is there any difference in 5 in 1 reflectors?

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  1. darinwc

    darinwc Subscriber

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    Those reflectors that have white, silver gold and black sides. Are there any differences in quality between name brands and generics?
     
  2. Lee L

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    Yes.

    There are also differences among them in the quality of light, some more specular, some more diffuse, and in the colors of the gold and silver used. Some also have mixed stripes, silver+white, silver+gold, and many other variations. The translucent diffusers also have different degrees of diffusion and transmission. Some are more triangular and have a nice handle built in. Build quality and materials quality varies. Read the catalog descriptions, look at the structure, try to see them in person if you can.

    Lee
     
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    zipper quality is another point. I have a chinese no name knock off. The fabric quality is ok, but the zipper pull broke the first time I was zipping it on.
     
  4. David A. Goldfarb

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    I have one from Calumet, and it's held up pretty well, seems to offer a nice variety of qualities of light, and wasn't terribly expensive.
     
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    The Calumets are good, as are the Wescotts and Photoflexes. I have a generic from I want to say Promaster (or it could be an Interfit) and it seems ok too, but for the usually minor difference in price, I'd go up a grade to the Wescott or Calumet products.