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El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby ozimax on Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:58 am

I'm not sure if this (non original) el-cheapo u-beaut home-made flash diffuser has been featured on this forum before. I stumbled across this yesterday (thanks to google) and made this diffuser to go on a borrowed Canon 420 external flash:

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All it requires is a (washed) empty milk container (for Queensland viewers PLEASE empty the milk out first :D ), then cut to desired shape using trial and error (bodgy) construction method. Apply rubber band. Voila!

I gave it a workout as a family get together last night, and these are results. (I'm not interested in critique on these photos, (unless you must) - they're just quick snaps to test my (stolen yet original) invention:

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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby Alpha_7 on Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:50 pm

Impressive ghetto DYI! I like it.
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby Yi-P on Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:23 pm

Great DIY, and it works great :D

Have you thought of putting some silver paper or aluminium foil on the backing to make the light more forward directional?
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby ozimax on Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:04 pm

Alpha_7 wrote:Impressive ghetto DYI! I like it.


DYI - Do Yourself an Injury? :lol:
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby ozimax on Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:05 pm

Yi-P wrote:Have you thought of putting some silver paper or aluminium foil on the backing to make the light more forward directional?


No I haven't, but it's worth a try. Thanks for the tip.
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby makario on Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:29 pm

amazing stuff. good tip about emptying the milk first :up:
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby Viz on Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:04 pm

Awesome stuff, and again with the addition of the directional foil. I will have to try this if I get a flash unit.
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby Paul on Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:56 pm

Have you thought of putting some silver paper or aluminium foil on the backing to make the light more forward directional?


You do know Mr Fong will copy this idea and sell it for U$250
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby carla_d on Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:07 pm

love it :)
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby ozimax on Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:53 pm

Thanks Carla, that is one cool web site of yours! :)

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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby StarForge on Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:18 pm

Ozimax, you've inspired me to see what I can do about getting my Nikon SB-400 a milk bottle diffuser now... if I'm successful I'll post up what I come up with :D
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby ozimax on Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:44 pm

Remember, empty the milk out first!! :D
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby StarForge on Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:47 pm

A top tip hehe :up:

I was actually going to have it with cereal and incorporate the cereal box with my creation. It'll look nothing like a Sto-Fen :lol:
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby StarForge on Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:10 pm

Well here it is, my effort of turning a plastic milk bottle into a flash diffuser. I used some velcro on the sides to attach it to the SB-400. In terms of how effective it is... well it does kinda diffuse the light a little. Since I don't have a proper diffuser to compare with I'm not sure :D

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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby ozimax on Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:19 pm

Looks cool. How did you attach it to the flash eg what does the velcro stick to? Do you have to glue something onto the flash itself?
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby StarForge on Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:29 pm

The velcro has that self-adhesive glue on the other side so its stuck to the flash head and extremes of the plastic. Holds pretty well, but I only assembled it this morning so will have to see how durable it is. The glue also doesn't leave any sticky residue which is a plus!
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby DVEous on Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:53 pm

... Obsolete ...
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Re: El cheapo flash diffuser

Postby ozimax on Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:12 pm

Chocolate will provide better results!
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