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About Smith-Victor DP12

Made of tough heat-resistant Lexanr plastic, these diffusion screens clip to the reflector rim and provide a soft, even effect.

Smith-Victor DP12 Reviews

Reviewed by 1 customers

 
5.0

Great diffusers for 12

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from Flint, Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use these diffusers, with my 12" Smith Victor reflectors, with barndoors mounted. The diffusers clip onto either the barndoor rim, or the reflector rim.The clips [...] I bent them outward to reduce the slight deformation of the roundness of the plastic diffusers. With less strain at the four clips, the diffusers remain mostly round.Unfortunately for me, before I figured out that the clips needed to be bent out, the strain of installing one over the barndoor ring caused a light crack to begin, across half of that diffuser. With the clips bent out (secured with pliers at the inside of the metal clips), the strain is reduced and I hope that the crack doesn't go all the way through the plastic.My first use was to light a band stage so that the video camera could get enough light to show the people in the band, in the rather dark bar. The barndoors controlled spillage away from the customers' tables and the diffusers reduced the eye strain on stage.I also use the diffusers for some product photography and will probably use them instead of umbrellas, in small room portrait shoots.The diffusers lose about 1 f-stop. The clips position them 1 1/4 inch away from the mouth of the reflectors, allowing bulb heat to escape. They are strong and well made (bend the clips out to reduce strain on the plastic!). I consider the price reasonable for the quality I got.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MICHAEL F  Compact, reasonable price.
Shopper  Is this good lighting for makeup application?
PHILIP S  These studio lights are very bright and also produce a lot of heat. You may not want one of these for make-up. The clip on diffuser works great to create a softer light, but you must be careful because if you use a bulb that is too many watts, the heat can cause the diffuser to warp or melt.
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