- Dec 15, 2008
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I agree, the Sto-Fen isn't the ideal solution and there are better options for defusion (such as the Lumiquest). I use Sto-Fen the way I do because of it's small size and ease of use. I can stick it in my pocket, pull it out quickly, mount it quickly, it can be packed in my crammed bag without fear of being damaged and it gives me the desired effect. I don't want to fiddle with a collapsible softbox.most of my points are in the linked thread above - but to sum up - don't Forget the Lumiquest softbox - or similar design of home make. ITs more suited to direct aimed flash outside than say a fong or a stofen since both of those are designed to throw light away from the flash to then bounce off walls and thus return to the subject. They work because the walls become the source of the light and since they are many times the size of the flash head the resulting light is diffused far more.
When outside they are in effect throwing away more power whilst giving a little diffusion - so its more like simply using flashunderexposure. Whilst a softbox design is working by increases the direct source of the flash light - of course the bigger the box you go the more diffusion you get.
I don't use the Fong because it's huge (doesn't even come close to fitting in my bag) and it doesn't do anything I can't already do with either a bare bounce flash or my Sto-Fen.