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Spiffy GearLight Blaster Strobe Based Projector
 
4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Attaches securely (3)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Long-lasting (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Indoors (6)
  • Portraits (6)
  • Low light (4)
  • Night time (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unique Tool

Overall, this thing is a little wonky, BUT there's just nothing else like this. It's a brilliant invention and I'm glad I bought one.

I used this with a Canon 580EX...Read complete review

Overall, this thing is a little wonky, BUT there's just nothing else like this. It's a brilliant invention and I'm glad I bought one.

I used this with a Canon 580EX II Speedlite.

Tricks to using this (alongside studio strobes, anyway):
- works best with fast lenses with large rear elements (like F1.4 or faster).
- for full rear-projection-like backgrounds, your surface needs to be white AND you're going to need a wide lens. I had a 16'h x 21'w cyc wall and a 14mm F2.8 Rokinon could be set out less than 10 feet and would give me full wall coverage. Unfortunately, my wall was currently painted a medium gray, so the F2.8 was rather faint.
- find initial focus by shining a flashlight through the light blaster, then attach the flash unit. Don't use an LED flashlight with multiple LEDs.
- slightly defocused patterns on subjects is more pleasing and looks less "photoshoppy" than perfectly-focused (IMHO)
- Gaffers tape is useful for ensuring a secure hold when tilting up
- the stock Light Blaster slide strips are a little too wide (on the short side; vertically) and need to be trimmed to fit in the holder correctly.
- use a small piece of clear tape to keep the (now trimmed) LB slide strips from sliding out when switching out holders.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Might be cool - takes some practice

This looks fun, takes some work sorting out the focus and positioning.

This looks fun, takes some work sorting out the focus and positioning.

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3.0

Might be cool - takes some practice

By bullmoon

from ATL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector:

      This looks fun, takes some work sorting out the focus and positioning.

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      • No

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Vignette and Power issues, see photo fix

      By Bob

      from Clarkston, Michigan

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Portraits

          Comments about Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector:

          unique capability

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          • No

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Unique Tool

          By JonW

          from Tampa, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Lightweight
          • Unique Tool

          Cons

          • Requires Experimentation
          • Weak Construction

          Best Uses

          • Studio Work

          Comments about Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector:

          Overall, this thing is a little wonky, BUT there's just nothing else like this. It's a brilliant invention and I'm glad I bought one.

          I used this with a Canon 580EX II Speedlite.

          Tricks to using this (alongside studio strobes, anyway):
          - works best with fast lenses with large rear elements (like F1.4 or faster).
          - for full rear-projection-like backgrounds, your surface needs to be white AND you're going to need a wide lens. I had a 16'h x 21'w cyc wall and a 14mm F2.8 Rokinon could be set out less than 10 feet and would give me full wall coverage. Unfortunately, my wall was currently painted a medium gray, so the F2.8 was rather faint.
          - find initial focus by shining a flashlight through the light blaster, then attach the flash unit. Don't use an LED flashlight with multiple LEDs.
          - slightly defocused patterns on subjects is more pleasing and looks less "photoshoppy" than perfectly-focused (IMHO)
          - Gaffers tape is useful for ensuring a secure hold when tilting up
          - the stock Light Blaster slide strips are a little too wide (on the short side; vertically) and need to be trimmed to fit in the holder correctly.
          - use a small piece of clear tape to keep the (now trimmed) LB slide strips from sliding out when switching out holders.

