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Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash

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Product Highlights
  • Mounts on Most On-Camera Speedlights
  • Diffuses Light & Softens Shadows
  • 3x Colored Interior Reflector Discs
  • Entire Dish Diameter: 6.0"

This Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash from Impact is part of their Strobros line of accessories for on-camera speedlights. Using a combination of touch-fasteners and variously sized spacers you can attach it to the head of most on-camera speedlights. The 6.0" beauty dish spreads the flash output to produce softer shadows and a more uniform spread of light, while the different colored reflectors can be swapped out to change the color temperature of the light produced.

This light is much more flattering than the harsh light produced by a bare flash, which is why it's referred to as a beauty dish. The package includes the 6.0" beauty dish, four spacers in two different sizes, an instruction guide, and three colored reflector discs for the interior reflector (silver, soft silver and soft gold). An accessory set of honeycomb grids, color filters and a neutral filter is available, and sold separately.

Spreads the flash output into softer, more uniform wash of light
Softens the harsh shadows from direct flash without interfering with TTL exposure sensors
Attaches easily to most flashes via touch-fastener; no additional mounting equipment required
Diameter 6.0" (15.24 cm)
Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash
  • Beauty Dish Reflector
  • 3 x Interior Reflector Discs (Silver, Soft Silver & Soft Gold)
  • 4 x Attachment Spacers
  • Instruction Guide
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    ImpactStrobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash
     
    4.5

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (21)
    • Lightweight (15)
    • Compact (13)
    • Durable (12)
    • Great picture quality (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (17)
    • Weddings (15)
    • Portraits (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Professional lighting for amateur price!

    I've seen people rave about Quantum's [$]Q-flash and the soft, directional quality of light it gives. But that's only because it uses a parabolic reflector to spread out the light, the same...Read complete review

    I've seen people rave about Quantum's [$]Q-flash and the soft, directional quality of light it gives. But that's only because it uses a parabolic reflector to spread out the light, the same as this beauty dish does. But you only have to pay [$]!Seriously, this will give you professional lighting you can't get otherwise. I use it with a Canon 600 EX-RT flash and Canon 1Dx camera, so I don't buy low quality gear. But why spend more money than you have to?The advantage of a beauty dish over a soft box is that it is more directional with much less light fall off, while it spreads the light out more evenly than a straight flash. See the UNRETOUCHED examples below.The candid of the girl was taken about one foot away, yet the skin didn't wash out and looks natural. Also, enough light scattered to the background to keep it from going black, very important since the subject has black hair. Notice the soft shadows in the picture of the two women. You can't get those results with straight flash, not even with bounce light.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very flawed piece of gear.

    If you have read any reviews of this beauty dish casting a bad shadow in the middle of whatever you're shooting, take that to heart. It renders this item essentially useless. The shadow...Read complete review

    If you have read any reviews of this beauty dish casting a bad shadow in the middle of whatever you're shooting, take that to heart. It renders this item essentially useless. The shadow in the middle is obvious. Which is the exact opposite of what one would by this for. I sent the manufacturer an email asking if there was a solution to the problem that I hadn't thought of.... that was 3 weeks ago, no response of any sort, which was another knock on that company that I had read over and over. Should have listened..... bad product and zero product support.

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    5.0

    Great illumination for speedlights

    By Nazario

    from Yonkers,NY

    Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

    Surburb for family gathering , birthday portraits and detail soft lighting

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    5.0

    Great kicker!

    By July Castle

    from Las vegas

    Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

    Great for kicker light, creates beautiful vignettes on the background or for beauty looks on lips and eyes.

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    5.0

    Great value for money!

    By Saad

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Can Slip Off

    Best Uses

    • Artistic Nudes
    • Family Photos
    • Fashion
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

    This is a very good addition to any photographer's lighting kit on the go. The soft lighting attained with it adds a beautiful touch to every shot captured. There is a good variety of warm and neutral tones for light bouncing. Pros: It's very easy to install. The build quality is not bad either and at such a low price point, it is a very valuable addition to a new rig.Cons: The only con that I can see so far is the fact that it can slip off during use; especially if the camera is faced downwards. It does have velcro straps and rubber studs to help keep the unit in place but that can still cause it to slip off the front of the flash.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Light weight flash diffuser

    By Bob

    from Cleveland Ohio

    Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

    This is a nice item and it was easy to use and setup
    Well worth the money

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    5.0

    EASY TO INSTALL

    By BLUEFLASH

    from ESCONDIDO, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

    ATTACH ON MOST FLASH UNITS

    USE AS BEAUTY DISH FLASH

    CENTER PIECE LOOSE, SWING WHEN FLASH NOT LEVEL.

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    • No

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    5.0

    These really work very well!

    By WTMK

    from Ashland Ma.

