"Lightscoop"?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by rebecca the curious, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. rebecca the curious

    rebecca the curious TPF Noob!

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    has anyone used this Lightscoop thing? if so, what do you think of it?

    i couldn't find many reviews on it. but it looks like it would be useful for someone like me who doesn't use flash often and doesn't want to carry around a big external flash.
     
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    M24 TPF Noob!

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    I'd curious to know how well it works or if it's just a gimmick.
     
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    aftone TPF Noob!

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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    In my opinion the instant you can afford to purchase an external flash you should. I think pop-up flashes are about the worst thing to happen to SLR photography.
     
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    DeadEye TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Ill bet that with the little pop up flash diffused and bounced around its not much help. Did they use a tripod and longish shutter to get the better comparison pictures?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I agree.
     
  7. Helen B

    Helen B TPF Noob!

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    I’ve tried using a small mirror in front of the flash on a P&S and, not surprisingly, the biggest problem is lack of power. You can try it for yourself by using a small makeup mirror or mirror foil. The closer the mirror is to the flash, the smaller it can be. It’s not being used as a diffuser, so there is no benefit in it being larger and further away.

    I have a P&S that has a two-position pop-up flash. In one position it points straight ahead, and in the other it points up at about 45 degrees. This seems like a great idea, and it is, just as long as I use a wide aperture and high ISO, the ceiling is not too high, and the subject is close. When pointing up there is still a small amount of light leaking straight forward, which gives a catchlight and some slight fill. The big problem with all of these built-in flashes is their power – they often don’t have enough to be much use for bouncing.



    Best,
    Helen
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    diffusing a weak flash doesn't do much.....
     

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