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    Default Softbox or Omnibounce for flash?

    Hi all

    Lets say I wanna get an accesory to put on my flash to soften the light and also to spread it further, which is better? Omnibounce? Softbox?

    Eastgear sells this mini orion softbox thingee (called the Softdome diffuer in PerfectPixel) to be strapped onto the flash. And PerfectPixel sells this inflatable softbox too.

    What are the differences between these? And which works best to soften and spread the flash?

    Thanks lots!


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    Default Re: Softbox or Omnibounce for flash?

    So no one knows the difference? =(

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    Default Re: Softbox or Omnibounce for flash?

    It's like asking, curry and sugar, which one to put on my roti prata.

    There's no fixed answer, it boils down to preference.

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    espn....if u cant make a decision...put both...heheh

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    Default Re: Softbox or Omnibounce for flash?

    Nowadays, I don't use any.
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    Default Re: Softbox or Omnibounce for flash?

    How come? What bout times when u cannot bounce? Dont find the direct flash too harsh?

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    bounce card

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    Default Re: Softbox or Omnibounce for flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    It's like asking, curry and sugar, which one to put on my roti prata.

    There's no fixed answer, it boils down to preference.
    rightly said I use the bounce card and diffuser depnding on situation...

    Each have got its own advantage and disadvantage....

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    Quote Originally Posted by blive
    rightly said I use the bounce card and diffuser depnding on situation...

    Each have got its own advantage and disadvantage....
    and what are the pros and cons of both??

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    Default Re: Softbox or Omnibounce for flash?

    i use bounce card. it reflects more light. u can customise how soft u want the light to be by making cards of different sizes. it's hard work though. i have an extra bounce card taht i can let go to you if you want. made myself. if u want, pm la.

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    a soft box will be softer.....if that is wat u mean.....but this is biased towards direct flash

    but i would like to point out something here...softness means larger light source with respect to the subject....most of the time people see photos tt are v bright and they say tt it is harsh when it is in fact soft.....

    so how to determine softness - u look at the shadow edge transition.....

    so comparatively...at the same distance...the perfectpixels softbox will provide for a larger light source which implies that it is indeed softer.....but at the same time brighter...

    if u tot tt it's supposed to dim down the whole thing...than ya thinking is wrong...buten again, ya concept of soft may be right...

    so erhm what is ya understanding of soft then...like people have mentioned here..its the intended effect.... but technically speaking the softbox is softer...

    cheers
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    Default Re: Softbox or Omnibounce for flash?

    Yeah thanks, answers bout half my question...

    So anyway, does the omnibounce spread out the light more so the light covers a greater area altogether?


    Ronnie

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    this depends...coz i got no idea how that softbox works and wat distance u gonna be using it at.... but technically speaking i would believe that the omnibounce at the same distance will have a greater coverage then the softbox....

    and then again...it depends on the persepective u are shooting at...if not 17mm...then wats the point.... do u need tt coverage?

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    Default Re: Softbox or Omnibounce for flash?

    Was referring more to depth rather than width....

    Meaning how much the flash penetrates into the picture.. Does omni penetrate more?


    Ronnie

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    wat do u mean? now i'm really losing u.... depth is controlled by power wat....if u are on TTL....at the end of the day, the flash will adjust its power accordingly to give u the correct exposure.... so wat do u actually mean by "depth"?

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    Default Re: Softbox or Omnibounce for flash?

    Oh I was meaning...

    Lets say you TTL exposure on a person's face, in dim surroundings. The face will be bright while the background rather dim right?

    Besides using a slower shutter speed, does omnibounce let flash penetrate more into the surroundings so that surrounings become less dim in comparison to the face?

    Thanks


    Ronnie

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    honestly iu dun tink so...u want brighter background...try bounceing ya flash off the ceiling instead....

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