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LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser for Camera with Pop-Up Flash

You Pay: $13.95

The LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser is designed to soften the light output of the built-in pop-up flash of many SLR cameras.

Note! Not compatible with Minolta cameras.

Softens harsh shadows
Reduces hot spots
Attaches in seconds

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LumiQuestSoft Screen Diffuser
 
3.9

(based on 119 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (93)
  • Easy to use (64)
  • Durable (27)
  • Consistent output (25)
  • Softens light (17)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Fill flash (52)
  • General purpose (45)
  • Portraits (39)
  • Night photography (13)
  • Photography (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (44), Yes (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (45), Enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (16), Casual photographer (10), Professional (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pleasantly Surprised

Used this product at a wedding shoot. Couldn't afford to buy an external flash at this time. Found this product to be a very satisfactory substitution, not to mention a super affordable price. ...Read complete review

Used this product at a wedding shoot. Couldn't afford to buy an external flash at this time. Found this product to be a very satisfactory substitution, not to mention a super affordable price. As the product explanation stated, it, indeed, does soften the harsh lighting created by the camera flash if used within 6 feet or less of subject. Found it very useful when used during "posed" shots of subject/subjects. When taking candid shots at various distances, it just took too much time mounting it and removing it as the shot distances required. However, if used as manufacturer suggests, I was very pleased with the results. Great product.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not fun to mount but improves color

I have a Canon 40D and the LumiQuest was kind of clunky to mount on the camera's pop-up flash. The tab that is supposed to slip easily into the flash shoe is instead a...Read complete review

I have a Canon 40D and the LumiQuest was kind of clunky to mount on the camera's pop-up flash. The tab that is supposed to slip easily into the flash shoe is instead a bit of a struggle. The instructions aren't encouraging, saying if it doesn't mount correctly due to the manufacturer changing the shape of the camera from model to model, stick some velcro on the front of the camera. I don't want velcro on the camera for something I only use occasionally. That said, the LumiQuest did two things. It eliminated the hot spot, so there was no central overly bright area--a better photo. But it also made for far truer colors-something I hadn't expected. I photographed magazines lying on a tan bedsheet. Without the LumiQuest, the sheet was white, and not just in the hotspot created by the flash, but all over. I couldn't see any warming tone in the plastic diffuser of the LumiQuest, but colors were definitely better. The instructions do warn that the LumiQuest will require you to be five to six feet from the subject for best results.

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4.0

Nice product.

By Abhi

from Colorado

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use

    Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

    I have not yet used it extensively. I took couple of shots and looks great.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Works great!

    By Making Memories

    from Vancouver, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

      Took pictures with and without diffuser, as soon as I got it, and it works great. Makes a big difference for such a small price.

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      • No

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      2.0

      Great Idea, bad execution for Canon

      By Paul

      from NW Florida

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

            I really want this thing to work. And it does. The problem is with the way it mounts to the camera. For Canon owners, you have to cut away the tabs that slide into your flash shoe. If you don't, the mount tab activates a micro-switch in the flash shoe and your flash won't work. Once you cut the tab out, it won't stay mounted in the shoe. Well, it will stay there but it is really flimsy. And, if you want to use it on two different cameras and, as is in my case, the micro-switches are on opposite sides, you'll have to cut away both tabs, then it won't stay on the camera at all. Don't waste you money if you are a Canon owner.

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            2.0

            Not that good

            By grandmastergriff

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Not Interchangeable
            • Poor design

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

            It does its job but doess't fit on my Sony A65 well. I actually had to cut multiple parts of it just to have it start working. Other than that it is always in my bag and I pull it out to use occasionally. Not a bad tool just not as good as I had hoped.

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            3.0

            Not so good for Nikon D5100

            By drdave25

            from Buffalo, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Does not fit well

            Best Uses

              Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

              The concept is great but it does not fit securely on the Nikon D5100, so I returned it.The instructions suggest sticking a velcro patch to the camera to steady the diffuser, but I just couldn't get confortable with this solution.

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              5.0

              wonderful effect at very little expense

              By sportsgal

              from atlanta

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                It's so helpful having a product that tones down the harsh effects of direct flash lighting; for a few dollars images can be greatly improved by using this product.

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                • No

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                3.0

                one size does not fit all

                By lmo

                from new brunswick canada

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                  First things first. The product has a tab that slides into your hot shoe. On the T2i on the right side rail is a small button that disables the popup flash.You have to trim the side of the tab very carefully so it does not activate this button. I found by the time i had trimmed enough material away for the flash to work the diffuser won't stay in the hot shoe.

