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Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash

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Product Highlights
  • Improves Light From DSLR Pop-Up Flash
  • Improves/Eliminates Harsh Shadows
  • More Natural-Looking Light
  • Compatible W/Major Camera Brands

Professor Kobre's Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash turns your DSLR's built-in pop-up flash into a fine lighting instrument, banishing unsightly black shadows, the evil (red) eye, and nasty hot spots from your photographs, and replacing them with a softer, gentler light that flatters your subject, whether man or woman, old or young, dog or cat, fish or fowl. 

Too good to be true? Nope, it works, and you don't have to be a technical wizard to use it, either. This small low-tech device creates soft, flattering light by using a small mirror to redirect light from your camera's pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall, which reflects the light, spreading it out and softening it, for greatly improved photos. Just slip the Lightscoop over your camera's pop-up flash, follow the simple directions, and, bingo!--you can stop deleting half your pictures because of the ugly lighting.

In addition to this standard mirror, a warming mirror which adds a light amber color for more pleasing skin tones is available separately.

The Lightscoop is designed for use only with DSLRs using interchangeable lenses with a pop-up, built-in flash--the flash on point-and-shoot cameras isn't strong enough for use with the Lightscoop.

For Sony cameras, you must use the Lightscoop Sony Standard or Warming Mirror. This Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror is compatible with:


Canon 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, Rebel XTi OR 400, Rebel XT OR 350, Rebel XSI or 450, Rebel XS or 1000D, Rebel T1i or EOS 500D, Rebel T2i or EOS 550D, Rebel T3i or EOS 600D
Fuji FinePix Pro S Series
Nikon D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D700, D3000, D5000, D7000
Sigma SD14
Pentax K10D, K100D, K20D, K200D
Olympus E3, E420, E520 & E620
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2K

Improves the light from pop-up flashes on DSLRs, softening or eliminating harsh black shadows, red-eye, and hot spots
More natural-looking light
Compatible cameras include:
Canon 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, Rebel XTi OR 400, Rebel XT OR 350, Rebel XSI or 450, Rebel XS or 1000D, Rebel T1i or EOS 500D, Rebel T2i or EOS 550D, Rebel T3i or EOS 600D
Fuji FinePix Pro S Series
Nikon D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D700, D3000, D5000, D7000
Sigma SD14
Pentax K10D, K100D, K20D, K200D
Olympus E3, E420, E520 & E620
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2K

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LightscoopUniversal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash
 
4.2

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (54)
  • Lightweight (50)
  • Consistent output (16)
  • Durable (9)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (11)
  • Weak output (4)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (36)
  • General purpose (27)
  • Fill flash (26)
  • Indoor photography (5)
  • Night photography (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (35), Semi-pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (58), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

ALOT of Bang for the Buck!

I have no professional lighting alternatives other than the pop-up flash on my Canon 50D. So, before I begin investing in professional lighting, I thought I would give the 'USM' a try. ...Read complete review

I have no professional lighting alternatives other than the pop-up flash on my Canon 50D. So, before I begin investing in professional lighting, I thought I would give the 'USM' a try. I love it. Such a simple tool and very easy to use. It easily slides right into the hot shoe. A huge difference in the quality of my images. I hated how the flash on it's own would make my subjects look so washed out. Using the USM creates a lovely, soft glow rather than that ugly glare. The only negative is if the ceiling is too high or outdoors, it will not work as it uses the ceiling in a room to bounce the light off of.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's fine if it's all you have

Great soft light with nice catchlights if you are only working in landscape mode and the subject is within 3-4 feet. If you plan to use in in portrait mode, the flash will...Read complete review

Great soft light with nice catchlights if you are only working in landscape mode and the subject is within 3-4 feet. If you plan to use in in portrait mode, the flash will need to be bounced off of a wall. The on camera flash is just not powerful enough to do that kind of bouncing. If subjects are farther away, your pics will be underexposed, even when cranking up the exposure compensation.

Since I have a speedlite, this will probably collect dust in a drawer. I thought it would be nice when I want to travel light, but It is not small and very limited.

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5.0

Small add-on. Great results!

By The Photogeek

from Pinole, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Need Wall For The Bounce

Best Uses

  • Family Photos

Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

I LOVE this little gadget. My photos turn out great without having to bring my speedlight and defuser.