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

        Does soften the light and spreads it out the grids work very well to control the beam width

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Beauty Dish

        By MFSTEW

        from Lancaster, SC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Audio Quality
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

            Does a fantastic job on head shots! Dont expect to shoot anything other than a head shot though. The center of your shot will have a shadow from the center reflector! This device does not distribute light evenly on any shots wider than a head shot.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent flash modifier

            By crisderaud

            from Fresno, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Good value
            • Mounts Securely
            • Works well

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Fill flash
            • Studio Product Shots

            Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

            I use this for fill flash on product/stock photography where objects are in front of a white background. The combination of this modifier plus Impact's Fluorescent Two-Floodlight Kit makes for a usable light system that brings consistently good results.

            It mounts easily and securely. The weight is not a problem when mounted on a tripod in a home studio.

            If you need a little bit of fill flash at a close distance this is a good purchase.

            This bounces the light rather than shooting it through a diffuser which gives you a more useable fill flash and better control of the direction.

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            5.0

            Works

            By bosox1963

            from Mass

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

              Verified Buyer

              This is a great little beauty dish for when you are on the go and are using flash.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Nice portable beauty dish

              By Mgalmo

              from Frederick, MD

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos

                Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                This is a great little beauty dish for when you are on the go and are using flash as a light source. Whether on camera or off, I was very surprised with the results.

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                2.0

                Very flawed piece of gear.

                By audiotruth

                from Destin, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Center Shadow Is The Deal
                • Poor Image Quality

                Best Uses

                • None

                Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                If you have read any reviews of this beauty dish casting a bad shadow in the middle of whatever you're shooting, take that to heart. It renders this item essentially useless. The shadow in the middle is obvious. Which is the exact opposite of what one would by this for. I sent the manufacturer an email asking if there was a solution to the problem that I hadn't thought of.... that was 3 weeks ago, no response of any sort, which was another knock on that company that I had read over and over. Should have listened..... bad product and zero product support.

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                • No

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                5.0

                great Beauty Dish

                By Hermosillo Fotografo

                from Mexico, DF

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                its ok Beauty Dish

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                4.0

                Easier than taking a studio with you.

                By barakafour

                from San Gabriel, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                  This dish provides a nice even light. It is very good for portraits.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Surprisingly good

                  By Frank Z

                  from Buford, GA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                    This little beauty dish packs a punch. I tried out a friend's and was very impressed with the output and the quality of light. I used it on camera and off with great results. When your out on location and can't pack a lot of gear, having this for your speed light really comes in handy. And for the price, its a no-brainer, I ordered mine right away.

                    The pros: inexpensive, light, and does a great job.
                    The Cons: The only negative I can say is I wish they'd include a diffusion sock for it, but with a sheet of paper towel or other translucent paper and a rubber band you can make your own that works very well.

                    It's a great addition to your speed light kit.

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                    5.0

                    Fun little light accessory

                    By Mary

                    from Parker CO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                    So far so good, takes some getting used to and I've only practiced on my kids and husband before taking it out for a real shoot. I like the dreamy look it creates on young skin, but I will say it brought out every possible blemish and wrinkle on my poor husband's face. So, depending on what you're going for, this spread out light nicely and is a great tool for the price.

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                    4.0

                    Pretty Good

                    By shyam nair

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                          Good value for money, fairly well put together, was able to get some good low key images.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great modifier in a pinch

                          By Jason A

                          from Mission, KS

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy Construction

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                          I always carry my camera bag with me. In my bag i have a 430ex2 just in case I need to add some light to an image and the Strobros Beauty Dish is a compact way to carry a modifier with you. It is not the best product, but its compact size makes it a great accessory for your camera bag.

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                          3.0

                          Yeah - it's pretty neat

                          By Karl Martel Harrison

                          from Montreal, Qc, Canada

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Poor Image Quality

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                          It's a pretty fun tool but I'm still not sure how well it'll do in the real world...

                          I use this with the 580ex II

                          I bought this with the filter kit and I'm glad I did. Without it the light from the flash leaks around the center reflector and causes hot spots.

                          With the filter kit, the light is pretty nice albeit a tad inconsistent.

                          So, we'll see.

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Works great!

                          By Bob B

                          from Chicopee MA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Portraits
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                            I recently purchased a soft box set up for my SB900 flash. I purchased this as a "throw in" at the last minute. Mainly because of the price and the potential gain. I am very pleased with the results. I have a beauty dish in the studio and the results are similar. It disperses / softens the flash and creates a more even light making it much more complimentary for the subject. The portability of a little beauty dish is great. It fits on the flash well and the velcro helps to keep it on.The SB900 flash is known to heat up and shut itself down. Especially with the plastic dome or other attachments on the end of it. This did happen to me with this on. However, it was while shooting several individuals, baseball teams, one right after another so this is something to pay attention to. I did a portrait session with 2 young ladies and this was not a problem at all.Overall I am impressed with the results. It's very convenient to have a little portable beauty dish to bring along.

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                            4.0

                            enjoying my beauty dish everywhere i go.

                            By skoop

                            from new york

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Impact Strobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash:

                              so far it all good i even use it at church,amen.

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