm sure these products have already been covered, but I honestly don't think there's one that covers all purposes or by type and therefore ask yourself why/what the specific purpose(s) is/are and in addition to price and other factors.

TBH, for not a lot of money, why not all of them or other versions? I did just that but that's not the point, though I still have the Sto-Fen type clip-on diffuser albeit rarely used on my F58 and the others went to new homes.

In terms of your post, the best is subjective to whatever the requirment(s) is/are and nothing else, so based on my personal experience, ownership and types of external lighting and light control and not making a case for anything specific, but also do a Dyxum search for your question as it's likely to have been discussed many times over and you'll find what works best for you.

IF you're intending to do macro photography, forget the standard flash and get a dedicated ring-flash such as the DRF-14S (a bit CSI) but that's the only one I advise buying as it's specific to purpose.

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Originally posted by Pirate Pirate wrote:

Ahoy there!

I'm in no way proficient enough to offer qualified advice about your question, but I'm doing so based on personal experience and choices made in relation to a specific requirement.

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IF you're intending to do macro photography, forget the standard flash and get a dedicated ring-flash such as the DRF-14S (a bit CSI) but that's the only one I advise buying as it's specific to purpose.

Any good


Thanks Pirate. Iíve got a range of diffusers. I got the Gary Fong this week and may try it tonight.

I do macrophotography fwiw, and transitioned from a ring flash to the Sony HVL-MT24AM twin flash a while ago. I like being able to change the angle and direction of the light
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Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:



I do macrophotography fwiw, and transitioned from a ring flash to the Sony HVL-MT24AM twin flash a while ago. I like being able to change the angle and direction of the light



How is the HVL-MT24AM for flash power? and to work with? I was really disappointed with the HVL-RLAM and my Minolta Macro 1200 AF is an over powered pain in the arse.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wetapunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2019 at 09:08
@LAbernathy

I wrote a review of the flash on Dyxum here if that helps.

Itís got plenty of power. Itís capable of more finely tuned lighting than a ring flash - you have more control of the angle, direction and power ratios of the lights. That also makes it harder to use compared to a ring flash. You have to think more about the shot. But you can also get better results.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 August 2019 at 00:19
Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:

@LAbernathy

I wrote a review of the flash on Dyxum here if that helps.

Itís got plenty of power. Itís capable of more finely tuned lighting than a ring flash - you have more control of the angle, direction and power ratios of the lights. That also makes it harder to use compared to a ring flash. You have to think more about the shot. But you can also get better results.


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A long time ago, I came across this website. You can purchase these pre-made or follow instructions (if you even need them) to make your own.

https://petergregg.com/a-better-bounce-card-flash-diffuser/

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 December 2019 at 09:59
Originally posted by Pirate Pirate wrote:

I also used the Lumi-Quest 80-20 diffuser kit which has 3x colour reflector colours which you can change to suit your desired results as 80% of the light is diverted elsewhere and it worked like a charm.
Definitely a +1 from me on the lumiquest range. I have the 80-20, the bounce kit and the strobist softbox kit. the softbox kit is a bit too heavy to be honest, but the bounce kits are really really good.
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Originally posted by carusoswi carusoswi wrote:

A long time ago, I came across this website. You can purchase these pre-made or follow instructions (if you even need them) to make your own.

https://petergregg.com/a-better-bounce-card-flash-diffuser/

Caruso

Looks rather similar to the piece of card and rubber band Gary Friedmann advocates. I sometimes use the backing from smoked salmon packets which is silver on one side and gold on the other. But the combiantion of upward npince flash and reflection to the face is pretty good, especially if there is enough ambient light to set the flash to fill-in.

Edited by Miranda F - 23 December 2019 at 08:10
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