Best Flash Diffuser

Apr 29 2009

Last updated: November 9 2012

With so many flash diffusers on the market today, it can be difficult to choose a diffuser that works best for you. People often ask questions about the size, design, brand, etc. All these factors affect the decision when buying a light modifier. So, what is the best flash diffuser? The answer lies in the type of photography you do. What is good for a macro photographer may not necessarily work best for taking pictures at a wedding. Light modifiers for off-camera speedlights can be very different from what is the best for on-camera use. In this article, we tried to rate the number of light modifiers from the perspective of finding the best all-around flash diffuser. We did it by looking at the different aspects of each unit (like ease of use, build quality, etc.) and rating them independently. The final score is a weighted average of these ratings. For more details about how the score is calculated, please refer to the ranking system description.

Please note that the flash diffusers listed here are great for on-camera applications, and the majority of them works really well off camera, too. However, often for the off-camera flash photography, you would want something larger to achieve even softer shadows. So, you may want to also check out our list of reviews of off-camera flash modifiers.

So, if you are looking to get a diffuser to take pictures, for example, at kids' parties, weddings, nightclubs, and so on, you will find quite a selection below: from the bendable Rouge reflectors to the bare-bulb effect of Gary Fong Lightsphere, and from the predictability of LumiQuest Softboxes to the flexibility of the rotating panels of PRESSlite Vertex. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave them at the bottom of the page.


$29.95*
8.99
Rogue FlashBender Bounce Card
$34.95*
8.98
Demb Flash Diffuser
$49.95*
8.98
PRESSlite Vertex
$55.00*
8.98
SpectraLight
$29.95*
8.96
Demb Saucer Flip-it!
$34.95*
8.96
Rogue FlashBender Small Reflector
$29.95*
8.95
Demb Big Flip-it!
$44.95*
8.94
LumiQuest Quik Bounce
$42.00*
8.93
Hanson Skin Glow!
$14.00*
8.92
$29.95*
8.91
Honl Photo Speed Reflector
$44.95*
8.91
Demb Mega Flip-it! Kit
$39.95*
8.89
Rogue FlashBender Large Reflector
$65.00*
8.89
LumiQuest ProMax System
$38.89*
8.68
Aurora MINI/MAX softbox
$44.00*
8.65
Pro Kit Flexi Bounce
$25.40*
8.60
Aurora MINI/MAX Bounce Card
$24.99*
8.60
GamiLight BOX 21
$55.00*
8.60
Pro Kit 4 Softbox
$14.95*
8.57
Honl Photo Bounce Card
$30.00*
8.57
Promaster Softbox
$42.95*
8.56
LumiQuest Softbox
$19.95*
8.54
Promaster Reflector
$69.95*
8.49
Honl Photo traveller8
$44.95*
8.48
LumiQuest Softbox III
$44.95*
8.41
LumiQuest Big Bounce
$49.99*
8.33
Gary Fong Lightsphere II
$99.95*
8.12
Gary Fong WhaleTail Studio

* MSRP

** Frame coverage group test



Ranking System Description


Rogue Bounce Card

Flexibility
9.1
Ease Of Use
8.9
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
9.1
Learning Curve
8.9
Portability
9.1
Appearance
9.1
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.99

Demb Flash Diffuser

Flexibility
9.3
Ease Of Use
8.9
Quality
8.9
Attachment Design
9.0
Learning Curve
8.9
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.0
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.98

PRESSlite VerteX

Flexibility
9.8
Ease Of Use
8.9
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.9
Learning Curve
8.0
Portability
9.1
Appearance
9.0
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.98

SpectraLight

Flexibility
9.3
Ease Of Use
8.8
Quality
8.9
Attachment Design
9.0
Learning Curve
9.0
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.0
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.98

Demb Saucer Flip-it!

