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ExpoImagingRogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector
 
4.5

(based on 100 reviews)

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    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (83)
  • Compact (79)
  • Lightweight (70)
  • Durable (57)
  • Great picture quality (19)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (64)
  • Family photos (63)
  • Travel (22)
  • Sports/action (9)
  • Portraits (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (38), Photo enthusiast (30), Pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (86)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Where do you want your light?

This thing is great. It's one of the best pieces of kit in my arsenal. It allows me to put light where I want it & nowhere else.

I've...Read complete review

This thing is great. It's one of the best pieces of kit in my arsenal. It allows me to put light where I want it & nowhere else.

I've only used it a handful of times in the week or two since I purchased it, but if I'm not shooting through an umbrella, odds are this thing is on the flash shaping the light to where I want it.

It attaches to the camera with a velcro strap (no glue on your strap, you just wrap it around the head). It's just about big enough so that if you form a snoot, it'll cover the whole of my Nikon SB600- I'm not sure this would work so well on larger flash units like my Vivitar 285hv.

It's basically a large sheet with gray on the inside & black on the outside and two rubbery strips that hold their position to allow you to shape it however you want. There are tiny velcro strips at the four corners that hold it in place when you shape it as a snoot. A bit more velcro would be welcome as the center area tends to gap & light may leak out when as a snoot. Perhaps a piece of velcro in the center of the 'snoot' configuration.

I've used it as a gobo (to prevent stray light from hitting the lens), and my new favorite - the half-snoot. An upside down 'u' shape that allows you to light the model's whole body & nothing else. In this shape, the light coming out of the flash is ever so slightly softened by the internal reflections, though I wouldn't call it soft light.

I guess you could use it as a bounce card if necessary, but it's not so sturdy that I'd keep it on my camera while walking around and if I have time to set up and I want to soften the flash, I'm using an umbrella.

All in all, this is a very useful piece of gear that can be used to limit where light goes. It's sturdy and I expect to get years of use out of it. When I'm done with it, I slip it back in the cardboard sleeve it came in & put it in the laptop area of my backpack. You could roll it up & dump it in your gear bag too, but I'd rather keep the velcro fresh by not exposing it to lint or whatever in my bag.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

This this awesome :)

Ive only used it once so far but it made a major difference then the harshness of the flash. It made its own dark edges of the photo without having to edit them that...Read complete review

Ive only used it once so far but it made a major difference then the harshness of the flash. It made its own dark edges of the photo without having to edit them that way, which is awesome, i do that all the time. I havent bent it many ways yet but all the ways i have makes a huge difference in my photos and its great for those just starting out in photography like i am. Seems a little expensive but not compaired to others. It folds flat for storage in a bag :) i havent used it enough to have anything bad to say about it.

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2.0

What you see is NOT always what you get

By Stan

from Ohio

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos

    Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

    Does what it is supposed to ...
    However it did not have the velcro as shown
    Mine came with metal snaps
    ( so it can't be turned around and used as a black flag )

    * turns out to be a now dis-continued model that I got instead of the current version *

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    5.0

    Best $[$]spent

    By BlackDogs

    from MA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

      Very well made and compact reflector. It was perfect for the wedding shoot. The small size one was just right to use with my Canon 560EX. The flexibility of this flash bender is huge, including use in portait mode.

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      5.0

      Works as it should

      By Jim

      from NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

          Got it for the floor flight on flash, needed something small for backdrops, also use on flash if needed.

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          5.0

          Simple. Brilliant. Simply Brilliant!

          By Jon H

          from Shawnee, KS

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Handy

            Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

            Best little gizmo I've purchased in a long time. Easy to attach to speedlights. Easy to adjust. It simply works. And works well. It has me reconsidering my plans to buy more monolights.

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            4.0

            Works Well

            By JH

            from SF, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                Fits smaller flashes as well as larger ones with the adjustable belt size. Works well to bounce light forward at the subject.

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                4.0

                Great for bounce flash

                By Joseph

                from Philadelphia

                Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                I used this a a high school prom. High ceilings, so no hope of bounce flash. This spread the flash nicely on a dark dance floor. I have also used the bender when I am shooting video to keep light focused in one area.

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                5.0

                Very Nice!

                By Robt

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                  I heard about this at a recent Nat'l Geo. photo seminar. The speaker raved about it as a useful piece of gear. She was right. It fits in my gadget bag and is extremely flexible -- literally and figuratively. It does just what the description says. Reflector/bounce/snoot. Definitely improved my flash pictures.

