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Rogue FlashBender 3-in-1 Honeycomb Stacking Grid System
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- Patent-pending stacking grid design provides 16, 25 and 45 spot lighting control
- Securely attaches to most shoe mount flashes using the included adjustable tension strap
- Includes durable nylon storage pouch that fits both grid components and mounting strap
- Rogue Grid can also attach to snooted Small FlashBender Positional Reflector (not included)
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Three Grid Angles in one compact package. The patent pending Rogue Grid design features stacking honeycomb grids that provide 16 degree, 25 degree and 45 degree spot lighting control. This means that photographers can choose among three different size grid spots using this small, lightweight system.
Measuring 3.6" x 1.2" (92 mm x 30 mm) and weighing just 3.5 oz (100 g) with the included strap, the Rogue Grid fits easily into any photographer's bag.
How does it work? The Rogue Grid's design utilises precision-moulded honeycomb grids that can be used independently for the 25 degree or the 45 degree spots or stacked together to create the 16 degree spot. Because the honeycomb cells align precisely using the integrated alignment features, they can be stacked without creating unwanted shadows and reducing light output.
When not being used, the stacked grids store conveniently inside the bezel.
What does the light look like from a honeycomb grid? When attached to a light source, a honeycomb grid creates a spot of light with a gradual fall-off useful for adding dimension and depth to an image or for highlighting important features. The angle of the grid determines the size of the spot projected forward, with smaller degree grids producing smaller spots and larger angles producing larger spots.
How are honeycomb grids typically used? Grids are often used on off-camera flashes as hair lights in portraiture or for background or accent lights anytime a photographer is interested in highlighting a portion of an image for dramatic effect. When attached to an off-camera flash, grids help draw attention to an object, texture or colour and can help to create a desired atmosphere or mood in an image.
Easy to attach and includes a Pouch The Rogue Grid securely attaches to almost all standard shoe mount flashes using the included adjustable Rogue Tension Strap. Also included is a durable nylon storage pouch that accommodates both the Rogue Grid and grid strap.
Rogue FlashBender 3 in 1 Stacking Grid System
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If you want the cheaper option just for playing about with these light systems you should try searching on eBay for ...
"25°+45° 68mm Honeycomb Grid+3 Color Filter Kit for Snoot Flash Softbox Diffuser"
Several companies in China sell the "EXACT" same Honeycomb Stacking System (only difference is the missing FlashBender logo, branded iShoot instead) for only £5.99 (less on eBay.com, comes from China anyway whether you use eBay UK or US). The only down side is that it can take up to 4 weeks to arrive (mine took 17 days to arrive). Also, that price is for the Honeycomb on its own (plus 3 gels). You could also if you wanted buy the Honeycomb Grid together with a "Reflective Snoot Flash Softbox Diffuser", if this is included in the search, and thats for just £14.99, which is less than half the price of the FlashBender and does the same as the Rogue large Flashbender and Rogue Diffusion Panel for the Flashbender - Large combined. Or if you are a "professional" you might just want to buy some spare/interchangeable grid heads for the FlashBender. As a useful tip I found that it fits snugly onto the end of a Pringles crisps tube while the other end (tube cut to length) seems to squeeze fit onto any standard flashgun I've tried (i.e., Nikon SB-10, Yongnuo YN-560, etc.). As long as you don't throw it about it shouldn't come off. And in response to the comment below, no research and development costs were incurred during the manufacture and testing of this PringleBender.
If you are still interested in the FlashBender gear, you can find some useful information about the US company that "produces" them along with many instruction manuals at [...] along with video tutorials links on YouTube [...]
I have used gary fong's tupperware (stay away...), as well as honl grids, but I find rogue more flexible and better.
In my arsenal now I have an umbrella, a soft box, a Stofen, a flash bender, a Fong Lightsphere and now this grid. Each suits a different purpose and produces different results. For the widest spread of light, an umbrella in shoot through mode is best. The grid produces the narrowest spread of directional light which means it is great for putting a highlight just where you want it without overspill.
I'm looking forward to using this for a portrait session soon.
With this build quality (and price) this product is aimed at the hard working professional or serious enthusiast; in particular those doing a lot of portrait or still life work, probably using multiple light set-ups. You know who you are and can decide accordingly.
The sleeve (attachment strap) is made from high-quality, reinforced Cordura type nylon fastened around a flash with a Velcro strip (tension Strap). This Velcro strip can also be adjusted further by moving it between two stud fasteners on the sleeve so the sleeve can be accommodated on different types and sizes of flash-heads. (I use Nikon SB900s but also attached it to a smaller Canon 430EX.)
The honeycombs and bezel mount are moulded from strong plastic.
Together the components give every appearance that these are the gold standard of honeycomb grid systems and will stand up to years of heavy usage. (The system attached to a flash also looks `professional' and not Heath Robinsonish.)
The 3 in 1 design is clever and straightforward to use. There are two circular precision moulded plastic honeycomb grids, each of a different thickness. These are pushed into a circular collar - or bezel - that is then inserted onto the sleeve attached to the flashlight. Once inserted they and the sleeve look and feel secure; the more so on larger flashes.
The sleeve is pushed into a groove surrounding the top of the bezel to prevent light 'leakage' and keep the bezel in place. (If you want additional security reach for the gaffer tape.)
One honeycomb grid produces a 45 degree spread of light. The other a 25 degree spread of light. (Both grids are clearly both marked on the sides; the thinner is 45 degrees, the thicker 25 degrees.)
Stack both grids together in the bezel (there are alignment ridges on the bezle that line up with grooves on the honeycombs to ensue everything lines up perfectly) and they produce a smaller 16 degree spread of light ~ a little like a spotlight. (I've posted a studio portrait example above.)
In effect the 2 honeycombs act together as a snoot to focus light- this means you can use a wide spread of light for a group and a smaller spread of light on an individual ~ or to light just a part of a scene. Combine this with altering the power of your flash (and distance to subject) and it gives enormous flexibility in lighting effects.
It's worth noting that because the honeycombs are circular they produce a circular spread of light ~ and its fall~off. (Rectangular shaped honeycombs produce a rectangular shaped light). For those that like more of a circular spot-light effect this is ideal. If you want yet more control of the light then masking part of the honeycomb would produce small spreads of light.
The grids and the bezel (grids inside the bezel) can be stored together with the sleeve inside a pouch the size of a small lens case ~ also made of high quality nylon with an elasticated drawstring that can be tightened using one of two toggles at the sides. When inside the pouch it does feel that you could throw the Rogue grids inside an equipment case or back of a car without too much concern about damaging it. It is built to last.
The Rogue 3 in 1 Honeycomb Grid is more expensive than other grids on Amazon or elsewhere; but is very robustly made and you can be confident that it will stay attached to a flash even when it's pointing downwards (i.e. for a hair light) and looks and feels as if it will last for many years and could take quite a lots of knocks in its stride, even if used every day.
With this Rogue 3 in 1 Honeycomb Grid system you also get a free sample of a coloured gel that can fit over the head to vary the colour of the light. An extensive range of gels is also available for these grids, those that need to vary colours of light. (Supplier details are given in the booklet that comes with the honeycombs.)
My order via Amazon resulted in delivery the next day.
I have no hesitation recommending this product or awarding five stars.
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