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ping pong ball diffuser

Discussion in 'Sony' started by davect01, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. I know it sounds funny, but I found this on another forum and it works.

    Top view (cell phone shot)

    Side view (cell phone shot)

    Installed view (cell phone shot)

    Automatic mode, regular flash, daylight coming through the window

    Automatic mode, diffused flash, daylight coming through the window.

    Since taking these I added some velcro to the flash which keeps it in place, and smoothed the rough edges down. I doubt I will leave this on permanently as it does not allow the flash to completely close, gotta find a spot in the bag to put it without crushing it.
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  2. dim light shots

    So as it got dark I took a couple of dim light shots. Shot in Auto mode so that nothing I did would alter the shot.

    This one was fully auto, without the diffuser:

    This one was fully auto with the diffuser:

    Now that made a difference, wow.
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  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Much more even lighting and the price is good.
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  4. summerkl

    summerkl Veteran

    Oct 11, 2010
    Vancouver, Canada
    Great idea! I haven't used the flash because of the harshness but I will definitely give your suggestion a try.
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  5. deirdre

    deirdre Top Veteran

    Sep 26, 2010
    I often use a piece of paper, but now I'm clearly going to have to eviscerate a ping pong ball in the name of SCIENCE.
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  6. Wally Billingham

    Wally Billingham Regular

    Nov 27, 2010
    Laurel, MD
    very cool, back in the day when I shot weddings I found that the best flash diffuser was a simple coffee filter held in place with a rubber band. Never would have thought about a ping pong ball
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  7. if it works

    If it works, then great. The great advantage of the ping pong ball is that upon first glance it does not appear homemade. Look closely and you can tell, but at a glance, you would never guess.
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  8. djnww

    djnww Rookie

    Nov 20, 2010
    I read about this on dpreview a couple of weeks ago and tried it. Been using it ever since. It works great, although I get some weird stares... LOL.

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  9. djnww

    djnww Rookie

    Nov 20, 2010
    It's definitely better than a piece of paper. I tried so many methods to find a simple ping pong ball to be perfect.
  10. super simple

    It is super simple and easy to make.

    I posted the pics to show how well it works.

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