I'm not too satisfied with the images my sto-fen's been giving me. I have taken a few sample photos to show you what I mean. All photos except two were shot at -2/3EV with no flash exposure compensation (FEC) at 1/60s, f/4.0.
This image was taken with flash at 45deg, diffuser on
Again at 45deg, but with diffuser off.
Let me bring your attention to the subject's face. You can see that the face is very poorly lit and looks flat with the diffuser on compared to leaving it off. Also, the fur of the subject looks as if the flash has been shot directly when the diffuser is on. Finally, look at the leather sofa that the subject is standing on. With the diffuser on, the creases on the surface are not as clear as removing the diffuser. The surface looks less dull as well.
I thought it might be something FEC might be able to fix, but I was wrong. Let me show you:
While the image looked better lit, they still looked very 2-dimensional and lacking the punch as compared to removing the diffuser.
I experimented with other angles but I pretty much got the same kind of results.
60 degrees, diffuser on | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
- 60deg, diffuser on
60 degrees, diffuser off | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
- 60deg, diffuser off
Straight on, diffuser on | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
- straight on, diffuser on
Straight on, diffuser off | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
- straight on, diffuser off
Negligible difference when straight on, but I don't think the diffuser was meant to be used this way.
I hope that I am wrong. But in any case, I hope I have managed to get my distress across to you.
PS sorry i cant get pictures up so I have to link them!