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Jue Ying Professional Lambency P1 Flash Diffuser From Mydashop

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If you have been following this blog then you know about the dome flash diffuser I recently bought from Mydashop off eBay. You will also know that I love eBay. I would have little eBay babies. And we would all live in a house that I bought off eBay. But just because I am having this torrid love affair with eBay, doesn’t mean that I am oblivious to people selling “discount electronics” that turn out to be just painted donuts. And then you can never get in contact with the seller except for the occasional e-mail that says “ha ha ha, gotcha!”. It is for that reason that I do these reviews. The reliable eBay stores need an impartial third party to tell it like it is! So here it is, the Jue Ying Professional Lambency Flash Diffuser.

Are you familiar with Gary Fong? Quite some time ago he released the “Puffer” which is a pop up flash diffuser for your DSLRs’ on-camera flash. Brilliant! I never bought one, so I couldn’t say if it works or not, but the demo pictures look pretty good. Since then he has gone on to make all kinds of different flash diffusers, snoots and other accessories. One of his famous products is called the “lightsphere” and what I have bought is basically a complete knock off of the lightsphere, only mine cost $14.79 instead of $81.85. These are Australian figures by the way and that doesn’t include the shipping that would be added to the Gary Fong price. While I think that he is a very innovative photographer, that price is a bit much. Enter the Taiwanese knock-offs.

The first thing that I noticed was the size. Well that’s not exactly true, the first thing I noticed was the insane amount of packaging this thing had. You have the outside which has your receipt taped on using clear tape which covers the entire box, then the brown tape that covers the entire box, then the heavy duty grey plastic that covers the entire box, then you finally get to the box. Needless to say, there is no way this thing is going to be water damaged. Not that it could be, it’s made of plastic. But getting back on track, this thing is much bigger than I thought it would be. Once it is attached your camera becomes huge! My little D60 becomes as tall as my arm! But the size is a good thing, the more surface area the more light that gets diffused. The package contained the flash diffuser and two detachable lids, one opaque and one that is orange. Why orange? Because it adds a little bit of warmth to your photos if you aren’t proficient with photoshop just yet. Personally, I like to adjust the photos myself, so I can’t see using this lid that much, but it’s nice to know that it’s there.

Another little surprise was that it’s squishy! Not overly, I was expecting it to be hard plastic, but instead it has bend to it! I think this will make it more durable, but I can’t help but think it adds some unnecessary weight to the product. It’s not heavy, but once it’s all the way on top of your flash, you do notice the extra weight.

Some things to think about when ordering:

  1. This is not a one-size-fits-all item. I only discovered this by browsing the stores other items. They also sell P2-P4 models and on those pages they have little charts that tell you which model you will need depending on which flash you have. Ordering the right one is crucial because the unit just slides on top of your flash with nothing to really hold it on.
  2. This one is kind of hard to explain. It’s clear, but not really. It’s opaque. You may notice on Gary Fong’s website he sells two versions, one ‘clear’ one and one ‘cloudy’ one. Obviously the cloudier the plastic, the less light will get through. While this means the light will be softer, it also means you will need a stronger flash. I noticed that on the eBay listing the first picture looks like a cloudy diffuser while all the other pictures looked clear, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to receive, but I’m glad I got the clear one. The reason for this is that with a simple and cheap modification you can have both!

All you have to do is take a section of baking paper that will be as wide as the diffuser and make sure that when you roll it up, it can cover the entire inside of the dome. Put some slits in it at the bottom because it is slightly funnel shaped and this will give it a better fit. Now you have a cloudy diffuser. You can add more strips of baking paper to diffuse more light until you are happy with the result. Easy.

So lets talk performance. Below are three pictures of a little golfer made of metal. In the first picture I used the bare flash pointed at the subject. In the next picture I pointed the flash upwards and attached the flash diffuser. In the last picture I kept the flash diffuser on, but took the lid off. This bounces the light off the roof and illuminates the whole room, but also sends some light out sideways towards your subject.

Direct Flash

Diffused Flash With The Lid On

Diffused Flash With The Lid Off

Another example is this night time scene where there are no ceiling to bounce off. Yes these are self-portraits and yes I am in my pj’s, but I don’t care, it was comfortable. Usually Violet is my subject, but she hates the flash. This might be because flashing lights bring on seizures. In the first picture the flash is set to full power and nicely diffused, allowing me to continue reading my magazine in the dark for some reason. In the second picture the flash is still at full power, but is now pointed directly at me since there is nothing to bounce off.

As you can see, the light is a little intense. As for the communication between Mydashop, and myself I would call it excellent. I had a question about what came included in the auction and asked them through eBay. Later I read on the listing that they don’t answer eBay questions and to e-mail them instead. I did and they answered both my e-mail and through eBay fairly quickly. The shipping took 10 days. Which is faster than what they said on their store profile, so I was happy about that. And as I mentioned before, the packaging was practically air tight! Their prices seem to be very reasonable and I would order from them again, but their store is quite varied and they don’t categorise their inventory, so products can be hard to find.

This is a great product. It’s really helped me and I hope it will help you too!

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11 Comments

  1. Hi Jimmy, always a plesure to read your posts.
    Violet’s Mum

  2. You are just a peach!!!! =)

  3. Great review…not only is your review informative, its fun to read. Thanks a lot Jimmy!

  4. Any time captain mike! Thanks for your comment!

  5. I stumbled across your web site while looking for reviews of products from Jue Ying. I have to admit I forgot all about why I stopped by here after reading your article. No, I was not interested in buying a diffuser for a flash attachment. I was actually looking at a remote release. Your excellent prose and funny writing style was so entertaining I didn’t care what I was looking for by the time I finished your article. Thanks for the smiles and the information. You make me want to rush out and buy a diffuser even though I don’t own the flash.

  6. Haha, That’s the best compliment of the year!!! Thanks Pa Bean! If you ever have any photography related questions, feel free to shoot them my way!

  7. Great review! When the time comes I think I’ll be purchasing one after reading this. Gary’s one seems far too pricey for what it is. Thanks very much and loved your writing style!

  8. Thanks! The gary fong is way overpriced for what it is in my opinion and I freaking love the P1, it is a bit heavy though!

  9. Not a problem! Could you link me to any other work/photos you’ve used it for if possible? I am planning on using this for weddings/nighclubs/some photoshoots with bands/models.

    Also I realise Its been a few years since you purchased it, how often have you used it since? Sounds like it is still doing its job for you if you still like it! :)

  10. Unfortunately I use it mostly for event work and my clients opt-out of letting me share the photos on my site, but the way I like to use it is to pop your camera in manual mode, expose for the background, then adjust the power of your flash for your subject.

  11. Ah not a problem! Do you think I could get away with just searching either for the “gary fong/lambency p1 sphere” in google images and getting some fairly accurate samples?

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