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Jake Bryant , Sep 01, 2009; 04:00 p.m.

I have a lumydine flash head and wish to add a large beauty dish to it. Can anyone recommend one that will fit the Lumydine.


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d g , Sep 02, 2009; 05:53 a.m.

yeah... the Paul C. Buff PLM! :)

Nathan Stiles , Sep 02, 2009; 02:49 p.m.

Look at getting an accessory adapter for a brand that produces a pan reflector/beauty dish. I strongly recommend the Speedotron BD. Dynalite has a nicely designed one, but I don't think Lumedyne has a accessory kit for Dyna. Elinchrom would be another to consider. I'd recommend a grid for it too.

Note that the Buff PLM is not a beauty dish at all. Buff does produce a BD, the variation with out bevels. I'm not crazy about the design.

Jake Bryant , Sep 02, 2009; 07:28 p.m.

Thanks I'll look into it. On another note, I have heard that my 400w Lumydine may not have enough power for a beauty dish....... is this true? I assume to get the sweet spot of the dish i may need more power.

d g , Sep 02, 2009; 10:46 p.m.

Your 400 watt lumedyne is more than powerful enough. the PLM is very focused and has a VERY rapid falloff. check out my review here.

Nathan Stiles , Sep 03, 2009; 10:30 a.m.

Um... the PLM is still not a beauty dish. But leaving that dead horse where it is, you have plenty of power for the BD. I think I put around 100 to 400ws through my BD, depending on the set up and usage.

Bruce Muir , Sep 03, 2009; 10:49 a.m.

Yea, I agree.

A parabolic is NOT beauty dish.

Most of the time (I said MOST) you're using a BD pretty close so even a Lume 200 w/s pack will do.

I had to make a rig to mount a regular Norman beauty dish to my Norman LH2/LH52 heads and also my Quantum T2.
I used a speedring for the Lume/Norman/Quantum bulp style heads and glued a Norman adapter on there with epoxy.

The speedring does the heavy lifting and mounts to the lightstand/grip arm/boom because I wouldn't want to hang a beauty dish off the Lume/Norman/Quantum heads due to the flimsy way reflectors mount on those style heads.

Jake Bryant , Sep 04, 2009; 03:09 a.m.

So which beauty dish would you recommend for my Lumynine and Quantum. I have a Photoflex adaptor for a Bowens soft box that fits both my Lumy and Qflash. However, it is a question of making it secure like Bruce says........ There is a clamp on my Lumy but I dont think it is strong enough.

Bruce Muir , Sep 04, 2009; 09:19 a.m.

go look at this

B&H has the adapters here
They make those adapters for Norman 2 pin reflectors that lets you mount on a Norman monolight that doesn't have the same cruddy 2 pin Norman mount.

I glued one of those to the photoflex speedring and it lets you mount any Norman 2 pin reflector including the BD.

Just make sure you use the speedring to mount to the lightstand/support.

Jake Bryant , Sep 05, 2009; 03:32 p.m.

Thanks Bruce, but which make of dish do you recommend?

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