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VelloUniversal Bounce Diffuser
 
4.3

(based on 130 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (99)
  • Lightweight (98)
  • Packs small / compresses (70)
  • Reliable (42)
  • Strong construction (35)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (86)
  • Weddings (64)
  • Travel (31)
  • Sports/action (11)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (47), Semi-pro photographer (36), Pro photographer (16), Casual photographer (8), Photography student (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (104), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Compact, easy to put on, works well

This is a pretty simply little diffuser--nothing to write home about, per se. The ingenious thing about it is the way that you mount it on your flash. It has a stretchy...Read complete review

This is a pretty simply little diffuser--nothing to write home about, per se. The ingenious thing about it is the way that you mount it on your flash. It has a stretchy waistband-like collar that you pull over the top of your flash. I found that as long as I had access to both hands (like when my camera was hanging from my neck) I could pull the thing on and off with impunity.

One other nice touch is that the other side of the diffuser--the one you can't see in the main product shot--is black and blocks light. So if you want a little less light coming out the front, you can angle your flash up and rotate the diffuser 180 degrees. I was very pleased with the shots I recently took with it on a darkened dance floor.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good but not great

I really like the way the diffuser works once it's on the flash, but it is not easy to get it on. The band is a little tight. Works great once it's on,...Read complete review

I really like the way the diffuser works once it's on the flash, but it is not easy to get it on. The band is a little tight. Works great once it's on, though. Probably wouldn't have bought it if the flash listed that it actually comes with a diffuser.

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5.0

Bounce Diffuser

By Tom

from East Brunswick, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

Top quality product. Very fast delivery. When I need anything related to photography, computer storage devices, printers, paper and cartridges, I always go to B&H.

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4.0

Vello Diffuser

By bear

from agawam, mass.

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

    I have never used this type of diffuser and was surprised how well it performed on the flash light, glad I got them form B&H.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Fine

    By DS

    from NYC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

        I don't think it widens the light as well as the plastic caps, but I bought this to use on a third party flash for which a plastic diffuser was unavailable. Serves the purpose, works well.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        No excuse to leave this behind

        By Bar on the Bluff

        from Memphis, TN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

          Inexpensive and easy to use. So far, so good. Does a nice job of diffusing light from my flash and eliminating shadows. Can tuck this thing anywhere.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Simple with good build quality

          By Carlos

          from Los Angeles

          Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

          Others have mentioned that it's difficult to pull into a flash. I actually like that about it because there's no danger of it falling off or coming off unless you pull it off or it gets snagged. I use it with my YN-560.

          It's obviously not going to replace an octobox but you couldn't ask for a better diffuser in a package this small, sturdy and simple.

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          5.0

          Softens

          By CarolB

          from Baton Rouge, LA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

            Nice way to soften the shadows that the flash always create.

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            • No

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            5.0

            WORKS QUITE WELL

            By BK Dave

            from Brooklyn

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                Surprisingly happy with this. I use the Leica AF26. which has no controls and can be quite harsh. This sock like diffuser actually does a good job of softening the shadows

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                • No

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                (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Don't Buy

                By HPV

                from HanksPhotoVideo, Dallas TX

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                Be aware the item is much smaller than it appears it is even smaller than the default defuuser that comes with the speed light not worth the price similar cost will buy much better diffuser elsewhere and B & H will not pay for the shipping back

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                • No

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                3.0

                Nice small diffuser

                By Nic

                from UWS

                Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                Nice small accessory to soften the flash a bit. Not too big and easy to stick on.

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                5.0

                Great little accessory

                By 247imagery

                from Gillette, wy

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                  I use this for family portraits and real estate photography. I like how it softens the flash to provide more natural looking light.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Easy to use

                  By FCG

                  from New York, NY

                  Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                  Easy to use and diffuses the light nicely.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good Diffuser

                  By DanO

                  from Mechanicville

                  Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                  This is a Great portable, one that you can literally stick in your back pocket and will do just as good a job as the stiff ones. I own both and use both but this one is nice to carry with you.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Marsweather

                  from Brooklyn NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                      Great diffuser, fits nice on my lumix fl360l and has a reflective bounce inside for when your flash is vertical

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good little low-tech solution

                      By RVafter60

                      from Cincinnati, OH

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                        This is a small, easy to store diffuser. The back side is reflective to keep all of the light going up or forward. Easy to put on - easy to remove - good little gadget to throw into your computer bag.

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                        • No

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Diffuser

                        By Steve Z

                        from North East Pa

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact

                        Cons

                        • Hard To Get On

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                        It's a little hard to get on my flash.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Love It

                        By Mongoose250

                        from Bristol, IN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                        Simple. Quick. Compact. Does the job!

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Kinda cool...

                        By Justanordinaryguy

                        from California

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                            Not a lot to this thing. It does a reasonable job as a diffuser and fits on every flash I have. Generic elastic compact inexpensive.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great little diffuser!

                            By BrightStart Media

                            from Orlando, FL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos

                              Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                              I have two others that are an "off-brand". This is a perfect diffuser, small and portable. It does fit very snugly onto the flash unit, so you should hold the flash securely when you're putting it on, or you can drop it.

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                              • No

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                              1.0

                              Emergency use or space saving backup only

                              By FritzG

                              from NYC

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Poor design

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                                Had purchased for use at a low light event with a YN-568EX II Speedlite for Canon Cameras (Yongnuo). I tested and then purchased a traditional white plastic diffuser that fit the flash and they did not compare at all.The Vello was hideous looking on the flash and reduced light output by a noticeable amount compared to the the plastic one. It was hard to put on and made it difficult to change the angle of the flash as the elastic band holding it in place often interfered at the joint.At $[$], it was also more than double the price of the plastic type. Overall, the only advantage it had over the traditional type was portability. If someone gave this to me for free, I would use it as a space saving backup but overall, I do not think I would buy it again. Also, I returned the one I purchased.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Does the trick

                                By Elizabeth

                                from Hollywood, MD

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser:

                                  I took a few test shots with this and I am pleased with it. The shadows are soft but the temperature of the light was still warm. I got this bundled with the mini softbox and I am glad I did. I think having both gives me a bit more versatility depending on the job.

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                                  • No

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