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jchin
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · better way to secure flash gels


Looking for a better way to secure gels to our off-camera flash units.
Tape tends to leave a sticky residue after some use.
Office rubber bands tends to dry up and crack.

Anyone with an inexpensive low tech recommendation?



Mar 14, 2013 at 01:13 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · better way to secure flash gels


http://www.target.com/p/goody-thin-elastic-hair-bands-20-pk-black/-/A-11696797


Mar 14, 2013 at 01:29 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · better way to secure flash gels


jchin wrote:
Tape tends to leave a sticky residue after some use.


Are you using good gaffer tape?
The cheaper stuff is terrible.



Mar 14, 2013 at 06:30 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · better way to secure flash gels


jchin wrote:
Looking for a better way to secure gels to our off-camera flash units. ...Anyone with an inexpensive low tech recommendation?


Periodically replacing the rubber bands (and using large enough bands that they don't have to stretch too much -- gels don't weigh much, after all) is probably the least expensive route.

More permanent, and definitely more efficient if not less expensive over the long run, is this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXBdiw6ORJU

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/818019-REG/ExpoImaging_ROGUEGELS_U_Universal_Lighting_Filter_Kit.html



Mar 14, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · better way to secure flash gels


I used plastic from a product packaging (the ones that are annoying to open!). Cut a strip out, folded that in half and then folded an L at the top. I've been using it for about 2 years. The plastic cracked a bit on the interior bend but it is still functional.

http://strato.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v24/p681714207-4.jpg


http://strato.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v25/p912326524-4.jpg


Let me know if this solution works for you!



Mar 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM
 

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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · better way to secure flash gels


At one time I cut the gels wider so they wrapped around the flash head. I used small circular velcro pads that had a sticky back on them.


Mar 15, 2013 at 01:47 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · better way to secure flash gels


A $2 gutter spout and a laminated gel...





Mar 17, 2013 at 02:36 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · better way to secure flash gels


velcro. soft side on the two sides of the flash, hook side in small strips on the ends of rectangular cut gels. worried about velcro on your flash? don't, you can always clean it off with 'goof-off' or similar if you're going to sell the flash.


Mar 17, 2013 at 06:32 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · better way to secure flash gels


SSO-Images wrote:
A $2 gutter spout and a laminated gel...

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3654/3468867993_3da13446bc.jpg


Very creative!

That's similar to the slotted head of the Vivitar 285HV:









Mar 17, 2013 at 09:15 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · better way to secure flash gels


I mainly use Honl gels. Wrap the velcro strap around the flash head and slap the gels on. The other thing I like about the Honl gels is the roll-up case he makes. I have every sort of gel imaginable in a tightly rolled bundle (which itself is velcroed).


Mar 18, 2013 at 04:35 PM





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