Flash Extender

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SX2002
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Flash Extender

I'm thinking of buying a flash extender...

Are they any good and at what distance are they still usable...?

Also, just where can they be purchased...I live in Adelaide.

I'm using an SB700 flash (Nikon)

Ron.

Ariel
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I'm looking too Ron. From my research, I'd say there are three main choices:

Better Beamer: folds down but fiddly to assemble. Attaches to the flash with velcro. Can be bought in Australia: http://www.feathersandphotos.com.au/forum/showthread.php?1372-Better-Beamer-in-Australia

Harbor digital flash extender: more secure, easy and snug fit to flash unit, doesn't fold down so bulky to carry. Rather pricey. No Australian distributor.

Cheap generic Chinese knock-offs of Better Beamer (e.g. JJC) - plentiful on ebay. Haven't found any user comments.

There is another promising one in the pipeline called Magbeam which will hit the market in the next few months: http://petapixel.com/2016/03/01/magbeam-2-1-flash-extender-gobo-projector/

A cheap option is the Rogue Safari flash extender (about $25 from Ted's). It uses a Fresnel beam to magnify the camera's pop-up flash. Doesn't sound promising, but I have one and it works well, up to about 15m.

Reflex
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Good article on the better beamer here: http://www.digitalbirdphotography.com/7.9.html

Just remember they can be a bit flimsy and in forests often fall off /get knocked off.

Harbour is my first choice but bulky for travelling. I'm not across the Magbeam option yet.

Samford Valley Qld.

rawshorty
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rjlj wrote:

I think I'll make my own, the "stuff" I've seen is pretty fragile and in some cases way over priced for what it is...I just have to find a suitable fresnel lens...something about 100mm X 100mm should do the trick..

Scroll down to see my Pringles beamer, works well.

http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/forum/Mount-Glorious

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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Reflex
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rawshorty wrote:

Scroll down to see my Pringles beamer, works well.

http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/forum/Mount-Glorious

 Just had a look. I remember that thread well. Whatever happened to AnnieJ and Owl of Kedumba or windshear?

Samford Valley Qld.

_Ray
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You can get flash extenders off eBay now so cheaply, it's barely worth making your own. For example: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/JJC-Flash-Multiplier-Extender-for-NIKON-SB-900-SB-910-300mm-Telephoto-Lens-Use-/251873598545?hash=item3aa4d61c51:g:qbkAAOSweW5U~qaN and JJC stuff is usually pretty good.

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rawshorty
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Reflex wrote:
rawshorty wrote:

Scroll down to see my Pringles beamer, works well.

http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/forum/Mount-Glorious

 Just had a look. I remember that thread well. Whatever happened to AnnieJ and Owl of Kedumba or windshear?

Don't know about the others but Annie has not put up any pics on her FlickR since September, i know she was not well at this point. I will send her an Email and see what is going on.

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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rawshorty
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_Ray wrote:

You can get flash extenders off eBay now so cheaply, it's barely worth making your own. For example: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/JJC-Flash-Multiplier-Extender-for-NIKON-SB-900-SB-910-300mm-Telephoto-Lens-Use-/251873598545?hash=item3aa4d61c51:g:qbkAAOSweW5U~qaN and JJC stuff is usually pretty good.

Pringles are much cheaper.

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rawshorty/ 

_Ray
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rawshorty wrote:

Pringles are much cheaper.

And very fattening. But unless you can compare the distance that you get from one vs the other, it's not a fair comaparison.

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pacman
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_Ray wrote:

rawshorty wrote:

Pringles are much cheaper.

And very fattening. But unless you can compare the dollars or cents per metre distance that you get from one vs the other, it's not a fair comaparison.

there you go I've fixed it for you

Peter

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