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Flash & Lighting

Make better exposures with lighting solutions that work best for you

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NISSIN
The Nissin Di866 is compatible with Canon E-TTL and E-TTL II and Nikon i-TTL systems, and can be used with Canon and Nikon flash units, either as a master or slave. Compatibility with TTL metering allows your camera to control flash output and automatically balances exposures. The Di866 features a smaller flash below the main one, called the Sub flash, which is ideal for use as a fill to soften shadows when you’re bouncing the main flash. The flash head tilts up to 90º, and rotates 90º to the right and 180º to the left. List Price: $389.

OLYMPUS
Designed for Olympus’ E-System cameras, the Olympus FL-50R works with automatic TTL modes, auto and manual modes, and shutter modes. The head swivels 180º in either direction, and a built-in diffuser lets you disperse the light when necessary. The FL-50R has its own AF illuminator, which extends the camera’s autofocus, and flash intensity can be controlled at 1/3 EV steps. Estimated Street Price: $384.

QUANTUM
The Quantum Qflash TRIO QF8 can be used as a shoe-mounted on-camera flash, as a master controller of off-camera units or as a stand-alone with the use of an optional Pilot or FreeXwire module, making it very versatile. The unit has a USB port for firmware updates, a dedicated high-output battery system and a fast recycle time of 1 to 1.5 seconds. Other features include full-directional tilt and swivel orientation options, and a parabolic reflector that produces studio-quality light and can be removed for bare-bulb, wide-angle, diffused and telephoto reflectors. There are two models, one for Nikon and the other for Canon. Estimated Street Price: $875.

LIGHT MODIFIERS

With a growing number of light-shaping devices designed to fit over a shoe-mount flash, there are countless ways to modify lighting. These include snoots for making concentrated spots of light, grids for controlling spill light, barn doors for confining or spreading light and controlling spill, softboxes for softening light, filters and gels for changing the color, and diffusers for spreading light and creating softer shadows. With just a few modifiers, you can create a portable lighting system that can go anywhere.

EXPOIMAGING
It’s all about options when lighting a scene with the ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBenders. The lineup includes three portable modifiers that can be molded into any given shape for directing or shielding light as desired. The Bounce Card/Flag serves as a reflector or a flag. The Small Reflector acts as a reflector, flag or snoot, and the Large Reflector does the same but covers twice the reflective surface area. Estimated Street Price: $29 (Card/Flag); $34 (Small Reflector); $39 (Large Reflector); $104 (all).

GARY FONG
Soften the harsh light of a flash using the Gary Fong Puffer Pop-Up Flash Diffuser, which is now available for Sony and Konica Minolta shooters. Mounted directly to the camera’s hot shoe, the Puffer is adjustable for center positioning on all model types equipped with a pop-up flash, regardless of size. It also works with the camera’s internal systems so it doesn’t interfere with flash operation, and all camera modes remain fully functional. Other supported models include Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic. Estimated Street Price: $19.

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