Flexibility
9.0
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
8.9
Attachment Design
9.0
Learning Curve
9.0
Portability
9.1
Appearance
9.0
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.96

Rogue FlashBender Small

Flexibility
9.1
Ease Of Use
8.9
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
9.1
Learning Curve
8.8
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.1
Weight
8.9
Battery Use
8.0
8.96

Demb Big Flip-it!

Flexibility
9.0
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
8.9
Attachment Design
9.0
Learning Curve
9.0
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.0
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.95

LumiQuest Quik Bounce

Flexibility
8.8
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.8
Learning Curve
9.3
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.1
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.94

Hanson Skin Glow!

Flexibility
9.1
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
8.9
Attachment Design
8.7
Learning Curve
9.0
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.0
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.93

DiffuseiT

Flexibility
9.0
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
8.9
Attachment Design
8.7
Learning Curve
9.0
Portability
9.1
Appearance
9.0
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.93

Honl Photo Speed Reflector

Flexibility
8.8
Ease Of Use
8.9
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.8
Learning Curve
9.0
Portability
9.3
Appearance
8.9
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.91

Demb Mega Flip-it! Kit

Flexibility
9.0
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
8.9
Attachment Design
9.0
Learning Curve
9.0
Portability
8.6
Appearance
9.0
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.91

Rogue FlashBender Large

Flexibility
9.1
Ease Of Use
8.9
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
9.1
Learning Curve
8.8
Portability
8.9
Appearance
9.1
Weight
8.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.89

LumiQuest ProMax System

Flexibility
9.0
Ease Of Use
8.5
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.8
Learning Curve
9.2
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.1
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.89

Aurora MINI/MAX Softbox

Flexibility
7.0
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
9.0
Learning Curve
9.4
Portability
9.1
Appearance
9.1
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.3
8.68

Pro Kit Flexi Bounce

Flexibility
7.2
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.8
Learning Curve
9.3
Portability
8.8
Appearance
9.1
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.65

GamiLight BOX 21

Flexibility
6.5
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
9.0
Learning Curve
9.5
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.1
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.5
8.60

Pro Kit 4 Softbox

Flexibility
6.8
Ease Of Use
8.9
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.8
Learning Curve
9.5
Portability
8.9
Appearance
9.1
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.5
8.60

Aurora Bounce Card

Flexibility
6.6
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
9.0
Learning Curve
9.5
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.1
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.60

Honl Photo Bounce Card

Flexibility
6.6
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.8
Learning Curve
9.5
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.1
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.0
8.57

Promaster Softbox

Flexibility
6.5
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.8
Learning Curve
9.5
Portability
8.9
Appearance
9.1
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.9
8.57

LumiQuest Softbox

Flexibility
6.5
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.8
Learning Curve
9.5
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.1
Weight
8.9
Battery Use
8.5
8.56

Promaster Reflector

Flexibility
6.5
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.8
Learning Curve
9.4
Portability
9.0
Appearance
9.0
Weight
9.0
Battery Use
8.2
8.54

Honl Photo traveller8

Flexibility
6.5
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.9
Learning Curve
9.5
Portability
8.5
Appearance
9.1
Weight
8.6
Battery Use
8.2
8.49

LumiQuest Softbox III

Flexibility
6.5
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.8
Learning Curve
9.5
Portability
8.5
Appearance
9.1
Weight
8.6
Battery Use
8.2
8.48

LumiQuest Big Bounce

Flexibility
6.5
Ease Of Use
9.0
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.5
Learning Curve
9.5
Portability
8.3
Appearance
9.1
Weight
8.6
Battery Use
8.2
8.41

Gary Fong Lightsphere II

Flexibility
7.5
Ease Of Use
8.9
Quality
9.0
Attachment Design
8.3
Learning Curve
9.0
Portability
8.0
Appearance
8.5
Weight
8.0
Battery Use
7.0
8.33

Gary Fong WhaleTail Studio

Flexibility
7.5
Ease Of Use
8.9
Quality
8.9
Attachment Design
8.5
Learning Curve
8.2
Portability
7.0
Appearance
8.0
Weight
8.0
Battery Use
7.0
8.12

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