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    Available Strobes with Round Reflector?

    I'm looking for the above to use with a Yashica TLR. I like the look of the smaller bulb models but in a strobe. Can anyone suggest a particular one that I can look up. Is it possible to convert a bulb model?
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    Quote Originally Posted by waynecrider View Post
    I'm looking for the above to use with a Yashica TLR. I like the look of the smaller bulb models but in a strobe. Can anyone suggest a particular one that I can look up. Is it possible to convert a bulb model?
    The Quantum Qflash has round reflector. Doesn't quite look like a bulb unit.

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    My strobe isn't portable but there's these on ebay. The mains type are cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
    The Quantum Qflash has round reflector. Doesn't quite look like a bulb unit.
    Thought of it but it's too pricey.

    I may have to go with a normal handle mount.
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    If you're patient, there was someone out there who converted Vivitar 283/285 strobes to take a bare-bulb flash tube with an optional bayonet-on circular dish reflector. I forget what they were called, but I remember seeing them advertised in Shutterbug for several years back in the 1990s. I think Norman and/or Dynalite also make/made portable flash units that have a similar flash head.

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    Yes, Norman 200B's and 400B's had a bare bulb with the option of a round reflector or mounting of a slip on speed ring to mount a soft box or similar modifier. The Normans were a high end pack and head unit ( I have one old 200B that I restored).

    So even many years old they may not come cheap.

    Why not consider the possibilty of masking off the edges of the 35mm form factor reflector, or just add a diffuser and live with the stiop or more of brightness loss.
    my real name, imagine that.

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    Thanks for reminding me of the Norman's guys. I'll also watch the "E" and see if there are any converted Vivitar's going thru.
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    I like the idea. I think it might be cool to have something like the Norman 200B bulb, but fit entire flash electronics from another much less powerful unit into the case.

    I don't need f/11 at EI 100. Just a tiny bit of illumination to fill the shadows.

    So it seems a miniature flash could be taken out of anything and put into an old flashbulb reflector.

    (If it can be done safely).

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    I did a quick check on the auction site and saw several Vivitar 283 conversions. There was a professionally done conversion that looked as well-made as a Quantum, and was priced similarly. Then there were a pair of rather amateur-looking conversions selling for about $150 each. They looked a little klugey, and I'd be worried about their durability and safety long-term. But they exist as an option. A final thought - just get a Gary Fong light modifier with a chromed interior. Or take a quart-size plastic takeaway soup container, spray-paint the inside silver, and cut a hole in the bottom for the flash to go through.

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    Yeah saw those two. That professional unit looked pretty big, maybe bigger them my Yashica 120G.

    I could always go with a Sunpak 120J but I am kinda leaning towards putting something together. Like Bill I just need something small, basically for closer portraits. I've seen reflectors for sale and I have some small flashes. Any electronics experts around?
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