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Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon SB-800, SB-80DX, 50DX, Sony HVL-F1000 & HVL-FH1100

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The Omni-Bounce creates a diffused bare bulb effect, giving even coverage across the entire frame, with lenses from 15mm to 200mm in the 35mm format (and equal in other formats as well). The Omni-Bounce is easy to use and goes onto and off the flash in seconds with custom fitting (except for UNI model) and no touch fastener. Designed for years of service without the bulk of some other diffusers, it is small enough to fit easily into a gadget bag or pocket.

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Sto-FenOM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Durable (5)
  • Softens light (4)
  • Consistent output (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill flash (11)
    • Portraits (6)
    • General purpose (5)
    • Photojournalism (5)
    • Lighting (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice and compact

    A great space saver in my bag (wedding photographer). I bought this item to potentially replace my Lightsphere II. It is almost as good. Perhaps it doesn't provide the same wide-angle coverage...Read complete review

    A great space saver in my bag (wedding photographer). I bought this item to potentially replace my Lightsphere II. It is almost as good. Perhaps it doesn't provide the same wide-angle coverage of light (especially below waist-height) as the Lighsphere - but this is only noticeable when comparing shots side-by-side.

    To save space in your bag, this is a great solution, and you're not missing out a great deal by using a larger device like the Lighsphere II.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Convenience

    The primary advantage of any Stofen diffuser in my view, is convenience. They are fast, very easy, and portable. When utilized in the limited window of applications for which they're suited, the...Read complete review

    The primary advantage of any Stofen diffuser in my view, is convenience. They are fast, very easy, and portable. When utilized in the limited window of applications for which they're suited, the effect is quite nice. The issue is that it's somewhat of a tradeoff. You sacrifice a lot of versatility for sheer convenience. The greatest benefit from this product is gained in the vicinity of a low white or neutral ceiling in more of an intimate environment. In an environment where the ceiling is high or virtually non existent, there is too much wasted light and only a negligible advantage over direct flash. If you're considering it as more of a wide diffuser for use with wider lenses, it can be helpful in that area. A way to improve this product in my opinion, would be offering a removable cap. That would give you the option of pointing the bare flash directly towards the ceiling. You would then achieve the full effect of the flash on the ceiling, while still lighting the rim of the diffuser enough to throw some fill light towards the subject.

    Expertise: Products, promotional, some portraiture

    Problems Encountered: None. It's just a more aesthetically pleasing approach to an old trick. The same effect can be accomplished with the bottom of a plastic bottle of rubbing alcohol. It primarily looks more professional, and is custom fitted to the specific flash unit. Although it does indeed work, it's essentially a piece of plastic that you pay a fair amount for.

    Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Joe Demb diffuser

    Reviewed by 17 customers

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    3.0

    Stofen Omni Bounce Loose fit

    By Bay state 1

    from Boston MA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

      Use this product with Nikon SB 800.
      Great exposure but loose fit on flash head.
      Poor design. 2nd time replacing this !
      Falls off the flash too easily.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      1.0

      NOT HAPPY WITH THIS ONE

      By ART

      from NORWALK.CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

            SORRY I HAVE OWNED SEVERAL STOFEN BEFORE BUT THIS JUST DONT FIT WELL ON MY SB800.END UP BUYING A CHEAPER ONE MADE BY VELLO.FITS BETTER (SNUGLY) ON MY SB800 FLASH.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Love this product!!

            By Sanoka Photography

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Not Interchangeable

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits

            Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

            The best omni-bounce diffuser on the market. Soft, efficient, and does the job very well.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Stofen

            By Joe

            from Ohio

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

              Works great with my flash.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              A good replacement for the SW-10H

              By Rob L

              from Ontario, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Not Interchangeable

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

              Works perfectly with the sb-800 to diffuse shadows.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              Solid Replacement

              By cbristow

              from Wilmington

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • Portraits

                Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                Fits well, knocked it off a few times but can shoot at any angle and doesnt slip off. After loosing the original for my sb-800 this one is a decent replacement. does what its supposed to

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Terrific results, tremendous value

                By D&A Photo

                from Tucson, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                  The Omni-Bounce exceeded my expectations. Never would have I expected such great results from a simple low-cost snap-on attachment. Count me as completely satisfied.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Buy cheap , get cheap !

