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ImpactStrobros Beauty Dish Version II for On-Camera Flash
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

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90%

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Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Compact (12)
  • Durable (11)
  • Great picture quality (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (14)
    • Weddings (12)
    • Portraits (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21)

    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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    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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        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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          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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            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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              4.0

              Surprisingly good

              By Frank Z

              from Buford, GA

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              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

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                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

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                  Cons

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                      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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                      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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                      5.0

                      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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                          4.0

                          Nice light, but needs a diffusion sock

                          By MarkM

                          from Chino, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            I used this for a wedding a day after I received it, It worked well for the interior shots but not great outside in bright conditions. Impact should have an optional diffusion sock for this. Their smallest sock is an 11". I found a 7" Soft White Diffuser Sock that works beautifully, Just needs slight modification to fit tight.

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                            5.0

                            Nice Little Attachment

                            By durph

                            from Michigan

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

                              This is a nice little gadget. I used it a couple times for photographing some products and it did a nice job of diffusing the light. I haven't tried it on human subjects yet. So far so good.

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                              4.0

                              Good for quick light

                              By Dukes

                              from Royersford PA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  Used it to do some HS drama pictures when I was not able to have the larger softboxes. Did a decent job for the price. Not the most portable but works out. Good in tight low light situations.

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                                  5.0

                                  Awesome product

                                  By Krekor1

                                  from New Jersey

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Flimsy Construction

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  Took my flash photos to the next level. Can't say enough good about this dish. Only complaint is that the built quality is a bit weak, but well worth it for the money.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great for a speedlite

                                  By Dave

                                  from Walnut Creek, Ca

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  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:

                                    Fits snugly on my Nikon Sb700 & 910 strobes. Allows plenty of light to cover the subject.

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                                    (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Professional lighting for amateur price!

                                    By Sean Kelly

                                    from Taos, NM

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Professional Results

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Candids
                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Outdoor portraits
                                      • Weddings/Events

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

                                      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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