The two filters that came with the sb800: How on earth do you mount them on the flash head?? They have an arrow shape that one would assume slides into one of the slots where the white card and diffusion panel go, but they don't bend enough to cover the flash head! And even if they did, the gel area is too large to "tuck" into the shape of the flash head to keep it there securely.
The only time it works is by slapping it on the flash head and by virtue of static electricity, it will stay on. But that is a very tenuous position. It comes off with any sort of slight movement.
This is weird and I can't find documentation anywhere. Who has an answer?
>Crease the gel at the base of the "arrow", then slide the >"arrow" into the diffuser slot. The front of the gel should >then hang down over the front of the flash lens. > >Me, I got some Rosco gel material and cut out some >rectangular pieces I can affix to the flash using rubber >bands. Seems easier, plus it takes care of my SB-600 as well >as the '800.
Success! I was apprehensive about creasing the arrow base fold because its so flimsy. But I see now that shouldn't be problem.
I've got Roscoe samples coming. With the limited tests I've done with incandescent balancing, the stock sb800 gel works fantastic, I must say.
What filter should I use under HID or mercury vapor lighting?
For tungsten and flourescents, what about the 3315 and 3408? I have a feeling that the 3407 and 3304 might be overkill depending on the type of light...I wouldn't want to end up with a blue background when shooting under tungsten lighting. Thus, I will probably only use partial filtration and preserve some of the natural color cast of the artificial light. I think that would look more natural. The human brain doesn't totally correct...at least mine doesn't.