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Old 02-09-2006, 05:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What can anybody tell me about these things?


Lumiquest

Has anyone used any of their products?
Do they work worth a crap?

I have to shoot a pageant soon and when I did it last year I had issues with my bare flash.
One local portrait guy said he's had some sucess with one of these, but to be honest, I think he's only had "some" success in general so that wasn't exactly a glowing review.

Thanks in advance for any help on this.
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Old 02-09-2006, 07:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The problem I see with it is that it only makes your light source a little bit bigger, and probably not big enough to make the shadows much softer. On the other hand, it probably eats up it's share of power.

If you want softer lighting, the omnibounce and lightsphere work well if there are surfaces nearby to bounce the light. Problem is, both of these products are best suited to close-range shooting. PM me and I can see if I have some lightsphere examples.

Don't know if that answers your question. Never actually tried the lumiquest.
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Old 02-09-2006, 07:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, I'm certainly just a hack novice compared to the likes around here but, I bought the large Lumiquests MidiBouncer to cut down some harshness I was getting at wedding and group shoots. I dont use the diffuser but I do use the silver and gold inserts and they work nicely. As I mentioned I'm a novice, so it takes me a little to get the manual settings correct but the light is much better when I hit it correctly. They are good quality materials.
Canon 20d, 550 flash. Hope this is a little useful. Jeff
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Old 02-09-2006, 09:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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About the best thing I can do to answer that question is to show an example of a shot I did with that very thing on my canon 550 flash.
I use it all the time.

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Re: Lumiquest?
Old 02-09-2006, 11:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree with Larry, since the flash is so close to the diffuser material by the time you get a diffused light it's already ate up a lot of power. Not bad for close quarters.
I have a reflector that mounts to my flash with velcro. I still lose power, but some of the flash also spills to the ceiling creating more diffused light. This is also only good in close quarters but does give you a good light.

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I used to use the smaller version for weddings and the bouncer but gave them both up for these when I got a Sunpak 120j:
http://www.adorama.com/FASS.html?sea...sock&item_no=1

I use the sock occasionally generally preferring barebulb. They work on all (hot shoe) strobes, no velcro, and travel better.
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