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Ok just a simple two questions here; First up with the Better Beamer (flash extender) it has two black sides to the unit itself, but no top and bottom parts and I was wondering, since regular diffusion devices, such as softboxes, are a box shape so that all the light can only leave via the front, rather than some leaking from the sides, would this also be true of the Better Beamer, and would adding top and bottom covers actually result in less light loss and thus a noticeable increase in performance of the unit. Or is it the case that the light saved via this is too small to make much difference at the long ranges that the unit is used for.
Secondly (and much easier) how do you remember which left and right when attaching the arms - I can never remember if its facing the flash or facing away
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The better beamer is purely designed to throw light forward towards the subject, no light is lost at all, if anything flash light is increased, this can be controlled via the flash unit for which it needs to be attached to. No top or bottom parts come with it, it is purely an extension to a flash unit.
Have a play on subjects in low light or dark conditions. Remember that the light thrown forward is very strong when directed into the eyes of birds & animals especially at close distance.
Hope this helps
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