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Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce OM-400 Flash Diffuser (for Nikon SB-400)
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- Compatible Flashes: Nikon SB-400 Nissin X-40
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|Item Dimensions||6 x 4 x 4 inches|
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Top Customer Reviews
The second group includes me, where I don't bother pulling my pants up over my belly anymore and I whip out the $15 like I am made of money. And it works GREAT. I expected to use it when ceiling height or color was not ideal, or for portrait shots. During my sophisticated experiments (sitting in pajamas and bath robe taking pictures of the crap on my kitchen table) I was surprised that the lighting with the diffuser (flash set at the first click like Sto-Fen suggests) was superior to using the flash without the diffuser - direct or at any angle. There were no ultrabright spots and the lighting was very nice. Buy it. (Look at my other reviews and you will see that I am not always smitten with products.)
It might be possible to save the cost of a diffuser gadget like this by rigging up something out of thin plastic, paper clips, rubber bands and (for all I know) chewing gum. But I don't know how, and anyway when I'm taking pictures I usually don't have a lot of time to fiddle around with my camera first. This diffuser is small and easy to carry, and snaps on and off the Nikon SB-400 AF Speedlight for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras in a second.
Unless and until I become a professional photographer diva and can order everybody around me to hold everything until I get my camera all twiddled with and set up, I'm glad that I can use things like this diffuser to catch the best pictures I can as a happy amateur snapper.
UPDATED on August 21, 2013: I'm still an amateur photographer, but now I'm playing with a Nikon D5100 instead of a D40x. I've been using my Nikon SB-400 a lot with this newer camera, and I never use it without this diffuser. I get such good well-lit shots of friends and family with the SB-400 + this diffuser, that now I keep it on my camera most of the time. I know the SB-400 is considered entry-level as the Nikon external flash units go, but with this diffuser I've never wished I had a different flash unit. Looks like I'm set for quite awhile with the current equipment.
I know there are a lot of DIY diffusers out there but this one isn't too expensive and isn't bulky. Very nice product.
Much easier way to bounce and diffuse an SB400: tape a white business card to the top of the flash so it hangs off the front. Bend the card at the middle upward to a 45 degree angle. Tilt the flash tube upward 90 degrees so it dumps the light into this mini white card. Shoot the photo.
You can leave the card on the flash, fold it up and stick the whole thing in the SB400's cute little carrying case. Zero cost. Replace it when it wears out.
By the way, the SB400 in a room with an 8-10' white ceiling works really well by simply rotating the flash tube up 90 degrees. By design, the exact amount of light emits from the edge of the SB400 flash when it's pointed upward. This gives a perfect amount of fill light and the very important eye highlight. You really only need the diffuser or this whitecard trick if the ceiling is so high the flash runs out of gas. The "before and after" photos shown here would look exactly the same if you simply point the flash tube toward the ceiling.
I also found that pointing it up at less than 90 degrees allows too much light to go forward and overexposes the upper half of the frame. If I use the tilting flash at all, it's always up the full 90 degrees.
This works great at parties, banquets, restaurants, weddings when you need a fill light or as a diffused single light source.
NOTE: make sure to set your Nikon to the "Flash" white balance setting and adjust it a little lower (-2) or to manually set your white balance using white paper. If not your pics will look a little too cool.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very useful since it allows you to adjust the lens to any angle of the SB-400 strobe inside the cover.Published 4 months ago by sightgeist310
Yes, I know the listing refers to this product as mineral water but, I assure you, it is a useful and effective diffuser for a Nikon speedight 400. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven Arnold
It fell off while I was riding my bicycle, and I lost it. Had worked fine up until then.Published 8 months ago by Cramer
This has allowed for much nicer lighting where a flash would just blow out a photo.
Allows for more natural skin tones and keeps the skin from appearing over-exposed.
Frankly didn't notice a huge difference. I did use it as a protector case of sorts. Eventually I upgraded to an SB-700.Published 8 months ago by Michael Hare
Caution! The image does not match the product! It is narrower and the facing is sharply slanted. Also, the facing is smooth and lacks any texturing to better diffuse light. Read morePublished 10 months ago by pjhippiechick