Senin, 21 Maret 2011

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bike trailer review Rogue FlashBenders ROGUEFLAG Bounce Card

Rogue FlashBenders ROGUEFLAG Bounce Card

I've tried quite a few similar products now and I finally think I've found something that works well. The larger sizes would be nice to get even better light but I'm glad I went with the bounce, it's the largest size I can easily stuff in a small bag without folding and that doesn't look too ridiculous hanging off your flash in public. It's fairly sturdy but can bend slightly under it's own weight so I have a bit of doubt that the larger sizes would do any better.

As mentioned in other reviews, you have to do a little fine-tuning so it's not always perfect for shots you only have one chance at taking and where you don't have time to tweak it to a specific shot. You can do fairly well in just the basic bounce positions though. It's at least better than a fong or sto-fen for getting flash to a subject in a room with high ceilings where you can't just do a bounce straight off the ceiling.

Just keep in mind what you need it for though and how you'll be shooting. It's incredibly flexible but there are other "light-scoop" reflectors that might be better or cheaper if you don't see yourself taking advantage of the flexibility and different angles that this offers.

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9 komentar:

  1. I bought the flashbender along with a Canon 430EX II and I must say it's the perfect accessory for any flash if you're planning to use it indoors. The main purpose of the bender is to bounce light off it's surface and that's what it does. The area, even if you get the smallest one, is way bigger than the flash itself which will give you softer shadows. HOWEVER, if you wanna use it outside it won't be as useful because you will want to use full flash power and bouncing the light off the flashbender won't give you full power. It's good for fill flash, and you will get the same soft shadow effect but it won't work if you wanna light up a scene and use the High spped mode of your speedlight. For this case it's better to get a softbox... I must add, that it's good for macro photography, bending it toward your subject.

    BalasHapus
  2. I have long preferred to use bounced flash rather than direct. But there were two problems. Sometimes a white surface isn't near by, and my flashgun doesn't twist around to allow bouncing off the ceiling for portrait format pictures (camera turn on its side). The FlashBender solves both of these problems very well. It was shipped promptly and arrived in perfect condition.

    BalasHapus
  3. Does what it is supposed to do. I woul suggest getting the next size up, this one is rather narrow but that's my fault for not researching the size.

    BalasHapus
  4. Nelson Hoffman21 Oktober 2012 14.32

    The Rogue Flashbender is such a simple concept that I'm amazed it hadn't been thought up sooner! Here's a piece of reflective material, sewn onto a rugged fabric backing, with a bendy piece of metal sandwiched in between. It's one of those "why didn't I think of that" ideas that, in practice, literally redefines the way photographers can work with their speedlite of choice. This portable little miracle allows photographers to bend light to suit their needs, achieve stunningly effective bounce effects where there would otherwise be none (outdoors or venues with high ceilings), and, with the larger models and available (and affordable!) attachments, even fashion a snoot or a diffuser. Grab one of these small "flags", a medium bender, and their amazing Rogue Grid (all three can be had for less than the cost of a decent softbox), and you'll have a portable lighting arsenal that will give you field results to rival a studio's worth of gadgetry and gizmos! Definitely a must have for the photographer who likes to pack light and still get pro-quality results!

    BalasHapus
  5. Light over there. This way that way, up down, left, to the side, weird oblique angle. Does it all! This size is perfectly fine for me and my 580ex II. I like it more than a diffuser (you can always bounce it through a diffusing element), and it packs up so nice and small. Good stuff.

    Well built. Easy to use. Effective.

    BalasHapus
  6. I've tried quite a few similar products now and I finally think I've found something that works well. The larger sizes would be nice to get even better light but I'm glad I went with the bounce, it's the largest size I can easily stuff in a small bag without folding and that doesn't look too ridiculous hanging off your flash in public. It's fairly sturdy but can bend slightly under it's own weight so I have a bit of doubt that the larger sizes would do any better.

    As mentioned in other reviews, you have to do a little fine-tuning so it's not always perfect for shots you only have one chance at taking and where you don't have time to tweak it to a specific shot. You can do fairly well in just the basic bounce positions though. It's at least better than a fong or sto-fen for getting flash to a subject in a room with high ceilings where you can't just do a bounce straight off the ceiling.

    Just keep in mind what you need it for though and how you'll be shooting. It's incredibly flexible but there are other "light-scoop" reflectors that might be better or cheaper if you don't see yourself taking advantage of the flexibility and different angles that this offers.

    BalasHapus
  7. Alexander White26 November 2012 13.32

    You can hold the card with one hand above your head to simulate a low ceiling or a reflective umbrella then bounce the flash against it; your subject will show more details. Varieties of combinations of flashgun angles and heights of card should meet your varied needs of details. For portraits, the small built-in white bounce card of the flashgun can be used to highlight the eyes.

    BalasHapus
  8. This little FlashBender has saved the day at two different venues recently. The ceilings were high and dark, the walls were off colors and bouncing the flash would have given a color cast I didn't want.

    Because it is flexible it is MUCH better than just using a business card or index card. From individual shots to small groups (6 or less) this spread the light from my Canon 430ex II wonderfully. I always have this in my bag.

    BalasHapus