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FlashZebra Flash Shoe (Item #0068)
Latest Review Posted Rogue Flashbender - Small
I bought this after experimenting with the Black Foamie Thing popularized by Neil van Niekirk but realized this only works well when you have a nearby surface to bounce flash off of. What about a dark surface or a church with a high vaulted ceiling or far-away wall, for example? Direct flash is the only solution, but the harsh light needs softening. The Rogue Flashbender is where my research led me.

Keep in mind that things like van Niekirk's BFT are flag/snoot-type products only. They're designed for having a nearby surface to bounce light off of. The Flashbender is a reflector, and my research also revealed that the larger the reflector, the softer the light, and this is much larger than a built-in flash reflector card. The bonus is that the Flashbender can also be folded so that it acts as a flag or snoot.

For situations where portability is a concern and you're moving around a lot - say at a wedding - you don't want to be packing around softboxes or holding the flash off-camera, making the Flashbender an excellent solution. Note that you can also buy the accessory diffusion panel that attaches to the front to create a makeshift softbox. Sure, it's not like the real thing, but outside of a studio this one of the best solutions for on-location shots.

Anyhow, enough background info. In the photos I've taken thus far with my Metz 48 AF-1 on a K-5, comparing photos using direct flash, built-in white reflector card, and Flashbender, I've been very impressed wi...

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