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                  4.0

                  Versatile Tool

                  By MarkV

                  from Denver, CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                      This is a nice light weight tool for use both on camera and off. I like that it uses a built in compression strap to hold it on rather than using Velcro stick on squares or requiring a separate strap. It does work rather well as a snoot too, but I do wish that it was easier to shape it into a narrower circle. With only two flexible ribs for shaping I was only able to create a small triangle. Still, it worked very much as advertised and I would buy it again.

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                      4.0

                      Nice reflector for Canon 600 EX 11 Flash

                      By mitzvahphoto

                      from Buffalo Grove, IL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                        I have used this for three events now. I am learning how to bend the light to where I want it. The only negative is sometimes people knock into me and move this. The other thing is the flash sometimes bends forward.

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                        5.0

                        Very Useful

                        By DH

                        from NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                            All good

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            Good

                            By G. Mendez

                            from PR

                            Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                            Not what I expected, when u compare photos using this product and without it.

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                            4.0

                            Great for event shoots

                            By Event photo

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                              Very useful on camera flash with TTL

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                              5.0

                              Awesome reflector, solid snoot.

                              By Stylized Facts

                              from Sacramento, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                                This is my first Rogue/ExpoImaging product. It will not be my last. I love that it's soft and folds completely flat - it fits in my bag between the padded camera insert and the wall. This spot was previously useless, or reserved for a passport when traveling. Now I keep the FlashBender there and forget about it until it's needed.The build quality of this item is fantastic. Rogue probable could have even dialed the materials down a notch (but I'm happy they didn't). The ways you can position this thing are endless, and I find it works great for both on- and off-camera flash. I also like that I can turn the same piece of gear from my bag into a snoot that provides great results.On the whole, I'm not sure what else you would expect or want from a small flash modifier that disappears in your bag. For the price and nearly nonexistent size/weight penalty in your bag, I don't think you can go wrong with the small FlashBender. I'm very satisfied.

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                                4.0

                                Good product

                                By GM

                                from Puerto Rico

                                Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                                Is the first time I. Buy and use this kind of flashbender, is a good product. For a soft light is excellent but I still have problem with person with eyeglasses, the flash still reflect in the eyeglasses.

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                                5.0

                                The Best Flash Accessory, Hands Down

                                By O2BnKY

                                from Memphis, Tn

                                Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                                I absolutely love the FlashBinder. I have used one for a couple of years now. I use it every day. It turns my on-camera flash into studio light. I am able to light entire rooms evenly without blowing out the closest person. I can get great directional light by bouncing it off of the walls around a person in the foeground and onto a subject. It is the best tool on the bag other than the camera.

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                                5.0

                                Great flash modifier

                                By Jfarmato

                                from Germantown

                                Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                                The flash bender has helped numerous times in situations where I'm not able to bounce off walls or ceiling.

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                                5.0

                                Rogue Flashbender

                                By steve03

                                from Copiague,NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                                  its is the best flash modifier I have used and it folds up and is easy to travel with.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excelente opción para iluminación suave

                                  By Kerim Fahara

                                  from Dominican Republic

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                                    He comprado el reflector para fotografías en interiores, aún no lo uso en exteriores, en fotos de grupo y retratos funciona muy bien ya que crea una luz difusa y ayuda a tener texturas en las fotos evitando quemar la imagen o crear sombras duras detrás de los sujetos a ser fotografiados.

                                    Este reflector lo he comprado por la recomendación de una amigo que se dedica 100% a la fotografía de bodas, ya lo había visto actuar y la verdad es que te evita el peso y volumen que crean los softbox.

                                    Si buscas algo práctico y tienes un Flash potente esta puede ser una solución incluso montada sobre la cámara, si tus requerimientos son mayores que el relleno y una iluminación suave necesitaras subir un grado más allá y comprar luces de estudio y softbox portátiles.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great addition to my Kit

                                    By LR

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                                      Potential to be a five star addition - used this for an event and loved the ease of use and control of light that the reflector provided. Look forward to shooting with it in the future.

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                                      5.0

                                      Best Reflector/Diffuser on the market

                                      By gleep703

                                      from Upstate NY

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Family Photos

                                        Comments about ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Small Positionable Reflector:

                                        Nikon D800
                                        Nikon SB-910

                                        I have other flash modifiers to include the Spinlight 360 system and a couple of Graslon diffusers. This beats them all hands down!!

                                        I usually use this with the flash at a 45 degree angle to the ceiling and slightly curved on the top and side edges. Where other modifiers will tend to concentrate the light in the center of the frame, this will provide an even light throughout the width and depth of the photo.

                                        I have thought about buying snoots for my different flashes, but with this I don't need to.

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