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Sony VX2100 / PD170 / PDX10 Companion
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Old September 9th, 2003, 06:26 PM   #16
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OK the phone call was really short so here's the process of my softbox/diffuser. It really does work well for me and as I've always said, I'd rather have it and not need it than not have it and die for it.
BTW, I have no copyright or patent on this invention please fell free to use the design or improve the design at your own risk of course. No warranty expressed or implied, no guarantee of any kind is included and any other disclaimer that isn't included in writingis included in theory. OK, I think I'm covered:-0 Have fun!

I went to a local craft store, and found 8x10 sheets of a plastic material. 1 type is a frosted white and is heat proof the other is a sort of frosted clear material, thicker than the other but not heat proof. I cut the sheets into equal sizes to fit my light and sandwiched materials together. I made 2 different "softboxes" 1 with 3 pieces total, 1 with 2.
Even with the 50watt bulb in a very dark reception, the lighting was not objectionable. Granted the throw is very short compared to the unsoftened light, but so what. It works. I even made "wings" so I can use duct tape to tape the diffusers to the light and not have light escape out the sides. BTW, when I tape the diffuser on I don't cover any of the vent holes. I've been using this system for a couple of years now and even though I have to make new ones every so often, it does seem to work out well.
The colors seems to remain true, although I know on the scope they're a little yellow. I can live with it and no one has said anything so far.

I've improved the design somewhat. Now instead of using duct tape to attach it to the light, I got some velcro-white on the diffuser and black on the light. BAM! It almost looks like I know what I'm doing!
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