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| p.1 #2 · Beauty Dish (Bowens) working with a speedlight? |
A friend of mine asked me a question I could not answer... ...The question is if those Beauty Dishes works with speedlights or not? Thanks for any input.
They can work, if two things are done: first, a mounting bracket will have to be bought or made that will hold the Speedlight(s); and second, since Speedlights don't have barebulb capability a reflector will have to be bought or made to bounce the light from the Speedlight(s) out into the dish.
You need a special bracket, because Bowens BDs are designed to mount on a Bowens strobe's head, rather than a Speedlight mounting on the BD.
You need a special reflector, because BDs designed for use with barebulb strobes have flat deflectors, but the reflector for use with a Speedlight's beam needs to be convex as seen from the Speedlight's side.
The first and second photos below show two Speedlight brackets for beauty dishes (not Bowens, but the idea is the same). The first one is a Kacey Double Speedlight Bracket, and the second is the RPS Studio BeautiDish (note the spelling) bracket. The third photo shows the kind of curved reflector needed to spread a Speedlight's (or, in this case, my Speedlite's) beam.
Canon EOS 7D 50mm f/4.0 1/250s 125 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS 7D 50mm f/5.6 1/60s 125 ISO 0.0 EV