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    Hi,

    Is there any flash diffuser for the built-in flash?

    Thanks....

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    I've seen something like it before in photog magazines..

    It's this funny screen you attach in front of the built-in flash. But I can't find it in the ones I have now.. So.. =(

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    Default Re: Is there any flash diffuser for the built-in flash?

    you can use tissue paper as a form of diffuser

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    Default Re: Is there any flash diffuser for the built-in flash?

    Here's the one you're looking for, http://forum.clubsnap.org/showpost.p...1&postcount=10

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    CP at marina have it.. Not sure what it's called but its attached to their d40 display set

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    Quote Originally Posted by FilterFunk View Post
    you can use tissue paper as a form of diffuser
    Will it start burning?

    I've used my hand sometimes just for the sake of experimentation, no I didn't get burnt but boy, did it feel hot! =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    Will it start burning?

    I've used my hand sometimes just for the sake of experimentation, no I didn't get burnt but boy, did it feel hot! =D
    i nv use it to fire so many shots at 1 go.. i only use it for a couple of 'emergency' need to use flash and i dont have flash situation..

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    Default Re: Is there any flash diffuser for the built-in flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by rodel View Post
    Hi,

    Is there any flash diffuser for the built-in flash?

    Thanks....
    this is what you are looking bro...

    http://www.lumiquest.com/softscreen.htm

    just went to CP this afternoon... they have this item...

    last time i tried using 2 pcs. of tea bag/cloth... it works quite good...
    Last edited by elmzarcega; 19th May 2007 at 11:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elmzarcega View Post
    this is what you are looking bro...

    http://www.lumiquest.com/softscreen.htm

    last time i tried using 2 pcs. of tea bag/cloth... it works quite good...
    thanks elmz for the tip of tea bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kruger View Post
    Perly sells this diffuser#1 for $12.
    Might get it.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    Will it start burning?

    I've used my hand sometimes just for the sake of experimentation, no I didn't get burnt but boy, did it feel hot! =D
    I guess the best way to convince yourself is to experiment with a tissue paper.

    Even if you do buy the commercial screen, on occasions when you don't have the screen with you and you need a diffuser, at least you will know if you can (or cannot) replace with a tissue paper .

    My 2 cents is that the tissue will not burn, will need a spark to do that.

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    Default Re: Is there any flash diffuser for the built-in flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by FilterFunk View Post
    you can use tissue paper as a form of diffuser
    Just to share my experance with using a tissue as a diffuser. I use to do this with an old Kodak (the one that looks like a binoculars). After some usage, the transparent flash lens/cover became not so transparent anymore. There was sever crazing of the lens/cover of the flash. Not too sure if this is due to the heat of the flash, material of the lens/cover or a combination of both.

    But that was many, many years ago. Today's flash might be different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodel View Post
    Hi,

    Is there any flash diffuser for the built-in flash?

    Thanks....
    try LumiQuest which i'm sure they sell in Cathay. used to use tissue paper on occassions that i need to but overall the built-in flash is typically too weak, if diffused then not sure how much is left.
    Last edited by Shuttergraphy; 20th May 2007 at 01:01 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FilterFunk View Post
    you can use tissue paper as a form of diffuser
    I don't think that is a good idea. Not even as an emergency. OK, maybe once it would not hurt but if you end up in emergency too often you may demage your flash. It is very hot during discharge and the plastic window or the tube may get a demage. I think it is better to make something like this if you are handy:

    http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=252149

    More detailed information on how to do it is here:

    http://olyflyer.myphotoalbum.com/vie...umName=album10

    This is a link to another DIY solution. Much better than mine but it takes longer to make.

    http://www.listsanddiagrams.com/arch...0/diffuser.htm

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    Default Re: Is there any flash diffuser for the built-in flash?

    If its a DSLR or Prosumer pop-up flash...I'll use a disused film plastic container

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    Putting a diffuser on a flash does not give an object less harsh shadows unless the diffuser increases the size of the light source relative to the object. What a diffuser does is give the light source a better spread, which if you use to bounce off ceilings and walls can make a shadow less harsh. So if your intention is to make the shadows less harsh, you should try to make your "diffuser" as big as possible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cikgu101 View Post
    If its a DSLR or Prosumer pop-up flash...I'll use a disused film plastic container
    Good idea. The only problem is that it must be a huge film container or a really tiny flash. My film containers are just too small for my pop-up flash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peapilot View Post
    Putting a diffuser on a flash does not give an object less harsh shadows unless the diffuser increases the size of the light source relative to the object. What a diffuser does is give the light source a better spread, which if you use to bounce off ceilings and walls can make a shadow less harsh. So if your intention is to make the shadows less harsh, you should try to make your "diffuser" as big as possible!
    I call "less harsh shadow" if it does not have sharp edges or the edges are less sharp. That is a result of diffused light. A good diffuser bends the light rays and as a result the shadowws become less distinct, sharp edges are blurred out. I agree, for good effect, the diffuser must be as large as possible with some distance from the flash. A distance is necessary for any effect. Just covering the flash with a napkin can only give very small, almost unnotiacble effects, definitely not worth risking the camera's life for.

    Bouncing off of ceilings works some times, if the ceiling is not too high or of wrong colour, but in that case shadows are under the object. That's why it is best to aim the flash up and backwards, to get a better shadow effect. Regardless of which, that is not possible with pop-up flashes.

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