FL600R Flash Diffuser?

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  1. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

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    I am looking for a good diffuser for the FL600R. I dont think Olympus makes one.

    In any case I am not worried about the brand and simply want a diffuser that is suddenly going to make all my photos look great.
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    Searching the web I have come across Gary Fong who is pretty convinced that if I use his diffuser (which supposedly fits the FL36R), my photos will improve considerably. Anyone tried his products? Or anything else for that matter?
     
  2. yktay2

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    I'm looking for a diffuser that fits FL600R too.
     
  3. MrPhotoBob

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    I really like the Gary Fong lightsphere collapsible, it fits the FL600R flash without having to worry about it falling off. It lights up the room very well and I do not have the problem with those unwanted shadows, and it really does a great job outside as well. I also like the stofen omnibounce, since stofen has come out with one just for the FL600R. They are both great, but my favorite is the stofen omnibounce since it is smaller and much easier to carry around with me in my bag, although I can carry the Gary Fong in my bag as well.
     
  4. ampl465a

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    see here:
    Sto-Fen Omni Bounce for New OM FL-600R Flash * | eBay
     
  5. ashishbajoria

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    Not able to locate the omnibounce for the fl 600 r on amazon ! Pl help !
     
  6. Ned

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    Personally, I am no fan of bounce-light diffusers like the Sto-Fen and Gary Fong. These diffusers require a ceiling or wall to bounce off of, which not only limits you but also casts uneven light from one direction. I much prefer a directional softbox which directly softens the light while aimed where you actually want the light. The closest one I know of for speedlights which is available commercially and simulates the softening methods we use with studio strobes, would be the Lumiquest Softbox, which comes in a number of sizes.

    Personally, I don't find it quite strong enough for the type of soft light I like, so I make my own speedlight modifiers since there are none on the market which meet my needs. Ironically though, it costs me about $3/apiece to make mine, which I find to be much more effective than the $80 options they sell in the camera store. I guess you could say that's reason #2 why I make my own, second from performance.

    I do use one of the Lumiquest softboxes, for precisely the reason that it is not as strong a modifier as my own. Sometimes that's what I want, sometimes not. Light modifiers are a very personal thing really...

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    (One of my Cyclops Type-B modifiers pictured on an FL-36R. If you're in my area, I actually make these for people for a small fee which covers my cost. I do this not for any profit, but to allow people to opportunity to rid themselves of overpriced and ineffective commercial junk.)
     
  7. MrPhotoBob

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    I went through my local dealer and he ordered it for me.
     
  8. Sanpaku

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    The Better Bounce Card can essentially be replicated by going to the craft store aisle that sells that sells EVA foam sheets.

    The local one sells A4 (8.3 in × 11.7 in) sized sheets (both plain and with a self-adhesive backing) for $US 0.89. A self-adhesive white sheet adhered to a black one, cut to preferred size/shape and attached to the flash with a velcro cable tie, make for a rather professional looking, and quite large, reflector. I've found I still far prefer bouncing off walls, but it does make for nice large catchlights in the eyes. The larger sizes of the EVA foam are also excellent for product photography backgrounds.

    I've been playing around with DIY flash diffusers for macro photography (where appearance isn't that relevant). This one was made with an empty windshield washer solution bottle, some spare adhesive EVA foam, and the aluminized mylar interior from a bag of chips:

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    Ghetto Flash Diffuser by Sanpaku1, on Flickr
     
  9. sokar

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    I have the same issue and am considering 2 options:

    1. Lumiquest light box
    2. Demb flip it.

    The light box is more a front on diffuser whereas the demb operates with the flash head turned 90 degrees. It uses a hinged panel to deflect the light in varying degrees and can be easily changed from portrait to landscape orientation.

    Both these units do not rely on walls or ceilings for bounce.
     
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    bought the omnibounce

    I bought the omnibounce along with a foldup softbox. I like the omnibounce as it is small and doesnt add much to the size of my flash and works well in my house that has white ceilings.

    I also have found a small plug-in for photoshop that helps called 'shineoff' which basically does what it says on the box, taking away the reflections caused by flash with the press of one button (purists will obviously hate it as you could do the same in photoshop with a little effort.)

    Here is a before....

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    ...and after...

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  11. toshiro

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    I use Gary Fong's with my FL600R and so far I've been really impressed with it
     
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    These shoot-through diffusers still result in light from the flash going directly to the subject. The more ideal method would be one where you shoot up towards a shiny surface which then reflects it through the diffuser and to the subject.
    See this: Flash Diffuser SoftBox For Canon 550EX Nikon SB-800 | eBay
    This performs as a softbox giving a directional light, which is very soft and diffuse to light the chosen subject.

    I have the Gary Fong Lightsphere collapsible & Sto Fen (which are more omnidirectional) and quite a few other (more unidirectional) modifiers (softbox, umbrellas, flash bender) and each can improve the light compared to direct or simple bounce flash, but each has its own limitation.

    Boon
     
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    I know this is an old thread but picked up the Gary Fong Collapsible Light Sphere a couple of weeks back. Originally wanted the Stoffen but could not justify over $40.00 for a piece of plastic. The Light Sphere does a good job at softenng and spreading the light. Fewer harsh shadows and more even lighting. Bounce card works well in certain situations but this is better overall.

    Only downside is that it is fairly large.....but then so is any external flash on the E-M1.

    Will post some pics in a couple of days.
     
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    Sounds like you're happier with the Gary Fong. The Stofen costs $13.50. http://www.amazon.com/STO-FEN-Omni-Bounce-Diffuser-Sunpak-PZ40XII/dp/B000ILHQA8/
     
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    Hey Gary.

    Thanks for the link! I searched ebay and Amazon Canada but never saw this one. I'll have one of my US friends order or for me and bring it over. Nice to have when I want smaller and lighter.

    Cheers.
     
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