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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Good with some amendable flaws
on August 1, 2011
I have used this product for a couple months now. On my 480ex for portrait and macro photography with my flash on an extension cable.
I the one major pet peeve is that it's not super stiff. The bottom part often ends up folded and the light will be blocked from diffusing across the bottom half. This has driven me nuts making portraits with very uneven lighting. I figured out a solution to this problem. You take a large paperclip or something similar and slide it into the seam. There is a little gap where the flash mounts to slide a thin support in. This works pretty good to get the fold out of the bottom half, but there isn't much room for anything bigger than a paper clip, it's easy to tear the seam this way, and the large paper clip covers only 3/4 the distance of the seam.
One other issue is that it's easy to slide off, this happened to me several time while photographing a client with the flash on an extension cable.
one other minor con the it's so big when in a flash the points directly forward it cover my speedlights sensor and can cover the top of my lens. So I keep my flash angled up at 45 degrees when it's attaches and it still works great.
No inner diffuser but with the wide angle filter flipped down, correct me if I'm wrong but it doesn't matter
diffuses light well with the wide angle filter flipped down on the flash
Very mobile with the case and the ability to fold flat, I pack at least 2 large paperclips to support the lower 2 seams
Sets up fairly quick
Overall: I feel it's a good product on a budget.
If there is a better way to mount and if the seam was reinforced with some bendy metal so it won't fold while your taking pictures, I would give 5 out of 5.
One other way it could be better is if the flash sat in the diffuser lower, it wouldn't block my 430exs sensor or the top tip of my lens for that matter and I wouldn't have to angle the flush up at a 45 degree angle to use it.
I still use it often, I may end up buying a higher end one,but for the price this product is fantastic