Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector (best flash diffuser rating: 8.96) is an interesting addition to the family of Demb Flip-it! flash light modifiers. It combines the strong sides of the original "collar" Big Flip-it! and the later "plexi" version. The current ("plexi") version of Demb Big Flip-it! raises the light source higher than the original one by employing a plexiglass arm and positioning the reflector farther from the flash head, therefore, reflecting the light at a higher position. While elevating the light is important, it comes at a price of being less compact (not completly flat when folded). The discontinued "collar" design was able to fold absolutely flat, so you could keep it on your flash at all times even when you put it into your gear bag.
The new Saucer Flip-it! reflector features an attachment similar to the original design. The attachment is simplified and has no plexiglass arm or a collar. The Demb hinge is still there and its tension can still be adjusted to your liking (please refer to the Demb Big Flip-it! review.
The biggest difference is the new reflecting panel. It consists of two parts and can be used flat (similar to the original design) or as a "dish" (the top part forms some sort of a hood also curving the whole reflector panel).
The "dish" configuration has a few advantages. It redirects the light forward more efficiently compared to the flat designs. Also, when set back, it reflects the light only with the top flap, therefore, slightly raising the light source. Finally, the curvature of the reflector aids spreading the light horizontally, making the reflector more suitable for wider angle shots.
|reflection pattern, "flat" mode||reflection pattern, "dish" mode|
|example, "flat" mode||example, "dish" mode|
Demb Saucer Flip-it! reflector is made of durable high-density polyethylene. This new material is not as color neutral as the standard panel of Big Flip-it! reflector. The images below are taken with white balance set to flash mode. You can see that Saucer Flip-it! produces a bit warmer results.
|slight warm tint||Big model is more neutral in color|
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