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    May the force be with you Canuck935's Avatar
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    Apr 2003
    San Diego, California, USA

    Diffusers: Paper vs. Gary Fong

    Here's an article comparing the use of Gary Fong's light sphere and a simple piece of paper.

    For those that like to skip the article and go right to the conlusion..
    "Okay, so let's recap... The paper diffuser produces results that are at least equal to the best that the Gary Fong diffuser can produce. Not only does the paper version cost considerably less, but it helps the flash's batteries last longer by not diverting the flash's output behind the photographer. And I was unable to get results that equaled the tungsten balancing examples on Gary Fong's website (

    Conclusion: I'll continue to use my tried and true paper diffuser."

    I currently use an omni-bounce but may have to give the paper a try. I've always suspected there wasn't a whole lot of difference, but it's nice to see the side by side comparisons in that article.

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    Senior Member Anbesol's Avatar
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    Re: Diffusers: Paper vs. Gary Fong

    That is a beautiful camera he's using that on. ;)

    I try to avoid using flash as much as humanly possible, I prefer the noise of 1600-2000 over the pseudo-colors created by flash. In the events that I do use the flash, I've been more or less satisfied by the diffusion filter that came with it. I'll have to try the paper filter though, interesting results. Now quite as pretty as the gary fong though. Thanks for the link.
    - Charlie

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    Senior Member brmill26's Avatar
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    Re: Diffusers: Paper vs. Gary Fong

    I use a diffuser I made using a white plastic Walmart bag and a cardboard soap box. It looks hideous, but works better than any "professional" thing I've ever seen. Interesting article though, thanks.

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