Today, there are lots of modifiers on the market for speedlights, however that is actually amongst the extra uncommon ones I’ve seen. It’s the “Dualflash” and it’s about to launch on Kickstarter. What it primarily does is flip your single speedlight into two. Sort of. It splits the output into two separate sections, however its sensible makes use of appear pretty restricted.
Like most speedlight modifiers, it slots over the top of the flash after which holds on with a velcro strap. It sits instantly throughout the centre of the Fresnel lens splitting its output into two distinct areas, permitting you to then gel and alter them independently. No less than, that’s the speculation. How properly it’ll do in actuality… I’m not satisfied.
In response to the Dualflash website, it splits the speedlight head output into “2 managed beams”, though I’m not totally positive what sort of management it actually affords. There’s not lots of info on the web site and from trying on the video above, the one actual management it supplies is the flexibility to gel both sides of the flash in another way.
There are solely actually two conditions the place I can see one thing like that doubtlessly being all that helpful. The primary is principally because it exhibits within the picture above, performing as a background gentle, after which you’ve your topics standing in entrance of the sunshine with the intention to’t see it. The opposite is as a twin goal rim & background gentle (which, so far as I can inform, is the Dualflash’s main promoting level), with one facet of its output pointed in direction of the topic and the opposite facet pointed in direction of the background. A few examples of the latter are proven within the video up prime.
Even when we ignore the truth that the sunshine used on this shot that has the Dualflash related to it’s means too low (I’m speaking about top, not energy) and projecting shadows upwards on the facet of the topic’s head from under, I’m actually unsure what the profit is over simply shopping for an additional speedlight. It appears like an answer on the lookout for an issue.
Its design signifies that you’re pressured to have your background gentle and your rim gentle in your topic on the identical energy degree (as a result of your entire flash head solely has one energy degree). So, your solely technique to actually management the brightness output for both facet is by distance (which alters the angle and the path wherein any shadows can be solid) or by messing round with ND gels to darken down one facet however not the opposite.
The corporate says they’ve been working with a neighborhood producer all through the event course of and that the prototype is actually executed and “working very properly”. There’s no phrase but on precisely when the Kickstarter marketing campaign will start, nor how a lot it is going to value to again the marketing campaign and get one among your individual, however they are saying that they’re anticipating to ship by December 2021.
Yow will discover out extra about Dualflash and signal as much as be notified when the marketing campaign goes stay on the Dualflash website.
Personally, contemplating you’ll be able to choose up one thing like a Godox TT600 speedlight for $65, I’d most likely simply get a second speedlight and have utterly impartial management over two separate lights for rim & background somewhat than attempt to have one gentle carry out double responsibility, however possibly that’s simply me.
If it’s low-cost (and it’d need to be very low-cost to be value getting over simply shopping for that second speedlight) then it is likely to be a enjoyable device to experiment with each once in a while for particular duties, however I couldn’t see it changing into an everyday device in my arsenal when photographing purchasers.
What do you assume?