It's very easy to use and makes effective use of the bounce. I'm so happy that another photographer suggested this to me.

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4.0

works

By merlinpi

from Wichita, KS

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Portrait

    Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

    the bounce works nicely, used it as a trigger for 2 other flashes, and it did the job. the reason for the 4 stars is that installing it on the hot shoe was not very obvious at the beginning and you have to really push it tight and i did freak me out...

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    • No

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    5.0

    Who Knew.

    By TennisCaptain

    from Elkhart, IN

    Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

    This Lightscoop works great. I made my Dog pose for a before & after picture. You can really see the difference. With the lightscoop it looks much more natural.

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    5.0

    Great product. Great price.

    By Kelsey

    from Middleton, WI

    Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

    I enjoy taking pictures, but was never very happy with the harsh light from the flash on my camera. The Lightscoop does a wonderful job solving that problem and also is very affordable. My pictures look almost professional now. I am absolutely in love with this product.

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    5.0

    It IS worth the $20

    By Alanna Singer

    from Sterling, Colorado

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Photojournalism
    • Portraits

    Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

    First, you have to understand that this product was not made to be used outdoors. It is for the specific purpose of smaller spaces with shorter ceilings, and in its purpose it works amazingly well! I have taken wedding preparation photos, pictures of my friends around my dorm, etc. For every day use in your home it is nice. If you have a flash that works too, but this is quick for those moments in which you do not have time to tamper with settings. It is worth the [$]$! You MUST understand that its purpose is not for outdoor pictures, nor for rooms that have high ceilings. If you remember this, and use it for its intended purpose, you will not be disappointed.SOMETHING I NOTICED... When there IS a high ceiling, if you stand with a white wall behind you, and the subject decently close (for instance, this could work with a closeup portrait), the flash bounces off the wall and creates nice fill.

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    4.0

    Great for indoor use of close subjects

    By TUGrlRacer

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

    Works great on My Canon T2i. I did find that the subject has to be close. It doesn't work well on illuminating a larger area or multiple subjects.

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    1.0

    Invest in External Flash instead

    By Megan

    from Southeast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

          While it did provide more even lighting than my pop-up flash...it certainly did not look like the examples provided. I was sure to follow all instructions. I returned this item and spent the money on an external flash instead.

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          • No

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          1.0

          Great Idea, Cheap Product

          By Abhi

          from Garland, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Horrible Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

              I would have given this a 4 star rating if the construction was such that it would fit my camera correctly. The concept is great, and to get photos like the picture that is shown, you'll have to do some amount of post processing. I figured that with post processing and regular flash, I'll be able to get a very close picture.

              The biggest issue that I had was not the way that it performed, as I would've been okay with it. It was the construction, the hot-shoe wouldn't fit right in my hot-shoe mount (Nikon D7100), so you have to push it real hard, and when I tried to pull it out, a part of the hot-shoe broke and got stuck in between the blades inside the mount. I know this is the case specifically for this unit, as I have other flash units and those don't require the kind of effort to put on or off the mount.

              Overall a horribly bad product that did not take the size of the mount for different cameras when designing it, and advertised the product for all cameras.

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              5.0

              Great product!

              By Cam

              from Mechanicsville, md

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                I use the lightscoop when taking portraits indoors and it has improved my pictures significantly. So far I can say that this purchase has definitely been worth it.

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                2.0

                Not what I expected.

                By Golfbug

                from Minneapolis, MN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                  Tried to use with an Olympus e-520. It did not fit fully on; it hit the lamp. Even with 2+ flash compensation, the pictures were dark.
                  Returned for refund.

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Maximize your built-in flash

                  By Jim

                  from Schofield Barracks, HI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus
                  • Slow Ttl Metering

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                  Bought the Lightscoop to aid in shooting pictures of our black Lab. They're notoriously difficult dogs to photograph due to camera metering issues, and direct flash tends causes green-eye and strange contrast issues.

                  Having a bounce mirror helps immensely, and this one is near perfect. Bouncing the flash off the ceiling or a wall helps get more light without the blown-out foreground that the onboard flash can cause. Also, I don't have to worry about getting the dark arc at the bottom of images where the lens hood partially blocks the onboard flash.

                  It will slow the TTL metering and focus with some lenses, but for tripod-mounted shots and manual focus, this can easily be overcome.

