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Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment

You Pay: $34.95
Product Highlights
  • For Shoe Mount Flash Units

Custom-Solutions "The Shell" is designed to work with on-camera flash units that swivel. It will eliminate the frustrating problems of harsh and elongated shadows.

Unlike other strobe head accessories, the shape and positioning of The Shell's elegant, compact design keeps the light coming from above the lens in both horizontal and vertical positions - the most flattering light for portraiture. This allows for a matched lighting situation in both the horizontal and vertical positions. It is now possible to go back and forth between the horizontal and the vertical positions and still always have matched lighting.

The TSS is compatible with the following flash units:

  • Achiever: 630AR, 632CD, 632LCD, 632T
  • Canon: 430EZ, 540EZ
  • Contax: TLA 360
  • Hasselblad: D40
  • Metz: 40M Z-2, 32 Z Series
  • Minolta: 5400HS
  • Nikon: SB24, SB25, SB26, SB28
  • Nissin: 360TW
  • Nistar: AZ300 Zoom, TZ320 Twin Zoom
  • Olympus: G40
  • Phoenix: ZIF105N
  • Pentax: AF500FTZ
  • Quantum: Q Flash Models: QFT, T, X2
  • Sunpak: 383, 303 Super, 400AF Auto, 544, 120J TTL
  • Vivitar: 636AF
  • Any other flashes that swivel left and right

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Custom Solutions"The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment
 
4.1

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (7)
  • Studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (4), Enthusiast (3), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

WOW! Good-by Flash Bracket

I purchased this somewhat ugly looking piece of equipment after shooting several other bounce and bounce/diffusion products, shot about 800 pics at a wedding and was amazed at the tonal quality that this...Read complete review

I purchased this somewhat ugly looking piece of equipment after shooting several other bounce and bounce/diffusion products, shot about 800 pics at a wedding and was amazed at the tonal quality that this produced. The flesh tones were exceptional. Although the one cavat that I warn against is staying within 15 feet or so as directed on the packaging. Of course, like many, I like to test the limitations of my equipment. This is certainly the one to replace the flash bracket and it weighs virtually nothing. I highly recommend this, as even the verticals (portrait style) are great. It is definitely worth checking out. It certainly lightens the load for us aging pros.

Expertise: Professional

Problems Encountered: I placed a rubber band around the base of the unit to keep it from sliding. Other than that ( a minor issue), nothing.

Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Gary Fong, several other bounce and diffusion products

Items I Recommend: 1 rubber band

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not practical to carry

I take photographs professionally at different kinds of events. The "shell" is very dificult to transport and it isn't even all that great. There are better products to bounce the...Read complete review

I take photographs professionally at different kinds of events. The "shell" is very dificult to transport and it isn't even all that great. There are better products to bounce the flash, so I returned this.

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4.0

seems to work

By cafephoto

from Austin, TX

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Portraits

Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

Shot a wedding using this and seemed to work. Still had shadows some places but they weren't as harsh. Fits pretty loose on the flash. Only complaint is the loose fit and it is just a piece of plastic with two strips of velcro for mounting. Quite over priced for what you get but is a cheaper alternative overall.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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2.0

not practical to carry

By gepro

from São Paulo, Brazil

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Difficult To Use
  • Not Functional

Best Uses

    Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

    I take photographs professionally at different kinds of events. The "shell" is very dificult to transport and it isn't even all that great. There are better products to bounce the flash, so I returned this.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Camera Bag Essentail

    By TL

    from PHILADELPHIA

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Weddings

      Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

      Allow quick shoot. Attached to the flash horizontally to the right, no adjustment necessary changing from portrait to landscape. No reflections from eye glass(es). No harsh shadow(s). Belongs to every camera bag.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Wow - good light reflector

      By FotoACV

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

        I was recommended this by another photographer at a wedding, but thought it looked dorky. I tried some other on flash light bouncers, and finally decided to try this one... WOW it really softens shadow areas.... it is definitely not an attractive looking part of your equipment, but i must say it really enhances your photo quality.

        FYI - someone mentioned it did not work with the Canon 580 EX II, but i attached it to mine without an issue (i did purchase 1" X 14" velcro straps to avoid having to "glue" the velcro on)

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        4.0

        recommanded

        By tacoamalfi

        from germany

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

            only stars 5 there somewhat pedantically to fasten - but great light - shadow insignificant

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            5.0

            Thrilled with light quality of my images

            By Kathy

            from Plymouth, MA

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

              I am thrilled with the images I have taken and the lighting that this produces, it is easy to use. I had to play with it a bit to get the velcro to stay together on the flash, but that was a minor inconvenience, the shell itself helps me to get the lighting I was hoping to achieve.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Bad product

              By Jerry

              from New Jersey

              About Me Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Not Functional

              Best Uses

              • Traveling

              Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

              I got one yesterday won't fit my flash Canon 580 II
              to small for my flash

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GREAT PRODUCT! A MUST FOR FLASH PHOTOS!

              By Lew

              from Norwalk, Connecticut

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

              I had been using LumiQuest MIDI BOUNCER until I saw "THE SHELL" being used by a fellow photographer. I immediately ordered the item from B&H and have been using it ever since.

              Being able to use in portrait or landscape view makes this item a "MUST HAVE" for all flash users.

              No more hot spots...just great flash photos!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              great accessory for portrait photography

              By photochick79

              from Warrenville, IL

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Product Function
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Portraits

              Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

              Great for use with a bounce flash when the ceilings are low or a dark color. Creates nice soft light.
              Works well up to about 15 feet away- best about 8-10 feet. Absolutely a great addition to my equipment list.
              only drawback is that it takes up a lot of room in your gear bag.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ugly but works!

              By Jerry

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Product Function
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • wish it could be flatten

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Macro Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

              I bought this a while back, and use it often, its the one piece thats always attached, for one main reason, ease of use. There is no flash bracket needed, no adjusting the flash head for portrait or vertical shots. Its one of those pieces everyone always asks me about. The shots come out great, nice even lighting. One trick also to soften the light even more is to cut out a white stocking and slide it over. (not pretty but works great). The only thing Ive found a problem is that since its hard plastic it cant be folded flat for easy transport. (no biggie). Also throw a rubber band on the base, and your good to go jumping and bouncing around with out it moving at all. This blows away all those other light modifers for flash that ive used so far. Highly recommend. (just read the instruction on distance and youll have no problems).

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              WOW! Good-by Flash Bracket

              By Images by Leonard

              from Chester, NY

              Comments about Custom Solutions "The Shell" TSS Flash Attachment:

              I purchased this somewhat ugly looking piece of equipment after shooting several other bounce and bounce/diffusion products, shot about 800 pics at a wedding and was amazed at the tonal quality that this produced. The flesh tones were exceptional. Although the one cavat that I warn against is staying within 15 feet or so as directed on the packaging. Of course, like many, I like to test the limitations of my equipment. This is certainly the one to replace the flash bracket and it weighs virtually nothing. I highly recommend this, as even the verticals (portrait style) are great. It is definitely worth checking out. It certainly lightens the load for us aging pros.

              Expertise: Professional

              Problems Encountered: I placed a rubber band around the base of the unit to keep it from sliding. Other than that ( a minor issue), nothing.

              Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Gary Fong, several other bounce and diffusion products

              Items I Recommend: 1 rubber band

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