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LumiQuestCompact Gel Holder
 
3.7

(based on 84 reviews)

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    (21)

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    (15)

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77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (65)
  • Packs small / compresses (59)
  • Easy to use (50)
  • Reliable (26)
  • Strong construction (19)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (21)
  • Poor quality (8)
  • Unreliable (6)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (36)
  • Family photos (32)
  • Landscape/scenery (15)
  • Travel (12)
  • Sports/action (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (27), Pro photographer (16), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (46)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The only game in town

If you want a gel holder for your shoe-mount flash, I'm afraid there aren't many options.

The LumiQuest holder does it's job adequately. I mounts on the flash and allows...Read complete review

If you want a gel holder for your shoe-mount flash, I'm afraid there aren't many options.

The LumiQuest holder does it's job adequately. I mounts on the flash and allows you to slide gels (the size that come in the Strobist Collection) into the transparent window in front of the flash. There's also a second pocket that allows storage of extra gels.

I have two complaints; first, it's a little tight on my Metz 48AF, which means the window bends, making it a pain to slip gels in. The other flaw is the bendable window itself. I feel a window made of a harder material would make changing gels easier.

All that said, I'm just starting out using gels and I'll probably need to change them a lot less as I start picking the right one more often. I just wish there was a faster way to swap gels.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A good first attempt

I've always just cut larger pieces of gels and put velcro on the ends to quickly attach them to my flashes, problem was a place to store them afterwords and quickly get to them...Read complete review

I've always just cut larger pieces of gels and put velcro on the ends to quickly attach them to my flashes, problem was a place to store them afterwords and quickly get to them while keeping them in good condition. So I bought this to solve that problem. The storage is handy but the whole unit is too stiff and has a hard time folding around your flash without putting too much pressure on the velcro. You have to remove one end to put a gel in as the two pieces of clear plastic stick to each other. I'll try and modify mine by cutting some of the area where the clear connects to the black to help it bend but I'd expect that these sorts of design flaws would be addressed before you produced a product like this. Its not great and I've not actually used it on assignments yet preferring to stick with my old methods.

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1.0

Will not be using it for my Nikon SB 800

By Kennebunk Larry

from Boston

Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

I don't like the design of the holder. It attaches to your flash by using the included velcro strips. I chose not to use the strips because that would have prohibited using the 14mm diffuser attachment that snaps on my Nikon SB 800 and is a valuable accessory. Instead, I tried using elastic bands and the strap which comes with the Better Beamer but neither could keep the holder firmly in place. It is also difficult to insert the very thin gels in to the holder's sleeve.

For the Nikon SB 800, I came up with the best way of attaching the gel and that is to simply place it under the built-in pull out 17 mm diffuser. I cut the gel filter down for a better fit.

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4.0

So Far so good

By LWink

from McMurray, PA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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        Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

        I bought this on a whim and so far it's not bad. I use in on an old Nikon SB-26 which has a more narrow head than the 900+910's do. It fits the older flash well. I use that spare flash for accent lighting or hair/rim light so it's nice to have some gels literally right with it. You can keep commonly used pre-cut gels right ON the strobe unit in the handy little pocket. Right away I placed 5 or 6 in there. The first time out I couldn't dial a flash down far enough and I had an ND filter in the spare gel pocket which made my day.
        Others have said it's very difficult to slide gels into the window. This is true if you leave both ends velcro'd on. I just unpeel one side and it gives you more play to slide it in.

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        5.0

        "All in One Place"

        By Pasojanice

        from Wellsboro, Pa

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

          Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

          I have seen other photographers with their make-shift taping methods they use to hold their gels and then picking them up when their method fails at times. I have to say that I was a little wary of this one but, "Oh, we'll try it", and glad that I did. I don't have to worry, just choose my gel and go about my business the way it should be!

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          3.0

          Works but hard to load gels

          By SteveTVD

          from Southern Oregon

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Difficult to Use

          Best Uses

            Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

            I use this to hold gels to balance flash for the type of ambient light. It does the job and keeps the gels at a nice distance from the flash lens so heat can escape well. The issue I have is when in place it's very difficult to get the gel into the sleeve. It's easier with one side loose from the flash though still not easy.

            The issue is the pocket is tight and made of clear plastic (vinyl?). The two side of this pocket stick to each other a bit. So it's a bit of an effort to get the gel all the way in quickly. Time is often of the essence when shooting, no one wants to wait around for the photographer to wrestle with a gel holder.

            Also, the little pocket to hold gels for use at another time isn't useful as the gels stick out a lot (perhaps 1/4 length) so you wouldn't store them there or they'd be damaged/lost.

