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ProMax Pocket Bouncer


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The ProMax Pocket Bouncer

From the manufacturer:
The ProMax Pocket Bouncer redirects light at a 90 angle from the flash to soften the quality of light and distribute it over a wider area. While no exposure compensation is necessary with automatic flashes, operating distances are somewhat reduced


3 Reviews  

Average Rating: 4 out of 5

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Bob Fately

member since: 4/11/2001
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Rating: 3 out of 5
I've had my Pocket Bouncer kit for about 3 years now, and have certainly found it to be a decent lighting tool. However, I came to be disappointed with the quality of the adhesive used to stick the velcro strips to the various peices. After about a year or so, the velcro pieces started to have "slippage" - they are still attached to the diffuser and the cardboard backings, but they have migrated about 1/8th inch from their original positions, leaving in their wake a trail of very sticky glue.

Meanwhile, I have found what I consider to be a far better light enhancement tool - the Photojournalist II from Gary Fong (a wedding photographer in LA who created this thing himself - I have no connection other than being a happy customer). The PJII is a clear vinyl unit that slips over the flash head (in the same upright position used by the Pocket Bounce) but it does a fantastic job of softening the light appropriately.

12/28/2005 12:05:53 PM
 
Bob Fowler

member since: 4/24/2003
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Rating: 4 out of 5
Very, very handy - especially for flashes that won't accept a Sto-Fen Omni Bounce. I use one with a small flash, a Sunpak 433, to add a bit of fill or for family snapshots.
4/7/2004 9:32:17 PM
 
John Davis

member since: 1/31/2001
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I bought the 80-20 with all the accessories. What a neat tool! The 80-20 tends to cause under-exposure unless the ceiling is low-like in a residence. I've titled it forward 15-30 degrees and gotten better results otherwise. It takes out a considerable amount of the pop or startle effect with some subjects, making them more comfortable with repeat exposures. With the white insert (giving a 100% reflection) you must work hard to get a good red-eye-ha ha. The gold and silver inserts do exactly as described-warm and specular. In my family we have a ful spectrum of skin tones. The gold insert makes the pale skins look lifelike-and the olive tones less dark. For those seasonal family group shots this is an indespensible tool! Don't leave home without one.
 

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