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                  3.0

                  Good for in a pinch

                  By photobug

                  from Richmond,Ky

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                    Not a bad product when you don't have a flash. Easy to install and store.

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                    1.0

                    Make your own

                    By Light Writer

                    from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Doesn't soften flash

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                      I bought this diffuser for me Canon T2i. The idea is great, but that's where it ends. The diffuser lays flat against the flash in such a way that it doesn't really allow the light to soften. If you alter it to arch about an inch away from the light, you'll get better results since the light will bounce a bit and soften up. Also, you can add a couple sheets of vellum to the diffuser to further soften the light output. It is very sheer. Also, aside from that, out doesn't stay on the camera and for this reason, the package comes with sticky velcro which you are expected to stick on to your camera. Personally, I'm not interested in sticking gunk to my camera. As far as I see it, you're beyer of making your own or buying an external flash which supports a proper soft screen. This isn't worth the price.

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                      4.0

                      Flexible, so less likely to break

                      By sheridanpaul

                      from Maine

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • Night Photography
                        • Photojournalism

                        Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                        Just a bit of softening, sometimes it is enough--much better than straight built in flash.

                        Spreads light enough that my big lens hood is now not a problem!

                        Better design than others--Gary Fogg? --which I returned, as were too brittle for on-camera use, and likely to break.

                        Stores flat, takes up little room when not in use.

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                        5.0

                        Very handy diffuser

                        By milehightrader

                        from Aurora, CO

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                        The Lumiquest Soft Screen Diffuser is a very handy item. It takes up minimal space in the camera bag and is easy to install. It does a nice job of softening the on camera flash.

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                        5.0

                        Works better than expected

                        By RCnature

                        from Sherbrooke, QC

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                            Softer light than i expected from this simple device on my D7000. I always keep it in my travel case.

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                            5.0

                            Does just what I need.

                            By Cyndi

                            from Connecticut

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits

                              Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                              Simple to attach. I just leave it on unless I need to use a larger flash. Folds up and stores flat, takes up no space in the bag. Quite possibly the best tiny investment you can make.

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                              3.0

                              CHEAPO DIFFUSER THAT WORKS ....., KINDA

                              By R2D2

                              from Naples, FL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Not Interchangeable

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                              It was supposed to fit my Sony a580 ..., it didn't. At least not without a lot of modification. The part that supposedly slips into the hot shoe (remember, Sony has a proprietary hot shoe) didn't fit. I finally got it to work by cutting off the hot shoe tab and using pieces of the enclosed self stick Velcro. I must say, once it's attached, it works just a well as the Wang clip-on unit and, it is much easier to store.

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                              3.0

                              Fun to play with, don't expect miracles

                              By Idaho Jen

                              from Moscow, ID

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                                Does help diffuse the flash a little. Don't bother trying to fit the rear tab in the hot shoe - I just tuck it in the slot created when I raise the camera flash and attach the front section to the front of my camera with velcro (included with the diffuser).

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                                4.0

                                Neat idea, doesn't fit D5100 well

                                By DrDave

                                from Buffalo, NY

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                                Pros

                                • Clever design compact
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                                    +If it had a smaller attaching loop for name plate on the Nikon D5100, I would keep it

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                                    5.0

                                    I can't believe i did't get this earlier

                                    By Marek

                                    from Austin, Tx

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash
                                      • General Use
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                                      All inside lab shots.

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                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      Soft Screen Diffuser by LumiQuest

                                      By Ellie

                                      from Philadelphia PA

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                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                                            Love using my new soft screen diffuser. When I don't want to carry my Nikon flash unit, I can use my on camera flash and use this product to diffuse the light. A great asset.

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                                            4.0

                                            Better than a bare naked on-camera flash

                                            By [@]

                                            from Riverton, Utah

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Fill Flash
                                              • General Use

                                              Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                                              I bought this diffuser to have on my second camera while shooting weddings. (I only have one strobe unit) This unit makes the light so much better from the on-camera flash. My on-camera flash was always set at 2 stops down before I bought this toy, now I can use the flash at full power and the diffuser takes care of the hard edges that you usually see with a naked flash. Bottom line: If you must use the on-camera flash, get one of these! They are cheap, light, easy and quick to install and fit in any gearbag

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                                              4.0

                                              Good for its price

                                              By WBennett

                                              from San Diego, CA

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                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser:

                                                  Given the price of the product, I would say that diffuser does its job decently well. Granted, it won't provide softbox quality lighting, but hey, it's cheap. For the price, the product works well. It eliminates much of the flat, unappealing, harsh light from the pop-up flash.

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