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Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector

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Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector
Key Features
  • For Canon EF/EF-S Lenses
  • Optional Nikon Adapter
  • Shoe Mount Flash w/ Lens Projects Slides
  • Use Your Own Slides
The Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector from Spiffy Gear allows you to use your shoe mount flash and a Canon EF or EF-S lens to transform an ordinary wall into a creative background of patterns, landscapes, people and places. Use your vacation slides to place your subject in a crowd or on a bridge or in a village square.
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Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Overview

The Light Blaster Strobe Based Projector from Spiffy Gear allows you to use your shoe mount flash and a Canon EF or EF-S lens to transform an ordinary wall into a creative background of patterns, landscapes, people and places. Use your vacation slides to place your subject in a crowd or on a bridge or in a village square.

If slides are unavailable or you just want some fresh material, Spiffy Gear has four creative multiple slide kits for you with everything from haunted houses to vivid patterns to earth in space. There's even a set that will allow you to put your choice of angel or fairy wings on your subject. For Nikon users there's an adapter that lets you share in the fun. The light Blaster comes with a slide cartridge, slide, and a Spiffy case.

Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Specs

CompatibilityCanon EF and EF-S lenses, Nikon F lenses with adapter
ConstructionPolycarbonate, stainless steel
Tripod Mount Thread1/4"-20
Dimensions6.3 x 5.5 x 3.7" (160 x 140 x 95 mm)
Weight5.36 oz (152 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.805 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.3 x 5.85 x 4"

Spiffy Gear Light Blaster Reviews

Fun addition to my camera kit

By Len
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-05

This is a great addition to my camera kit. It is not, however, a stand alone piece of gear. It requires that you have a flash and a optically fast lens, preferably a wide angle(24mm or wider) to use it. It also helps if you have a good understanding of the inverse square law. With that in mind, the unit worked as expected. I am certain I will get some very interesting images using it. The only point of concern I have is that when I wanted to remove my lens from it, I could not. The release button does not function very smoothly. Eventually I found that if I put my finger on the release as close to the base of the lens as I could, then pressed down on the release, I could remove the lens.

Such an awesome idea!

By Ian
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-11-03

I used the light blaster most recently to create a backdrop for a Halloween photo booth and it worked incredibly well. It does exactly what they say it will do, and while it does take a tiny bit of work to set up once its focused you can pretty much forget about it unless you need to move it. My only small complaint is that even with a 2.8 lens wide open and a Nikon speed light on full power it doesn't put out a lot of light. High iso is almost mandatory. I can't wait to use this again and again!

very portable and easy to use

By Makcc
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-10-30

The projector was designed for easy usage and create many room to play with

Might be cool - takes some practice

By Stephen
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2014-08-25

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

Vignette and Power issues, see photo fix

By Bob
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-08-14

unique capability

Unique Tool

By Jonathan
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-03-07

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.

Concept vs. Power

By Daniel
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-20

I purchased my Light Baster a couple of years ago, as I loved the concept of being able to project my slides from years ago. I have used it countless times, and have been relatively happy. With that being said, it has one major issue......so much light is lost after going through your lens. Because of the loss of power, one really has to project on to a white material with no ambient light to contaminate the projection. I even purchased the attachment so I could use the Blaster on my Paul Buff Einsteins...so result for the most part. As long as you avoid contaminating the Blaster light with your foreground light, you should be alright. Another issue has to do with the fact that their is no clear guideline on where to position the Blaster and strobe. I constantly find myself readjusting the location, focus and zoom. If you have images of project enormous backdrops in your studio....I am sorry. While the Blaster has its uses, it is limited in performance. Just being honest.

Great Idea - could have been better designed

By Jeffery
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-03

This a truly great idea and i will use it a lot. Three gripes - the first is how the flash is secured - a small hinged or clip in place section over the Velcro would make it easier to secure properly. A means of rotating it 90 degrees to the vertical would be nice is the second issue. What was disappointing that the slides came in a cheap cardboard box -even the very expensive grobos. This box will not last - as the slides are an usual shape - getting a small holder would have been nice. I am modifying a business card holder to suit. The carry case is great but no case for the slides! That said i will use it a lot but a bit more thought in the design would be good.

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Can I use Gobos with this or only slides?
Asked by: Greg
You can get slide size gobos made at a laser cutting place. If you create enough gobos to fill an A4 or letter size piece of paper that are also precut to get them separated then you would have a lot of shapes and gobos to choose from. Spiffy Gear also sells a set of metal gobos. The pro gobo kit.
Answered by: Will P.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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