Fstoppers Flash Disc (FS FlashDisc) Portable Speedlight Softbox
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- Folds up small enough to fit in your pocket, purse, or any camera bag
- Grey card on back will help set exposure and white-balance
- Fits all speedlights by all manufacturers
- Slim design makes it easy to hand-hold or use with a light stand
- Great for weddings, portraits, product photography, studio work, and event photography
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The Fstoppers Flash Disc is a portable light modifier created by Fstoppers founders Patrick Hall and Lee Morris. When used on top of small DSLR speedlight flashes, the Flash Disc creates soft directional light that is perfect for situations when a large softbox is either impractical or obtrusive. Unlike other light modifiers, the Flash Disc uses bounced light to create a softer light than similar products the same size. Measuring just under 12" in diameter, the Flash Disc can easily fold down and fit into a small 4" pouch making it easy to carry with you at all times. Whether you shoot events, weddings, table top products, food and beverages, children, or simply enjoy traveling with minimal photo gear, the Flash Disc is the perfect modifier to soften up the harsh light from your speedlights.
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- lightweight design
- The Flash Disk separates the light source a bit further from your lens than most on-camera softbox designs. This is due to the fact that your flash head points up with this unit, which gives another 4 to 6 inches of separation compared with softboxes which are designed to be straight shoot-through.
- extremely easy to use
- stays on the flash very nicely. The elastic pocket into which you insert your flash head is nice and snug
- the effective size of the light source is not nearly as large as the device, and the light is not uniform across the surface. There is a hot spot of light right in the center. The bottom third of the device does not emit light at all. See attached photo. I found that the most even light distribution can be obtained if you configure your flash for wide-angle use, with the wide-angle diffuser flipped down. With this setting, the Fstoppers Flash Disk is approximately as effectively as an 8" wide (or diameter) on-camera softbox. Since the entire purpose of a flash modifier is to produce a large, even light source, the Fstoppers Flash Disk is not bad, but a bit disappointing compared to it's 12" diameter size.
- light is reduced by at least 3 stops compared to straight-on flash. Making the comparison is a bit tricky because you have to make an assumption for how your flash would be set for the "without Flash Disk" comparison. For the test I ran, I set my flash at it's extreme wide-angle setting and I found that the Fstoppers Flash Disk reduced the light output by 3 stops, which is a lot. When I ran the test again with the flash set for 50mm coverage, I found that the Fstoppers Flash Disk reduced the light output by 4.5 stops, which is huge.
Because of these two major disadvantages, I decided to return the device.
I do a lot of photography that isn't the glamours or artsy side but the meaty photography at events. Things can rapidly change during an event and there really isn't enough time to fine tune each exposure or set up. While coming the end of a graduation season for colleges and high schools, I've come to love the Stopper Flash Disc and so has several of my fellow photographers.
While bounced light is nice, I'm usually working where that isn't possible. Gymnasiums, stages, or outdoors is typical so I need point the flash at my subject. I've used a variety of modifiers and some with varying success. None however has come close to ease and constant success of the Flash Disc. In all types of challenging situations, it knocks it out of the park.
I've included two photos from a recent outdoor evening graduation which used the Flash Disc and a Canon 5D III and 600ex on TTL to show its talent. I highly recommend it.
Though, I hope the durability can be improved as using it frequently can drastically wear it out.
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Only mild gripe, the elastic band that holds it on the flash is a bit loose around my flash (Nikon SB-600), so it comes off a bit to easily when the flash head is pointing downwards. Probably less of an issue for people with chunkier flash units.
The thing that made me decide to purchase it is that It fits in your pocket when closed.
Can be used both on or off camera helping to diffuse the light and avoiding ugly shadows.
I use it with Nikon CLS system and SB900.
For example to add a kicker light to a natural light portrait.