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William J. Clements

Flash Mounted Difusers

Hello All,
I am new to digital photography (approx 1 year) and what I shoot is weddings and social events. My question is using flash photography. I have a Canon EOS 1dm3 and a 580II flash. I am interested in what to do to soften the light. I did buy a Gary Fong LSII which is okay but one thing is it of course lights up 360 which sometimes is good but not always the right piece of equipment. I know there is no 1 perfect piece of equipment but I also don't want to purchase 10 different difusers just to find the one that is the best (if there is such a thing) I realize this is as much personal perference as anything but I would like to hear opinions. I am guessing photographers that have been doing this allot longer than me have purchased many of these devices over the years and now have settled on 1 or 2 as their favorite. So I guess what I am asking is what is your favorite, and could you tell me the good, bad, and ugly to keep me from owning all of them :)
Thank you in advance.


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11/22/2008 2:17:30 PM

John P. Sandstedt
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  William -

Forgive me for my fascination. You're using a Canon 1D Mark III, a very expemsive and profeional level camera and Canon's most expensive flash. With Gary Fong's good, but relatively inexpensive, diffuser.

Who are you trying to kid?

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11/22/2008 2:54:23 PM

William J. Clements   Not sure that answered my questions ?? That is what I am asking what Diffuser is good diffuser. I also have a D40 and 580Ex for backup using only L lenses.

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11/22/2008 4:40:16 PM

William J. Clements   John S again I am not sure what the point is being made. The equipment I have is nothing special, anyone can buy it ! You don't have to be someone special to have nice camera stuff. In fact I am now looking at the EOS1DS for $ 7500.00 and making the Mark 3 my backup.
My resume of camera equipment not including all my digital equipment as follows:
Film: EOS 1N camera, EOS 1NRS, EOS A2, and my first camera EOS650.
24-70L / 70-200L / 28-70L / 100-400L (24-105L on order)
2-Sunpak 622 Super flashes, misc battery packs, Paul C Buff White lighting Studio strobes Ultra 1600 / Ultra 1200 / Ultra 600. This doesn't include all the other cables, brackets, filters, backdrops, tripods, mono pods, etc.
Like I said in the first post, I am new to digital but I didn't say I was new to photography. Just looking for some advise.

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11/22/2008 8:54:00 PM

There is no good diffuser for on-camera external flash guns. With a cut dishwasher bottle, or a piece of Ikea drawer liner you get the same atrocious effects as with one of those 50 bucks tupperware diffusers. Save yourself the money and the aggravation. Don't get one of those vastly overpriced inverted plastic bottles. They're pure hype. Snake-oil.

For soft light use a remote flash gun in an umbrella, or flash via a low ceiling or, with a selfmade snoot, via a (D-I-Y) reflector. Use another (D-I-Y) reflector for fill.

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11/22/2008 10:28:45 PM

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