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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2011
This diffuser works quite well. Please see the 3 pictures I uploaded. The figure was 5.5" high and 3 feet away. The wall was 14" behind the figure. Pictures were taken at 70mm zoom setting (full frame equivalent of 105mm). Even with the camera at automatic mode, I still had to increase exposure by +2/3 stops to get equivalent exposure as the picture w/o diffuser.

If your lens does not rotate during focus, then you should attached it close to the front of the lens. When you zoom to telephoto, the diffuser is pushed even farther from the flash, making the diffused lighting even more effective. This is great for macro photography.

The diffuser is rather large (12" total height). When attached to my Nikon 18-105mm lens with a 67mm filter, the hole and the elastic band are almost at their maximum. The diffuser flops in the wind a bit and will flop even more if your lens is smaller. I found it easier to mount the diffuser with the lens cap still on the lens.

The carrying pouch is much bigger than needed. You can just wrap the folded diffuser with a rubber band and put it in your pocket. I don't think getting it slightly dirty will affect the use of it at all. Overall, quite happy with this diffuser.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2009
If you shoot anything needing a flash this is a quick, cheap, easy way to keep that harsh flash from washing out a picture. Simple to use and works. Take a picture with and then without to see the difference. It is more than subtle. It makes colors more deep and shadows less harsh. Very smooth. Want one in gold now. enjoy!

CONS: if your lens is not internal focusing you may have to fight this thing a bit. The external lenses will move it around and you will have to keep fighting between focus and this covering the flash correctly.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2011
Compared to other many other and more expensive diffusers, I could never give this five stars. But for what it is, for its price, and for the very different style of diffuser that it is, I think it totally deserves five stars. I'm not comparing it to other diffusers--it's not like other diffusers.

I expected this diffuser to be made of much flimsier material than it is and if I take care of it, I think it will last a long time. I have used a paper plate (with a hole cut in the middle so it would slide over the lens adapter on my Canon S3 IS and stay put)to diffuse light for some still shots and for macro shots for several years. That happens to work quite well, by the way. But when I saw this I got excited thinking, yay! No more paper plate! Paper plates don't fit in a camera bag well, you see. They also don't look very professional.

This thing folds up small and slides into the little black zippered bag that came with it for safe keeping and is easy to carry around. The little carry/protector bag is roomy enough that another small light diffuser I purchased (of a different style) fits in with it very nicely.

Opened up, this diffuser has an odd shape, sort of a fat teardrop--narrow at the bottom and wide at the top. From top to bottom it is just over 12". At its widest point it is 8 1/2". From the top of the hole (where it would go over a lens/lens adapter) to the top of the diffuser it extends 8". The stretchy, expandable hole goes from 1 3/4" to about 3 1/4". It's tall enough, once placed on the camera, to actually diffuse light on a small hot shoe flash as well as a pop up flash. It diffused light well for macro shots as well as normal shots on my new Canon Powershot G11 (which required that I cock the diffuser to the left to cover the flash which is built into the body and not a pop-up) although I don't have a lens adapter (yet) so it wasn't easy to get the diffuser to stay put on the extended lens. No problem--I didn't expect it to fit on the G11 without a lens adapter in place.

I think if the elastic band that holds the diffuser onto a camera lens blew out that it would be easy to replace by anyone with some elastic, a needle, and a little thread. By the same token, it would be easy to tighten up the band if you found it was too big or too loose on your lens.

This is an awesome and well priced little item. It arrived fast, which was nice. It looks ridiculous, but I don't care, it works! I'd only use it for portrait work in an emergency and not because it wouldn't work but because it looks kind of goofy. I mostly wanted it for macro shots and to replace my "paper plate diffuser."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2012
I've taken a lot of pictures indoors using this and I have to say that so far I like it a lot. It does what it says it does and it fits my Nikon D5100 perfectly. Only thing that bugs me a little is that I catch my fingers at the bottom while holding the camera and tend to tilt it a bit which sometimes causes a shadow. I've only had it for a week though so I'm getting used to it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
This is a great diffuser for the price. I use it when shooting food and objects. It is a little too wieldy to use when shooting people or kids. It is a little awkward to use a zoom because you have to have it too close to the camera and gets in the way of your hand controls. Great for still life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2011
Diffuser works great. Comes with a nice bag that you can fold it up into. Easy to use. Would have given five stars, but it turns with the lens so you have to keep re-adjusting it if you are zooming in or out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2011
This has been a great alternative to buying an expensive flash. My photos are no longer over exposed or contain bright spots. Not a perfect replacement for a nice flash but perfect when you don't have $500 to spend on one.

My 3 month old loves to watch the "big white thing" attached to the camera as well so that has really helped in taking some good pictures of her since it always appears that she is lookin at me :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2011
This diffuser will definitely tone down the hot spots the camera flash can create. It does filter out a lot of the light so you may have to set your flash to a higher setting. The way it attaches is cool in concept but kind of a pain in application. You will constantly have to fit it if you are using a lens with zoom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2015
I use this for macro (close up) shots. Itis handy and easy to carry in its case. You can use it as designed to diffuse your on camera flash. It also works well as a small reflector or diffuser for relatively small subjects for sunlight, artificial light or off-camera flash.

I paired it with a similarly sized gold on one side, black on the other 12" reflector. Both fit in the same bag together, since the bags they come in are the same size and have extra room in them.
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on March 27, 2014
This diffuser works just as desired and planned. If I am going to be sticking it into a pocket, this is the one I would take with me. It mounts on the camera very quickly and very easily; I could do it in a couple seconds in the dark with my eyes closed.

I also have another diffuser, which I like. However, if I take that one off of the camera I have to find a place to put it, like into a camera bag. This one I would just stuff into a pocket.

If you have ever worked with band saw blades you will know how to fold it to put it away and how to open it to use it. If you have never worked with band saw blades you will probably need to do it a couple dozen times to get the knack. Stop and practice; it is worth it.

You would really have to work hard to break it. If you are far from civilization it is going to keep functioning, even if you step on it.

Now that I have it, I would not want to be without it.
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