|Middle sized RFB - bendy rods are sewn inside the blue material|
So when the Rogue Flashbenders landed at GWP Towers I was interested to see how they fared against the opposition. But before I do let's go back a bit. I bought into the fairly similar Honl system pretty soon after it was released, buying my set up direct from David Honl in America. The Honl system is base around a thing called a 'speed strap' which wraps around the gun head and to which light modifiers are attached by Velcro. Snoots and flags can be used as well as coloured gels.
Rogue Flashbenders are thus called because they incorporate bendy metal rods inside the fabric , allowing the user to push and pull them about to shape the light to what is required or to add a signature look. They come come in three sizes - or at least I got three sizes! Smallest is the bounce card/flag which is 228mmx127mm and can be used to bounce a little catchlight into eyes and soften the light a little. A piece of black material can be slipped over the item to convert it into a flag to prevent light spill. The second model is the small positionable reflector which measures 254mmx178mm and has two rods inside that allow you to really move the shape around. It can be rolled into a small snoot,for example. Largest of the trio is the (drum roll) large positionable reflector and at 245mmx280mm is a veritable spinnaker on your gun! But it also offers a much larger area to bounce the flash from and thus a softer light. This size 'bender' has three rods and is infinitely 'shapeable'.
|Large RFB (fitted and bent) and smaller brothers|
|slingshot on the banking at Gent Six Day|