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Sto-FenOM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights
 
4.6

(based on 199 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (133)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (146)
  • Easy to use (135)
  • Durable (102)
  • Consistent output (65)
  • Versatile (28)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Fill flash (105)
  • General purpose (87)
  • Portraits (79)
  • Night photography (40)
  • Photojournalism (40)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (92)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (80), Semi-pro photographer (30), Casual photographer (18), Enthusiast (18), Pro photographer (13)

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.

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4.0

Nice product

By Fi-C

from Toronto

Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

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 for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

Great item
Fits perfect

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5.0

Bounce for speedlight

By Bart

from Illinois

Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

Good, inexpensive product works like it should would buy again.

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5.0

Bounce flash

By Kevin

from Chicago Il

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Photojournalism
    • Portraits

    Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

    I have been using sto-Fen omni bounces for 20 years to diffuse the flash especially with people. It helps even the light out, to help reduce glare and shadows.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Sto-Fabulous

    By M.

    from Missouri

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

      Who knew that something so simple and cheap could make such a huge difference! The light diffuses beautifully. I'm not sure I'll ever be taking them off to shoot portraits or events! Great way to even out your portraiture without breaking the bank.

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      5.0

      Softer light

      By Wayne

      from Georgia

      Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

      This really helps soften the light, and avoids a harsh (flash) look.

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      4.0

      Works as it should

      By Tool

      from Saint Lucia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoor Shoots

        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

        Works as it should by sending the light it multiple directions but don't expect a miracle.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Cheap no Frll Bounce

        By Will the Fatchinaman

        from Fountain Valley, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Less Than Perfect Fit

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

          I bought this to be used with EF42 Shoe Mount Flash. The fit is less than perfect but by adding a little rubber band at the head of the EF42 flaish unit, the fit is tight enough for most shooting situation.

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          4.0

          Nice Fit

          By Flash

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

          Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

          Use as directed. Simple and inexpensive.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great light modifier

          By blodal

          from Arlington, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

            Used this product recently at an outdoor nighttime event. Results were great. I am very glad I purchased this diffuser.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good For What It Does

            By Studiopro

            from Leesburg,VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

              Its good for the price is does what its supposed to do, giving your photos a softer look when using a flash.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Love it

              By angelc3

              from nyc

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

              Cheap and it works.

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              5.0

              Flashy Bouncy Thing

              By Maxxum

              from DC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • Night Photography
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

                There isn't much to this product. You put it on your flash, you take pictures, the light is diffused. I've used it at concerts, and if one follows the very sparse instructions, you'll get the results you want. Used with a Sony HVL-F43AM flash.

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                5.0

                It just works

                By MaximusNub

                from Edmonton

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoor flash photography

                  Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

                  It softens the flash which it was made for

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for flash

                  By Chris

                  from Columbia, SC

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Flash Model Specific

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

                  This works great to diffuse the light and keep the subject looking great.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  A very valuable photography tool.

                  By Top Cat

                  from Goshen, Indiana.

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

                    I have only made a few test shots with this product, but I was impressed with the results.
                    There was a noticeable improvement in the quality of a photo taken with the Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni Bounce over a photo with no diffuser on my Canon Speedlight.
                    The fit on the Speedlight is very snug, but it comes off with no difficulty.
                    I am confident this will be a invaluable tool for portrait photography and well worth the purchase price.

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                    5.0

                    The Best Diffuser I have ever Used

                    By Kent 950

                    from Hollister ca

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

                      It Works great images are so much nicer and pleasing it slides on easy and my stays on very well I have some Velcro on my flash from another diffuser and the Omni=Bounce slides over it an is nice a secure

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works Great! Well made!

                      By jp

                      from Valencia,CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

                      This diffuses light for a much nicer look! Very sturdy material.
                      I use it for nicer events shots.

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                      5.0

                      A Great Light Modifier

                      By MisterMutt

                      from Covina, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Approximates Bare-bulb
                      • Inexpensive
                      • Light Weight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • Indoor Photography
                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

                        The Omni-Bounce is a great indoor flash modifier that can definitely make some great on-camera or off-camera flash pictures. I would agree that there are certain shortcomings to this modifier (lower power output, favors indoor use) however I feel that most of them are due to improper use or other limiting factors. Any modifier, whether it is a bounce card, a gel, or a bare bulb modifier will reduce power output because the light is being diffused/unperfectly reflected in some way. Additionally, if there is nothing for the light to bounce off of you cannot expect normal power light in one direction (for that I would recommend a snoot or grid). That being said, I feel that this is a great alternative to the much more expensive Gary Fong Lightsphere which I feel I could approximate with a clear/white plastic container. I use my StoFen with a Canon 430EXII flash currently.

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                        4.0

                        Works as advertised

                        By Andy

                        from Topeka, KS

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni-Bounce for Canon and Sony Speedlights:

                          Works very well and softens the light quite nicely to help soften shadows. Wish it fit a little tighter around my flash, but still nice

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                          • No

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