Ebay Lambency Flash Diffuser


cabstar

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 04:02
So I thought I would give one of these a go seeing how cheap they are and have to say I am mightily impressed.

I have myself a weekly a job shooting in a club, where due to the darkness I have to use flash, the ceiling of the club is painted red so bouncing is not an option. Using flash straight on caused me a fair bit of work in post & a fair amount of shadows on walls behind subjects.

Used the Lambency diffuser tonight and have to say my post work has been cut right down and I am really pleased with the results.

Pentax K-5
Pentax DA* 16-50mm
Metz af48 flash
Lambency Diffuser

ISO 800
f/5.6
1/20












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Smeggypants

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 04:34
Qulaity gary - I've had success with a homemade bubblewrap/gaffa and velcro diffuser.

btw - how do you focus in such low light in pubs/clubs? do you use the focus assist light?
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

cabstar

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 04:43
Thanks Smeggy

Focus? hmm tricky, MF set lens to 2 feet and I move backwards and forwards until focus confirm lights up

Its all technology lol... With practice I can now nail focus usually first time, some I miss but not many
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Last Edited by cabstar on 25/11/2012 - 04:47

Smeggypants

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 05:19
if you're on facebook check out this page


https://www.facebook.com/EmbarrassingNightclubPhotosOfTheWeek
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

gartmore

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 08:42
I think Gary must go earlier in the evening
Ken
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cabstar

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 11:15
Haha I used to subscribe to that page when o uses to be on Facebook.

I work between 11 and 1 on a Saturday night and yes see all sorts. As the club is the client they don't want those kind of photos on their page. But lets say i do have some
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MarkTaylor

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 12:11
Hi Gary. Do you use this diffuser with the flash angled slightly upwards, or pointing straight forwards?
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cabstar

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 12:45
Straight up with the flash head turned 90 degrees which makes it quick to swap from landscape to portrait mode.
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gartmore

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 12:58
I meant to say how good they look, better than Stofen I think.

Having a 17 year old daughter I have noticed that she and her pals, like the ones in the pictures, all pose showing off their great teeth.
Ken
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Last Edited by gartmore on 25/11/2012 - 13:00

Algernon

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 13:41
Looks a good diffuser. I wonder if the Gary Fong one is
better? .... he used to be a decent photographer so I
wouldn't expect him to put out ant trash.

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MarkTaylor

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 14:08
cabstar wrote:
Straight up with the flash head turned 90 degrees which makes it quick to swap from landscape to portrait mode.

Thanks. I wasn't sure how they are intended to be used but that makes sense now that I visualise it.
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cabstar

Link Posted 25/11/2012 - 19:03
Algernon wrote:
Looks a good diffuser. I wonder if the Gary Fong one is
better? .... he used to be a decent photographer so I
wouldn't expect him to put out ant trash.

-

I think it's based on the Gary font but without the huge expense

cardiff_gareth wrote:
Gary,
I have one of these and they are excellent. I use the white diffuser cone but in the head of the diffuser I line the back with foil, sellotaped into place. It's excellent at making sure 100% of the flash power goes where you want it and not lost illuminating behind you

I tried the orange top last weekend but it was a disaster as the whole picture came out orange and didnt take the Orr lids with me, fortunately I had my stolen with me, phew!

So these last night where taken with the white top which was ideal.

The foil sounds a good idea, could reduce power and save battery life a little

I slightly modified mine as it is only held on by the front, to the rear I drilled two holes and added a couple of plastic tie straps for the strap to hold the rear down on the flash.

I will post photos later...
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cabstar

Link Posted 26/11/2012 - 00:22
Heres what it looks like on the k-5 with the 16-50, first pics with my new k-30!!!

Landscape mode



Portrait mode




Modification to flash added velcro




Modification to diffuser added two plstic tie straps



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Last Edited by cabstar on 26/11/2012 - 00:54
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