Friday, November 16, 2007

UltraBounce: Bare Bulb Flash, Flat as a Pancake

I was bouncing around the LumiQuest site last night and saw something pretty neat. It's a Sto-Fen Omnibounce-ish sort of thing, but it folds flat to not take up much space in your pocket or bag.

Mind you, these things are not panaceas. No matter how much you pay (some will cost you a ridiculously Scary Song) their primary use is to send your flash's light out in all directions.

Sure, if you are in a small room, you'll get some fill bounce from the ceiling and/or walls. But it would be a "Whale of a Tale" to attribute any other magical, wallet-draining powers to them.

So, what are they really good for? Omni-directional light, of course. Off-camera, these things are quite useful. The original L101 post on bare-bulb modifiers is here. A B-B mod (a Sto-Fen) was also used to light the alcove for Michael in Paris.

Given that they take up no room when folded, I'd swap out my four Sto-Fens for these things in a New York Minute if I were concerned with cubic inches when traveling.
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:: LumiQuest UltraBounce Product Page ::
:: L101: Bare-Bulb Mods ::
:: Assignment: Michael in Paris ::

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9 Comments:

Blogger Jeremy said...

On the topic of diffusers, have you heard that the Gary Fong Whale Tail is being redesigned?

See my post on Gary's blog as I ask him directly what the story on this redesign is and how it affects those of us who have already shelled out money for his "1st generation" Whale Tails...

http://www.xanga.com/guestbook.aspx?user=garyfong1

November 16, 2007 2:57 AM  
Blogger Nicholaus Haskins said...

Phoeey! $2 at walmart! Thats all we use!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/haskins/1414658667/

November 16, 2007 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last time i ordered something from Hong Kong i couldn't help butt getting a pair of their inflatible Softboxes for 5$ each. Expecting a waste of money, they perform much better then anticipated, at least as good as a DIY SB.

Yeah, know, thats not barebulb, but since there's a mini SB on the pic i couldn't help going slightly OT ;-)

Oliver

November 16, 2007 8:04 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I had to read that twice to get the references. Wow.

/Lightsphere user

November 16, 2007 9:46 AM  
Blogger Ken Norton - Image 66 Media said...

I've been using the Ultrabounce for about four years now. Mine is pretty much glued to the Vivitar 285HV.

Biggest issue I have with it is the dohicky flap that blocks the light from hitting the auto-sensor is worthless and it breaks off after a while. Mine is getting pretty shredded and I will be buying replacements.

My biggest problem with the stofens is their tendency to slightly warm the light. The Ultrabounce doesn't alter the flash color.

November 16, 2007 11:35 AM  
Blogger jwardell said...

I have the promax system kit, I like their products because they are all made to fold flat, in that case it comes with its own flat pouch that just fits in the pocket of my smallish camera bag, and it's still relatively inexpensive.

November 16, 2007 12:58 PM  
Anonymous tarjei99 said...

This got me thinking :

A sheet of fun foam, scissors and some glue (or sewing needle and thread) should give us something equivalent for a more wallet friendly price.

I would divide the sheet into three pieces. Or at least snip three pieces from it. One relatively long piece that goes from the top to the bottom of the flash head. And two pieces for each side. If we are generous with the material we should get the bare bulb effect.

Something like this was shown in "Low Buget Shooting". It used a Plastazote or EVA foam sheet to fit the contraption to the flash head and to serve as an anchor for the translucent material.

November 16, 2007 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am no longer turned off by Scary Song(s). I just google MAGICIAN FLASH DIFFUSER or even LAMBENCY FLASH DIFFUSER.

Original Scary Songs, are, indeed, scary.

November 16, 2007 11:29 PM  
Blogger Matthew Robertson said...

Great and relevant yet Full of new gear!

G... a... r...

David, thanks for that. Not much can make me laugh this early in the morning.

November 17, 2007 9:40 AM  

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