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Sto-FenOM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser
 
4.6

(based on 217 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (146)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (153)
  • Easy to use (143)
  • Durable (108)
  • Consistent output (67)
  • Versatile (28)

Cons

  • Not interchangeable (6)
  • Slow recycling (3)

Best Uses

  • Fill flash (112)
  • General purpose (92)
  • Portraits (86)
  • Photojournalism (42)
  • Night photography (41)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (85), Semi-pro photographer (32), Casual photographer (18), Enthusiast (18), Pro photographer (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quick, simple, useful

I had a similar one by another company but it actually doesn't compare to this one. First off, the Sto-Fen brand feels more sturdy and the material is slightly rougher. Whether that helps...Read complete review

I had a similar one by another company but it actually doesn't compare to this one. First off, the Sto-Fen brand feels more sturdy and the material is slightly rougher. Whether that helps diffuse the light or not is not too clear, but it is more white that the other brand. From my experience, the more translucent the less diffused. The whole point is to diffuse and spread from a small source, not reproduce the bare flash effect and put money down to do so.

Next, yes it does reduce the power down but so what? Just take your flash to Manual or punch the power up through the camera settings if you're worried and the problem is fixed. Use this to help soften and spread bounced light. Head on...I would use it more as a fill flash since the source is still small, but angling it above your subject still produces a soft light on them and if it's too much or too little, just tweek the power output and try again.

I also tested this in a dark room with poor lighting from a tall lamp in another room and the dark room was lit up beautifully with soft, almost nonexistent shadows. Try it and experiment. The results may surprise you for such a cheap add-on.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Improves light quality from 430EX flash

I took this omni-bounce to HIN car show & shot a few models with it. It does improve the flash performance quite a bit. I noticed that the reflections from the faces of...Read complete review

I took this omni-bounce to HIN car show & shot a few models with it. It does improve the flash performance quite a bit. I noticed that the reflections from the faces of models were reduced quite a bit. Without a bouncer, I noticed alot of reflections from the faces of models caused by dried sweat. This product softens the light output to reduce these reflections.

I also wanted this bouncer to reduce the shadows but I still see shadows in my shots. I would have rated it 5 stars if it was able to reduces the shadows further.

Reviewed by 217 customers

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5.0

Works Fine

By JAB57

from Fombell Pa

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • Portraits

    Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

    Fits my Canon 430EXii

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Fits perfectly

    By NM Roland

    from Albuquerque, NM

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

      I would never use a mounted flash without some sort of diffuser. The light is just too harsh. There are other modifiers, but this OM-EW is the most convenient because it sits right on the head of your flash and doesn't take up any additional room in your bag.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Satified

      By rteller

      from Scottsbluffs, NE

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

        Easy to use, simple, is small enough to carry easily and does the job.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        fits perfectly

        By mastersgt

        from los angeles, ca

        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

        Fits perfectly on my canon speedlite 430ex II

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        5.0

        does what it's supposed to

        By dsh

        from Brooklyn, NY

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

        i like it

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        5.0

        Great little workhorse

        By Baz

        from Australia

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • non

        Best Uses

        • Assit A Kicker Light
        • Fill Flash

        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

        I find the Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce an essential tool for a lot of my Event Photography whilst photographing small groupings of people interacting and mingling. It also works as a great light spreader whilst attached to my speedlite when it's used as a kicker light for headshots.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Works great with Sony HVL-F43M flash

        By Carol

        from R.I.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

          I was looking for a diffuser for my Sony flash and saw a review from Dave in Louisville. It DOES fit this model flash so B & H needs to update there website to include.
          It's a soft plastic that can be stretched a little on sides and fits perfect.
          Nice product that works!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Big on quality, great on price

          By Tea lady

          from Rockwood, Pa

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Perfect Fit

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

            Is the perfect diffuser for my Canon flash! Gives me just the right light to capture extraordinary portraits. I will be buying Sto-fen again!

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            • No

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            4.0

            Sto-Fen bounce for speedlights

            By KNY

            from California

            Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

            I really like this product. It works great at diffusing the light. However, one thing that I didn't like is how it is a little loose. I wish there was a way to clip it on rather than just slipping it on.

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            4.0

            Good Inexpensive Diffuser

            By Dave

            from Louisville

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

              An easy to use compact flash diffuser. Just make sure you stretch it out before attempting to install it on a Sony HVL-F43M flash. Out of the box it is way to tight.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Works great

              By Runamok

              from Corona, ca

              Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

              No issues and works as expected.

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              5.0

              Great product

              By Nflphotog

              from Long Island

              Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

              Had previously used other diffusers but always wanted to get the sto-fen. Great product, does what it is supposed to do at minimal expense and low profile when on the flash.

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              4.0

              Great product and works like a charm!

              By Sjosey

              from Mooresville, Nc

              Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

              If you need an easy fix to diffuse light this is a great option. It's light weight and all you do is snap it on the flash and you're done. It makes shadows softer and helps keeping the flash from blowing out your whites.

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              4.0

              Good Piece to Have

              By Jake the Runner

              from New York

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

                I like using this simply because it is compact and does diffuse Light from the flash more. Works good.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                good product

                By Ben

                from Hawaii

                Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

                Works great. No more blinding people with the flash and the pictures look much better.

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                5.0

                good product

                By Ben

                from hawaii

                Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

                Works great. No more bright light on people's faces

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                5.0

                great product

                By marx

                from iowa

                Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

                very good quality. great product. very helpful addiion

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                3.0

                Works at full strenght

                By AEDigitalProductions

                from Sacramento

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

                  Used on the Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash on a SD mark iii.Works best when using the flash at full intensity. Not the best diffuser but works.

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                  4.0

                  Nice product

                  By Fi-C

                  from Toronto

                  Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

                  No more shinny faces. Very nice product. Easy to use.

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                  5.0

                  omni bounce

                  By squeaky

                  from washington dc

                  Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce Diffuser:

                  Great item
                  Fits perfect

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