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#1 Segerdahl

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 07:59 AM

Thinking about getting one of those "new" diffusors that are better suited for CFWA.
As I use Ikelite DS161, I have found two alternatives:
 
Ikelite's 
 
Glowdive's (they have versions for most strobe models)
 
Anyone who has tested any?
Anyone who can see benefits/drawbacks between these two or perhaps wants to recommend yet another one?
 
 
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Posted 04 January 2016 - 08:04 AM

Hey Segerdahl

 

If you live somewhere where milk or yoghurt comes in white or creamy coloured plastic bottles/pots, I'd suggest cutting a couple of those up into shapes that best fit your strobes and using paracord to attach them. Cheap, easily replaceable, totally customisable - and, dare I say it, almost environmentally, recyclable friendly..... ... and a fun project!  :crazy:


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 07:41 AM

Hey Segerdahl

 

If you live somewhere where milk or yoghurt comes in white or creamy coloured plastic bottles/pots, I'd suggest cutting a couple of those up into shapes that best fit your strobes and using paracord to attach them. Cheap, easily replaceable, totally customisable - and, dare I say it, almost environmentally, recyclable friendly..... ... and a fun project!  :crazy:

 

Hi Tim,

 

Thanks, but I already have flat diffusors. That was not the issue. I have been taking uw-photos with diffusors for about 25 years... ;-)

 

As you could see if you followed my links, I am talking about DOME like diffusors. Diffusors specially made for CFWA.


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 07:59 AM

Sure! You must have cut up a lot of milk bottles then, eh?  :lol2:

 

I had looked at the links but does a domed diffuser make that much difference even for CFWA?


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 04:40 PM

I have the Glowdive diffusers. Love them. Very soft, very even light. Hot spots are almost gone entirely.

 

They are well made. Certainly not an inexpensive solution, but nothing is with UW photography.



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Posted 06 January 2016 - 12:43 AM

I'm not sure that domed diffuser will really help with CFWA.

 

The soft, diffused light that they produce is fantastic for lighting wide-angle scenes. When you are lighting a subject on the dome port, I am not sure that they will make a huge difference.

 

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 11:55 PM

I have the Glowdive diffusers. Love them. Very soft, very even light. Hot spots are almost gone entirely.

 

They are well made. Certainly not an inexpensive solution, but nothing is with UW photography.

 

Thanks for the reply!

 

Do they change the color of the light?

 

How is the attachment?

Good/bad?

Just press it on or!?

 

 

 

I'm not sure that domed diffuser will really help with CFWA.

 

The soft, diffused light that they produce is fantastic for lighting wide-angle scenes. When you are lighting a subject on the dome port, I am not sure that they will make a huge difference.

 

Adam

 

The idea was that they would better light up subjects close to the dome with a more even and less strong light. Causing less backscatter (which always is a pain). 

Also when you shoot something close to a wall, it is hard to get an even light on the strobe close to the wall.


Edited by Segerdahl, 06 January 2016 - 11:57 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 12:02 AM

Sure! You must have cut up a lot of milk bottles then, eh?  :lol2:

 

I had looked at the links but does a domed diffuser make that much difference even for CFWA?

 

Nope, we get our milk in tetra pak. No plastic...

 

Well I haven't tested any dome diffusors myself, so I don't know for sure.

The sample images at Glowdive's link is all what I have seen and to me they look very promising.

 

My main head ache is if I should go for Ikelite's or Glowdive's.

They probable do a similar job, but there could be other reasons to pick one over the other such as built quality, material (will they break easily?), how they are attached (easy to remove under water, safely secured etc), how they alter the color of the light etc.


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Posted 08 January 2016 - 01:05 PM

Have you looked at these?

http://www.aquaterra...CM-Diffusers/1/


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Posted 12 January 2016 - 06:31 AM

Have you looked at these?

http://www.aquaterra...CM-Diffusers/1/

 

Yes, but thanks for the tips.

 

I can't see any strong reason of using them instead of the standard diffusor (that's included with the DS161 strobe) though. The difference seems to be too little.


Edited by Segerdahl, 12 January 2016 - 06:32 AM.

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