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Old Apr 20, 2007, 7:34 AM   #1
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A while ago I posted pics of my first effort which worked ok but not perfect. This one is the mk2 version......and works really really well. At the end of the construction sequence I`ll show how close you can get to a subject while still retaining full coverage by the flash with this diffuser in place.The bounce/diffuser slots over the onboard flash directing the light down onto a subject close to the lens.....

Here`s how to make one.....

1.Start off with an empty container, preferably opaque. This was a 2 pint milk carton.

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2.Remove the "cap" end and handle as shown

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3.At the cap end, mark centrally the width of the onboard flash and cut out as shown
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4.Remove the rest of the handle part as shown so the cut end is now shaped like a "T"

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5.Make two diagonal cuts, one each side, as shown, the ends of the "triangular" flaps can be trimmed as in the pic.

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6.The inside of the container is now lined with reflective foil. I just used one of those paper glue sticks for speed.To get the foil inside the container, I found it best to roll the foil into a cylinder, place it inside the container then unroll and secure it.

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7.The container is then folded as in the pic, ensuring the foil lined surfaces are inside.I just used clear adhesive tape to secure everything in place.

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8.This is the trickiest part, placing the container in position centrally on the cameras onboard flash, secure the two flaps so they are a snug fit around the flash. The fit needs to be secure, but not so tight that you risk damaging the flash when adding or taking off the diffuser.

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9. Finally secure the whole thing with more tape, and add some tissue or white cloth to soften the flash to the effect you want.
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This shot was taken with the end of the permaraal lens adaptor virtually touching the coin(approx one inch from the lens). As you can see the subject is still well lit. For closeup macro stuff down to a couple of inches the diffuser/bounce whatever you want to call it works perfectly. Light can be bounced down almost vertically onto a subject extremely close to the lens.Hope the above has been of some help.

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