                  By efstop

                  from florida

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Not as promoted

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                      Item does not fit securely on the flash head. Any little bump causes it to fall off. Just like an engineer not to field test their product before producing.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Workds OK

                      By Ron

                      from Cape Cod

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • Photojournalism

                        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                        It works ok, but isn't as snug a fit as I would like.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Works

                        By T FN

                        from Johnstown, ID

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                              I use this with an SB-80. It doesn't fit extremely securely, but it stays on. It does have a couple tabs that keep it from triggering the automatic zoom out setting.

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                              5.0

                              Nice and compact

                              By aguycalledandre

                              from Adelaide, AUSTRALIA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use

                                Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                                A great space saver in my bag (wedding photographer). I bought this item to potentially replace my Lightsphere II. It is almost as good. Perhaps it doesn't provide the same wide-angle coverage of light (especially below waist-height) as the Lighsphere - but this is only noticeable when comparing shots side-by-side.

                                To save space in your bag, this is a great solution, and you're not missing out a great deal by using a larger device like the Lighsphere II.

                                Share this review

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                good product

                                By SCFireant

                                from Columbia, SC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Pack
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable
                                • Softens Light
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                                    Good product, better than the Nikon one. Allows more light to be put out as it does not trigger the 14 mm sensor. i would buy again.

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                                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Lightweight, useful diffuser

                                    By Wjrosser

                                    from Old Saybrook, CT

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Convenient Interface
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Softens Light
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash
                                      • Lighting
                                      • Photography

                                      Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                                      The Omni-Bounce is small and lightweight, but does the job better than the other on-flash diffuser I own. The design allows light to bounce off the ceiling or wall and send some direct to the subject for a nice catchlight in the eyes.

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                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Perfect

                                      By Angel Castillo

                                      from San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Softens Light
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Fill Flash
                                        • Lighting
                                        • Photography
                                        • Photojournalism
                                        • Sports Photography

                                        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                                        For my Flash
                                        Great on White

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                                        4.0

                                        Nice, portable diffuser to have

                                        By Lorraine

                                        from Seaford, NY

                                        About Me Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Convenient Interface
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Softens Light

                                        Cons

                                        • Weak Construction

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Fill Flash
                                        • Lighting

                                        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                                        I love the portability of this diffuser and it works beautifully in many situations. I would not recommend it in dark churches/catering halls though and it has fallen off my flash a few times. I wish it had a more stable connection.

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                                        5.0

                                        Easy

                                        By T. J.

                                        from Albuquerque, NM

                                        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                                        Used as directed this simple accessory is great for the price paid. I paid $50 +/- for a different on flash reflector but am sorry that I paid the extra money. The Sto-Fen does an equally effective job for 1/3 the cost.

                                        Expertise: Semi Pro Weddings / Portraits / Pets

                                        Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Lumiquest

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                                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        Convenience

                                        By Robert

                                        from Cincinnati, Ohio

                                        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni-Bounce for Nikon & Sony:

                                        The primary advantage of any Stofen diffuser in my view, is convenience. They are fast, very easy, and portable. When utilized in the limited window of applications for which they're suited, the effect is quite nice. The issue is that it's somewhat of a tradeoff. You sacrifice a lot of versatility for sheer convenience. The greatest benefit from this product is gained in the vicinity of a low white or neutral ceiling in more of an intimate environment. In an environment where the ceiling is high or virtually non existent, there is too much wasted light and only a negligible advantage over direct flash. If you're considering it as more of a wide diffuser for use with wider lenses, it can be helpful in that area. A way to improve this product in my opinion, would be offering a removable cap. That would give you the option of pointing the bare flash directly towards the ceiling. You would then achieve the full effect of the flash on the ceiling, while still lighting the rim of the diffuser enough to throw some fill light towards the subject.

                                        Expertise: Products, promotional, some portraiture

                                        Problems Encountered: None. It's just a more aesthetically pleasing approach to an old trick. The same effect can be accomplished with the bottom of a plastic bottle of rubbing alcohol. It primarily looks more professional, and is custom fitted to the specific flash unit. Although it does indeed work, it's essentially a piece of plastic that you pay a fair amount for.

                                        Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Joe Demb diffuser

                                        Share this review

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