These Extensions move the flash bulb 1.25 inches, or 32mm, further into the softbox or modifier allowing light to spread directly to the side walls of the modifier.
This can not only help improve diffusion and light characteristics, but also in many cases improve light output, anywhere from a few tenths, to in some cases almost a full stop of extra light.
TurtleRig Extensions are currently available from $18.95 for the –
- XPLOR 600 PRO / Godox AD600 PRO
- XPLOR 400 PRO / Godox AD400 PRO
- XPLOR 600 / Godox AD600
- EVOLV 200 / AD200 / PRO Version
The TurtleRig Extensions are the product of a USA based photographer, who started out not so long ago just making one for his own needs. And of course other photographers soon wanted these as well.
To keep costs and prices as low as possible, the nylon rings are currently machined at home on a small CNC mill, and assembled individually by hand. Currently sold only through Amazon (lowering administrative costs as well).
This method has also allowed for continual improvement, and although the TurtleRig website has just launched, the Extensions have already been refined to their third version.
The TurtleRig Extensions simply plug in between the original flash bulb and strobe.
TurtleRig state the Extensions works best in Parabolics, Beauty Dishes, Strip Boxes and Umbrellas.
Though we know, particularly with the original XPLOR / AD600, spacing the bulb out can have an improvement in many different softboxes.
Though most of the strobes can often still gain something from further extension, it just depends on the particular modifier and speedring etc used.
And an interesting byproduct to that, is this should now allow the use of existing Telephoto Reflectors with the EVOLV / AD200, like the Quantum QF63B, which concentrate the light to a narrow 18 degrees, providing an extra 2 stops of light.
NOTE – This is not yet tested, as TurtleRig were not currently familiar with these reflectors. Though we know the Quantum reflectors generally fit the Flashpoint / Godox strobes, its just the supplied Quantum Bulb Extender that is not compatible.
(The Norman 15 degree Telephoto Reflector may also be another option).
TurtleRig do also currently have their own 5.5″ mirror reflector and combined Extension for the EVOLV / AD200 lights.
Though much the opposite to the Telephoto reflector above, this is a wide angle reflector mainly used to stop light lost backwards, maximizing output in umbrellas and softboxes etc by reflecting most of the light forward.
Output increase will again depend on the particular softbox or modifier used.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The TurtleRig Flash Bulb Extension and Reflector are available from Amazon now from just $18.95 –
TurtleRig – Website