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vertical DIFFUSION for 580EX
Old 12-29-2005, 03:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i finally got my 580EX! and for only 300 new in box [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] gotta love craigslist.org!

so i shoot 99.9% vertical shots (using the 20D battery pack/vertical grip) and will be using the flash for fill, but mainly to be used for band photography in low light settings so it will be the main light. I want a nice even light obviously, my problem comes with the VERTICAL orientation. I really like the Lumiquest Pro Max system but again, the orientation issue. Another option is the LightSphere LSII which is semi hideous and would blind people in all directions at concerts! but it seems to provide great lighting for vertical shots (see little video on the page and the examples).

does anyone have experience with either of these diffusers or any others? specifically with vertical orientation? THANKS IN ADVANCE.

maybe i just need this :
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Look at the Omnibounce - nice diffusion without a lot of loss, and you can get them white, blue or amber tinted. My guess is it'll be the best non-hideous thing for any orientation. Also, you're using a bracket to get the flash up above everything, right?

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Old 12-29-2005, 04:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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not yet, just grabbed the flash today. my complaint there is finding one that works with holding the camera with the vertical shutter release, most brackets ive found put the flash up the other direction.

i looked at the omnibounce but havent really seen any comparison shots showing off its skills.
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I was looking at that problem as well (brackets designed for release down orientation) and just kept looking.

I eventually bought a cheapo ($50) flopper bracket (FlashFrame brand) and just mount everything backwards. Works great in both orientations on my D2H, just a tiny bit more to reach around on the vert grip.

There's also a special bracket made by someone, they call it the Hand On Top bracket, but it's a bit spendier, iirc.
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I just bought a Stroboframe VH2000 flash bracket that positions the shutter release on top for vertical shots. The other feature I liked was the upright position of the flash in both orientations. This avoids the stress on the flash foot that occurs with brackets that hold the flash horizontally when using vertical framing. The downside with this arrangement is light pattern may not cover the entire frame with extreme wide angle lenses.
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Re: vertical DIFFUSION for 580EX
Old 12-29-2005, 01:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i finally got my 580EX! and for only 300 new in box [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] gotta love craigslist.org!

so i shoot 99.9% vertical shots (using the 20D battery pack/vertical grip) and will be using the flash for fill, but mainly to be used for band photography in low light settings so it will be the main light. I want a nice even light obviously, my problem comes with the VERTICAL orientation. I really like the Lumiquest Pro Max system but again, the orientation issue. Another option is the LightSphere LSII which is semi hideous and would blind people in all directions at concerts! but it seems to provide great lighting for vertical shots (see little video on the page and the examples).

does anyone have experience with either of these diffusers or any others? specifically with vertical orientation? THANKS IN ADVANCE.

maybe i just need this :
[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


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LOL... that pic reminds me of Dennis Reggie's twin 550EX wedding flash bracket that he designed himself.. I like the helmet idea though...looks really really nerdy! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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