Gary Fong Puffer - Pics Inside

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  1. PhotoXopher

    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    I don't care what anyone says, this gadget is cool - and works!

    Best $5 I've spent on photography (I had some eBay bucks saved up). Still, even at $20 I think this is a must have for people like me who do a lot of shooting around the house trying to keep up with their kids.

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    I can still see the shadow your zoom lens + lens hood are throwing. The shadow is horrible in the first shot of the toy horse, but adding the puffer moderates the shadow a bit, but it is still there. Maybe removing the lens hood would help? Or avoiding certain focal lengths ranges, where the zoom lens extends and blocks some of the in-built flash's light beam.

    Twister! LOADS OF FUN! 40-some-odd years after its invention!
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Amazon UK have this at £3.99 - for what you get I think the under £10/$10 price range is where this product sits - 20 is being cheeky ;)
    I have used tissue paper to diffuse light from the flash in the past to good effect, and this appears to work in a similar manner, though attachment to the camera looks tobe a lot better and its more sturdy too ;).

    I could actually see me liking this addon if I were using the popup flash

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pop-up-Flash-Diffuser-Olympus-Pentax/dp/B001K7B9AM/ref=tag_stp_st_edpp_url

    interestingly its not listed as Gary Fong anything - but its tagged under it
     
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    Shadow is still there in some instances but it's greatly reduced to the point it's no longer an annoyance or taking away from the photo in my opinion.

    For quick around the house shots using the popup flash - it's a keeper!

    Keep in mind, these were taken using a Sigma 18-250 lens with hood in the worst of cicumstances really, which is what I tried for so you could see how dramatic the difference was with the shadows.
     
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    It's a neat gadget, but I would invest in a real flash at some point.
     
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    Sure, but I don't always want to be running around the house with a big honking flash on my camera either :lol:
     
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    Why not? You run around with a big honking camera. If you don't like big and honking, get a P&S to keep in your pocket. :D

    I run around with a flash on my bodies because they don't have built in flashes... purposely. Even when I had my 40D and 50D I didn't use the built in flash, I always reached for my 580EXII. I figure if a picture is worth taking, it's worth taking right.
     
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    Yep, and that's why they make all this stuff - to suit different folks :)

    My kids won't hold a pose long enough for me to setup a proper flash shot so this works great for me.

    For what it's worth, I do have a 'real flash' as well and bring it out when I feel it's necessary.

    Oh, and I also have point and shoots... but I prefer the speed of my D90 and the effect of the Gary Fong when using flash 1000x more, but thanks for the suggestion.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Another sucker bought into the Gary Fong hype :lmao: and marketing
     
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    Cost me $5 shipped brand new from Adorama, how does that make me a sucker for anything? It does what I expected it to, and better than I thought it would.

    Have you actually tried one?

    I guess if buying something that does exactly what I needed makes me a sucker, then so be it.
     
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    I have the puffer and I think it's worth it... it doesn't do anything amazing by any means, but that's why it's inexpensive :) You get what you pay for!
     
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    Taking a picture right is no more than being satisfied with the end result. Why does it matter how you get there?
     

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