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#1 shaun64326

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Posted 23 November 2005 - 07:57 PM

How do you make your own underwater flash deffuser for the sealife SL960 external flash?

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Posted 24 November 2005 - 11:44 AM

Why would you want too? The diffuser is relatively inexpensive new and sometimes shows up on Ebay for less than $10.
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Posted 24 November 2005 - 12:30 PM

Borrowing James' idea I make diffusers to my Ikelite SS200's using 1 gallon milk bottles, the opacity of the plastic seems to be just right. Now, in the SS200 it fits between the groves, I don't know if the SL960 has groves so I don't know how you can attach the diffuser to the flash.

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P.S.: I am moving this topic to the "Do It Yourself" forum where I think it will get more attention.

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Posted 24 November 2005 - 10:43 PM

In addition, if you desire varying degrees of density for the diffuser, some types of tuperware have lids that make excellent diffuser material. I'm a big fan of the milk jug diffuser myself, but other materials work equally well.
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Posted 24 November 2005 - 10:45 PM

Why would you want too? The diffuser is relatively inexpensive new and sometimes shows up on Ebay for less than $10.


Really? Thats pretty good, I expected it to be heaps more expensive than that.

I am moving this topic to the "Do It Yourself" forum where I think it will get more attention


Thanks, I didnt know whether it should of gone in there or the beginners forum.

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Posted 24 November 2005 - 11:19 PM

Milk bottles and duct tape....if you need more diffusion, double the milk bottle

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 02:14 PM

If it is of any help to anyone...

I have made a 'cup' type diffuser for a Sea & Sea YS-60 strobe from the bottom portion of a Rubbermaid #2 storage container (about the size of 1 cup) was cut down to be only about 1" deep. I punched a couple holes at what would be the 'top' edge of the 'cup' (one on either side) and fastened a piece of 3/16 surgical tubing like an elastic on a halloween mask.To use it ...slip the'cup' diffuser over the business end of the strobe and hold in place by stretching the tubing over the back of the strobe. If I didn't need the diffuser while shooting it would easily pop off the front of the strobe and could be hung by the tubing by hooking it to anything handy ...often I just slippedit over my wrist.

I like the ideas expressed on the board! To diffuse my already soft twin 44 LEDs I think I will try the ole' milk jug plastic inside the lens cover...

Thanks!

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Posted 29 November 2005 - 07:08 AM

Has anybody ever tried using Lee diffusion filters?

I used them a lot in the old days when I was still doing some stage lighting and they work very nicely on land, wondering about underwater...


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