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    Default how effective are pop-up flash diffuser?

    Hi, due to the shortage of funds i m unable to afford a flash unit (sb-600) right now. hence i was wondering if getting a pop-up flash diffuser a good idea to tide me through? I would like to shoot portraits under low light conditions (evening, indoors) and the pop-up flash produces very ugly shadows.
    any opinions? many thanks!

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    Default Re: how effective are pop-up flash diffuser?

    You will never get the same flash power, but it may be "good enough" for you. I suggest you try a google search for "pop up flash diffuser review" so you can see the effects with actual images.
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    Default Re: how effective are pop-up flash diffuser?

    Maybe you need to ask someone who has used it.
    Those manufacturer will definitely say their pop up flash diffuser is good enough.

    Would you consider 3rd party flash?

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    Default Re: how effective are pop-up flash diffuser?

    Somehow I noticed that when using the Pop-up flash diffuser, the pictures tends to be on the warm side.. not sure if anyone else got this issue?

    To TS, having the diffuser would certainty create a less harsh flash output (and maybe a warmer picture as mentioned above). But note that the effective flash power will be reduced.

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    Default Re: how effective are pop-up flash diffuser?

    i've used the original gary fong puffer with the built-in flash, the flash diffuser did have a yellower tone colour too.
    I think the diffuser does eat some of the flash power. diffused flash is slightly better than without but not phenominal.
    indoors i think ceiling bounce is still nicer but outdoors the diffuser will look pretty good.
    i used to use a reflective surface to bounce the built in flash up, using a mirror or a reflective paper or even my ipod touch.
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    Default Re: how effective are pop-up flash diffuser?

    Quote Originally Posted by puraime View Post
    i've used the original gary fong puffer with the built-in flash, the flash diffuser did have a yellower tone colour too.
    I think the diffuser does eat some of the flash power. diffused flash is slightly better than without but not phenominal.
    indoors i think ceiling bounce is still nicer but outdoors the diffuser will look pretty good.
    i used to use a reflective surface to bounce the built in flash up, using a mirror or a reflective paper or even my ipod touch.
    hey thanks for the help. can u elaborate on the part where u use a reflective surface to bounce up the flash? esp the ipod touch part, very interesting. hahha. thanks

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    Default Re: how effective are pop-up flash diffuser?

    you can try this at home, pop up your built in flash, angle your ipod touch/mirror about 45degrees.
    can try it now. heh.

    tell me what you get, i manage to get pretty good results, of cos the flash power is abit lower than any dedicated flash.
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