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Flash bouncing and diffuser? any idea?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by imbz, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. imbz

    imbz New to TalkEmount

    Sep 14, 2011
    Flash bouncing and diffuser? any idea? I don't want to buy new flash. In DSLR, you have a cheap alternative way to do this but for Nex-5n I can't find solution from google.
  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ

    The easiest is the ping pong ball trick. I know it sounds hokey, but it is easy and effective.

    Take a ping pong ball an cut a slit to slide over the flash.

    I recut this to make it a bit tighter, but you get the general idea.

    Here are the examples, all shot on IAuto to eliminate any user input.

    Without diffuser:

    With diffuser:
    Quite a bit better light dispersal.
  3. anonsailor

    anonsailor Guest

    Aug 30, 2011
    Reno, Nevada
    a very nice DIY idea!
  4. Travisennis

    Travisennis TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jasper, Indiana
    I agree. This is a very good idea and it seems to work quite well.
  5. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    This is by far the best DIY flash diffuser I've seen for the NEX
  6. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    It does give you slightly more "wrapping" light, but it also causes about 3/4 (0.75) EV underexposure because of the weakened flash output. If you increase the exposure in Photoshop you only end up with a modest variation (slightly less harsh light on the subject but overall very similar lighting to the standard non-diffused flash).

    The biggest problem I have with the standard clip-on flash is that it's too small, uses the camera's battery to recycle, and you can't mount it off camera. Part of me wishes Sony would make an off-camera cord for the flashes on the NEX 3, 5, C3 and 5N, but I suspect Sony's attitude is, "If you want a 'real' flash then buy the NEX-7 and a HVL-F43AM or HVL-F58AM."

  7. Alowisney

    Alowisney TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 1, 2011
    Macon, GA USA
    I did the same trick, but with an opaque plastic 35mm film canister. It works pretty well, but I suspect the ping pong ball might be a bit better.
  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ

    It is a slightly darker, but by far a more consistent light. Not a perfect fix, but pretty good.
  9. hodad66

    hodad66 Sony Guru Subscribing Member

    Feb 8, 2012
    Indialantic, Fl
    excellent, easy answer......
  10. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Still using mine and still impressed with the extra control you get.

    I would like to get the bigger flash, but just don't shoot often enough to justify it.
  11. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Our forum has no emoticon for 'applause' so all I can say is...

    Clap, clap, clap, clap!!!
  12. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    I can not remember what forum I saw it, a bounce flash, it was is to use a piece of paper you put in the flash and fold it, let me take some pictures and share them with you
  13. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
  14. frankmarin

    frankmarin TalkEmount Rookie

    Oct 31, 2011
    Very impressed, looking out for small balls!
  15. Soupnazi

    Soupnazi New to TalkEmount

    May 17, 2012
  16. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
  17. snkenai

    snkenai TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 22, 2012
    Campbellsville, Ky
    Stephen Noel
    I have used pieces of translucent milk jugs, dish soap bottles, Fuji film canisters, etc., over the years, with varying degrees of satisfaction. I currently, have a piece of milk jug rubber banded to my FL36. It rides there all the time, and does a great job. I like the ping pong ball idea for small flashes up close.
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