Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector review

May 18 2010
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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.

Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: low angle view Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: compared to Big Flip-it! new (left) and old (right) designs
Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: side view Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: top view
Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: hinge and attachment Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: packed while on a flash

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.

Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: reflection pattern, Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: reflection pattern,
reflection pattern, "flat" mode reflection pattern, "dish" mode
Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: example, Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: example,
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.

Demb Saucer Flip-it! flash reflector: slight warm tint Demb Big Flip-it! flash reflector: Big model is more neutral in color
slight warm tint Big model is more neutral in color
Choosing between Demb Big Flip-it! and Demb Saucer Flip-it!? The Big model offers the interchangeable panels, neutral colors, but it does not fold completely flat. The Saucer is really compact, can stay on the flash even in the bag, can be used flat or in a "dish" configuration, and adds slight warm color tint that can be useful for portraiture.

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