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          4.0

          Wish I could use it with studio strobes

          By Jared - Identity Crisis Studio

          from Seattle

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Requires Lots Of Light

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector:

            My plans were to use this unit in the studio and on location to create interesting backdrops.The pictures on the website didn't detail the underside, so I wasn't sure if there was a tripod thread, but I found that info from the manufacturer's website. I ordered a Barska ACCU-Grip Camera Handle Pistol Grip at the same time, and am glad that I did.When it arrived, I immediately realized there was certainly no way I could use this with my Vivitar 285 units. But that wasn't a big surprise.Along with this unit and the I also ordered:Blaster Creative Kit - Backdrops by Spiffy GearBlaster Creative Kit - Effects by Spiffy GearTo begin with I used a cheap Canon lens I picked up from Goodwill, and used my Canon 580EX flash.I tried out several of the slides, and found that there was never enough light output. I switched to my Canon 50mm f/1.4, and that helped, but I needed a wider angle, so tried my Canon 28mm f/1.8. Some slides were darker than others. In all honesty, I need to spend more time working with it, and I know I can make it work.My plan is to adapt it to a snoot and use it with my studio strobes for decent output. I don't shoot everything at f/1.4, so I need more light.

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            3.0

            Special effects

            By Ron

            from Hurst, Tx

            Comments about Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector:

            Nice little toy for playing around with your flash

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            pro metal gobos

            By tom_benn

            from Misssouri

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector:

              Got a set of the metal gobos to test out. they are the best thing for the blaster. the shapes and designs are crisp and you can add gels or different backdrops to create additional patterns in the design. Do not know what the cost will be but I think over all it will be worth the price.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Exactly as I expected!

              By scottkcmo

              from Kansas City

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Creative Flexibility
                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Night Time
                • Outdoors
                • Portraits
                • Restricted Area Lighting
                • Special Events

                Comments about Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector:

                This is performing just as expected and that is a GOOD thing. I plan on being VERY creative with this little piece of equipment. I may even buy another so I can add one slide to the back ground while using another on the subject. You do need to pay attention to how the flash gets centered in the shoe. You can turn it the wrong way and get a light fall off with the bulb being out of position to the slide and lens focus point.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Very Cool Background Projector!

                By Photogenicz

                from Greenville SC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unique
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Flash Connection Flimsy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector:

                So I read about this product on a blog and really thought it would be neat and it is with only a couple draw backs. The shell is well built and has a tripod thread connection for mounting on tripod or light stand. My nikon SB600 fits in with velcro around the edge. My Vivitar 285hv does not fit (I didn't really expect it would but should be noted). My first tests I used a Sigma 20-80mm for Canon full frame and the SB600. I had to put the power up almost all the way to get the image bright enough and I found that I kept the lens around 28mm to get the projection large enough on the wall. Focusing took a couple of guess and test cycles. I really like that I can print my own transparencies or just shoot slide film (holder will accept a standard 35mm slide). Now for the down side the connection of the flash to the system is sub par and why I took away a star...bump the light stand it will fall out even if you crank down the the tightening strap. A larger flash head might fair a little better (SB600 is pretty small) but I plan to bring along gaffers tape every time I use it for added protection. This is mainly a warning of something to watch for if you decide to buy. On the plus side the lens connection and tripod connection both seem much better than the flash connection. Also the hard shell carrying case is awesome...it keeps its shape and offers some level of basic crush protection in a crowded gear bag. Bottom line this is a great little add to my kit to get that unique look every once in a while. Photos were taken with my cell phone and are bad but should give you an idea.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works as advertised and 100 times cheape

                By Photoman5151

                from New York

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Long-Lasting
                • Works as advertised

                Cons

                • I Can't Think Of Any

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Night Time
                • Outdoors
                • Portraits
                • Special Events

                Comments about Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector:

                It uses your lens to focus the slide onto a wall or background. The lens I used was an old Manuel Nikon 28mm. Plus I can use my own slides or make ones on my computer. I can't wait to get a willing model to be photographed with this light blaster projecting images on her and behind her. The imagination runs wild with ideas

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                (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A fun and unique tool to have!

                By Von Wong

                from Montreal, QC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Night Time
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector:

                  A great product that allows you to expand your creative options to transform your strobe into a versatile and amazing projector!

                  I received a unit to review and managed to come up with some amazing smoke patterns that I hadn't thought about at the time!

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                  • Yes

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