LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector review: first impression

Apr 07 2009
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Lumiquest Quik Bounce

LumiQuest Quik Bounce (best flash diffuser rating: 8.94) is a new flash accessory from a well known manufacturer. This reflector is designed to deliver more than other LumiQuest products flexibility in fast-paces environments, such as weddings, for example.

Event photographers often find themselves in a situation where they go back and forth between areas with no ceiling and areas where there is a ceiling to bounce of. They want to be able to adjust to the changes quickly and make use of a ceiling when available.

LumiQuest Quik Bounce addresses this by offering two doors in the reflecting surface, which allows changing the ratio between the light going forward and the light bounced off of a ceiling.

LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: doors closed, front view LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: doors open, angle view
LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: side view LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: doors closed, top view

Closing both doors creates a light source of about 7.5 in by 5 in (190 mm x 130 mm) and makes all the light go forward. This is a rather large light source that softens the light significantly especially if you are not too far from your subject.

LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: both doors closed, back

Opening the door leaves the Quik Bounce with about 20% of the power in comparison with the previous configuration. The 80% of the light goes through the opening to be bounced off of a ceiling or, may be, a wall depending on how you set your flash head. This is a very useful setting because it creates a natural looking lighting (that comes from the ceiling) and also produces enough fill light to soften the shadows.

LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: both doors open, back

To keep the doors closed or open LumiQuest designers put several small Velcro pads on the outside surface of the Quik Bounce reflector and the doors themselves. We find that those pads work very well. However, we're left with a feeling that the doors are not closed as tight as you may want them to. This does not affect performance though. It's more about the feeling rather then the functionality. And actually, you can close the doors tighter if you pull them towards each other a bit. So, let's just point out one more time that this a very minor issue that shouldn't be considered as a drawback.

LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: door lock, close up

LumiQuest advertises that Quik Bounce delivers two light ratios: either 100% forward, or 80% to a ceiling and 20% forward. We believe that a third options deserves mentioning as well. You can easily get 40/60 ratio, meaning 40% of the light go to a ceiling and 60% go forward. Obviously enough that is achieved by having one of the doors open and the other one closed. Even though the Quik Bounce is not designed to be able to keep just one door closed, it is very much possible and presents a nice bonus.

LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: one door open, back

Another good improvement done by LumiQuest, as opposed to other family products, is the way Quik Bounce attaches to a flash head. Reflector is designed to be mounted on a narrow side, thus, practically eliminating the need for a flash bracket. When transitioning from a horizontal shot to a vertical one all you need to do is tilt your flash head. This places your light source above the lens axis, which is often the purpose of using a flash bracket. This approach to attaching a light modifier to a flash head is used by many other manufacturers and LumiQuest is smart in adopting it.

As a quick note, let us add that LumiQuest Quik Bounce folds flat and, therefore, takes a little space in your gear bag.

LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: off flash

It is also worth mentioning that LumiQuest uses recyclable materials to produce their flash light modifiers, and Quik Bounce is not an exception here.

LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: logo

So, LumiQuest Quik Bounce is a very nice addition to the LumiQuest family of flash light modifiers. The quality is great. The unit gives a nice feel of a solid and very well built device. Light source it creates is on the larger side. And different light ratios are very handy. We'd expect Quik Bounce to be at least as popular as the other LumiQuest products and can see the company selling a lot of these units.

Here is a couple of sample shots taken with LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector:

LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: sample image, doors closed LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector: sample image, doors open

Also read: Test: LumiQuest Quik Bounce flash reflector

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