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Tomsch Feb 23, 2004 11:48 AM

Flash Extender?
I know of Walt Anderson's Better Beamer Flash Extender but in all my searching I've not come across another such product. Has anyone else used or have knowledge of such a device? It sure seems that it could aid long lens birding.

eric s Feb 23, 2004 3:07 PM

Yes, there are other products like the BB. One of them is fully enclosed (instead of open like the BB.) It claims to gain you a bit more light than the BB (which is believeable, as less escapes through the open top/bottom.)

I forget the make of that one thought, as it is not nearly as convient as the BB (it doesn't fold up.) So I let it fall out of my head.

I have read a lot of very good things about the BB, in fact... nothing bad. It is on my list of things to buy.

Here is a nice article talking about some experiements in using it:


cowboy43 Feb 24, 2004 7:38 PM

I am not familiar with any other than The BB I would like to check them out!!. The BB is a good product and Value, Not much to it, Folds up for easy storage, and works well its one of those products that you say... why didn't I think of that . I have made ones for my strobes. Its a blessing when I use My 600mm, But I have experimented with it for mode shots and is fun to play with . I recomend it Good luck....

Tomsch Feb 24, 2004 9:25 PM

Why didn't we think of that?
I guess thr secret to that thing is the lens to redirect some of the light. I can't help thinking that the distance from the flash head would make an impact at different focal lengths. Perhaps we'll have to start a club to investigate this. You want it to work for 600mm and I want it for 500mm birding distances. We need to construct longer sides that are slotted so we can move the lens as needed?

cowboy43 Feb 24, 2004 10:16 PM

Agreed, The Fresnal glass Can be bought for about $7 letter size and cut, and brackets made for mounting, this is what I did for the strobes, Velcro holds it nicely.

eric s Feb 24, 2004 10:53 PM

At that price, makes me think I could just buy the lens and build my own.


cowboy43 Feb 25, 2004 5:49 PM

Eric, I dunno I looked into that but it fits so well and is simple and light weight, For $40 bucks i just decided to order it.

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