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                  3.0

                  Not as good as it seems

                  By Vivi

                  from Gainesville , GA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Not Ease To Attach

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                  It did take a good picture, but it was hard to attach to the the camera and its not practical

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  I Need More Light Inside!

                  By Christine

                  from Madison, WI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                  I bought the Light Scoop after someone recommended it to me in a photography forum. I am learning how to use my camera in manual mode and have trouble getting enough light for subjects inside my house.This product is great for extra light for indoor photos. I get a brighter picture without the hideous shadows of the default camera flash and without the bulk and weight of an external bounce flash. I thought about buying the warming version of this product, but have discovered that you can get the same effect by setting your white balance to shade or cloudy.I am very pleased with the results I have had so far. The product works as advertised.The product seems very sturdy and fits snugly on my camera. The only complaint I have so far is that it is a bit bulky, however, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks for me.I highly recommend this product for someone who is not ready to buy an external flash but needs more light for their exposures.

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                  1.0

                  Worth A Look But Evaluate Carefully

                  By Jim

                  from Millersville MD

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                        This did not "work" for me, in the sense that the quality of the pictures was not significantly different than just using the camera flash by itself. However, the concept is great and I highly recommend giving it at test.

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic!

                        By grae

                        from OKC

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash

                          Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                          Worked as advertised.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works Perfectly

                          By Shopgirl75

                          from Northeast MO

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                              After using a piece of white paper taped around my flash for a while, and liking the results, I ordered this mirror bounce and I'm glad I did. It works just as it says it does. To be honest, I've only gotten to use it a few times on our recent vacation but I could tell from my camera that it worked just as I'd hoped and made indoor pictures at my sister's so much better. I haven't been able to upload any yet but I'm greatly anticipating it. I actually took a few without the mirror and then with the mirror in the same settings and the difference was phenomenal. Its true that you cannot turn your camera vertically but I can adapt to that. I'm very happy with the purchase.

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                              4.0

                              Nice Lighting Effect

                              By Barta IV

                              from Wake Forest, NC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                                This is a great little piece to make your pop-up flash create pleasing pictures. The bounce is quick and easy to put on, plus it comes with instructions for optimizing your camera settings to get good pictures. It's not the answer for every situation, but it does eliminate red-eye and it's way better looking than a dead on flash. Your family event pictures will look better than everyone else's.

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                                5.0

                                delightfully surprised!

                                By Snaplo

                                from Washington, DC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash

                                  Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                                  This product works *exactly* as described and I'm very happy with the results. I take a lot of casual photos at home, so I was looking for something to soften my built-in flash (T2i) without having to attach a bounce flash. In order to get the best results, be sure to follow manufacturer's setting instructions (ISO, flash intensity, etc). Because it is not a bounce flash, you must depend on the walls to help diffuse your light, so you have to be mindful where you are when you take the photo (ceilings that are not too high, vertical shots require a wall close by,e tc). As for casual use, really enjoying the results. Installs quickly and easily... I only wish it came with a hard cover carrying case because it may not take a lot of pressure in a bag or if it ends up being dropped on a hard floor.

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                                  5.0

                                  Love this..great for pet pics!

                                  By Steph

                                  from Springfield, VA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comes with bag case
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Pet portraits
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                                    I love this and it is such a great deal. Other reviews talk about it being flimsy, but it's not as fragile as they lead you to believe. If you're carrying it around in your camera bag with all of your other equipment it will be fine. I could see it breaking if you say...step on it...so don't do that! I love that I can finally take pictures of my pet without the evil eye glare, and it definitely takes nice shots inside. Follow the instructions to set up your camera and you won't be disappointed. I don't have the cash to buy an expensive flash attachment right now, so this is perfect for the time being and I have already put it to good use.

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                                    4.0

                                    Using for art photos

                                    By ArtsyMama

                                    from Iowa

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Weak Output

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Night Photography

                                    Comments about Lightscoop Universal Standard Mirror Bounce for Pop-Up Flash:

                                    I have only used it for art photos. Until now I have been waiting for perfect sunny days to photograph my art. I was hoping this would allow me to photograph art at night or cloudy days. While it is better than the flash alone, it isn't briight enough alone and there needs to be sunlight. I also cannot use it w camera turned sdeways b/c the bounce doesn't work off the wall.

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