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            5.0

            Compact Gel Holder by LumiQuest

            By Ed

            from Pennsylvania

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                Easy to attach and remove. Would recommend to anyone.

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                5.0

                Great inexpensive gel holder!

                By Ryan in NYC

                from Staten Island, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easy To Pack
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                    Nice gel holder that securely attaches to your flash gun with a velcro cinch strap so no messy tape residue! :-)

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                    4.0

                    Useful Accessory

                    By Shaunak

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                        I bought the Strobist gel kit and this came along with it. Useful addition to the package. Straps on nicely to my Lumopro LP-160 with the adhesive velcro (provided with the Holder).

                        The gels don't slip into the plastic sheath easily at first but once you get the hang of it and it has sufficiently loosened up the gel strips slide right in

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                        3.0

                        nice holder

                        By MJ Photographer

                        from Minnesota

                        About Me Photography Student

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Difficult to Use

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                        I think that this is a nice holder for the gel filters. It would be nice if this came with the gel filters. I had trouble at first trying to figure out how to make it go with my flash, but I figured it out.

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                        5.0

                        Nice little item

                        By Shades Photography

                        from Paragould, AR

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                          Not much to say. It holds the gels. Does exactly what is should. Feels like a quality built item.

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                          3.0

                          Good but not great

                          By Markshelby

                          from New York

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Difficult to Use

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                          It holds gel filters adequately but it can't be tightened sufficiently to avoid light leaking out the sides. If you're using this flash as a bounce, this means that there will be some direct light spilling on to you subject. Not a deal breaker but not ideal.

                          The Velcro tape seems to be very strong.

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                          4.0

                          Small but still functional

                          By Paul B

                          from San Jose, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Doesn't fit all flashes

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                          It's a little small on some flash heads but still works well if you take care in strapping it on.

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                          5.0

                          Easy to use

                          By Mike

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                            This is used to hold gels onto my flash unit. It is sturdy and mounts easily on the flash unit while still allowing a diffuser to also be mounted. I recommend that you purchase this with the Rosco Strobist 55-Piece Filter Kit.

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                            2.0

                            I may repurpose this cool little thing

                            By Jim in Central New York

                            from Central NY

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                              Designed to hold gels to your portable flash. If this product is right for your flash and working style it will be perfect. The plastic gel pocket is nearly clear with less than 1/4 f-stop light loss, pretty darn good.
                              I like the extra pocket provided for your extra gels. The hook & loop fasteners which affix it to your flash unit are industrial strength.
                              I think this product will interfere with Nikon SB flashes -- not really big enough for the SB900, and it will cover up the filter detecting photo window on flash units so equipped.
                              I might put it on my camera bag strap to hold business cards.

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                              5.0

                              Works

                              By aalbert

                              from Miami, FL

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Pack
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos

                                Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                                Was able to get it to fit my 580EX flash without difficulty, and it stows well in my bag. Lot less hassle than adapting each gel with Velcro.
                                Recommended as an affordable must have.

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                                2.0

                                not great

                                By Captain Rock

                                from Seattle, WA

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                                      Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                                      The holder was sold together with the Roscoe gels I wanted; LOVE the gels, don't care for the holder.

                                      The holder is a bit small for the 580exII speedlite, but it works.

                                      Gaffer's tape would work just as well, and is a lot cheaper.

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                                      5.0

                                      Good product

                                      By Kathy

                                      from Michigan

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                                          Holds the gels great and fits on my external flash great.

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                                          4.0

                                          Meets My Needs

                                          By Steven Matrix

                                          from Tampa, Florida

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Pack
                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Weddings/Events

                                            Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                                            Great product to use with my gels for shooting events.

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                                            5.0

                                            Handy Dandy

                                            By Gin

                                            from North Carolina

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Pack
                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                                                This contraption is better than I had expected. comes with all the necessary velcro.

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                                                5.0

                                                A must own for everyone

                                                By DJ

                                                from NY

                                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Pack
                                                • Easy to Use
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Family Photos
                                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                                  • Sports/Action
                                                  • Travel
                                                  • Weddings/Events

                                                  Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                                                  If you use flash this is a great way to adjust your colors.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Nice handy, useful device.

                                                  By Gizmo

                                                  from Phoenix, AZ

                                                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Pack
                                                  • Easy to Use
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Reliable

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Family Photos
                                                    • Travel
                                                    • Weddings/Events

                                                    Comments about LumiQuest Compact Gel Holder:

                                                    Easy to use,

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                                                    • No

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