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Diffuser for 220EX flash?

R Jackson , Dec 12, 2007; 12:30 p.m.

What are peoople using to diffuse the 220EX flash? Couldn't find any good answers with the search feature. I'm using this with my G9. Homemade or ready-made, I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.


Bruce C , Dec 12, 2007; 12:36 p.m.

Sto-Fen universal fit. I use velcro strip on top of flash and tab of Sto-Fen.

Steve Parrott , Dec 12, 2007; 01:08 p.m.

You will probably get as many different replys and opinions to this question as there are posters. I do not use the 220, but diffusion is diffusion. I use the Gary Fong Lightsphere. I know there are those who love it and just as many who hate it. All I know is it does a very good job for me. I use the clear "photojournalist" model with the frosted dome always on. That way I always have a bounce surface regardless of conditions, and the clear sphere does not eat up as much light as the frosted version. I get soft, even light and do not have to use a bracket in either portrait or landscape orientation. As I said... my 2 cents, others feel differently.

carnagex carnagex , Dec 12, 2007; 01:28 p.m.

Steve I think does not realize what model your talking about. Since bounce is impossible as is using products such as the Lightsphere. If you have an extra Sto-Fen you can cut the top and bottom plastic pieces and secure it with some velcro/rubber bands. Also you may want to check out Gary Fongs Puffer diffuser. It clips in the back of the flash shoe, and its adjustable for different heights. (not sure if it will adjust enough, but it should).

R Jackson , Dec 12, 2007; 01:58 p.m.

Thanks for the quick answers. Don't know how I missed the Sto-fen universal mount but it looks like it will work. I do have an extra Omni-bounce lying around, so that might be an option as well. Thanks again. And thanks to Steve but the issue with the 220EX is the short forward portion of the flash and the inability to tilt or swivel, making diffusers difficult to fit/use.

Steve Parrott , Dec 12, 2007; 02:36 p.m.

...oops... sorry, I did not know the 220 did not tilt or swivel. I have been using 550 and 580 so long I lose sight of the what the other flashes can or cannot do. As for using the Puffer, I also have that, but I do not see how that could work for you. It is simply a device that is used to help diffuse the built in camera pop up flash. It cannot be mounted and work with an external flash mounted on the hot shoe. (It really does not do too good a job with the pop up flash either, and kills output distance). Sounds like you will probably have to improvise something for your 220.

NK Guy , Dec 12, 2007; 07:56 p.m.

The 220EX doesn't put out much light. Adding a diffuser will result in even less light.

J. Harrington USA (Massachusetts) , Dec 13, 2007; 09:20 p.m.

If you someday aquire a flash that does tilt...consider the following.

I bought a Stofen diffuser and was not impressed by the images. Not much different than straight flash.

I then bought Joe Demb's Flip-It! flash reflector and I was very impressed by the improvement in portraits.

The device adds a new dimension to bounce flash by reflecting much of the light forward, giving eyes a catch-light while reducing the harshness and shadows of direct flash.


You'll love it for close-range portrait shots.

R Jackson , Dec 15, 2007; 09:39 a.m.

Thanks, J. I hadn't heard of that. I've actually been pleased with the Stofen Omni-Bounce on my SB-600's. I use the supplied diffuser on my SB-800 with good results. Still, might have to pick up a Flip-It! and give it a try.

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