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bounce card sb800

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by mrtac2man, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. mrtac2man


    Jun 3, 2005
    searching and can not find a card for the sb800..where do I find a good one? Thanks
  2. Tim, a lot of folks here at Nikon Cafe make their own but I like and use the "Big flip-it"
  3. TXAvi8tor


    Feb 6, 2009

    Watch his video's; check out the kits. Or Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Wallies (crafts dept) for "Foamies"(tm) or similar foam sheeting, plus Velcro(tm) "One-Wrap" & go to town!
  4. demb flip-it looks really good. I've seen nothing but good reviews.
  5. +1 - $0.79 at Michael's.

  6. While I have the Demb, I much rather prefer to use my foam thingy from Michael's. Easier to use, less intimidating and much easier to pack and stow! +10
  7. I use the Demb all the time and also have made my own with materials from michaels. While I prefer to use the Demb, I have a back up just in case something happens. The demb is a wise investment IMHO
  8. exitnine


    Jun 5, 2008
    Boston, MA
    So how the quailty built on those Demb?
  9. Growltiger

    Growltiger Administrator Administrator

    Having read all the good comments I bought the Demb but was very disappointed by the results. The area of light is still small, so you still get an effect very like direct flash.

    I decided it was no better than the Nikon diffusion dome that comes with the SB-800.

    I got better results with a cheap white bag thing from China (from eBay). You poiint the flash straight up and it goes on the end. It cuts out a bit too much light but gives a good result for closeups.

    A larger card should be better then the Demb.
  10. WayneF


    Apr 3, 2006

    Simply pull out the white card built into the SB-800. Works great. It is my preference.

    What a bounce card or plastic diffusion dome does is to provide some direct flat frontal spill for fill to assist the bounce. Also adds catchlights in the eyes, which is good thing. The size of this card determines how much fill. If you use a large card, all you get is lots of flat direct light, overwhelming the ceiling bounce. Might as well just use direct flash then, and save some wasted bounce power. People greatly overdo this, but "more is better" is not often true.

    In greater distance cases where you need more reach, Walmart craft department (and other craft stores too) has 33 cent 9x12 inch sheets of thin white rubber foam, which is easily cut down and attached with rubber band. Works great. But not too large, leave something for the bounce to do.

    Study your pictures, and think about it, and examine the degree of direct flat frontal fill added. A little goes a long way, and the SB-800 pull out card is perfect for many situations (at less than maximum subject distance). Sometimes pulled out half way is the answer. If you cannot see any shadows from the bounce itself, you used way too much card size.

    More at: http://www.scantips.com/lights/flashbasics3c.html
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