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    Quick popup flash diffuser

    Hi everyone, just a quick tip i stumbled across a while back, remember those old Fuji film canisters we used to throw out by the bucket load. Well they come in very handy these days as little pop up flash diffusers.

    See the images below, you should remember that you will loose about a stop of light which easily compensated in your flash settings.

    The great thing about this is its simple and free.
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    Great Tip Viper. Thanks
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    So simple yet so effective!

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    Great tip viper .....now where did I put those old cannisters?
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    I've heard table tennis balls work a treat too
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    I've heard table tennis balls work a treat too
    Now thats interesting, I might give it a go..

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    yeah, AND, paint them or get the coloured ones for gel effects

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    yeah, AND, paint them or get the coloured ones for gel effects
    Ah awesome

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    I just grabbed some white paper bags from the canteen at the school I work at to use with my speedlight - they work very well! A smaller version would be great for the on camera flash.

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    I have used white and cream socks, liiks a bit funny but works a treat.
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    What a fantastic idea. Thanks for that.
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    I need one of these, but not sure where to get the film canisters from
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    Can you post some comparative shots Viper?

    I once tried a table tennis ball on my D70s.. but that was before the you beaut wirelessness of the SB800.
    Of course the issue of SB's and all that jazz is that they're not always the handiest thing to lug about for a quick party gathering where you want to be lightweight and compact.
    Table tennis balls squash too easily to have one in your pocket too, so even though they can work OK, they're not perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post
    Can you post some comparative shots Viper?
    I'd be interested also if you don't mind.
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    me too.. hubbys uncle also said that this is what he uses on his Nikon, that or some greaseproof paper.. dunno how well that would work though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DzRbenson View Post
    I need one of these, but not sure where to get the film canisters from

    You can still buy film you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post
    Can you post some comparative shots Viper?

    I once tried a table tennis ball on my D70s.. but that was before the you beaut wirelessness of the SB800.
    Of course the issue of SB's and all that jazz is that they're not always the handiest thing to lug about for a quick party gathering where you want to be lightweight and compact.
    Table tennis balls squash too easily to have one in your pocket too, so even though they can work OK, they're not perfect.

    Perfect reason to have a sb-400 tucked in your pocket so you can at least bounce flash

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    You can still buy film you know.
    go into any photo lab that develops film and they will give u loads of canisters

    we used to keep a bucket full of canisters for photographers and enthusiasts to come and collect for this purpose or for archiving developed and uncut rolls, the cap of a canister also fits as a cap for the Pentax DA40 pancake lens, there are a lot of things u can do with canisters

    even keeping lab samples and soil samples and bugs!

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    pretty good... and for those that dont know, you can go to your local developer and get these for free!

    i use a piece of plastic milk bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post
    Can you post some comparative shots Viper?

    I once tried a table tennis ball on my D70s.. but that was before the you beaut wirelessness of the SB800.
    Of course the issue of SB's and all that jazz is that they're not always the handiest thing to lug about for a quick party gathering where you want to be lightweight and compact.
    Table tennis balls squash too easily to have one in your pocket too, so even though they can work OK, they're not perfect.
    Heres a couple of quick (crappy ) comparative shots, the first is no diffuser and no compensation, the second is with the diffuser and + 1 flash comp.

    Another way i use this little guy is when the on board flash is setup in commander mode and i am using an SB800 or 600 in various positions and at various intensities. This diffuser just helps to diffuse the on-board flash somewhat.

    Hope this helps cheers Harry.
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