In this review, I will be testing the two modifier based on portability, light quality, and build quality. All the photographs will be shown straight out of camera with no editing other than cropping, unless specific otherwise. You can also click on the images to enlarge them.
Christmas came around, and I was given a gift none other than the Flash Disc.
When I took the Flash Disc out of the package and stuffed it into the bag, I was amazed how INSANELY compact it is when folded down! Unfortunately for the Flash Blender, it is a bit hard to fold down, and only folds comfortably to about half of it's full size. That makes the Flash Disc roughly half the size of a folded Flash Blender! When both are fully expanded, the Flash Disc is also about 25% Bigger!
Thanks to a light reflector like fold down mechanism, this round goes to the Flash Disc hands down!
With the Flash Disc being bigger, deeper, and a sturdier shape, I expected it to out perform the Flash Blender. Here are the results.
These photographs were shot at the exact same distance away from the subject, and positioned to shoot traditional Rembrandt style lighting.
I certainly can't tell one from the other except for the color balance. The warmer (left) is the Flash Disc and the cooler (right) is the Flash Blender.
To my surprise, this round is a tie!
Build Quality & Design
I find that both modifier was build with extremely high quality material.
The Flash Blender uses a material similar to Cordura Nylon, which is extremely durable to abrasion. The "arms" in the back allow the users to shape the modifier, such as into a snoot.
The Flash Disc on the other hand consist mainly of translucent material. I Feel that it might be easier to rip or punctured, but only in rare cases. I feel that because the flash disc will have to fold down every time,the metal ring might lose its tensility. Luckily, the metal that holds the shape of the disc is very sturdy.
In this round I will give it a tie. Hopefully I will be back for a durability review (or not if they both last forever!).
After considering the portability, light quality, durability and design, I feel that the F-Stopper Flash Disc and the Rogue Flash Blender is at a complete stale mate.
Depending if you want portability or the ability to use the modifier as a snoot, you really can't go wrong with either. In my opinion, I would take the Flash Blender with me as a secondary source if I already have a main source (my Westcott Apollo Orb 43" for example). On the other hand, if I can only bring a single portable light source, I would go for the Flash Disc.